After a minute or so of boys discussing Kobe and Lebron and girls rolling their eyes, I squashed the arguing and started my lesson.
At break, I went onto www.basketball-reference.com to see if it really was his birthday and if so, how old is he? Turns out that my student was right and today Kobe turned 32 years old.
I'm sure he has a few more years of being one of basketball's elite. But eventually the wear and tear are going to start taking its toll on this veteran, who's headed into his 15th season. Can you believe that he's been in the league for 14 years? Wow.. how time flies.
So today, let's take a trip back in time. Back in 1996, Byron Scott's career was coming to an end and Eddie Jones was getting ready to replace him as my favorite player.
Now it's your turn. Who was your favorite basketball player in 1996? If you're not a basketball fan, who was your favorite athlete during the mid 90's? If you weren't born yet, then share with everyone who your first favorite athlete was.
Thanks to everyone who participated in Saturday's question of the day. I was impressed that everyone who was eligible actually took part in the challenge. Unfortunately, not everyone could be winners. Three people picked The Hawks to win, so they lost 2 points (in reality, they ended up only losing 1, because they received 1 point for answering the question of the day). Five of you correctly predicted the Packers, so you ended up getting 3 points (2 for your prediction + for answering the question). And two of you earned a point for answering the question of the day.
Here's the updated point total:
Spastikmooss - 21 points
Hoopography - 20 points
Tony MC - 20 points
G Moses - 17 points
82Redbirds - 17 points
Sal - 15 points
BA Benny - 13 points
TJ - 12 points
Play at the Plate - 10 points
Cam - 9 points
dkwilson - 9 points
Steve D - 8 points
night owl - 8 points
Martyn - 7 points
John - 5 points
Jeremy - 3 points
Redsox101 - 3 points
(...Joe) - 2 points
Captain Canuck - 1 points
longlivethewho - 1 point
The Ranter - 1 point
I have to apologize for not posting yesterday. I don't really have an excuse other than I needed a day to relax and not think about cards or work. With that... I have some good news and bad news.
The bad news is that I'm going to wrap up this contest a little earlier than planned. I originally planned on ending it during the last week of August and letting the final question run until September 3rd. Unfortunately, my birthday is coming up and I'll be busy that weekend. At first, I was planning on extending the contest. But then, after thinking about it... this contest has run it's course and I'm getting burnt out. I give major props to those who run monthly contests. So with that being said... the last question of the day will take place later on this week (probably Friday) and I'll let it run until Sunday morning.
On Sunday, I'll add up all of the points and contact the point leader to find out which package they want. As soon as they inform me, I'll random off the rest of the packages. Hopefully, I can have everything sent out by the end of the week. It'll all depend on how fast I receive everyone's address.
Oh... the good news is that anyone who doesn't win a prize package will still receive something for participating in my contest. That means, everyone's a winner.
Thanks again for all of your participation.
P.S. Happy Birthday Black Mamba!
Oh... one more thing... At the end of the day, I mentioned to my 6th period that Kobe turned 32 today and one of my students said, "wow... he's old!" I laughed at first, but then I thought about it. I'm 6 years older than he is. That means I'm old too. Damn!