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文章标题:幸运的弹球(A Lucky Bounce)发表日期:2019-05-27(2019-07-06修改)
作  者:儿歌(英)―红霞(译)出处:原创浏览282次,读者评论1条论坛回复0条
幸运的弹球(A Lucky Bounce)
文/儿歌(英)―红霞(译)
2019年05月27日,星期一

       I watched the Kawhi Leonard’s shot bounce in. It defied physics.

       If you don’t know what I mean, go find a clip on YouTube. The ball was short. It hit the rim at such an angle, the ball bounced straight up into the air, crossing the circular net towards the other side. It bounced on the inside of the rim, straight up again. Then it proceeded to tortuously dribble around the red circle, eventually dripping into the twine.

       I screamed. That ball had no right to going in. If Kawhi shot the ball a hundred more times, I doubt he would produce any result remotely close.

       For those of you who do not follow sports, then in a quick recap, Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors hit the game-winner in a do-or-die game against the Sixers of Philadelphia, my home team. Swallowing the defeat was as hard as swallowing a basketball. Currently, Toronto stands one game away from the NBA Finals, locked in the Eastern Conference Finals with the Milwaukee Bucks. If they manage to pull off a win, it would soothe my pain greatly as it shows the Sixers are not far away from pushing over the hump.

       It would also greatly anger me. We might have gone to the finals if not for a very, VERY sharp rim bounce. Unfortunately, at least one of the core Sixer’s players will probably leave for another team, which may be a critical setback.

       However, this post is not to continue to rub salt among Philadelphia natives. It’s more to point out the spectacular emotions that roll through people’s hearts. Imagine: a bunch of grown men bouncing a spherical orange leather ball, getting paid millions of dollars. One would think this to be silly, but when simplified down to the basics, all sports sound stupid.

       Human entertainment often applies to one of the five senses. We listen to music, taste and smell great food, look at art… Where do sports lie? Again, let me dig out some history knowledge from APUSH. During the late 20th century and the dawn of desk jobs, sports grew in popularity due to the need for “manly” activities (you know, because it’s uncivilized to hold stabbing matches now but we pay to see two people punch the snot out of each other). The idea that sports fueled masculinity does hold true: modern popular American sports revolve around men.

       In ancient Roman civilization, the gladiator games at the Colosseum provided entertainment for the public, but also for a way to suppress riots. The leaders of the empires wanted to keep the populous entertained to avoid outcry. However, in modern society, people aren’t impeaching presidents because the NBA or NFL players go on strike. It still fascinates me, though, to see an entire city cry for a week over a bounce, both Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears (Double Doink) alike.

       Referring back to the power of sports, I really do not have an answer. Perhaps people enjoy supporting their native city or country, but that does not explain the shifting bandwagon fans or casual-going Joe. It also does not explain the burning hatred for Kawhi Leonard I now have, or the loathing hatred for fall-away jump shots from the right baseline.

       Another comparison of sports I’ve heard is that sports are just a man’s drama. I don’t disagree, apart from the growing women fan population, as there are parallels in many dramas and sports news. For crying out loud, when Lebron James became a free agent, the amount of gossip around the country was insane. Perhaps sports, like any good drama, is just there for the imagination, a method of competition like a show that intrigues people. I’ve gotten quite off topic and this answer most certainly is not satisfying, but I’m no professional in this. I’m just a kid who is still pained by that defining moment.

       Regardless of my emotions, the other 99% of Americans and more watched a fantastic series between the Sixers and Raptors. Finishing this post up, the Raptors actually have beaten the Bucks and moved on to face the Golden State Warriors… who will absolutely send the Raptors back to extinction. Have fun, because I will enjoy watching the greatest team of all time crush Kawhi’s annoying jumpshot.

【英译中】

       我眼睁睁望着科怀·伦纳德的绝杀跳投球弹进篮内,活脱脱颠覆了物理学常理。

       如果你不知道我所说的意思,干脆到优管里找来一段视频看看。球在眼前,以恰定的弧度撞到篮圈,径直弹回空中,再转悠到圆形篮网的对面,接着钻进篮圈内侧弹了几下又飞身而出,然后呆在篮筐四周晃来晃去,最终才落入球网。

       我尖声大叫,谁让那个贼球得分的,假若之前科怀投进过百八十个倒有情可原,可我怀疑他从未得手成功。

       为照顾那些对体育毫不知情的人,这里简单回顾一下这场季后赛的来龙去脉。多伦多猛龙队的科怀·伦纳德在与我家乡队―费城76人队决定胜负的关键性比赛中大出风头,品尝失败的滋味如同吞食篮球一样实在令人难以下咽。目前,多伦多距离美职篮总决赛仅有一场角逐,将与密尔沃基雄鹿队争夺东部赛区出线权,一旦他们如愿以偿,反倒说明76人队整体水平不差,我心中的憋屈得以缓解许多。

       我依旧愤愤不平,要不是那个刁钻乖戾的篮圈弹球,恐怕咱早就闯进决赛。悲催的是,76人队大概至少有一名主力将去别的球队,可谓损失惨重。

        诚然,书写这篇杂文不是要给费城当地人再揭伤疤,而是希望激励人们抒发豪情壮志,试想:一帮腰缠数以百万年薪的彪形大汉,整天围着圆形橙色皮球上蹿下跳,你肯定觉得滑稽可笑,但说白了,所有运动都听起来荒诞不经。

        人类的娱乐活动往往迎合了五种感官中一种需要,我们聆听音乐、品尝美食、观赏艺术……体育属于哪种呢?让我再从《美国历史大学预修课程》扒点理论依据吧。廿世纪后期时兴写字楼办公,人们亟待“猛男”活力(要知道,现在大家虽说对动粗嗤之以鼻,但又乐意花钱观看打得鼻涕横飞的比赛),体育塑造阳刚之气已是不争的事实:当代盛行的美式体育项目无不以男人为中心。

        纵观古罗马文明,斗兽场上的竞技比武不仅提供公众娱乐,同时也起到平息暴动的功效,帝王将相利用这种寻欢作乐的方式来避免骚乱。然而在当今社会,即使美职篮或美职足球员罢工,群黎百姓也不会弹劾总统。本周以来因为眼见全城老少为弹球一事伤心难过,犹如今年元月费城老鹰队和芝加哥狗熊队橄榄球赛场景重现,我禁不住浮想联翩。

        谈到体育威力,我真不知该怎样描述,也许大家对本地或本国球队情有独钟,但为何有人强追热捧、有人却随遇而安,而我对科怀·伦纳德本人难以释怀,一想起他右侧底线的绝杀跳投便火冒三丈。

        早就听说竞技运动的另一个特点就是戏剧性,我认为这跟女性粉丝群体日趋增长无关,娱乐八卦频出,体育新闻必定火爆。天哟,当勒布朗·詹姆斯变成自由球员之时,举国上下到处疯传各种小道消息,如同任何佳作,或许体育赋予想象力,就像戏剧那样,它以比赛形式把人的注意力吸引过来。跑题了,如此解答肯定不会令人满意,反正我又不在行,眼下充其量只算一位尚未走出痛苦深渊的小伙子。

        无论本人心绪如何,想必99%以上的美国佬都看过76人队和猛龙队两队一系列精彩交锋。刚写完博客,正赶上猛龙队击败雄鹿队晋级迎战金州勇士队……他们绝对能把猛龙队杀得一干二净。开心要紧,我终将亲眼目睹这支史无前例的球队阻挡科怀可恶的跳投。


阵亡将士纪念日上“钥匙俱乐部”社区服务生
(Key Club @ Memorial Ceremony 05/27/2019)


阵亡将士纪念日·宾谷初中
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That bounce won the championship for the raptors
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And it makes 76ers feel much better.
 
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