Poetry in the Arena: Who Got Game?

Who Got Game, Basketball, Poetry

In honor of the game of basketball, please enjoy this tribute to female and male players on every level of the game.

Who Got Game?

Jump ball, tip it, get it
passin’, shootin’, dribblin’, bounce
splash, step-leap-dunk, nothin’ but net
respect the paint without moving violations

one point, two points, three-pointer, swoosh
backboard, ball spinning ‘round the rim
airborne, in or out, how will the ball fall
stop it, pop it, drop it, oh snap

fouls, blocked shots, free throws, rebound
disrespect, oh we ain’t havin’ none of that
step in this arena, yeah we own this house
you talkin’ to me, champ with a capital “C”?

Shot clock, counting down, tick, tick, boom
final seconds, buzzer blares, fans losing their minds
the golden lane of victory, a pipeline of champions
we took it to the floor, game over, we won!

© Kym Gordon Moore

The NBA Finals are over and boy was it one heck of a contest. The Cleveland Cavaliers faced the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena last night. Two great ball teams, but only one team remained the last team standing. The 2017 Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy goes to The Golden State Warriors. Congratulations to all of these amazing players: Stephen Curry (our Charlotte native), Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Kevon Looney, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, David West, Patric McCaw, Zaza Pachulia, Damian Jones, James McAdoo, Ian Clark, JaVale McGee and Matt Barnes; Head Coach Steve Kerr and the entire coaching staff, owners Joseph S. Lacob and Peter Guber, all of the #DubNation fans and everyone affiliated with the #StrengthInNumbers organization.

A special shout-out to Kevin Durant who not only received his first NBA Championship ring but he walked away with the Championship MVP trophy! Awesome!

 

Fore Play

Golf, Sports, Golf Swing, Golf Clubs, Tee

Today is Golfer’s Day. We celebrate by playing the game, recognizing those who play it professionally and leisurely, and many who may not play, but hold the beauty of the game in high regard. It is believed that the game of golf actually originated in Scotland although the true origin of the word is unknown. We salute all of the great Masters Champions of the past, present, and future.

Congratulations are in order to Sergio Garcia who scored big in The 2017 81st Masters Tournament this weekend. This is his first win at The Masters and his first major championship after 19 years on the PGA tour. He walked away with a $1,980,000 prize purse, the famous Green Jacket, his name engraved on the permanent Masters’ trophy which remains at the Club, a Sterling replica of the Masters Trophy and a gold medal. Sweet! The 2017 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship kicks off June 27-July 2, 2017 at the Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois.

Since I am not a bonafide golfer, although I have all of the equipment to look the part, I decided to share this lighthearted poem, “Fore Play” to commemorate Golfer’s Day and National Poetry Month.

Fore Play

My Titleist was on the tee
Big Bertha in my hand
as he told me to bend my knees
part my legs ever so slightly
keep your eye on the ball he said
then swing your arms, hips, and follow-through
now with a strong voice yell “Fore!”
Huh? What did this have to do with swinging?

Fore what? is the question I had to ask?
What kind of foreplay is this?
To fore-warn others of a wayward shot
no one wants to get hit by a stray ball you know?
Fore crying out loud, why not just yell “Move!”
How about “Watch Out” or “Take cover?”

Fore some crazy twisted reason
I wondered if he was really fore real
when he asked fore what purpose was I here
I looked down at the golf ball
looked out over the green
took a swing as Bertha slapped that ball
the Titleist was airborne and I yelled “Fore”
he asked why I was yelling so loud
I said, “Fore Pete’s sake, you told me to. Pete.”

-Kym Gordon Moore

Today is Play Tennis Day: Game of the Palm

Play Tennis Day, Tennis, Game of the Palm, Sports

Today is Play Tennis Day. Tennis has been around since the mid-1800s when two friends Harry Gem and Augurio Perera developed the game on Perera’s lawn in England. The origins of the sport can be traced back to twelfth-century France, where it was played by hitting the ball with the hands instead of a racket. King Louis X was a big fan of the game that was then called jeu de paume (“game of the palm”).

The first tennis club was created in 1872, and only had 4 members at the beginning of its existence. Since then, tennis has evolved into the incredible competition as we know today. Hats off to some of our All-Stars!

Althea GibsonSerena WilliamsJohn McEnroeBillie Jean KingRod Laver
Stefan EdbergBobby RiggsDavid FerrerMats WilanderEugenie Buchard
Venus WilliamsMonica SelesMaria SharapovaRoger FedererRafael Nadal
Andre AgassiMartina NavratilovaPete Sampras
Caroline WozniackiLleyton Hewitt Ivan Lendl
Kim ClijstersAna IvanovićRoy Emerson
Victoria AzarenkaSania MirzaJo-Wilfried Tsonga
Steffi GrafChris EvertArthur AsheBoris Becker
Agnieszka RadwańskaKei NishikoriHelen WillsKen Rosewall
Jimmy ConnorsAndy MurrayNovak DjokovicAndy Roddick, Björn Borg
Margaret CourtBill TildenJennifer CapriatiAngelique KerberDon Budge
Fred PerryStan WawrinkaMartina HingisJim CourierJuan Martin del Potro

Go Ahead, Take a Swing!

National Golf Lovers Day, Golf, Sports, Tee

Image courtesy of Kai Stachowiak

Today is National Golf Lovers Day. Celebrate and enjoy this annual relaxing holiday, by grabbing your golf clubs and taking to the course. Pay special tribute to your favorite golfers like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Michelson, Michelle Wie, Sam Sneed, Greg Norman, Vijay Singh, Payne Stewart or Chi-Chi Rodriguez.

Happy National Golf Lovers Day!

FORE!

How Do You Wiffle Your Ball?

Wiffle Ball, Perferoated Balls

Image credit: http://www.wiffle.com

Wiffle ball is a variation of the sport of baseball designed for indoor or outdoor play in confined areas. The game is played using a perforated, light-weight, resilient plastic ball and a long, typically yellow, plastic bat. The ball most commonly used in the game was invented by David N. Mullany at his home in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1953 when he designed a ball that curved easily for his 12-year-old son.

Tournaments have been the driving force in modern wiffle ball and have been held in the United States and Europe since 1977. That year, Rick Ferroli began holding tournaments in his backyard tribute to Fenway Park in Hanover, Massachusetts. In 1980, the World Wiffleball Championship was established in Mishawaka, Indiana. With the explosion of the Internet in the 1990s, there are now hundreds of Wiffle ball tournaments played in the United States, most in the same place every year, with a few tournament “circuits”. The World Wiffleball Championship remains the oldest tournament in the nation, having moved to Skokie, Illinois in 2013, after introducing regional stops over three decades in Baltimore; Los Angeles; Indianapolis; Eugene, Oregon; and Barcelona, Spain. The tournament is featured at #20 in the popular book, “101 Baseball Places to Visit Before You Strike Out.”