Old Time Saturday

When high school boys play Saturday night basketball games, their usual day probably is a walk-through practice around 10 in the morning, a light lunch, and relaxation until the bus leaves or until they are due at the local gym.  The only variation will be the time when the local school will schedule this walk-through practice.  Back when Indiana had 600 high schools and over half of them were in rural areas, there was quite a difference in what these kids did on a Saturday compared to the city kids.  There was always some type of farm chore that my dad insisted needed to be done.  You just hoped that it didn’t involve your arms, and somewhat, your legs.  To those who had confined farm animals, a lot of these Saturdays meant cleaning the stables–not exactly an easy chore before you wanted to play 32 minutes of basketball.  Add that to the fact that many of these kids also grew up avid hunters.  Some of them would go out and chase down rabbits after they did their chores.  It is a wonder some of these kids ever made it through the Saturday night games.  Two things usually made these Saturday night games just as exciting then as they are now.  First of all, games involved a lot less running in the old days, and secondly, these farm kids were used to daily chores and staying in bed longer probably would have made them less effective than doing the chores that dad had for them.

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