With a starting back-court of Channel 12's Stephanie Sutton and yours truly, how can a basketball team lose? Well, it can't. And, that was the case Saturday at the fourth annual Milwaukee Bucks media game held at the Bucks training facility in St. Francis.
It was my third year playing. I missed the first year, although our own Drew Olson made it memorable. Click here for the memory. And while I didn't suffer an injury of Olson-like proportions, I am dealing with a blistered lip (somehow I smacked down on my lower lip and it still frickin' hurts), a bruised pinkie, a tight knee and a sore ankle. It may not be violent like football, but basketball has its contact.
Anyway, it was great morning and a lot of fun.
I don't "cover" the Bucks on a daily basis like many of the other 39 media members who played on Saturday. Nonetheless, the Bucks are gracious enough to offer me (a huge fan, occasional blogger/Twitterer (is that a word?) and media partner of the team) a roster spot. And while my 5-foot-10 frame doesn't bang and jump with the big boys, I can still run, shoot, play defense and distribute the ball a bit.
But, it was hard play and great play from our entire "red team" that helped us take the title on Saturday. And, not to brag, but the teams I've been lucky enough to be on in the past three years have yet to lose a single game. I'm 6-0 in media day games.
I'll be the first to admit that my basketball ability peaked in the eighth grade, but I still love sport and thank the Bucks for holding this annual event. It's special when a pro team donates its time and resources to thank the people who cover them by letting us run around like the pros. It also says a lot about the Bucks organization, its people and its leadership.
Here's are highlights from the games:
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