Basketball Jones

Satisfy your hoop needs

SAT 11/27

Practice those Harlem Globetrotter moves and don't be afraid to bounce the ball off your opponent's head. Intimidation is the name of this game. It doesn't matter if every shot you take is a brick just as long as you look good doing it. Therein lies the difference between the comfy confines of arena basketball and the nitty-gritty, no blood-no foul approach of streetball. Keep that in mind if you decide to register for the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Streetball Challenge, an all-day event in which everyone is invited to participate. Categories range from Small Dawgs (8-10 years) to Hot Shots (40 and older) to cover all levels of skill and agility. There are also Women's Open, Top Flight (men's open), and Corporate Team divisions. The balling starts at 9:00 a.m. at the American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd. Registration includes tickets to the NCAA Orange Bowl Basketball Classic games tonight, so you can hit the showers and then watch the Hurricanes take on the Xavier Musketeers at 7:30. Call 305-341-4701. -- Kris Conesa

Mike Gorman

Disc Player

Meet golf's slacker cousin

SUN 11/28

Philosophical seducer and pot-smoking preschool teacher Dex plays "frolf" on his desert backyard course in the underrated Donal Logue film, The Tao of Steve. Rocks, trees, and lawn ornaments became the "holes" to shoot for, but he and his buddies did have to spend a considerable amount of time retrieving discs from the roof. The sport of disc golf has a video game version, "Wham-O Frisbee Golf" and a national governing agency, the Professional Disc Golf Association (www.pdga.com), with both professional and amateur tournament circuits. Local amateur disc golfer, Jeff Gadapee, a seasonal tax preparer, recommends finding a good course and asking to join in on a round with a group of golfers to acquaint yourself with the sport. Once on the course, "you will find friendly people who are happy to help out a newbie." Kendall Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79th St., has a complete eighteen-hole course equipped with chain baskets. Call 305-596-9324. -- Lyssa Oberkreser

Gobble Gobble Gallop

THU 11/25

Ah, Thanksgiving. A time to enjoy the warm company of family while gorging yourself with cranberries and Tater Tots. This year, fight for your right to stuff your face and enjoy a guilt-free feast after you participate in the annual Miami-Dade Parks Turkey Trot. Decide how hard to push yourself, choosing between a 10K run, a 5K run, or a 5K fitness walk. After the race, pick up your complimentary multicolored T-shirt and enjoy some well-earned refreshments before you head home for your tryptophan fix. Meet this morning at 7:30 at Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Rd. Register early at The Runner's High, 11209 S. Dixie Hwy. Race day registration costs $30 for the 10K and $25 for the 5K events. Call 305-227-1500. -- Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursik

 
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