I am convinced that you can eat too much stuffing at Thanksgiving (though it has not yet happened to me), drive too fast on the Interstate or face a week with too much work, but there's no way to feast on too much basketball in one day.
The first Shootout at the Hall is in the books and here's hoping it won't be the last.
My day on Saturday started as a fan in the stands as Champaign Central dismantled Normal West (yes, the Central underclassmen are THAT good), then I covered games 2 and 3, watching Decatur Eisenhower handle Peoria Central for the second time this year before Washington hung on to upend Normal Community.
At that point, my break time consisted of returning to the office to write the game accounts of the two games I'd seen and then hitting the road to Danville to catch the Vikings' 7:30 p.m. game against the Hilltoppers.
Luckily, WDWS was broadcasting all six of the Shootout at the Hall games, so I got to hear the entire second half and overtime of Centennial's upset over state-ranked Peoria Richwoods.
After seeing Danville overpower the Hilltoppers 60-33, I flipped the radio back on to listen to the WDWS broadcast of the St. Joseph-Ogden vs. Chrisman game, the one I originally expected to be the day's most competitive matchup. It didn't disappoint.
By the time I arrived back in Champaign to work on my final game story of the day, I had seen or heard all or parts of six prep games.
What a day! Nothing like a little basketball to rejuvanate the batteries.