It was a simple cure for boredom for any lazy Sunday afternoon: basketballs, pogo sticks and iPhone video.
It started innocently enough: My son and I were shooting hoops in the front yard. I grabbed a rebound and, just as I was about to take my shot, turned toward the house and lobbed it at the brick. It ricocheted off the house and came within an inch of swishing in the goal.
“Parker,” I said. “Take my phone. Video this.” He looked at me with a quizzical look. “Video what?” he said.
“I’m going to make a shot off the house,” I said. And, sure enough, after a few tries – two points, off the house, captured on video.
Parker squealed in delight at the ball dropped through the hoop, his father having landed a Globetrotteresque shot.
At that point, it was on. Time for trick shot central.
I then made a shot from the upstairs window, bouncing it off the driveway and into the goal.
I swished a hook shot while seated inside of my car.
I drained a 50-footer – underhand for effect.
Parker and I traded passes with a football before he threw the ball through the goal. Did I mention he was on a pogo stick?
Allie made a shot sitting down, her back to the goal.
I knocked a Coke can off of Parker’s head with a Frisbee. (He was wearing a helmet and goggles, thank you very much. Safety first.)
I threw a boomerang that landed exactly where I had parked Parker prior to the throw.
Parker made two baskets while bouncing on the pogo stick and playing the harmonica.
For our last trick, I threw a football into the basketball goal from about 50 feet. Prior to throwing this ball, Parker – my rebounder – had gone inside. (Something about a sore nose after unsuccessfully trying to make a basket with a soccer ball.) My daughter said, “Who’s going to rebound it?” I heaved the ball and, as it dropped through the net, I said, “Don’t need a rebounder.”
So I cobbled together a rough cut video of our lazy Sunday afternoon, and, having had some feedback on said video, I feel obliged to answer a few questions:
Q: How many takes did it take to get each shot?
A: At least one.
Q: Seriously, how many?
A: I could not lift my right arm the next day. Does that help?
A: That’s not a question.
Q: You know what I mean. Wait – You do know what I mean, yes? That’s a question.
A: Some of the shots took roughly 86 billion tries. Some took two.
Q: Which ones took two?
A: Allie’s shot. And the boomerang throw.
Q: Which one took the most?
A: The underhand shot from the road. By my estimate, it took roughly six weeks to make that shot, which is all the more remarkable since we did it all on a Sunday afternoon.
Q: Did any shots not make the video?
A: Yes, namely the one I referenced above, where Parker took a soccer ball to the face.
Q: That’s it?
A: Perhaps one of me lying on my back, trying to shoot from the upstairs window. And maybe something involving a baseball bat and a volleyball.
Q: What’s wrong with you?
A: My wife asks that a lot.
Q: What’s with the harmonica?
A: The Dude can rock a pogo stick and harmonica. Why not throw in some hoops?
Q: Who came up with the Frisbee-Coke can trick?
A: Um, William Tell.
Q: Where was your wife during all of this?
A: Upstairs. She found out about our afternoon after the fact.
In all, it was a good afternoon, and we look forward to finding some new trick shots to try out. I’ve got my eye on some shots involving the roof, a bike and maybe some fire. We’ll let my wife know after the fact.
Mike Gibbons was born and raised in Aiken and is a graduate of the University of Alabama. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.