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Charlie's Soap


Saturday, December 16
So foul and fair a day I have not seen

Busy Girl's basketball team just played a barn burner.

They won by one point (after blowing a 7 point lead), which is fantastic for lots of reasons, not the least of which is that the other team from their school won, too.

Let's just say it would be good if Busy Girl's team kept up with that team's record or better. Good times are ahead, because we actually play them (the other team from our school) in a regular game later in the season.

Anyway, the opponents today were from a school not really known for putting delicate girls out on the court.

When Busy Girl got the ball on a breakaway and was going for the layup, one of those not-so-delicate girls gave her a two-handed shove in the back, and, she went flying through the air several feet (I'm not exaggerating, it was that hard) and landed on her face (she's OK).

The entire gym, including the opposing fans and parents, let out a collective "WHOA!" that could be heard out at the concession stand.

Busy Girl got up and made 1 of 2 technical shots, carried on, and, totaled 9 points for the game.

In the line after the game was over, Busy Girl stuck her hand out and said, "good game", and, the girl slapped her hard enough that it left a red mark on her hand and lower arm. As this girl walked away, Busy Girl heard her say to her teammate, "I hit her again."

Lovely, eh?

I have no idea why this kid wasn't thrown out of the game in the first place, but, that's not up to me.

Busy Girl, however, wants to write a letter to the school, and, with her coach's permission, that's fine with me. I'm sure the coach will take care of anything that needs taking care of on an administrative level, I didn't get to talk to her.

I overheard Busy Girl composing the letter out loud to herself: "Dear (name of school): I am writing about the jackass on your basketball team"...

I didn't say a word.

5:24 PM | Comments (15) |

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Yay for Busy Girl! Both for scoring 9 points, which totally rocks, but for standing up for herself with class! I'm glad she didn't stoop to the "jack ass's" level! Heh (I wasn't quite as composed as a bb player!)

Eeks, my bp went up just reading about that, ahem, girl. Good for Busy Girl for standing up for herself!

And they say basketball isn't a contact sport. Let me just say I'm glad neither of my kids played past the elementary school intramural level.

And I'll add a Yay! for Busy Mom! for letting Busy Girl handle this on her own while staying in the supportive background. I'm not sure I'd be able to do as much.

I laughed out loud at the Dear School; I am writing this letter about the Jackass on your team. This brought tears to my eyes. When I was young I wrote a similar letter, I didn't use Jackass, but I did compose quite a dramatic letter, that the Principal from the school called my Mom. I was quite the letter writer back in the day. Way to Go Busy Girl, I would drop the Jackass (catholic school and all) but ... I think it's great she is addressing an issue that is out of hand.

I see that Busy Girl takes after her mother :) It's good that she understands good sportsmanship on the court, too bad other kids don't understand that or aren't taught to value that.

Good for her. This is the very reason I hate competitive sports, because of jackasses like this girl.

I'm glad she is standing up for herself.

Sounds like you're doing exactly the right thing in letting her address the issue. I'm proud of her MYSELF for not lowering herself to the standards of that other girl. I'm also completely distressed at how violent referees allow girls basketball to get. Kennimus is a coach for 7th grade and it just irks the hell out of me to watch them let those girls go SO FAR and not call fouls.

Foul indeed.
(p.s. I really, really missed you. Sorry been gone so long.)

Someone needs to mail "Desiderata" to that not so delicate girl.

I just wanted to wish you and Busy Family a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

The apple didn't fall too far from her bloggin' Mom! Don't ya just bust with pride when they want to copy your outstanding writing skills? I also would question the hormone levels of the other player. Sounds like she's a little high on the testosterone levles!

Posted by: Nanny Doon | December 17, 2006 2:02 PM

It's kids like that who grow up to torture animals and assault the elderly and eventually put their children in microwaves. Ooops, did that come across as cynical?

Posted by: Laynie | December 17, 2006 5:50 PM

Hmm, the nuts don't fall too far from the tree, do they...bwahahaha!
BM, I sense a trembling in the blogosphere, is BusyGirl warming up?

Posted by: Paul | December 18, 2006 1:14 PM

Wow. We had one of those games too. Diva got smacked in the face with the ball... One parent almost got ejected. What is up with sportsmanship now days?

Posted by: muffetsmom | December 18, 2006 3:39 PM


Instead of "jackass," though, while extremely appropriate, I'd suggest "rude, violent, unsportsmanlike player."

Carbon the letter to the TSSAA and to the refs' association so when the little buttmunch tries it again, they'll have a file on her.