There's No Bigger Death Blow Than This Successful Hail Mary To Start Off A Rec League Basketball Game
If there is one thing I am absolutely certain of it's that 90% of youth sporting events are decided by pregame perception. Most of these kids are probably only in the beginning stages of puberty and therefore they are more than likely mental midgets. You just know that when this black team walked in with their iron-on matching jerseys and saw who they were playing their underdeveloped dicks immediately starting dragging. The team that spent $25 on a 12-pack of Hanes V-necks as their uniforms? There's was no way they were going to be any good. That is, until they immediately went into the shotgun formation and let go a one handed heave that not only found the bottom of the net, but brought the proverbial hammer down on their opponent's confidence in the process.
I have no idea which team has more talent, but I already know which team won this game. If you could live bet on 13 year olds I would run to the bank, get a loan, and let it all ride on white. That's a shot that a bunch of snot nosed middle schoolers simply can't come back from. It didn't just take the wind out of their sails, it blew a hole in the side of their ship. It's only 3-0 but that shot might as well have been a 'Rock N' Jock' 200 pointer. A team that comes out and casually launches up a hail mary for the hell of it? Those kids now have a very different impression of how good their competition is, and that will unequivocally have a negative effect on their play. They may not even know it, but they have already subconsciously admitted defeat. They are going to have that highlight replaying in their heads the entire game. Visions of the opposition's smug point guard slapping the backboard just mind fucking them until the final whistle. 99% of the time that shot comes nowhere close to going in and they are considered douchebags for even attempting it in the first place, but if only for today, they are winners and I don't need to see the final score to know that.