January 7, 2013

Tenacious D

Watching Mia play basketball is one of the single most entertaining things I've ever had the opportunity to see.

Mia's first basketball game was on Saturday. And while I'd had the opportunity to see a scrimmage a few weeks back, Beth hadn't yet seen Mia play. So when Mia was asked to defend a player roughly six inches taller than her, Beth had questions.

"Why do they have her defending that giant?" she asked.

"Just watch" I replied. And she did.

What Beth - and everyone else with an eye on the game - saw was the most tenacious defense in the history of the game. A bold claim, I know, but you've never seen anything quite like it. She took everything her coach said about defense to heart then pumped that knowledge full of seven year old energy and wound up with a unique technique.

See, Mia finds the person she's supposed to defend, walks up to them putting about four inches between them and her, raises both arms in the air as straight and high as they'll go and stays there. No matter where you move, there's Mia not letting you do a damn thing. She's in-your-face. She's white, you're rice. Fill in your own metaphor here.

Unfortunately, she also does this when she's supposed to be playing offense. And occasionally throws in some odd ballet moves whilst running down the court. So we have some work to do. But it's hard to be dainty and a hard ass at the same time.

Posted by Chris at January 7, 2013 7:28 AM

As a basketball mom, I really enjoyed reading this. YAY for Mia! And how fun to watch.

My son is the one who is always on the opposite side of the court, away from the ball. We have no idea why.

Posted by: Mindy at January 7, 2013 11:58 AM