Hi...I'm Shana. I get to talk sports with my grandfather all the time...but I'm so excited to have a new place to talk about my teams and share my opinions with other chicks. Isn't Hutch brilliant for coming up with this concept?
So I'm here to tell you how I first got into sports. I'll give you a hint...it was because of the boys...
Sports have been part of my life since I was really young. I remember my dad and grandfather trying to teach me how to hit a wiffle ball at the age of five and my grandfather trying repeatedly to teach me how to swing a golf club properly. My dad and grandfather tried their best...but being clumsy and uncoordinated, I never actually mastered either of those games…or tennis…or lacrosse…and as I got older, it became clear that I was destined to be a spectator, rather than a player.
I started out as a reluctant fan...my parents dragging me to Mets games often. I complained in the beginning, but the more we went, the more I liked it. I learned the game and I got to know the players and started to look forward to the games. My love of baseball never faded...though my allegiance did switch from the Mets to the Yankees. It's true that I haven't forgiven them for getting rid of my man, Joe Torre...and I can't stand Alex Rodriguez's face...but I will always love the Yanks.
Somewhere between middle school and high school, I realized that knowing about sports gives you a good reason to talk to boys...and a reason for them to keep talking to you. For my 12 year old, boy crazy self that's all I needed to be hooked forever.
My love of boys...or of one boy, in particular...has also led me to recently become a reluctant football fan. Last year, my boyfriend J bought bought season tickets to the NY Giants and he took me to every game. I never liked football...I just never really got it...but I figured since I was going to the games, I should start asking some questions and trying to figure it out. I haven't got it down yet and I still ask a lot of questions, but I'm starting to enjoy the games more. Now I pay more attention to what's happening on the field rather than people watching...and one Sunday, I even watched a game on TV while J was out!
So there you have...I was a boy crazy tween who turned into a chick that loves basketball, baseball...and maybe football.