Being Supportive at a Basketball Game
I play in a men’s basketball league with my buddies. One time Mom wanted to come watch a game. To my surprise, she managed to find the gym on time. I was having a really good game — everything was falling for me. I could hear her cheer with every basket. It was nice.
I ended up with the ball past half-court with a couple seconds left in the half. I took a dribble and flung the ball across the gym. It hit the rim and bounced away as the buzzer sounded. As I walked to my bench to get some Gayjerager, I could feel Mom staring at me. I looked up and made some uncomfortable eye contact, and then tied my shoe or something.
The game was a tough one, with both teams going back and forth. We ended up losing by two points. I scored a bunch of points and made 5 out of 6 three pointers, my only miss coming from that half-court shot as the 1st half ended.
After the game, she scurried down the bleachers to find me. I figured she was going to go Mom on me and over-comfort her child who just lost a tough game (though I was 30 at the time). Instead, she squinted her eyes, wagged her finger at me and said, “You team lose because of you. You lose by 2 points and you miss 3 pointer in first half.” I tried to explain that it was an almost impossible shot from half court with a guy in my face, but she would have none of it. “You make other ones so easy, why you miss? You fault you lose.”
Then she left.