For the first time in eight years, I am on an organized basketball team. I will be blogging the season–why? Because I know you care. Really.

Team name: Rational Animals (Yes, it’s an awesome name).

Team captain: Alex Plato (with a name like “Rational Animals,” you would expect Aristotle. But you would be wrong.)

Preseason: vs. City of Portland

Recap: It went from bad, to worse, to awful. I’ll spare the details. Final score: 57-25. Ouch.

Matt’s line: Too ugly to mention. 0-6 (including 3 wide open looks), not nearly enough rebounds and probably 4 turnovers. Plus the humiliation of being a non-factor.

I figure (a) sharing my shame with the world is good and (b) knowing that I’m sharing my shame will give me impetus to improve. It will not always be this ugly. At least I hope not.

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  1. City of Portland? Where was this athletic contest?


  2. Oh, it was at Biola. “City of Portland” is just one of the intramural teams.

    Next up: “Street Ballers.” Creative these teams are…


  3. Kewl, when I played at Biola there was a team called “Off”. Think about it if they lost. Clever fellows.


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