I swear the ball almost melted.
On the hottest day of the year so far, we were back on the hardwood of the Epsom Central School gym Wednesday night. Being indoors, as I’ve mentioned in the past, has two distinct advantages: 1. lack of wind; and 2. companionship. So sandwiched in between a whole lot of outdoor days, I enjoyed both of those benefits with the most recent iteration of the ‘Drue Crew.
Old-new pal Bob Jandrue, the Peabody, Mass. high school teacher who is fast becoming one of our biggest supporters, provided that companionship this time, along with another pair of students — senior Erik Krezmien (far left in the photo above) and recent graduate David Robinson (third from left).
Okay, stop. Ready for a complete non sequitur? I’m about to give you a couple words, and I want you to see if you can spell them. It’s going to happen phonetically of course, because otherwise, well, I’d be giving you the answer, wouldn’t I?
1. “Ack-wee-ess” … accent on the first syllable … a word that means “consent to,” or “go along with.” Got it? Can you spell it?
2. “Da-bree” … accent on the second syllable … a word that means “waste,” “litter,” or “scrap.” Spell that one.
(Ironic, I think, that I needed spelling help for “non sequitur” … Thanks Elizabeth, old pal.)
If you got them, you’d have been able to hang with the Peabody boys in a spelling bee, but if not, you’d join the rest of their also-ran schoolmates from the last two years. You see, David was last year’s spelling champion, and Erik this year’s. That’s correct, not only were these guys good with the two-ball rebounding thing, but they’re a couple of words guys, too … which makes them twice as cool, to my way of thinking.
They were great. I, on the other hand, was kind of weak and kind of slow and kind of not shooting all that well. Even so, when you take enough shots, plenty are going to eventually go in, and that’s about the way it worked. In about an hour and 55 minutes, the boys and I had dropped in 2,200 foul shots.
So that was Wednesday. The day before that, which would have been Tuesday morning, in the wake of a wonderful trip to Boston (Thanks again, Tony!) and a perfectly unwonderful Celtics loss, 1,500 went down. Thursday morning, after another short night’s sleep, it was 1,100 before giving up. And this morning — perfect, perfect, perfect weather — another 1,500. That’s 6,300 in the last four days, which brings us to a grand total of 281,507 down, 718,493 to go to 1 million made foul shots.
And your quiz answers, in case you were wondering: acquiesce and debris. Congrats, Erik and Dave. And thanks for coming up.