December 30, 2008
December 30, 2008
December 24, 2008
My earliest sports memory is spending a Sunday watching a NASCAR race with my father. It was August 18, 1991, and the race was the Champion Spark Plug 400 from the Michigan International Speedway. The last lap was an absolute drag race between Dale Jarrett and the late Davey Allison. I can remember standing about two feet away from the television, jumping up and down rooting for Allison, and my father next to me rooting for Jarrett. As the cars crossed the finish line, I thought Allison had won. I ended up being disappointed when seconds later the announcers revealed that it was actually Jarrett who took the checkered flag first, but that day cemented my love for NASCAR and many other forms of auto racing, and to this day I spend almost every Sunday between February and November watching races with my father.
The next memory that really sticks out in my mind is from an episode of what was then WWF Monday Night Raw, on March 30th of 1998. It was the night after Wrestlemania XIV and the first night of the "Attitude Era", although at the time I had no idea. I was simply a bored sixth grader looking for something to watch. I caught the first segment of the show, coming in as WWF Chairman Vince McMahon told newly crowned WWF Champion Stone Cold Steve Austin "we can do this the easy way, or the hard way". Austin took a few seconds to think about it, then dropped McMahon with a Stone Cold Stunner after flipping him the bird. That brief altercation turned me into a wrestling fan instantly for the simple fact that I wanted to do something similar to a few of my teachers as a kid. I still watch today, even though the business has fallen far from the prominence it held a decade ago.
I've always had a curious relationship with the NFL growing up. Sometimes I was very into it, other times I wasn't. The 2007-08 season changed that in a big way. The New England Patriots were on their way to a perfect season and seemed unstoppable. As the season went on, I wanted more and more for someone - anyone to knock them off. In the last week of the regular season, the New York Giants came closer than any team had in the past weeks. I suppose I've always been a Giants fan - there are baby pictures of me in Giants shirts and jerseys - maybe it just hadn't surfaced until that point. All through the playoffs I rooted on the Giants, because in my heart I really felt that they were the only team capable of beating New England. It goes without saying that I lost my voice the night of the Superbowl between David Tyree's "miracle catch", and Eli's touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress to all but seal the victory and deny history.
I have many more sports-related memories, but those are my all time favorites.
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