Our inexperience served as the preamble for the recent team meeting.
*****Coach McMillan: What are the play-offs? (He turns to the whiteboard to write.)
Sergio: A series of contests played to determine the winner of a championship!
Coach McMillan: …
Shavlik Randolph (whispering): I think that was a rhetorical question.
Me (also whispering): An oratorical device designed to get us to think?
Sergio: Of course! It did not seem an example of rhetorical hyperbole, given the lack of overblown language.
Me: We are tangenting!
Coach McMillan: Let me try again. You know what they say about love and war.
Me (thinking of Cristina): One involves deep feelings of affection and the other is armed combat between at least two parties?
Coach McMillan (with hintings of a smile): Miguel de Cervantes said, “Love and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the other.” And with the playoffs approaching, let’s keep that in mind for the games ahead. [Sergio and I incredulously high five.] Okay, let’s work on free throws.