At first, I thought it was a good idea.
You know how ideas work. When they first pop into your head you think, "Boy, that's a good idea."
It's only when time passes that you realize your idea may not have been a good one.
That was my thought process when I asked to play racquetball with Darrin and Brady Prince on Thursday at America's Fitness Center. In short, I didn't know what I was getting into.
My first clue that playing the Prince brothers was a bad idea was the fact they're nationally ranked racquetball players.
According to Racquetball Magazine, Darrin is ranked sixth in the 24-and-under Open Division while Brady is ranked sixth in the 16-under A Division.
Both got into the sport through their dad, Mark, and have been playing for years. Darrin, 20, has been playing for roughly nine years while Brady, 16, has been playing since he was seven.
The extent of my racquetball experience was a class in college and playing with a roommate once in a while. Again, another red flag that I was in trouble.
Brady and I played first and our match was nip and tuck, until it started. I quickly figured out the lob serves Brady was sending me weren't the same as he would give an opponent in a tournament. These were more like gifts.
Lob serve or not, it didn't matter, as Brady took me to task and beat me in two matches. I got skunked 15-0 in the first match and managed to squeak out a point in our second match, losing 15-1. That lone point would be my only one of the night.
A sophomore at Brainerd High School, Brady also plays football and baseball. Racquetball has helped him in those two sports.
"Playing racquetball helps a lot with foot speed and quickness for football," Brady said. "In baseball, it helps a lot with hand-eye coordination."
Another reason he's drawn to racquetball is that it's up to him whether he wins or loses.
"There's no team involved," said Brady. "I don't have to worry about what other people are doing. If I mess up then it's all on my shoulders."
After a much needed break to collect my thoughts, but more importantly catch my breath, Darrin and I stepped onto the court to do battle. I put up about as much fight as the Minnesota Vikings defense.
Darrin, who has aspirations of playing racquetball professionally, wasted no time with me, whipping me 15-0.
In the second match, I wanted to see how he would serve to someone at his own skill level. After three serves I couldn't even see, let alone touch with my racket, I was happy to see the lobs come back. The end result? Another 15-0 thumping.
Darrin, who works at Mills Ford, will be entering the Air Force in the fall and is aiming to play for its racquetball team.
One memorable match that sticks out for Darrin was one he lost.
Playing in a men's A tournament match five years ago, Darrin and his opponent were playing for game point in a tiebreaker when an apparent kill shot by Darrin won the match.
"My opponent thought it was over but I called a skip," said Darrin. "The match went on for another five minutes and he ended up winning. I don't like winning cheap."
When Brady and Darrin square off against each other the competitive juices flow, but it's the older brother who usually comes away with the win.
"Brady's pretty much my best friend," Darrin said. "On the court we're at different skill levels. I try to beat him as bad as I can just because we're both competitive but we both have fun."
Even though I got beat by a combined 60-1 at the hands of the Prince brothers, I still had fun and enjoyed the experience of playing with two highly skilled athletes.
But the next time an idea like this pops into my head, I'll make sure I'm doing something more up my ally.
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