Working the Dream Game
By Dave Sheets
As the first horn sounds to end the time out, I am in position to inbound the ball. My partners move to remind the two basketball teams to break the huddle. As we make eye contact, we are all smiling as wide as our mouths will allow. We are working a dream game. This is the type of game that every official wishes for, and we have it!
The game came about when the athletic director for North called to say he wanted to try an experiment in high school basketball. He had worked with his coaches and with the leadership down at South to make the experiment a reality. The game had been an annual rivalry since the schools were part of the same school corporation, though they were located about 15 miles apart. The game featured cousins on opposite teams, married couples sitting on opposite sides of the gym, and all the furor that a week of preparation, pep rallies and media attention could muster. It was the basketball atmosphere that anyone older than 45 remembers from when he or she was in school.