August 20: Speedball

08 Sep

Thick, more expensive basketball nets tend to last longer and tend to control the ball better coming out of the hoop. When it comes to our Hoops For Heroes project, those particular nets are good when humans are doing the rebounding, as the ball typically doesn’t “spray” as much, coming down through the basket a little more consistently in one place.

But thin, cheap nets are fast.

When it’s just me and “Annette” — some know her as the SKLZ Rapid Fire rebounding system — I have no interest in consistency out of the net, because “Annette” is going to catch the ball no matter where it comes out, then spit it right back.

Here’s my point: Noah recently put up a new, cheap net on the outdoor hoop, replacing the old, more expensive, and thicker net … and wow, does that speed things up. It used to be that 16 minutes was a fast 250 made … now we’re down to 14 and change, meaning that 1,000 can be done in under an hour on a fairly regular basis.

It was 58:30 on August 20, and we’ve done at least one sub-58 since then.

Oh, crap. I just realized, yet again, that I’m starting to sound like the captain of the physics club … so I’m going to stop talking now.

For more on Hoops For Heroes, with a goal of 1 million made foul shots and $1 million raised for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, visit or contact Dave Cummings at 603-554-7855.

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