This basketball contest seems impossible. Participants have to make four shots in 30 seconds — a layup, free throw, three point, and half court shot.
Oh, and they have to get their own rebounds.
When Tennessee’s Bryan College kicked off their basketball season Monday night with a big rally called the Late Night Roar, the contest was part of the festivities. A $10,000 prize awaited the student who could accomplish the feat, which seems hard enough even if there weren’t a 30-second clock running.
Gustavo Angel Tamayo has never played basketball. The senior gained asylum in England at the age of 6 and grew up there before moving to the U.S. for school. Soccer has always been his favorite sport and he hopes to continue playing professionally after his tenure as the college’s center midfielder is over.
But inexperience on the hardwood didn’t deter Tamayo, nor did the broken finger on his left hand from a soccer injury. The student stepped up and delivered this incredible performance…
He briefly forgot to get the basketball after one shot, he needed a shooter’s roll to make one shot, and the buzzer went off as his last shot fell…but it was all enough to earn him the $10,000 award and an amazing moment nobody in that gym will ever forget.
An 8-year-old boy with Down syndrome stole the show at a high school football game last night in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. First grader Gabe White has roamed the sidelines of the high school’s freshman team as their honorary captain this fall while watching his older brother play.
For the last game of the season, Coach Mark Apfel gave Gabe an oversized football jersey, helmet, and shoulder pads and told him to suit up…
The game ended with a loss for the Hodags to the visiting Mosinee High School, but the Rhinelander players stuck around. There was a “5th quarter” still to be played.
As Rhinelander walked back onto the field, the Mosinee players couldn’t figure out what was going on. Then they noticed the 8-year-old boy on the field in a helmet and pads, and their coach told them, “Run the kickoff and don’t tackle him!”
The boys from Mosinee realized what was going on and did exactly what their coach asked them to. The weary group returned to the field and lined up for the kickoff, leaping through the air with missed tackles as they chased an 8-year-old boy to the end zone…
Gabe’s moment on the gridiron with his high school heroes is especially noteworthy for me because he’s my little brother. It’s not often I get to write a story about someone I know, much less someone in my family.
What those kids from Mosinee did was a spectacular display of sportsmanship. They didn’t have to drag themselves back onto that field, much less put the effort they did into running that last play. It was a great moment for Gabe, those fans, and everyone on the field, and now it’s a great moment for the rest of us.
Most of us can get a perfectly good workout when we do ordinary pushups. But some people are past that and need to take their pushups to the next level if they want to feel the burn — perhaps putting their feet up on a chair or maybe doing one-armed pushups.
Simone Biles will risk sprains, broken bones, and all kinds of physical stresses to be the best gymnast she can be…but no bugs. That crosses the line.
After winning gold at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championship, she proudly stood atop the the podium to receive her medal. But then the silver medal winner beside her pointed out that there was a little buzzing bee hanging out on Biles’ bouquet…and that was the end of her serene moment of victory…
When David Taylor headed out for a bicycle ride several weeks ago around New Forest National Park and Bournemouth, England, he was determined to ride more miles that Saturday than most of us will ride in this year.
But Taylor’s goal wasn’t simply to take on a refreshing 212-mile bike ride. When his journey was finished 13 hours later, a map of his route showed that the cyclist had drawn an enormous bicycle on the surface of southern England…
Though the intrepid cyclist said he took several wrong turns along the way, the rest of us are none the wiser. At this scale, of course it appears to be a rudimentary sketch of a bicycle drawn with a non-dominant hand, but given that his “canvas” was hundreds of miles of hilly roads and his medium was a GPS-tracked bicycle, this is quite possibly the most remarkable drawing of a bike ever.
All we can do is tip our hat to Taylor and hope this is just the first of many more land sketches from him.