The 2,000-in-80-minutes shooting pace on Sunday — accompanied by Epsom Central hoops stud Vinny Dustin, and HFH studs Jim and Seth Bean — was kind of like skiing down a glacier. Monday, shooting with just me, myself and I outdoors at Laurel Manor Recreation Center in The Villages, Florida … it was more like being that glacier.
Not exactly breaking any speed records, in other words.
We’re in The Villages, soon-to-be-former-hometown of my Paw, because he’s moving back north, and I’m helping to facilitate that move. Today’s activities included two meals at my favorite restaurant — it’s called Denny’s — preparation for a plane ride with his 22-year-old cat (not kidding) Reggie, and lots of organizing. We also wedged in an early stint at the aforementioned Laurel Manor, where we had perfect conditions to shoot for about an hour and 15 minutes … which is roughly how long it takes to make 500 when I’m doing the retrieving.
Now those guys, on Sunday I mean, were fast. With our previous best time for 2,000 standing at an hour, 22 minutes and 45 seconds, one Mr. Jim Bean called for us to beat 1:20 … which means 500 every 20 minutes, which means 100 every four minutes, which means 25 made each minute.
I shot pretty well, but those guys did their part extremely well. It’s not usually a workout, this free throw shooting thing. This time, it was. I mean, that was actually almost painful.
Jim and Seth, who’ve now been part of more than 8,000 made free throws, have got this exercise down, and Vinny’s just too good a basketball player to be real confused by something like catching and passing the ball. So it went, fast and furiously.
So that was that.
One more piece of news before we say goodbye: The Celtics called today and have invited us down to the Garden for a New Year’s Eve game with the Hornets. We’ve got four tickets, HFH will be recognized in the second quarter as part of the Celtics “Heroes Among Us” program, and I’m told that maybe, just maybe, there’ll be enough time to step to the line and take a single foul shot.
If you saw the Huckabee appearance, you know how that will probably go ..
Should be fun, anyway.