Having played team sports for nearly three decades now, I still love competing as well as watching and analysing games. I used to play football (soccer) until I was 16 and was on my way to a decent youth squad with a close friend, but at that time he had an accident and wound up in a wheelchair. I switched from football to basketball, so we could still play together in our spare time and didn't touch a football again for over a decade.
I ended up playing basketball on a semi-professional level and started playing some beach volleyball in summer (my former girl friend, now wife, is to blame for that—she used to play volleyball, and it was something even a shy guy like me could use as a platform for social contact to the woman of his dreams).
Later I started playing indoor volleyball on a competitive level (with the priority on basketball if match dates clashed), so I would learn different mechanics than those in basketball while still being able to jump and soar (something that I loved back in the days when I actually still could jump and surprise people who thought I was too small).
Nowadays my knees and back (and a surprising number of other body parts I wasn't even aware of 10 years ago) remind me of the burden I had placed on them on a daily basis. So, two years ago I decided it was finally time to hang up my sneakers and quit playing competitive basketball and volleyball. Now I finally notice that between workdays there is actually a thing called "weekend," where you can relax and meet with family.
Once I realised that, I had to come up with some solution, of course. So I picked up playing badminton on Sunday mornings, and I also love watching others compete in various sports (basketball, volleyball, football—both American and world football) and analyse and discuss these games with like-minded people.
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Thanks for the edits, Kurt. Saved me a bit of embarrassment there! Much appreciated.
Thanks once again for the edits, Kurt! A couple of ridiculous errors on my part (Shakes head), haha. Greatly appreciated.
Thanks for the edit, Kurt. I was hoping you could take another look at the column. At the bottom of the piece, I tried to add a twitter button by using the html but I must have done it wrong. Can you fix it and let me know what I did wrong? I appreciate it.
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Thanks for the edits and feedback, Kurt. Much appreciated!
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Thanks for looking over my Adebayor/Spurs article today, Kurt.
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