During a hangout time at NL, Brother E and Brother K bumped into each other…
Brother E: Hey! We haven’t played basketball in a long time, we need to play!
Brother K: Oh, sure! I’m down to play anytime!
E: You better watch out though. I’m ranking myself in the Top 5.
K: Oh?! Top 5?! What do you mean? Of your peer class?
E: No.. of this church!
K: Wow.. what do you mean? Like Top 5 at the point guard position?
E: No.. Top 5 in overall raw talent! I’m pretty much playing the best basketball of my life right now.
K: Oh wow…that’s quite a statement… what happens if someone plays you and beats you? Does that mean you’re not in the Top 5?
E: No… that just means he’s top 5 as well! If he can beat me, he deserves to be in the top 5!
K: (in disbelief) Wow, you must be really, really good.
About a month later, after morning prayer band at NL where most people left and just a few brothers hanging out in the foyer…
E: HEY, We need to settle this right now. I’m playing the best basketball of my life right now and I can’t waste my top 5 talent!
K: What? Right now? I don’t’ know if I’m ready…
E: Let’s go! I’m tired of you making excuses! We need to play one on one right now!
Brother E and Brother K played 1 on 1. After E shot the ball for takeout and missed, Brother E never regained possession of the ball as he fell quickly 7-0. It was a fast though agonizing game due to the lopsided score for Brother E, but Brother E could not accept his defeat. Convinced that the outcome was a fluke, E demanded to play a best of 3 series to prove his claim as “Top 5 of Gracepoint”.. In a lose-lose situation of not wanting to completely destroy Brother E’s self-esteem and also fearing the possibility of losing to E, K reluctantly agreed to play another game of 1 on 1. The game ended with the exact same score, 7-0, and not in the favor of Brother E.
K: Um… (Awkwardly) good game..
EC: Just letting you know, if I had beaten you, I wouldn’t tell anyone about it.