Think of the greatest comebacks by athletes who have taken extended breaks from the sport they play. Some are great, and some are dreadful. Michael Jordan's first comeback, a tremendous success with three more championships. While his second with the Washington Wizards he could not sniff the playoffs. Lance Armstrong's return from Cancer produced a miraculous 7 Tour de France titles. Yet, his return after a 3 year hiatus has not helped a sport that is already a yawner. The reasons I am mentioning these comebacks is that I made a little comeback to the game I love to play: Basketball
After 4 years, I made a eventful, but sub par return. My team won 75-72 in double overtime in what may have been one of the most exciting endings since I playing with the great St James Teams back in the mid-90's that produced countless championships. My numbers looked like this last night:1 point, 2 Assists, 2 rebounds and 2 falls with a ref telling me when I got fouled, "Buddy that might have been more acting than a foul, but I had to give you the benefit of the doubt on that one". I may have been 0-4 shooting, but I knew my comeback was complete when I got credit for this skill that has helped my game in the past. I have never been great at basketball, but there are 3 essentials that make my game work. My shot, running around like a nut to get open and acting or selling fouls. Without these, I may not have attempted this return. With our tallest player being 5"11 and the shortest being me and another guy at 5"5 our game is going to revolve around shooting and hustle. This makes this team a perfect fit for the return.
Since my last days at Georgia Southern intermurals with my Your Mother teammates, I always felt there was something missing competitively in my life. I have become really competitive in the corrugated box industry here in North Florida, and I have taken up Golf once a week, but basketball will always be the competitive outlet that pushes me to the limit.