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Friday, December 10, 2010

BACKCOUNTRY BASKETBALL


Attach a hoop to an old barn and gather your friends for a backcountry basketball game. City kids have nice urban cement courts but country  kids use a barn to hang their hoop and the grass up against the barn for their court

The  Playing Field

9 comments:

  1. We have one of those attached to one of our barns! My younger son (though grown up) still like to shoot hoops or play one on one whenever he can find an opponent.

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  2. Vicki -- I bet your son was a good basketball player. Around my area I see most of these hoops being replaced by a new hoop type on a tall stand that is self supporting and is placed either by a front road or in a drive. The new ones just don't have the country feeling. Thanks for the comment-- barbara

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  3. Looks a little lonely, waiting for the kids to come back and play.

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  4. Jayne -- Well it seems that many have given up the old barn hoop for the new type basketball hoop. I guess that is progress. Thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  5. In 1956 boys who spent their adolescent years playing in barn driveways using such hoops -- up north in southern Indiana, managed to win the state high school championship [the basis of the movie Hoosiers]. They were one town over from where I graduated from high school -- I was in love with every one of them even though they were our rivals. They were the American dream come true back then. Those hoops cause serious nostalgia for me.

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  6. There are many of these in my small town.

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  7. June -- what a wonderful story about the boys that inspired the movie the Hoosiers. I thought that perhaps many star players were born around those old barn hoops. Your story validates it. I would have been in love with them too! -- barbara

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  8. Farmchick -- My thoughts are -- are they still using the hoops or are they hoops from the past -- they certainly would contribute to the country ways. -- thanks -- barbara

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  9. I bet that hoop is missing its kids.
    I'm not a basketball fan, but feel an
    affection for the game because we don't
    live far from the home of James Naismith

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