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SlamBall Jesus John 2:13-22

SlamBall Jesus

An extreme basketball league has emerged, boasting trampolines in the court and insane leaping, hitting and slam-dunking. When Jesus dazzled the crowds on the temple court at Jerusalem, he introduced some moves that can still rock our religion.

For an alternate approach pertaining to Exodus 20:1-17, see Nit-picking on page 31.

March Madness: the NCAA basketball tournament.

College teams from across the country are battling through the brackets to reach the Sweet Sixteen, the Elite Eight, the Final Four and then the National Championship Game.

For some, however, March Madness isn’t crazy enough.

Introducing the next generation of basketball: SlamBall.

This is hoops for the A.D.D. and A.D.H.D generation, with action that looks like one extended highlight clip. It’s full of instant hoops, instant air and instant gratification.

The secret: trampolines imbedded in the court, in front of the hoops.

A player named Sean Jackson, better known as “Inches,” is one of the supercharged new stars of this brand-new extreme basketball league. In SlamBall, Inches is not limited by the normal constraints of the game — he can perform jaw-dropping 360 degree, through-the-legs, windmill jams. “It’s just like I dreamed about in street ball,” he tells The New York Times, “that I could do a certain dunk in midair, and the man I just...

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