The parents, on the other hand ...
"Go after the rebound, for crying out loud!"
"Come on, don't let 'em shoot!"
"Grab the ball ... GRAB it!"
"What's wrong with you, use the backboard!"
It was adrenalin overload in the stands today during our son's games (three of them, in fact). Lots of respectable moms and dads sitting calmly, then abruptly standing and yelling, then sitting again, grumbling about the refs or the absurdity of that last play. No sentence is spoken without an exclamation point. Here and there an expletive sneaks out.
At a crucial moment, one of the kids on our team sinks a three pointer.
It's an emotional see-saw ... for the players, yes, but mostly for the feisty older crowd on the bleachers.