'Let any of the rest, whose heart and spirit are urgent for it, come up and try me, since you have irritated me so, either at boxing or wrestling or in a foot race”
Lines 204 - 211, Book VIII, The Odyssey
When the competition is over and done, friends are still friends. There is no better feeling than a hard fought battle, and then going to eat with your friends that you were competing against. Last year, I went to a friends house, just to “hang-out.” We did so much more than that. We played video games and watched TV. I had more fun playing one on one with him more than anything else that we did. After playing a hard-fought game of one-on-one game with two evenly matched players. We went inside to have burgers for lunch. We had planned to go right back out and play some more after we had finished eat those delicious burgers. When we were finished eating, we both realized that we were both beat-up from the half-an-hour of playing one on one and decided to go down stairs from the kitchen and play some more video games. It didn’t matter that we had fought over possession of the ball, the 5th time we had agreed on “next shot wins.”It didn’t matter that we had bumps and bruises from our opponent. It didn’t matter that we had shed blood on the pavement near the hoop. It didn’t matter to his mom, that we were dripping in sweat. The only thing that mattered was the feeling of happiness and triumph and breaking bread after the challenges of basketball. I had so much fun that day, and being challenged to go hard for 30 minutes, playing one on one. By far the best part was knowing that we had both fought hard.