You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Magazine

Connections

Geezer basketball

At age 72, a Parkinson’s patient plays in a pickup game at the Y with fellow “geezers” and some middle-schoolers, too.

It’s 10:30 on a Friday morning during school vacation week at our local YMCA, and we are choosing up sides for a pickup game of basketball. Eighth-grader Dakota wants the teams divided by age — arrogant middle school kids taking on the “old guys.” I do the numbers: Four of us elders total 290 years. Collectively we’re older than our country. Weird. The four middle schoolers total barely 50 years.

For the record, we’ve tried this before and have concluded that the attention span of the typical middle school boy is about five minutes, after which the game deteriorates into displays of hot-dogging that leave us plus-70 guys nostalgic. So we grandpa hoopsters insist our teams be balanced between the young, representing speed, and the old, representing wisdom and finesse.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week