Slow day at work, slow week Hokie-wise with no UVA game... so time for a trip down memory lane.
I was playing pick up ball in McComas the summer of '07. I basically lived in McComas for a few years and played nonstop. I'm 6'4" and could dunk pretty darn well at that point. I was definitely at the top of my game at that point in my life (playing some ball this morning sadly confirmed that for me...) If you ever played at McComas, it wasn't that uncommon to see some football or baseball players out there occasionally, but heads were definitely turning when Deron Washington, Coleman Collins, Hank Thorns and Lewis Witcher strolled out onto the court one afternoon.
I wind up being out there, Deron's on the other team, but I'm not matched up on him. Deron's got the ball at the top of the key and crosses his guy. I'm in the short corner and have to make a split second decision - do I try to block Deron. Best case, I do and forever live in glory. Worst case, I get dunked on like so many other poor souls throughout the ACC. I can't remember if the Paulus teabagging had happened yet, but if I had more time to think, I might have stayed put.
But I didn't. I left my guy and met Deron in the middle of the lane. Now like I said, I could dunk, I've seen others dunk, I've been dunked on. But I've NEVER seen anyone jump like Deron did. He was hitting the peak of his jump before it felt like my feet had left the floor. I went into full-on, lean-back-with-hands-protecting-face posterization pose. He was above, on top and beyond me.
And he missed the dunk.
It went off the back iron. I looked around thankful first to be alive, and that somehow, without fouling him, I had sort of stopped Deron? Lewis Witcher was yelling at him from the sidelines on the way back down the court "Hey Deron if you don't know how to dunk, don't try to dunk!"
Anyway, thank you for letting me regale you with tales from "Back in the Day". I'm off to go read books aloud at the library. Maybe this time they won't ask me to leave for "disrupting the learning environment".