When the 19th-century German writer and philosopher Goethe said, "A useless life is an early death", he couldn't have known that in 2010 a bunch of sweaty older gentlemen would prove him correct by getting up at the crack of dawn every day and hustling over to the Glendale YMCA for two hours of vigorous basketball.
If this alone doesn't seem hard, you should meet team ace Bill Baugh, who turned 70 last week. He's had 14 operations, including replacement of his left knee—twice—and he's on his fourth right hip.
"I wore out the other three," said Baugh, whose body is as trim as a 25-year-old. Even more incredible is that barely a bead of sweat is dripping off him after three pickup games.
If something should happen, there are several doctors available—right on the court. Physicians from Glendale Adventist and Glendale Memorial teamed up with some of their patients to make the games more interesting, and to intervene medically if needed. They've been playing for years, and have never needed their doctor bags.