Ever play Nerf hoops in your house? You know, the plastic rim and flimsy net set at the top of your bedroom door dunking all night long, inviting your friend over and dunking on him.
A member of the Baby Boomer Brotherhood, Sportface’s Idea Man, sent me this Instagram video of fellas playing Nerf hoops in a nice and spacious living room shooting top-of-the-key jumpers, up and under layups, all in slow-mo.
It’s the single best Instagram video anyone has ever sent me. High-quality video, authentic action, and hoops in the house. These guys are balling.
This video reminds me of the million times I played HORSE in my driveway with my brothers and friends. My brother used to love shooting set shots because he couldn’t make jumpers. He knew I couldn’t make set shots so that was his go-to to beat me.
Once I got S I’d start shooting off-hand jumpers because he hated shooting jumpers and wasn’t as adept with his off-hand. Comeback. Victory. All that matters.
Remember the free-throw line directly over the headshot? How about the 360 jumper? I’d miss those a lot so go back to my off-hand jumper to close bro out.
I liked to throw the ball off the backboard and tip it in. Other guys would go to their hook shoot when the game got close or the shot from behind the basket or standing next to a tree where branches obstructed their view. I would close out bro with my off-hand hook.
Early in the game when things weren’t so tense I would do the drive to the hoop and, while in the air, put the ball through my legs and then bank in a layup. I made this about 30 percent of the time.
Then I’d take my HORSE game on the road. I would go over to Rudy’s house where he hoped he had home-court advantage. His driveway was about six feet wide so there were limits to the creative options.
In sixth grade, he almost beat me once because he mastered a two-hand push shot from the top of the key. Then he got interested in girls and wanted to look impressive so he started shooting the ball from above his head, and he stopped making shots right then.
One day I was beating Rudy HORS to nothing. I was there to spend the night. He told me to go home and get out of his driveway, saying he didn’t want me around.
So I left.
What’s your HORSE story?
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