Farewell Vancouver Olympics & Jr. High Basketball


Amelia in action during her last game of the 2009-10 season.I’m watching the closing ceremony of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and, quite frankly, I’m glad they’re concluding. Not because I’m tired of the sports. I enjoy the downhill skiing, bobsled, speed skating, and newer events like snowboarding. It’s more that I’m weary of the emotion. Yes, I admit I’m an Olympic crybaby.

My family can mock me all they want, but the Olympic games leave me in a puddle of tears each night. It’s a combination of thrilling competitions and emotional stories. So, I tear up when athletes raise their arms after a great run, when cameras show parents embracing on the sidelines, when someone messes up or crashes during a heat and sees their hard work go down the tubes with one mistake. I cry when they tell stories of athletes and families who have sacrificed a lot to get to the top of their sport. I out and out boohoo when they play the national anthem (doesn’t matter what country) during the medal ceremonies; and don’t even get me started on those Procter & Gamble commercials paying tribute to moms.

I’m not completely sure what makes the Olympics such an emotional event for me. Perhaps it’s knowing everyone is watching and discussing the same thing; which is a throwback to the 1970’s and 80’s when everyone was watching the Olympics, or Roots, or when Fonzie jumped the shark. (Before jumping the shark was the cultural expression “jumping the shark”.) I don’t think the stories are any better than other stories of determination, sacrifice or victory I see and read about regularly, but I do think the stories are told really well during the Olympics.

So, I’m glad it wraps up tonight. I’m glad I can stop crying while watching TV each evening; which never really happens while watching our regular TV staple – The Food Network. Plus, it’s back to a decent sleep schedule! No more waiting past 10:30 to see the final athlete do their thing and find out who gets the gold. But, it’s not just the Olympics wrapping up. We recently completed the girls Jr. High basketball season. This also bears a tribute.

Amelia Basketball Freethrow 1-25-10

Amelia taking a freethrow Jan. 25, 2010

The 7th grade Lady Bucs didn’t win their season ending (and home) game, but it was a great game because Amelia scored again! She began the season on the “C” team, but told her coach at the first practice her goal (Amelia’s) was to prove she deserved to be on the “B” team. She did it about halfway through the season. She went from being a top dog on the “C” team to needing to prove herself on the team up a level. She played hard and gave it her all. It was an exciting season of fun games, a few heartbreaking moments, and a few tears…

OK, so maybe I’m just a crybaby in general. I held it together at the final game of the season because Amelia had a little cheering section: Mark, Drake & Grammy Massey, and Pastor Don joined Deana, JJ and I. I’ve become the dad who yells and cheers during the game. I’m not alone in this; though sometimes I have been the loudest. But, I think I may be the only dad shedding a few tears each game. It’s my default when I’m proud of my daughter.

Amelia & dad at last Basketball game Feb 2010

Amelia & her crying fan at her final game of the 2010 season.

Now we’ve made it through the volleyball season (cheering and tearing), through basketball (cheering and tearing), and this week we attended the parent meeting for the…Track & Field season. Are You Kidding ME?! Another sport season? What is with Amelia? We end a season, take two days off, then begin practice for her next sport. Is she trying to drain me of all emotion? Forget her own physical condition; just give me an emotional break. A proud dad can only shed so many tears in one year.

Well, tonight I focus on the end of the Olympic season. I’m eager to get back to The Food Network, or Chuck, or even Wheel of Fortune, and leave my crying TV moments behind. But, I do have one thing that makes me smile as I reflect back on a couple weeks of Olympics. I’ve said it before, but I’m glad I don’t have a job where I’m required to wear a lycra suit in public.

The Unexamined Life and All…

The figure skater you'll never see in the Olympics.


Posted: February 28, 2010 
Filed under: Amelia, Denton Family, Humor, Jeff, Pictures
Comments: 1 Comment


One Response to “Farewell Vancouver Olympics & Jr. High Basketball”
  1. sports says:

    I Love sports! The sports i have played in my life so far is softball(my favi coach….coach mark), football, vollyball, basketball, hurdels, and HIGHJUMP. Can’t what till summer get to learn golf. *amelia*

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