GRID ALL-STARS AND WHY I WAS WRONG ABOUT LINDSEY
I was wrong about Lindsey.
In the beginning of 2014, I wrote an article titled “Why I Was Wrong About Grid League”. That article had some errors and misconceptions about the game.
Since then, I have learned a lot more about grid league and it’s players than when I first started writing that article. I’m not going to go into all the details here, but I will say that I’ve come to realize that my original assumptions were incorrect.
The reason why I think my initial assumption was wrong is because there are several things that make me believe that Lindsey isn’t actually a good player.
1) She doesn’t play like one.
Lindsey plays very defensively. She plays like she wants to win every single point.
When playing against her, you want to just get out of the way so that she doesn’t score any points.
2) Her shot selection is poor.
She shoots from outside the paint and with her left hand. She uses both hands to shoot the ball which means that if she misses, it’s usually due to bad shooting mechanics rather than a lack of skill on her part.
Even when in the lane, she tends to fade away from shots. She also has the tendency to over-dribble.
3) It’s not her natural ability and athleticism that allows her to score.
She isn’t as fast as some of the other players on the court. Her vertical leap isn’t especially high or anything like that either.
Even her hands aren’t that great in terms of ball handling. What makes her especially good at scoring is that she always puts herself in the right position to get off a shot.
4) She scores against most opponents she faces.
Since she can’t jump very high or run all that fast, it’s not surprising that when she first started out she would lose sometimes. The only thing that has changed since then is experience.
As I said, she plays very defensively. In fact, the only way to “stop” her from scoring is by playing just as defensively or more effectively.
From all of this, it’s clear that she doesn’t have much in natural talent when it comes to playing grid. Her ability to put the ball in the hoop is directly related to how well she uses her limited but still useful skills.
She doesn’t have “IT”. She isn’t a born natural. She isn’t a “leaper”. She isn’t a freak of nature that has crazy ball handling skills either. What she is however, is a consistent above average player with good positioning and timing.
So what about her? What am I missing? Is she some kind of savant at this game or something? Is there something I’m not seeing?
At this point, I’m asking myself why am I writing all this?
Is it because perhaps, deep down, there might still be a small part of me that believes she isn’t as good as I think she isn’t. It’s strange to think about, but maybe on some subconscious level I still want to believe that she isn’t a good player even though every piece of evidence and everything else I’ve seen points to the contrary.
Or maybe it’s because I’m still holding out for the possibility that my brother is wrong about her and that she isn’t a better player. There is a part of me that wants to reject everything he has ever told me as being wrong just so I have an excuse to not feel so bad about myself.
It’s silly and pointless to even consider though. I know it, but for some reason I can’t help it.
I’m ready to move on from this. I don’t want to think about this anymore, but I know I need to.
Something else is going on here and I’m not going to figure it out until I address some other things first.
It all comes back to my brother’s opinion of her and while I know it shouldn’t, it affects how I see and think about her. I need to figure out why that is before I can do anything else.
It’s hard to admit this, but maybe he was right about me having a small school yard crush on her. I’m sure there were signs of it at the time.
I can’t be sure if that’s all there was to it though. In fact, I’m sure there was more to it than just that.
I’m starting to remember more things now. Things from back then…
One of the things I’ve always liked about Talia was that she was genuinely interested in the game of Gridball. Unlike most other girls who would feign interest just to hang out with me or be nice, she was one of the few girls who legitimately shared my interest in the sport.
She would ask me all sorts of questions about the game. She wanted to know everything about it.
Who were the best players? What was the best team? What was the difference between the types of ball? What different types of plays were there?
She showed a genuine enthusiasm that I had rarely seen before.
Now that I think about it, that might have been one of the things that attracted me to her.
Of course back then, I didn’t really understand what it meant to have a girl interested in me like that.
Sources & references used in this article:
The main-sequence turnoff of the populous SMC cluster Lindsay 1 by EW Olszewski, RA Schommer… – The Astronomical …, 1987 – adsabs.harvard.edu
Properties of 42 solar-type Kepler targets from the asteroseismic modeling portal by TS Metcalfe, OL Creevey, G Doğan… – The Astrophysical …, 2014 – iopscience.iop.org
Deserted Cities of the Heart by L Shiner – 2019 – books.google.com