What's the game?

You don’t have to hang up your sneakers on your 50th birthday. Or your 65th birthday. Don’t listen to those voices that tell you to act your age, whatever that means. When I was a kid, I idolized the big guys who hung around my playground. Some of them were college ballplayers. By the time I was in high school, my heroes had disappeared into marriage, family life or neighborhood bars. They didn’t play ball anymore. They certainly didn’t jog. Sneakers were for kids. Running shoes hadn’t even been invented.

The game has changed since the 1960s. Baby boomers started setting their own rules and their own expectations. With the generation’s vanguard turning 65 this year,  the look of retirement will get a face-lift. There are many expectations and stereotypes about aging to be challenged.

On this site, I want to focus on those of us playing basketball after 50, taking on all comers in athletic clubs, rec centers and playgrounds. I want to look at what physical and psychological challenges we face, what satisfaction we get, and what training and equipment help.

 As phrased in pickup games, let’s make it a game to 100 and see what happens.

4 Responses to What's the game?

  1. smith says:

    Hello there Paul

    I just ran over your site. I played at Francis Lewis in ’64 and was additionally a companion of Gary Hayes. Sorry to learn the news. I really played against you a couple of times in the schoolyards in Queens! For the record, you were stunning!

    I live in Israel and at 67 still play, for the most part with more youthful folks who are flabbergasted that I can in any case shoot jumpers and drive!!

    Play constantly!! A debt of gratitude is in order for the recollections!

  2. Richie Simon says:

    Hi Paul
    I just came across your site. I played at Francis Lewis in ’64 and was also a friend of Gary Hayes. Sorry to hear the news. I actually played against you a few times in the schoolyards in Queens! For the record, you were amazing!
    I live in Israel and at 67 still play, mostly with younger guys who are amazed that I can still shoot jumpers and drive!!
    Never stop playing!! Thanks for the memories!

    • Paul Clegg says:

      Hi Richie,
      Thanks for the note. Glad to hear that you’re still playing ball. That shows what a solid upbringing on the asphalt courts of Queens can do for you.

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