Teamship-The combination of sportsmanship ,teamwork & unity. Don’t look for this word in Merriam-Websters Dictionary as they don’t recognize it as a word….yet.
It evolved from my tongue a number of years ago. I was the director for a wheelchair basketball tournament (the kids playing were 11 years old at the time) and a TV reporter wanted to do an interview. Since I was one of the coaches and the director, I was the obvious choice. After talking for over 15 minutes, and winning the tournament, I received a call from one of the parents saying “You were on TV for the tournament, what in the heck is Teamship”. I thought, uh oh! During the interview the reporter asked a question about how our undersized team had been so successful, my intention was to say” we share the ball well, exhibit good teamwork and sportsmanship”…except I combined the words and said Teamship instead. The reporter (or his editor) probably thought Teamship was some important word in wheelchair basketball.
So now this 3 minute interview piece was playing on Time Warner Cable’s version of Headline news (the same set of stories/news, every 30 minutes for 6-8 hours straight) and the Bobcats ran the piece three during subsequent games on their Jumbotron and on TV during their “Bobcats Minute” for 6 straight games. There was no way to escape the miscue, and the kids had already adopted it as part of their vernacular. My Christmas present from my wife that year was a bright Orange shirt with the Rollin’ Bobcats logo and my new favorite saying embroidered around the logo “No Teamship..No Team”
It is appropriate to use Teamship in all matters of sports and friendship.
Good Teamship is when…
Patty Mills is waking up RipCity on twitter for a game, even when he knows he may not get to play any minutes.
Two or more UpRise fans decide to meet for the first time at a PDX game having only met via online mediums (twitter, live chat, etc).
A city feels the ‘kick to the gut’ feeling their players sorrow the morning after the season ends.
You hold the door open for a fellow RipCity fan, even though they don’t have anything in their hands and it makes you late for a bus.
Gerald Wallace dives head first over the first row, and into the 2nd and 3rd rows and the fans only care about catching him and not catching their beer, popcorn or hotdogs.
When LaMarcus Aldridge shows incredible maturity and is the beacon of strength for his family as his Mom opens a can of whoop A$$ on Cancer.
When RipCitySarah struggles to articulate her feelings hours after the Dallas series ends…and the end result is spot-on what most of the Trailblazer fans were feeling.
When a Blonde from California (not a California Blonde) is given a PDX jersey by the parents of her roommate, solidifying the impact of the UpRise she’s had building throughout the season.
When Trailblazer.tv employees and interns battle through illness to put on the web-blogs/shows that the UpRise fan-base has grown to love.
When Paul Allen high 5’s a fan
When Brandon Roy puts all doubters in their place when he explodes for 18 points in the 4th quarter of game 4 in the Dallas series.
When I challenge the 16 kids on my wheelchair basketball team to raise $250 each or $4,000 in total to help send our team to that season's National Tournament in Seattle...if they reach $4k, they get to shave my hair off. They raised $13k, and the shaved head helps 'climate control me', I've shaved it myself, everyday for the last 5 years.
When Nico tips in a perfect pass from Dre to complete an improbable comeback against the Spurs.
When Gerald Wallace leaves Charlotte feeling betrayed and lost, only to be welcomed by 20,200 fans that already love him, even though they had to say goodbye to 3 fan favorites.
J I think you get the idea of what Teamship is…btw my Twitter is www.twitter.com/teamship