As I drove home tonight, a thought crossed my mind that I should create a third blog for my personal stuff. After all, I already had two blogs:
Behind the Whistle - My musings on basketball / sports officiating
Through ABC Eyes - My musings on culture, technology and anything else that I thought was interesting
My reasoning for the third blog is that I wanted space to talk about other things more informally. If I wanted to bitch about my work day, I could do so. If I wanted to discuss how my basketball team did, I could do so as well.
I thought I should claim the URL "coach41.blogspot.com". Well, upon checking it, it appears I had already claimed the name years ago. It took me a little while to remember my original login but I figured it out. Now this blog is merged with all my other blogs! I will think about whether I want to formalize it into "www.coach41.com" later on. :)
In the meantime, my first blog posting here will be about my basketball game in an adult league I play in. I was looking forward to playing my game tonight as I was playing a few my good buddies from the opposing team. Both are teams have been struggling and but our games always get entertaining when we play.
My team played well early and had the lead but lost it halfway through the first half and we were basically behind the rest of the way. In fact, we were down by 7 points with 2 minutes left but we scrambled back to tie the game at 49-49 on a buzzer beater to send the game to overtime.
My team jumped out early in overtime as we scored the first 7 points and won 57-52.
The interesting part of this was that I played horribly. I shot extremely poorly from the field and the free throw line. I was missing short, long, left and right. Those who know me, I can hit the 15 to 18 foot jumper if left open but tonight was the night to leave me open. Despite my poor shooting, it wasn't a complete loss as I made a few plays here and there.
I knew I was a little tired from not sleeping well the night before. However, the thing that killed me was I didn't have much energy. I generally eat a fairly large lunch but after a weekend of eating a lot I decide to eat a little less today. I had a feeling that it would hurt me today and it did. Of course I didn't realize it while I was playing. It was only after the game that I realized I was pretty hungry and that clued me in as to why I didn't play too well.
Despite my sluggishness, my team managed to win which I am happy. This is just a good point to everyone who plays sports. Make sure you get a good (but not a super large) meal before you play. Drink some water while you're at it. It will help you be at an optimal level.
It's been a while since I played this poorly and it was a lesson to me that I need to eat a little more than I did today. My team has one more game next week so I'll have a chance to bounce back!