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 "Civ" believes that "Getting Silly with the Breakers" is an fun-filled 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.
As my New England Patriots football team falls behind 24-0 in the first quarter of their AFC playoff game, I've decided to take an Imodium, remove my finger from my throat and post this week's "Getting Silly" interview with a "real football" player, Alex Scott of the Boston Breakers.
Hardly an expert in the "proper" English that Scott speaks, I was forced to resort to the internet's English to English translation in order to present a "linguistically correct" version of my weekly getting to know you post.
After a few minutes of educating myself on the finer points of speaking British, I stumbled upon the word "daft" which is defined as - "daft
(dft) adj.daft·er, daft·est; 1. Mad; crazy. 2. Foolish; stupid. 3. Scots Frolicsome.
So in the spirit of both Scott and the country that brought us "real football," I present to you "Getting Daft With the Breakers' Alex Scott; Queen of the Defense."
Civ: You were traded from Chicago to Boston before the season started. Was this to entice fellow countryman, Kelly Smith, to sign with the Breakers?
AS: Are you saying that the Breakers do not really want me? Boston are just keeping me to keep Kelly Smith happy? Hmm, wait till I get back to Boston. You could have started something here, ha. This could now give me a good bargaining tool in the future. Thank you, ha.
On a serious note, I think Kelly Smith like myself is very much her own person and would not make a major decision based around someone else. That would make me feel really special though. What if Chicago drafted me just to entice Kelly Smith there- just to throw a spanner into your thinking, ha!
Civ: What is your favorite spot in London for fish and chips? Can you tell us how they are served?
AS: Ha ha, I would say anywhere in East London! Always served in newspaper wrapping (cone shaped), lots of salt and vinegar fat chips on the bottom with battered fish plonked on the top. Enjoy! Not recommend in a soccer player's diet, however. Maybe as a treat if we manage to beat Sky Blue next year.
Civ: Give us three words in "English" that amused your US teammates.
AS: Oh my God. I really could not give you three words. I think my teammates find my whole vocabulary quite amusing. I can not think for the love of me why. Either that I speak too fast, either that I am very Cockney or they just have no clue what I am chatting about half the time. I think this last one applies to Lil (Kristine Lilly). Kelly Smith translates for Lil when it comes to my speech.
Civ: I saw you interviewed by Nobis and Latham. How would you describe their British accents?
AS: Shocking! Have they not seen Austin Powers?
Civ: What are bangers and mash and do you enjoy them?
AS: This dish is sausages, mash with gravy; a very old school English dish, but it's lovely!
Civ: Who is funnier Monty Python, Benny Hill, or Mr. Bean?
AS: I think I find this question funnier than the people you have given me too choose from. This question is making me feel young. I think people like Ellen Degeneres are very funny British comedian, Alan Carr.