October 10th, 2003

Opus

Friday Five - Sports

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

I don't watch nearly as much as I used to. The only sports likely to capture my attention as I'm channel surfing anymore are baseball, college basketball, and women's soccer. And really, I'll only usually stay with baseball if it's the Dodgers, and basketball if it's the Hall. The big exception to all this is the Olympics, because I turn into a total Olympics junkie when they're on. Except for the judged sports, like skating and gymnastics. Hates them, don'ts we, my preciousss.

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

The Dodgers, first and foremost, followed by Seton Hall (baseball and basketball). To a much lesser extent, I'll root for the Yankees and Mets, and URI's basketball team. I really have no current favorite athletes. Well, maybe Mia Hamm. My all time favorite is Sandy Koufax. Other guys I loved to watch play were Willie Mays, Ozzie Smith, and Don Mattingly, Joe Namath and Joe Montana, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, Wayne Gretzky, Jack Nicklaus, and Pele. I'd also really like to have a beer with Jim Bouton some time.

3. Are there any sports you hate?

Made up for TV sports, i.e., the X-game stuff and Slam Ball. Really dislike skating intensely, especially ice dancing, and resent that Olympic coverage is dominated by it.

4. Have you ever been to a sports event?

Plenty. Lots of baseball (all levels) and college basketball games, some NHL and AHL hockey games (way better live than on TV), international soccer matches (USA beating England 2-0 in Foxboro, woo!), an international gymnastics meet, and a pro football game (football is way better on TV).

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

I played little league baseball as a kid, then played softball for 25 years or so, and have been playing volleyball for about 13 years now. I coached (and practiced with) a women's soccer team for 13 years, ran the grad student intramurals program at URI for a few years, and played and refereed intramural basketball for 15 years or so. I also ride my bike.
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Roadkill

Speaking of Sports...

I played volleyball last night for the first time in almost a year. Of course, that means I have been coughing for almost a year, too.

It was fun. No lungs were hacked up. I played okay, considering how long it's been, and I haven't completely lost what few skills I have in the interim. Got a couple of points, had some good gets, and made some good serves. Took me a bit to get used to positioning again, but it all comes back to you. The team I was on didn't do very well, we were 1-6 on the night (teams are chosen up at random each session), but still fun. Lots of new or newish faces (to me, at least), and the only person on my team I'd played with before was Alisa, who was there with her adorable toddler. I didn't even know she'd been pregnant. That's what missing most of the last two years will do. Sigh.

Afterwards we went to Tony's for dinner, with the traditional Jeopardy questions and Far Side comics passed around. Very good times.

Today I am sore all over, as I reintroduce myself to muscles I'd sort of forgotten about. None of them are severely sore, or strained, it's just a general soreness over my entire body. I can deal with that.
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