I know, I know. . .Mom told you to stay out of the Dallas sun in June. But this time Gramdmama? is talkin’, and you already know what’s hot. HOOP-IT-UP! Yep, it’s that time again. Time to lace up those Cons and head for the West End for the Eighth Annual Dr Pepper/7Up Bottling Company of Texas Hoop-lt-Up. (We started to write Hoop-lt-Up VIII, but most of our players aren’t into this Roman Numeral stuff.) Time to start thinking about melting asphalt and warehouse macho things, time to figure where you’re going to park this year in order to get to the 265 hoops festival courts early enough to Ice down the Gatorade in your carry-cooler, and to scope out all the West End locations serving ice-cold Budweiser. If you haven’t picked up your entry form yet, start buying the Dallas Morning News daily. . .the form appears there every-once-in-a-while. Or stop by Foot Locker. They’ve got plenty of forms, some great new models of Converse basketball shoes, and some video highlights of last year’s action that probably doesn’t include you. Your mug won’t be featured on any trading cards either, but most Upper Deck retailers will have some entry forms. Or call the Grandmama Hoop-lt-Up Hotline (214-991-1110) and we’ll mail you a form. Don’t miss this year’s competition, It’s guaranteed to be a whole lot more fun than in the past. The courts are flat, smooth and air conditioned, the player gifts are roundball chic Champion hoop-wear, the Spalding balls have a 100% shooting accuracy rate, and we have eliminated fouling altogether. (Those ex-football coach/biker-type guys who appeared to have chosen serial killing as the next stop in their career path are now excluded from competition. They are saving their Nuclear Strength Head Butt techniques for our NFL Flag Football 4-on-4 tournament.) You’ll have a safe blacktop tourney this year, and if you consume a little BC Headache Powder before each game, you won’t have any aches and pains either. Use your AT&T Long Distance line and call some friends to run with you. They’ll love coming to the Metroplex on Southwest Airlines. Sign up now.


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