Olympics making me reminisce about my volleyball days

ames, especially beach volleyball. We used to play beach volleyball every day at 3 p.m. at Reece's Cabinet Shop for 10 years. I MEAN every day as long as the temperature was above 32 degrees — and it wasn't lightning.We loved it, and had a great time — but we were highly competitive. One day, I went up to block a spike by Cornel “Stagecoach Brake Handle” Reece, and he hit it straight down. I just couldn't block it because I was at a blocking angle and he hit it down the line (in non-volleyball English, he crushed the ball straight ahead). If you know Cornel, then you know every sport he plays, he thinks he's in the Olympics — and has only one speed, fast. That's how he does everything, hard and fast.We both look at each other across the net after his “Thunder Spikes,” and he would always say, “Yeah, I'll spike on your mama, and steal your lunch money!” What? Nobody talks about my mama! Now, it was fixing to get ugly.My partner, Gary “The Great White Hunter” Morris serves Cornel. Cornel passes the ball to his partner, “Big Al” Alan McDaniel. “Big Al” sets the ball up for Cornel, who rushes the net for the spike. But I was there to revenge for my poor ol' mama, and defend her honor. I go up for the block well over the top of the net, and Cornel spikes the ball. I felt like I was in the movie, “Meet the Parents.”Cornel hits the ball hard, but his “fan belt finger” jams straight into my left ring finger (Note: Cornel's “fan belt finger” was the result of him working on his hot rod and it shaved the sides off making it shaped like a shovel).I came down with a knot on my finger the size of a golf ball, and it's been there for 13 years now! The thing about my knot is if I hit it or get too close to a high-powered microwave oven when it's on, it shoots a volt of electricity all the way up my left arm and my left eye twitches — and I about pee my pants.I finally went to the doctor, and they are going to do surgery on Monday. Come to find out, it's a cyst, and it's on some nerves. So, the doctor has to put me out so I don't move around to take it out!Red-White Interteam ScrimmageThe Poteau Pirates will have their Red-White Scrimmage at 7 p.m. Saturday at Costner Stadium.While there will not be any admission charged, donations of body wash and deodorant will be gladly accepted.The Poteau Pirate Quarterback Club will have a tailgate party, and have a burger basket of a hamburger/cheeseburger, chips and a drink for $5.Be there to support your 2012 Poteau Pirates.“Beat the Heat Music Fest”The “Beat the Heat Music Fest” Battle of the Bands Competition will be Sept. 22 at Heavener Runestone Park. The gates will open at 10 a.m., and the event will last to approximately 10:30 p.m.The entry fee for bands wishing to compete is $50, and the deadline to enter is Sept. 14.Advanced tickets cost $3, while tickets at the gate will be $5. Children ages 3 and younger will be admitted free. All proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of LeFlore County.For additional information, call (918) 647-7136 or email Clay Roper at tcroper@cox.net.Save the world — recycle.God bless our troops and our veterans.Have a great weekend.— — —Any questions or pictures, make contact with Jody Ray Adams on Facebook, on the “Jody Ray Fishing Hotline” at (918) 649-7387 or email to jodyray@classicnet.net.