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joober jones

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For anyone who played organized basketball at any point in their lives, what jersey number did you have? I was #4 in junior high school and #20 in high school. I wasn't quite talented enough to play at the college level.
 
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If I could get it, #6. As a freshman QB, my number was 83 which tells you alls you need to know about my football career.

All you need to know about my college hoops career is that I wore 11 - even though the number had been retired 10 years prior (the guy who wore it actually passed away two days ago - probably when he found out that I was allowed to have it). I got it because they weren't worried about me actually showing up in a varsity game, but they had the number available in practice jerseys (and the JV uniforms that were over 10 years old).

High school was 13 in hoops and baseball, and 35 when I had a growth spurt and got too big for the 13 hoops jersey. And a soccer goalie, which I don't think had numbers back then for high school.
 

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12 except one season when I suddenly became 35.

ME: What happened to 12? I've always been 12!
COACH: I gave you 35 this year.
ME: WHY.
COACH: You look like a 35.

I was 12 again the next year.
 

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College 21
(Football, not bball)
 
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Since I was playing in youth leagues all the way through high school I was always 32, after Magic. Just loved the way he played the game.
 
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I was #4 in junior high school and #20 in high school.

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#10 and #34 for basketball and #32 and #51 for baseball
 
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#11

Legion baseball through college and also jr pro/boys club hoops through college - never wavered!
 
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#35 (for Paul Silas), baseball had #26 from LL up until stopped playing, even softball leagues.
 
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I have followed the Boneyard, I think, through all of its iterations, but only decided recently to wade into this beautiful cesspool by posting.

This seems an innocuous enough thread to get my feet wet, or cruddy, as the case may be.

Except for a few games at the beginning of my freshman season in high school, I always wore number 11. I switched to that number after noticing that one of the officials who usually refereed our home games was missing the thumb and index finger on one of his hands. I was curious which alternate digit he would use to indicate my new number.

As hoped in my dumb teenage mind, every time I committed a foul he would walk over to the scorer’s table and flip them the bird. Basically his nefarious hand gesture signaled: “I’m number one and cuss you.”

My switch to the number 11 began as a pimply teenager’s private joke, but it ended with great respect for the zebra. When asked about a particular call on the court, this ref would explain to the player precisely what that player had done wrong. He was almost always right. Off the court, he would talk basketball with anything with ears.

I gradually got to know him personally over my four seasons, as we crossed paths on the court, or in-or-about town—he lived not far from campus.

One afternoon during my senior season, I ran across him in a grocery store parking lot, admitted why I wore the number 11, and stupidly asked him why he didn’t raise a different finger, something other than the middle one.

He responded, “What the cuss is a man going to do? Raise his pinkie?”

He then, justifiably, began walking away. After a few steps, however, he turned on his heels to signal one final number 11.

He was number one, and cuss me. And he was, and cuss me.

Anyone other NEPSAC players from the mid-to-late 1980s remember this ref?
 

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#6 for basketball (Dr. J)
#14 for baseball (Jim Rice)
#69 for beer league softball
 

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#11 in football until my senior year when we got single digit jersey numbers and I got #6 which I wore in hoops. (Dr. J). #22 in JC football.
 
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#13 in all sports (mostly lacrosse) because of my pretty serious boylove for Chris Smith.
 

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#3 for all sports (Hoop, baseball, softball)...
Too bad you didn't repeat this one more time. It would have been the perfect trifecta.
 
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43 hs football
12 hs and college baseball
was 4 in some summer league that I cant recall and 6 in jr. high baskeball
 
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