Heaven is a Playground

Heaven is a Playground — Saying goodbye to a good friend: The Downtown YMCA, San Diego

I imagine that when the lights went off, the Ghost of Pete Maravich came out to run ball-handling drills across the battered floorboards. On Friday, Oct. 31, the Downtown YMCA of San Diego closed its doors for the final time.

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Heaven is a Playground — Rose Park 26th and O: Stacey Dash, the orthodox shul and Washington D.C.

The shot goes up and rims out, spelling out H-O-R-S. The sun is down by now, it must be at least 8:45 p.m. The bats are out, feeding on the mosquitoes caught in the sticky Boston dog day air. Most

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Heaven is a Playground: FIBA World Cup 2014 — Human nature, Gilas Pilipinas and Andray Blatche’s redemption

Human Nature is about as fickle as an 8-year-old boy chasing tumbleweeds through the backwoods of Georgia, or so I’m told. Why are we so quick to judge and falsely label others, when we all know too well the feeling

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Heaven is a Playground: I’m sorry, Senegal, I screwed up

The passion Senegal plays with is why I love the game of basketball. What they have done thus far in the FIBA World Cup has been humanity reaffirming, touching and, above all, a tribute to everyone who has ever been

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Heaven is a Playground: FIBA 2014 team preview — Spain vs Team USA

Columnist Noah Perkins will be covering the 2014 FIBA World Cup for One-Bid Wonders. Leading up to the Aug. 30 tip-off, he will be previewing all 24 qualified teams. As much as I’d like to predict another team besides the

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Heaven is a Playground: FIBA 2014 team preview — Lithuania

Columnist Noah Perkins will be covering the 2014 FIBA World Cup for One-Bid Wonders. Leading up to the Aug. 30 tip-off, he will be previewing all 24 qualified teams. What’s the best country in the world at the game of

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Heaven is a Playground: FIBA 2014 team preview — Australia

Columnist Noah Perkins will be covering the 2014 FIBA World Cup for One-Bid Wonders. Leading up to the Aug. 30 tip-off, he will be previewing all 24 qualified teams. Nathan Jawai looks like he eats a lot of vegemite. I

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Heaven is a Playground: FIBA 2014 team preview — Greece

Columnist Noah Perkins will be covering the 2014 FIBA World Cup for One-Bid Wonders. Leading up to the Aug. 30 tip-off, he will be previewing all 24 qualified teams. Kosta Koufous, you balding ass. In his hilarious tell-all of his

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Heaven is a Playground: FIBA 2014 team preview — Argentina

Columnist Noah Perkins will be covering the 2014 FIBA World Cup for One-Bid Wonders. Leading up to the Aug. 30 tip-off, he will be previewing all 24 qualified teams. If a glossy stock photo of triple-layered chocolate cake drizzled in

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Heaven is a Playground: FIBA 2014 team preview — Croatia

  Columnist Noah Perkins will be covering the 2014 FIBA World Cup for One-Bid Wonders. Leading up to the Aug. 30 tip-off, he will be previewing all 24 qualified teams. I always thought Gheorghe Muresan was Croatian. I’m not exactly

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