John Updike poem “The Ex-Basketball player” is a form free verse poem written in third person narrator about a young man, Flick Webb who still lives in his past rather than moving forward in his life. Flick Webb who was once a great basketball player during his high school years but now he just “sells gas, checks oil, and changes flats.” Flick is an indeed example towards high school students of what not to be. A person should not cling to one important memory in one’s life but should move further and be capable of doing something beyond. Flick Webb in this poem is a role model, especially teenagers, of what not to end up like. Updike uses certain figurative language effectively to lead the reader through Flick’s life- principal road in town that decides his future, lowly job and his menial habits.
In the poem “The Ex-Basketball player” by John Updike, personification, metaphors, and imagery tone all contribute to the theme of the poem. In the poem, the main character is Flick. Flick, had great talent while he was on the basketball team then later on in life, he ends up working at a gas station. The poet tells the reader about how Flick played basketball. The thing is, Flick doesn't play basketball anymore.
￼“The Ex Basketball Player” In this poem “The Ex Basketball Player” by John Updike, the use of metaphors, similes, diction, and clear tone all contribute to the theme of one must move on not trying to relive the glory days. Facts about the poem are a- Where he came from, b- His days as a high school player, and c- his days now and what he does. Growing up in Pennsylvania, his early inspiration to be a writer came from watching his mother, an aspiring writer, submit her work to magazines. In an interview Updike stated, “I began as a writer of light verse, and have tried to carry over into my serious or lyric verse something of the strictness and liveliness of the lesser form.” His poetry, starting as light verse, encompasses a variety of forms and topics. He has been praised for his wit and precision, and for his ability to focus on common subjects and on places near and distant—from Shillington, Pennsylvania.
A song then introduces happy moments for most characters including Max’s participation in a pre-basketball match entertainment. The song represents the happy moods from one scene to another for a while. It helps in enforcing the story of a happy young man who becomes sad after losing the woman’s love to his friend. The natural sounds of ambulances and police cars sirens are so deafening that it is difficult to hear what Max tells Mrs. Blume leaving the audience to decide on what transpired. However, it becomes clear when Mrs. Blume files for a divorce.
Unfortunately, we lost but it was a great experience. We may not have accomplished all of our team goals, like winning the league, but the season was still great. My favorite memory was senior night because I was able to go out one last time and play in front of the home crowd. I remember coach telling me to go out there and do what I do best. That night I played one of my best games all season scoring three
Brick walls will appear in any point of one’s life to everyone. It might seem hard to open a hole and go through or jump over it, but there is always a way to do it. I’m not one of the good guys at basketball, but my passion for it never stopped me. My parents never supported me on this, but I always played and got into the team. I was in the bench for almost a year, just getting water for the other players.
Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court | Conversation Starters When NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar first visited UCLA to meet the man who would be the greatest coach in American history, Coach John Wooden, he was taken aback by the man’s attention to his grades rather than to his high school basketball record. Having the best record for a prospective college player, Abdul-Jabbar was confident the Coach would be impressed. But the 18 year old cocky kid from New York got his first lesson from the Coach who would be his mentor and friend for the rest of his life: “basketball is temporary, but knowledge is forever.” That was the beginning of a coach-player mentorship that blossomed into a 50-year
Naismith had to create a game that would pique the men’s interest, but not injure them for the upcoming football season. Naismith drew up the 13 original rules of basketball and asked a janitor for 2 rectangular boxes. The janitor came back with 2 peach baskets so Naismith nailed them up 10 feet high on opposite ends of the gym to be the baskets. There were 2 teams of 6 people each trying to score on the opposing goal. “Naismith tossed the ball, and the game of ‘basket ball’ was born.” Basketball caught on quick and many people mailed Naismith asking for the rules so they could play it themselves.
The day of Jesse’s death, there is a competition which Jesse enters. In his first event, log rolling, he wins a few rounds. Each round is competitive, to which the crowd responds well. However, when Jesse wins, “the applause was surprised, ominous, cold as the win” (251). Jesse was beating the loggers “at their own game” (251) and therefore was a threat.
And ever since that event, Tom transforms from a carefree, self-centered ego-maniac kid to a mature adolescent. Tom‘s immaturity is very evident when he acts like a fool. He thinks that acting “cool” in front of Becky will make her be impressed and “like” him,“The next instant he was out... doing all the heroic things he could conceive of, and keeping a furtive eye out, all the while, to see if Becky Thatcher was noticing“ (97). Acting very immature around Becky makes him look silly. Instead of talking to her and expressing his feelings, he is acting ludicrous just to get her attention and impress her.
Born on February 17, 1963, Michael Jeffrey Jordan is arguably the greatest to bless the sport and culture. Everyone witnessed his potential early on in college as a North Carolina Tar Heel. Entering the University at Chapel Hill in 1981 the freshman, made the game winner against Georgetown for the national championship. His trail of accomplishments continues when named College Player of the Year in his sophomore and junior year. Back to back accomplishments only carried over into his NBA career.
Marcus Mann is a native of Carthage, he attended school at South Leake High School where he was a good basketball player and was a very smart student. He graduated at the top of his class and was a top five basketball player in Mississippi. He went to college at East Central Community College (ECCC) and Mississippi Valley State University. In June of 1996, one month after he graduated magna cum laude, the Golden State Warriors selected him as the 11th pick in the second round there were forty overall. He was also named the SWAC player of the Year and was the first player from MSVU to earn that award.