This is What Champions Look Like

As a stay-at-home parent I feel like I put in 14 hour days almost everyday. It’s good for me to find some things to do outside of the house to let me have some fun. The two main things I do for hobbies are improv and sports. The improv I do fairly regularly with my troupe (I have some footage I need to get edited and put up on the blog one day soon) but the sports are sporadic. Usually the sports consist of various random pick-up games. But this summer was different.

This summer my good buddy Casey (aka Dashboard Dad) invited me to be in an over-30 flag football league. I know what you’re thinking: How can someone as youthful looking as myself be over 30? Well I am folks. Thanks to my mother-in-law and brother-in-law watching the kids for me on Friday nights I was able to play.

We were a team of guys (and a girl) who hadn’t played together before but were individually good athletes. We had a couple practices before our first game. Finally, our first game was upon us. We struggled to gel as a team, particularly on defense. We had the lead with 12 seconds to go when we surrendered the game winning touchdown.

We were discouraged but it was only the first game and we were still getting used to playing together. The second game would give us a chance to redeem ourselves. The second game unfolded much like the first with our team struggling to do well on defense. It was a back and forth game and with 4 seconds left on the clock we had the lead. All we needed to do was make one final defensive stop and victory was ours. They scored a controversial touchdown on the next play and just like that we started our season with 2 losses.

We managed to win our 3rd game largely because the team we played drank a lot of beer before the game. Our defense needed some adjustments; a couple guys brainstormed and re-tooled our defensive strategy. Game 4 was going to be our chance to try out the new scheme. We won that game handily. We had found our new game plan and our team was pulling together.

We ended up winning the next 8 games in a row to finish the regular season with a record of 8-2 and we received a 1st round bye in the playoffs. The first team we got to play in the playoffs was one of the teams that had already beaten us. It was sweet revenge when we beat them to advance to the playoff finals. We got to match-up against none-other than the second team that had beaten us.

It was a hard fought game but in the end our defense made some really great plays and we were able to avenge our previous loss and claim the league title. It was a fun season, I was able to exercise a little bit, make some new friends and get out of the house for a while. Most importantly, none of us broke a hip. They even gave us t-shirts for winning.

 

I look forward to playing again next season with this crew and defending our title!

What about you? What do you do for a little bit of “you time?”

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7 thoughts on “This is What Champions Look Like”

  1. Your story is inspiring and reminds me to keep finding joy and a sense of self. “You time” is extremely important. You seem to have found a perfect outlet and some great friends. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Nice. Glad to see the team made it into the blog. I look forward to doing it again.. rest up and make sure you hit the gym (suuuure) to avoid the double leg cramp next season… You’re a Champ!!

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