Surprisingly, even with lots sunshine yesterday, the spruces up back still are coated with ice and new fallen snow. It has been a pretty picturesque backyard these last few days. Last night I ventured into the city and took in a couple of the Red Claws Holiday Basketball Tournament games with Marchin and 'annie's mom'. Growing up, it was always a sort of a rite of passage that after all the toys, games and new skates had been tried out, it was time for basketball. In my youth, basketball was king and although football and ice hockey have made inroads in the state, I still think it is. These games are always fun to watch, because they often involved games with teams across classes. You can still see some of the best high school teams in classes A, B, C on the same floor. That doesn't happen very often. In the nightcap, a couple of the best teams in the state Falmouth and Bonny Eagle squared off for bragging rights. It was a pretty entertaining game with Falmouth jumping out to an early lead and never looking back in a 66-55 win. If you like b-ball, it was a pretty good place to be and out of the frigid temps for a few hours. Jump ball!