Gino And Joes Essay

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"Cut" I was trying out for my eighth grade season of basketball, since I had made the team the year before and was the coaches favorite I was in no way ready for what was about to happen to me. I, like Bob Greene, and many young teenage boys knows what if feels like to be "cut" from the team. I can remember this feeling of rejection because it was the first time, and it was for reasons I could not control. My story starts in seventh grade. I was a backup point guard for a championship team. I started half of the games, but not because of my talent because by far I was the smallest kid on the team. The starting point guard was an eighth grader who would be departing for high school the next year, so it was promising for me to take over the role when he left. In my mind, and the minds of other players on the team, it was a general feeling that I was a better player, just smaller and younger. This is the only reason why I could think I was not playing all the time. My relationship with the coach was great. I was a manager for the team my fifth and sixth grade years before I was eligible to play, so we knew each other very well. All these factors would make what was in store for me so hard to understand. The next season tryouts started and everyone was geared up. I had gone to basketball camps during that summer. I knew I was ready to take the team over but there were a few problems for me. I had not grown at all from the previous year, and there was a new kid who was a much bigger point guard. I felt that tryouts went well for the team and I, and we looked like we were going to be champs again. Tryouts ended and it was cut day. Every new kid who tried out would go to school early in case they got cut. I went into school that day at my normal time. When I approached the list to see who I would be playing with, there were a lot of kids huddled around who quickly stopped talking when I got there. I looked at the list, my name was on it, but it was not with the rest of the team. Everybody was telling me, "hey maybe that means you are the captain." I was happy for those few seconds, but then the coach came out of the office and said he wanted to...

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