The Friday Five -

October 11, 2003


The Friday Five - what's a day between friends.

1. Do you watch sports? If so, which ones?

I watch pro football on TV, rarely for more than half an hour at a sitting these days. I will sometimes watch college football or pro baseball on TV. One of my favorite naps is where I turn on a sporting event on the TV, lie down on the couch without my glasses, and drift off to the sound of the crowd and the white noise chatter of the announcers.

2. What/who are your favorite sports teams and/or favorite athletes?

I tend to watch the Philadelphia Eagles. I check my undergraduate team in the sporting papers, but they are division III NESCAC and are never televised.

3. Are there any sports you hate?

There are none I hate, there are many I am apathetic about. I honestly do not know and could not care who is the current middleweight boxing champion, who leads the NASCAR or IROC, or who plays first base for the Yankees.

4. Have you ever been to a sports event?

Yes. I had season tickets to the Eagles for a couple of years during the Buddy Ryan era with a buddy. We were up in the 700 level with the drunks and rowdies. It was fun. I left town about the time we could have moved down to the 600 level, but we would not have gone down. Sure, you see the game better, but you lose the fun.

I have also been to occasional big time college football games while in grad school, to a fair number of Phillies games (sit in the bleachers, good fun), to see the Sixers (once), Flyers (once), a few college hoops games, and during undergrad I caught all the home football games, some away football games, some men's rugby games, and many women's rugby games.

5. Do/did you play any sports (in school or other)? How long did you play?

I played in high school. It was a small school. I took two or three varsity letters in track, running sprints and throwing weights, one in cross country my junior year, one in soccer for managing the team my sophomore year, and one in football for being a warm body my senior year. I was a senior, so I got in on enough special teams to get the letter. The scary thing is that as a 5'6", 140 pound senior I was not the smallest of the defensive linemen. If I had gone out the year before as well I probably would have started (strong for my size, and all that sprinting in track made me very quick off the ball).

Of them all, cross country had the hardest practices, football made the biggest difference in my personality while I was playing.

That was easy enough!

Posted by Red Ted at October 11, 2003 10:06 AM | TrackBack