The following is part of a weekly series in which writer Todd Civin presents the lighter side of the Boston Breakers of the WPS.
The league prides itself in the down-to-earth nature and approachability of its athletes, and Civin believes that "Getting Silly with the Breakers" is an exciting way to create a comfortable bond between the fans and the professional athletes who are the Boston Breakers.
A special thanks to Erica Hunt, the communications director for the team, as well as the players themselves for making this approach possible.
Last week, I walked on the wild side and took a figurative tip-toe through the locker room of the Boston Breakers in my maiden segment of "Getting Silly with the Breakers." My fear was that my reputation would precede me and I would see a sign on the outside of the door stating "Men Named 'Civ' Need Not Enter."
Much to my chagrin, I found newcomer Leslie Osborne quite willing to let down her hair and share some light-hearted fun with your local beat writer.
Always one to take success for granted, I've decided to wade into the locker room, yet again, and present another newcomer to the Breakers in the form of Tiffany Weimer.
Like Osborne, Weimer brought her game from left coast to best coast and is busy preparing for her premiere season in Beantown. Weimer played last season for the FC Gold Pride and is looking forward to running the sidelines with the likes of Lilly, Smith, Scott, and, of course, Osborne.
So before her feet get cold and she opts to wait for a more serious interview, here is the latest segment of "Getting Silly with the Boston Breakers."
Civ: You went to Penn State, where you were dominant as a collegiate player. Who was more popular on campus, you or Joe Paterno?
Tiffany: People only know him because he has a statue on campus. If I had a statue, we would've had the same popularity.
Civ: What was the best pizza place on the Penn State campus?
Tiffany: I never went to a pizza place before 2 a.m. at Penn State.
Civ: How does a Nittany Lion differ from a regular lion?
Tiffany: Nittany Lions live on Mount Nittany, duh.
Civ: You are from Connecticut, the Nutmeg State? Is Nutmeg your favorite spice? Do you own a radar detector? Grow tobacco?
Tiffany: Nutmeg is my favorite move, that's about it.
Civ: I know you are very close with your Mom...will she get to come to more games now that you are in Boston?
Tiffany: She will be there as much as possible...and everyone will know because she still yells at me during games.
Civ: Your bio states that Mom quit her job to follow your career...what did her boss say?
Tiffany: My mom makes the rules—so it didn't matter what anyone said.
Civ: In the video "Got Our Swag On," your bathroom seems to be extremely messy. Is it always like that, and does your Mom know?
Tiffany: That was Carrie Dew's bathroom.
Civ: You assisted on the first goal in FC Gold history in game four of the season; what took so long for the team to hit the back of the net?
Tiffany: We actually scored in the first game. (Gotta check those facts.)
Civ: My bad. You're right...Next...You scored 109 goals in your high school career, a school record —will that record ever be broken?
Civ: You made the McDonald's All-America team; what is your favorite fast food item?
Tiffany: You can't beat McDonald's fries.
Civ: According to your WPS bio, your perfect day off consists of movies and takeout food while wearing sweat pants. Just sweat pants?
Tiffany: That's awkward.
Civ: Any good stories playing on the left coast? Laid-back CA stories?
Tiffany: Well, Carrie Dew, Meagan McCray, and I aren't necessarily morning people, and the three of us would carpool to our 9 a.m. practices every day. We didn't want to drink coffee before practices so we had to figure out a way to wake ourselves up during the car ride to practice.
Once we knew we were about five minutes from the locker room we would blast Love Shack as loud as we could and sing at the top of our lungs—it seemed to help quite a bit.
Civ: Is it true that you and Leslie Osborne were part of a "Buy One, Get One Free" Signing?
Tiffany: I'm pretty sure Leslie was waiting for me to make my decision before she made hers...it wasn't so much of a buy one get one free—rather a follow the leader type thing. Love you, LES :) :) :) :) :)
Civ: The Breakers don't currently have a No. 8, is that why you signed here?
Tiffany: I didn't think it was that obvious, but, yes, that is the reason.
Civ: The person who inspires you most is Kristin Wiig from SNL...What is your favorite character she does ?
Tiffany: Gilly and Penelope are the best.
Civ: Tell us what your grandma said when you missed a PK last year?
Tiffany: My grandma acted as if it were the worst thing in the world. You would have thought someone in my family had died.
Civ: You said you'd like to invite Sarah Silverman to the same dinner party as Roger Waters, Joe Montana, or Fernando Torres...what would you serve?
Tiffany: I would have my grandma make her world-famous meatballs. (Yes, they are world famous).
Civ: Your top place to shop is Adidas.com, does Puma know?
Tiffany: Now they do.
Civ: If you were stranded for life on a desert island...who would you take with you...Fernando Torres or Joe Montana...?
Tiffany: Fernando Torres because he is nice to look at.
Todd Civin is a freelance writer who writes for Bleacher Report, Sports, Then and Now, and Seamheads. He is a supporter of A Glove of Their Own, the award-winning children’s story that teaches paying it forward through baseball.
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