Friday, October 31, 2008

a common bond

I watching the ring ceremony for the Boston Celtics the other night. The ring ceremony is when the Celtics, who won the NBA Championship last season, were given their championship rings. They were presented the rings before their fans before the start of their first game of the NBA season. The ring ceremony is also the last time that you are celebrated for the previous years success. This is a new season. Time to defend the title.

Watching the ceremony, I was able to reflect back to the day when I played football for South Carolina State University. During my junior year, we won our conference as well as the Black College National Championship. We were awarded the ring that you see above a few months after our magical season was over. I was blown away when i first saw it (yes..those diamonds are real. LOL.)

Much like the Celtics, through the experiences that we went has created a bond between me and my teammates that will never be broken. We all have strong bonds. We have bonds with our family, crew, hood, frat/sorority, etc. There are only maybe a hundred people who have gone through some of the same experiences that I did to get that ring. I can't put into words how special that bond is. It's not like the bond that I have with my crew or my family. It's strong...but just different. And like the Celtics, when I see or talk to an old teammate...we can reminisce about what we accomplished and what we went through.

Like the Celtics, every teammate isn't gonna be your best friend. Shoot, you might not even like some of your teammates. Some dudes you wouldn't have a drink with. LOL. But at the end of the day, we share that common bond b/c of the experience that we shared together. When we see each other, it's all love...just like the Celtics. There are a select few of your teammates who become like brothers to you. Like I said's a very unique bond. many ways...we're just like the the Celtics and the bond that we share with others can only be described in one word...CHAMPIONS!


Somebodies Friend said...

Powerful post 12kyle,

There are very few people that can say that they have had such an experience.

But I can say that I have, me and all of my brothers after coming back from war. Being in the military and pushed into a war (Iraq) zone will make soul brothers out of people that may not even talk to each other if they didn't have this one thing in common.

Keisha "Kitten" Isaacs said...

Hey Brother!

I can relate as far as the bond with my sorors and most definitely my ships......I also feel an amazing bond with the sistahs in my Lylas Ministry that I pray and praise God with week after week...

.I dig bro....I dig....good post!

You and the 12Kyle crew have a great weekend....Good bless u all!

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

man i bet and can tell that was a great memory

Pigskin Loving Lady said...

I've never won a championship but I can imagine how great it must feel, to obtain the ultimate prize.

This old ball player from the Phillies described this very thing on ESPN yesterday. His sentiments were the very same. You may not like a guy during the entire season but when its all over and you've won - you'll love them for life.

Congrats on your ring Brother.

The Dreamy One said...

that was very touching Kyle.

i aint gonna lie you encounter people in your life that change it forever and people that give you so much insight in life. You are one of those people.

Im so happy to know you sweets.

Hope you and the family have a wonderful weekend!!!

L. Renee' said...

I am the proud wife of a Champion!
I think next to his wedding band, that ring means a great deal to him. People stop him all the time asking about the ring. You are right, the bond that you two share is very special. The stories about Coach Jeffrey are hilarious! Great Post!

12kyle said...

@ sombodies friend
Big ^ to you! That's the ultimate sacrifice! I tip my hat to you, bruh. Fighting in a war was really laying it on the line. That bond that you share with those around you is priceless!

@ keisha the kitten
Thanks sis! I told you that your ministry would be a success!

@ rawdawgbuffalo
Great memories bruh

@ Pigskin Loving Lady
That is so true. There is a brotherhood that is formed during those days that you spend practicing in 100 degree heat. It's all about the struggle. Thanks!

@ Dreamy
Thanks for your kind words. You tryna make a playa shed a tear? LOL!!!

Have a good weekend!

@ LRenee
Everytime I see your husband...he's rockin the ring. And I'm rockin mine. LoL. Me and that dude been rollin since the first day that we hit the campus. Not only was he a damn good football player but a fierce competitor.
All of the stories about Coach J are funny...and true

CapCity said...

just wanted to say hey...

Mizrepresent said...

Nice ring Kyle, you have to be proud! I guess i have that kind of bond with my college friends and family, thick like thieves! Have a great weekend!

12kyle said...

@ Cap
Heyyyyyyyyyyy!!! lol

@ Miz
You are correct! The bonds are so thick that they can never be broken.

Stew said...

yeah i know exactly what you mean. i am still very good friends with some of the guys that i play basketball with in high school. if it were up to me, everyone would play on a team of some sort. it teaches so many different skills for life and how to deal with people.

that ring is nice too.

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