Friday, February 29, 2008

Basketball like it used to be,
shorts like they once were

One of my favorite parts of Sophie's carpool is the conversations I have with the eleven-year-old boy who rides with us. We've gotten to know each other quite well and chatter on in the front seat while the younger kids escape into their own backseat fantasy world. I'm fascinated by what he thinks of things, and he's young enough to still think a few things I'm thinking are interesting.

Such as the other day, when we were talking about the Boston Celtics. He knows I'm not into sports or television, so he was astounded that I had once been glued to the screen watching a sports team make history. I was talking about the 1986 Celtics: Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Dennis Johnson, Robert Parish, Danny Ainge, Bill Walton. They were gods. It was a long time ago. I was living in a falling-down Somerville Victorian near Davis Square.


I was truly having a moment here. Remembering scrambling with my roomates to be the first to get the sports section of the Boston Globe to read the rehash of the game we had just watched the night before. The gravely voice of Johnny Most calling the games. Getting to the Ground Round in Cambridge early and eating dinner at the bar so we would have good seats to watch the home games on their cable station. I'll never forget being in that bar for the final game and seeing grown men cry and hug strangers when the Celtics won the championship. And for a southern California girl who had been raised on Laker basketball, that was really something.

The Boy was amazed and appreciative until a look of horror passed his face. "Wait. Was that back when they wore short shorts???" Yeah, it was. And who cares how they looked in them. Because that wasn't what it was about. Way back then.

Have a good weekend.

8 comments:

Korora said...

I've probably told you, but my loving husband *fell asleep* watching that game at the Forest Cafe in Cambridge.

purpleflowers said...

I laughed when I saw those shorty shorts. Haven't seen them in a while. I must admit though, I prefer the longer ones.
Have a great weekend! We're getting snow in NJ, and I love it.
-Kathleen

Libby said...

Hubby often waxes poetic about the '86 Celtics which makes me laugh because he was eight years old in 1986!

Sabina said...

I was right there with you only in the other end of the state, how hilarious. Yes, well those shorts didn't look so funny next to the Member's Only jackets and Parachute pants that the audience had on, and just remember perms were fashionable as well...The Diana influence, excessively large shoulder pads, oversized sweaters with leggings (ooh that's kindof making a comeback), so my point is that short shorts on excessively athletic men were not the worst fashion crime--although I do recall thinking that they must have been awfully uncomfortable. Please present carpool boy with a photo montage so reality can set in. It's all very relative.

Cindy said...

Libby: Tell Dear D. I would have been happy to buy him a Shirley Temple if he had wandered into that bar.

Sabina: Parachute pants? Who me? OK, I had one pair. You would have loved my Farrah hairdo. Very high maintenance, but it truly rocked.

Mo said...

Shorty shorts were da' bomb. Kinda' makes me long for yesteryear...

KatieGirlBlue said...

Damn I miss those shorts. Streamlined, stretchy and stylish. How can people run in the baggies?

I'm all for bringing the short shorts back. If only they were sold somewhere other than American Apparel. I can't support that slimy fellow.

dmmlandcruiser said...

There will never ever be another team like it. I still remember sitting in my "obstructed row" $5 seats and falling in love with the cutie Danny Ainge!