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To me, basketball is an exhausting sport; tiring to play, tiring to watch. To my neck, it's like a drawn-out, bouncy version of tennis; back and forth, back and forth, up and down, up and down, and sometimes side to side. When I was younger, basketball had more of an appeal to me, mostly because 1) I played it, and 2) the good-looking guys. My love of sports was enhanced by the hotshit athletes who had nothing but unrequited love for me, especially the celebrity demi-gods (Michael Jordan, Kobe, Barkley, etc)... what would they have wanted with an underaged, chainsmoking, Certified Sandwich Artist working at Subway in '96? Nothing, that's what; maybe a footlong meatball sub, but that's about it.
Organized sports is a lot like organized religion: it's a bunch of white folks--on the court and in the stands, in the pulpit and the congregation--showing off their prowess alongside a selected group of ethnic people who excel in gospel-singing or slam-dunking, or both; same thing, really. I used to love participating in sports--much more than participating in church--but lately (like, the past 19 years) I've been gravitating more towards Bollywood than volleyball; cheese over activity, that's what I always say. Or what I've been known to say. Or what I've said. Once.
The reason I bring it up is because I love Sherman Alexie. You know, the guy who wrote 'Smoke Signals', and all of those other Native American tales of angst and triumph (or whatever those tales are about). He's a
Because the Sonics are leaving--for the flat and uninteresting Red State of Okiehoma--The Stranger (our local 'independent newspaper', whatever that means) allowed Sherman Alexie to write a Sonics Death Watch column, detailing tidbits of his own weak and emotional detritus for the masses, or for the Seattle Supersonics, full stop. Without boring you to death, Sherman Alexie is a crazy basketball fan, like boy-band reunion tour crazy. I enjoyed the column, as he is 1) a comedian (gut-busting), 2) a heavenly writer (with God-like powers), and 3)
And just like that, it was done. While I was dying at work, ignoring my home, resentfully parenting, losing money, freaking out, and floating in and out of oblivion, MY WISHES WERE BEING GRANTED. How's that for good karma? The last time I attempted this, I wished for a pink pony, and received my little brother, Sam, instead; I learned about 'irony' and 'atheism' at a very young age.
The article is about how he testified at the Sonics' trial, for reasons I didn't quite understand or care about; it is funny, filled with curse words, and is written in long-list form, which are the Top Three Reasons you should read this article.
So thank you to The Stranger, the Sonics (soon-to be: the Oklahoma City Bombers), and Mr. Sherman Alexie, for writing one of the only Stranger features I've ever laughed aloud at in a coffee shop; the experience was delightful (laughter!), frightful (Starbucks!), and surprising (laughter in a Starbucks!--I usually just violently eyeroll). Although I did resent him for being in print and getting to say the F-word about 28 times. I never get to have any fun.
If you like basketball, humor, Native Americans, or ALL OF THE ABOVE, please follow the link to this hee-larious article: 61 Things I Learned During the Sonics Trial.
Sample: #15. In writing, thinking, and talking about the Sonics' possible relocation to Oklahoma City, I shuffle like an iPod through the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, and Hall & Oates.