Street Dreams

No holds barred

6/28
Street basketball, the kind you'll find at the 13th annual Dallas stop of the NBA Hoop-It-Up Tour on June 28 and June 29 in the West End, is much, much different from your average rec league game. Such as this example, when I played in the 3-on-3 tournament a few years ago: My team was facing three young gentlemen from a home for wayward youths. One member of the team was well over 6 feet and black. The other two were stocky and white, and both sported mustaches and mullets. All three called me, an extremely white person, a name that begins with an "n" and rhymes with "trigger." Every time I attempted a jump shot, they'd knock me to the ground, daring me to call a foul. (You call your own in Hoop-It-Up tourneys.) Which I did, leading them to pick a new name for me, one that starts with a "p" and sort of rhymes with "bushy." This went on for quite some time before culminating in a brawl and liberal use of a term that sounds quite a bit like "mothertrucker." For some reason, it was one of the best times I've ever had playing basketball. Call 972-392-5750. --Zac Crain

6/27
Not At These Games

We ponder what led ancient Olympians to the conclusion, "Sprinting in my birthday suit...no support, probably more than a little chafing ...where do I sign up?" Though their reasons are Greek to us, several places on the globe still host nude games (e.g., running nude after the first snowfall at Princeton) or other bizarre Olympics (e.g., Rat Olympics). We don't anticipate trained rodents at this weekend's Korean-American Olympic Festival, and hopefully the only hot dogs will be at the concession stand. To see Korean-American athletes compete in a variety of sports, drop by Loos Field House, 3815 Spring Valley Road in Addison, through Sunday. Admission is free. Call 972-247-1944. --Michelle Martinez

6/29
Getting Schooled

Most people frown on unemployment, but we, in our charming naïveté, see it in a positive light. After all, freedom from work and wages offers an opportunity to focus on the important things in life, especially daytime cable TV. Case in point: ESPN, between its afternoon broadcasts of World's Strongest Man competitions and Kiana's Flex Appeal, often plays street basketball documentaries, whose insane dunking and dribbling stunts almost make that whole jobless-couch-potato thing worthwhile. Still, for those of you who actually have jobs but want a fix of young, talented hoops action, head to Southern Methodist University's Moody Coliseum beginning Sunday night for the 2003 Global Games. This fourth annual amateur basketball competition, which gathers high-school-aged players from the world over, is overseen by Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Donnie Nelson, who we expect will scout the young international players in an attempt to bolster the passport-friendly Mavericks roster. Donnie, find a post player, please? Admission is $10 per night. Call 1-800-955-5566 for tickets. --Sam Machkovech

 
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