As many of you may know I play basketball every Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 6:00AM at the lovely LDS Church Building located in Hailey, Idaho. I meet with a group of guys that love the game of basketball. We call ourselves the A.M. Hoops League and I am the League Commissioner.
Our total league roster is approaching close to 20 participants with 9-12 members showing up any given Tuesday and Thursday. This league has been around since late October of 2009 (so we go way back).
The goal of the league or "League Mission Statement" (if we had one...) would read something like this:
"Get your flabby self off of the couch and get in here and play some ball"
- No Fighting
- Limited Bickering
- Call your own fouls
- No "stink-eye"
- Show up regularly (a few members might be in jeopardy)
- Work hard
- Learn the game
- Have Fun!
We start our games every morning with a prayer, which we've discovered through experience is mainly so I'll be a good sport (yes, Heavenly Father definitely knows my name).
It's a great group of guys to be around so let me introduce to a few of the guys that were playing just this morning:
Dave "Soft-Touch" Gardner
Travis (Stockton) Smart
Nathan (Nash) Kirk
John "Yippee, I just scored another basket over Brent Hope" Maulden
Luuuuucas "Those aren't Boos" Snell
Jason "The Assassin" Smith
Jared "Doctor" Hill
Clive "Hopie Bryant" Hope III
Allen Iverson and Freddy "The Terminator" Monjaras
Dave "N.C. Blows" Gardner (Again)
And Finally, Brent "Henry Finkel" Hope
There are several more players that I do not have pictures for yet. These guys are awesome also. Their names are:
- Joltin' Jeff Shiver (Last Week's MVP)
- Michael "Slash" Griffiths
- Andrew "chase the laser" Shears (This guy is really fast)
- Ross "Spin-Move" Sutton (One word: Amazing)
- Vin "Beef-Cake" Doan
- Shon "Enforcer" Stevens
- Nathan "Slick" Bingham
- Don "Hooks" Toussaint
- Brian "Lefty" Bothwell
and finally our Director of League Affairs
- Robert "Tom Jones" Farnsworth