May 20, 2007

Game Balls.

Last night was a Raptors game. As I was getting ready to leave, Grau pops over and says his shift was canceled. I had offered him my spare ticket earlier in the week, but he declined so it was offered to someone else. He was going to head to Carlyleís to do some pre-game tailgating with us. When blog son Bruce showed up, he had a spare ticket. It seems his daughter decided at the last minute to not come with. So Grau was able to snag that seat.

It was a good game, in that the Raptors trounced the River City Rage. For the Rage, or I guess looking at their play last night we should call them the River City Repressed. The big news of the night is that Bruce finally got a game ball. Now, just a little back-story. Last season I had a game ball thrown to me by a player, same with this year, and a ball given to me by one of the coaches. So I have three game balls (I gave one to Boopie). Bruce, being petty and jealous, said they didnít count because I didnít CATCH it in game play. He kept telling me that it doesnít count if you donít CATCH it. Me, I think it doesnít matter how you get one, as long as you get one.

So last night a ball is flung right toward Bruce and Grauís seats. It actually looked like it was going to hit Grau in the head. Grau, panicking batted the ball to the ground with flailing hands. When he batted it, it flew 5 seats to their right and across an aisle. Bruce, in a move I did not think was possible, leapt up, barged pass Grau, pushed some 12 year old boy out of the way and I kid you not punched a 7 year old girl in the head to get the ball. Now, he did punch her, but it wasnít intentional. Her head did whip back and she started crying as Bruce used his height and weight advantage to strip it from her hands. Folks, I'm not kidding, he really did wrestle the ball away from the kid.

In all honesty, Iím proud of him. He went out of the way to secure a memento that he will forever remember. Sure he may have been a little overly rough with the kid, but it taught her a valuable lesson; If you want to keep what's yours, you need to hold on to it. Itís just too bad that based on his own rules, it doesnít count. He didnít catch the ball. To me, I think itís a valid way to get a ball, just like having a player give you the ball they just scored a touchdown with, but not to him. So Bruce, hopefully you can get over own issues with getting a game ball and can actually enjoy it.

I know I enjoy mineÖ all three of them.

Posted by Contagion in General assholery at May 20, 2007 09:18 AM | TrackBack

OK now
1. I didnt hit a little girl. She was looking the other way and the ball rolled to her foot. I picked it up from her FOOT!
2. The boy I push out of the way was my good friends son. Now I have given him SO much free shit at games in the past that were thrown at me and I turned and tossed to him that this was MOINE!
3. This was WAS in the game of play. It was not tossed (like his salad) at me by a player or coach AFTER the play was done.

So I did not comprimise my morals and I got a game ball.


Posted by: Bruce at May 20, 2007 07:23 PM

1)She was bent over with in her grasp.

2)There's nothing wrong with pushing the boy out of the way, mean yes, wrong no.

3)The play was whistled dead while you mugged a little girl for it. But as you said, you did not CATCH, CATCH the ball. Technically I think you should throw it back because it was tossed by the Rage, not the Raptors.

Posted by: Contagion at May 21, 2007 06:15 AM

Can't believe Bruce actually won against a little girl :-D

Posted by: Harvey at May 22, 2007 07:03 AM