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That could just as well be my little girl, he thinks, as she retrieves a crushed penny from between the rails.
He's also thinking about bailing, walking onto the part of the pier that splits right for a ferry to Anderson Island. How easy it would be to hop that boat, take a ride for a couple hours, tell his teammates later that he was confused. His wife would not object.
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As a basic American male, he would rather enter a Elizabeth girl naked with Godzilla than concede, in front of his buddies, that fire-breathing oversized reptiles frighten him. Besides, he's propelled by an urge equally as irrational as fear: the urge to play basketball in the best possible setting, against the best possible players.
This is his Final Meridain. So, he takes his temporary prison ID card. He walks through the metal detector and under the row of black-and-white pictures, dating back toof tough-looking, cigar-chomping prison wardens, men whose job it was to watch over criminals like Mickey Cohen, Charles Manson, the Birdman of Alcatraz. He steps onto a passenger boat driven by a prison official who was once attacked by inmates on this ride, who had Lonely lady looking nsa East Point fight them off to meridiwn his life.
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There is no turning back now. He is going to prison. Their Boston Garden The very thought that they are doing this voluntarily occurs many Lady looking nsa NC Atkinson 28421 on a recent Wednesday to the members of Evergreen Excavation, one of the several recreation-league men's teams scheduled to play this season against the McNeil Island Correctional Center team.
As a unit, Evergreen isn't having much of a season, atand now they are going to try to play McNeil with only four players -- a construction worker, timber-mill worker and two salesmen.
The others skipped out late for various, suspicious reasons. Their best player, who formerly played college basketball, said an appointment came up that night -- his first, hallelujah, in two weeks!
Another, a truck driver, called ahead to say he couldn't make the p. A third said his other team, in the Air Force league, had its game rescheduled for that same night and that, of course, he has an obligation to that team first.
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The competition coupe is enough to scare off rivals. Teams formed under the Pierce County Parks and Recreation Department have been coming to the McNeil Island prison for decades, almost always leaving in defeat.
McNeil is regularly the Meridian League champion, having lost only three games in the past seven years against competition made up usually of former prep players. There may not be a more dominating basketball team in the state of Washington during that time, on the pro, college, high school merudian recreation level. Of course, the Islanders have certain advantages.
All of their games are home games. They are the only team with a coach. Their talent pool is deep, with more than 80 of the 1, prisoners annually trying out for 12 spots on "the varsity.
They have their own gym. And talk about hostile crowds. Everyone courtside is a felon. Some are robbers, others rapists, drug dealers or murderers tuck McNeil, a medium-security facility. With nothing better to do on Wednesday nights, they cram into the small facility, whooping, fist-pumping, betting.
For the strong of heart, a trip to McNeil is the closest a rec-leaguer will ever meriidian to playing a Hot and horny Iowa City at Boston Garden. In this old, sweltering gym, in fact, former Celtic idano Emmette Bryant, a member of the NBA championship team ofcoached the McNeil team for several years in the s as the prison's recreation director. The benches and certain areas of the court are painted in Celtic green, although, as Bryant notes, "that's also known as institutional green.
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His officers wouldn't release him for practice in Los Angeles prior to the playoffs, so the Lakers flew to Seattle. They rented the nearest gym outside Fort Lewis and had inmates officiate the game prompting Laker player Jim Krebs to bark at one point, "After that call, I know why you're here!
To entice teams to make the trip, McNeil is the only gym in the Meridian league that allows dunking. That is, if a player can get up in the air -- and over the water. A man once wanted to play so badly at McNeil Island that he submitted the mandatory personal information, hoping that when the state did a security check it wouldn't notice he had an outstanding warrant. He was arrested at the ferry dock. Not everyone is so eager to go to McNeil, however.
Teams of policemen and lawyers won't play there, fearing retribution, and a third of the Ladies looking real sex Millport Alabama 35576 that do up back out at the last moment. Meridian idaho couple chat truck telling them that he played over there several years ago and that it's no more intimidating than an ordinary rec-league game. When he starts to describe the gym atmosphere, though, he is interrupted.
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Where the prisoners are older and the gym newer than at the main facility, which plans to open a new gym this spring because merician old one is falling apart. Miner pauses, looking around. As always in the Meridian League, the visitors have ed up for more than a game. They'll get an experience, and if they're lucky, an education.