Thursday, February 17, 2011

Basketball--My Guilty Pleasure!

I love basketball. I love to watch the games, whether it’s live or on tv. When I was in high school, I went to all the home games and some of the away games, and I never missed a tournament game. I went to my college’s games while a student there, even though it wasn’t one of the “big four” schools, and had a “so-so” record.

Later, when my oldest son played basketball while in high school, I went to nearly all of his games; I don’t think I missed any, even though he attended a private school that was a 45-minute drive from my home, and some of the away games meant traveling a couple of hours to get there. After high school, he played in a local league, and I went to several of those games, even though I was often one of only a half a dozen spectators. (and the only players mother attending!) Eventually, he moved to a different town to the north, and I moved to another town to the south, and I stopped going. But now his son, 8 years old , is playing, and I try to get to those games from time to time.

Then I started to watch the Boston Celtics games. I had watched some basketball on television in the days of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parrish, but raising kids and correcting papers often got in the way, so my viewing was intermittent.

Since I retired 2 years ago, I don’t think I’ve missed more than one Celtics game. I’m in love. I love the action and the excitement. I love the skill and athleticism. I love watching alley-oop shots executed with finesse between Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett or Shaquille O’Neal.

                                          Rajon Rondo

                                           Kevin Garnett

Shaquille (Shaq) O'neal

I love seeing Paul Pierce make his fade-away jump shots

I love watching Ray Allen make 3-point shots with ease.  (He now holds the NBA record!) 

I love watching Kendrick Perkins grab those rebounds.


I love seeing Glen (Big Baby) Davis take a charge and land on the floor for his team (He leads the NBA in charges taken this year).

The Celtics are my team, but I have favorite players on other teams like Kobe Bryant of the L. A, Lakers, Dwight Howardof the Orlando Magic, and Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat. (Confession: those guys are favorites because they are excellent players and also happen to be gorgeous!)

                                      Kobe Bryant

                                                      Dwight Howard

Dwayne Wade

                           Yep!   Basketball is a sport that’s teeming with eye candy!

(Images credits to Wikipedia, the Players Fan Pages, The Urban Daily, and

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She Writes said...

LOVE basketball. But I prefer it live--just like I like my eye candy ;).

Jen said...

I did noot know you were such a fan! lol

Brian Miller said...

nice...i love college basketball mostly...and like amy i love going to the, i like the bulls, eventhrough the abysmal post jordan era...but they are doing good this year...

tsonodablog said...

Football Fanatic here, but I loved your post.....and the pictures were awesome!

The Vegetable Assassin said...

No, your guilty pleasure is basketball PLAYERS. :) You dirty lady.

I went to a few Knicks games when I lived in NYC. They were fun. Naturally the local team lost. I have no allegiance to any team though so that was fine.

I'm a baseball gal.

The Broad said...

That's quite an eye you've got and quite a sweet tooth ;-)

Eva Gallant said...

Jen: I am, I am!

Terri: The trouble with football is you can't tell what those guys look like under all that padding and those helmets!

Veg: I believe the correct term is "dirty old lady." Actually I like baseball, too. I'm a Red Sox fan.

Pat said...

You sure ARE a fan! I watch a little football, and once in awhile attend a baseball game. That's about it.

Al Penwasser said...

When I was growing up in Connecticut (by the way, I grew up in the same town-Stratford-where Stephen King used to come visit. Stratford even made it into some of his books), my friends and I used to play basketball EVERY Saturday morning. We loved it-although we weren't all that good so we had to get to the courts by 8 am, a couple hours before the "good" players showed up.
As I've gotten older, I've come to be a bigger fan of baseball, but I'll always cherish my childhood basketball days.
Oh, and, not for nothin', that photo of Glen Davis is faintly disturbing in a soft-core porn kinda way! :-)

tattytiara said...

Yes, basketball is definitely the sexiest of all professional sports. We've gotta get you floor seats, woman!

The Frisky Virgin said...

I'm watching my Mavs right now!!!! :) I LOVE sports!! Seriously, I'm addicted! lol

Awww, I love Big Baby!!! He was an LSU boy!!!

Are there any Mavs you might add to your favorite players list? Like maybe Dirk or Kidd or Terry??? ;)

Eva Gallant said...

Frisky: I don't believe the Celtics play the Mavericks often, or I'd remember the players. They played them a couple of weeks ago I think, but I can't remember the individual players. Next time they play, I check them out!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I was a Laker's fan... until last night when the Cleveland Cavs beat their pants off. Cleveland!?!?!! Sheesh.
Cheers, jj

Selena and Anna said...

Coming over from SITS!! So glad I did....I LOVE basketball. I played through college and now my kids are playing basketball and it is sooo fun!! I live in Sacramento so unfortunately it isn't so fun going to the Kings games since they aren't so great but it is nice to go when they play a good team:-)

Great blog!!