The Friday Five - Sports
'tis been a while since I've done one of these, so what the hell.
1. Do you watch sports? If so, which ones?
I don't watch much sports. I like to watch college sports, primarily, as pro sports are full of greedy pricks who are more interested in money than the game. Whiners. I watch the Ducks play whenever I can -- usually football or basketball.
If I have a choice, I'll watch a track meet at Hayward Field any day of the week. That place is, bar-none, the best American venue for track and field.
2. What/who are your favorite sports teams and/or favorite athletes?
Like I said before, I'm a Duck fan, but I'm also a fan of good runners -- high school, college, elite, whatever. I like to watch the progress of folks I could beat at one point or another who have now because stud runners. Haile Gebrselassie is a stud, and I love watching him run. I also love watching other endurance sports, and was glued during the Tour de France.
I also really like watching billiards/pool, but that's because I like to play it.
3. Are there any sports you hate?
Like I said before, most of the major pro sports annoy the hell out of me. I quit watching the JailBlazers years ago, despite being a big fan as a kid. I don't like watching fishing/hunting things, either. I'm not against the actions of the sport, just watching it.
4. Have you ever been to a sports event?
Went to every Duck home football, basketball, and track meet that I could during my 4 years there. I went to a TrailBlazer game back when they were still good and not criminals (Porter, Duckworth, Kersey, Williams, Drexler, Robinson, and the rest of the good ol' boys). But otherwise, just Duck stuff, and the occassional Pre Classic.
5. Do/did you play any sports (in school or other)? How long did you play?
I played Little League baseball from six-years-old until I got in to high school where it just was way to competitive. I road-bike raced for a couple years in 7th/8th grade. I got into running in the 8th grade, competed on a state and regional level all through high school, and then independently through college. I haven't run as much lately because of back problems, but I prefer to run the longer distance nasty cross-country races. My motto: If I don't cross the finish line bloody, dirty, and in pain, it ain't running :-) The last hard-core races that I competed in before getting sick and injured were the MacDonald Forest 15K years ago and last year's Hood To Coast. My goal is to get back into shape and run them again, but this time the longer races. I know I'll never have the leg speed again to run the 4:15 mile that I ran in college, but if I can get back down to a 5:30, I could easily take that over quite a few miles. We'll have to see.