Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur
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Belated Friday 5

Not totally off-topic for me these days:

1. Do you watch sports? If so, which ones?

Nowadays, yes. Wasn't previously the case, but somehow my brain has been sucked in by the Sports Meme in recent years.

I watch football avidly (I've come to appreciate it as an intriguingly complex tactical game), baseball frequently, and occasional Olympicish stuff. I'm rather fond of some of the more obscure Olympic sports, like rhythmic gymnastics. (I ignore the points, and just pretend it's abstract dance.) I'm fond of ice skating as performance art when the performances are imaginative, which they usually aren't because the judges usually deduct points for heinous evils like creativity.

And of course, there's SCA tournament fighting, which is effectively a semi-professional sport at the top levels these days. Over the years, I've developed both an interest and eye for that, and actually quite enjoy Crown Tourney. Besides, the only concrete perk of being a Peer is getting to sit in the lists for the Crown Finals, so I might as well appreciate them.

2. What/who are your favorite sports teams and/or favorite athletes?

I mainly follow the hometown teams, particularly the Sox and the Pats. I'm especially fond of the Patriots these days, because I think they've got a good message. Rather than being focused on a few prima-donna superstars, the current Patriots are all about a bunch of solid performers who work together well. There aren't many teams that could lose an entire defensive line to injuries (as we basically have done at the moment) and still keep winning games.

And on the SCA side, I mainly root for my esquire-brother Sir Kenrick. It would be cool (if strange) to have House Silverwing behind the thrones officially. (As opposed to being there unofficially, as is usually the case -- at any given time, half the household are usually Kingdom officers of one flavor or another.)

3. Are there any sports you hate?

Hate? No. But I have little use for basketball, and less for ice hockey. And I just don't have the patience for soccer. Hmm. It seems like, broadly speaking, I don't find sports that mainly consist of running from one end of the field to the other very interesting.

4. Have you ever been to a sports event?

A couple of baseball games. (Assuming that the question just means "professional sports event".) And of course, lots of Crown Tournies.

5. Do/did you play any sports (in school or other)? How long did you play?

Aside from playing Left Out when required to participate, I never did team sports in school much. I was on the bicycling "team" for several years in high school, doing about fifteen miles a day on average. (And I was in by far the best shape of my life.)

In the SCA context, I did armored combat for about a year, and was terrible at it. In retrospect, this was because I have the nerd's ingrained fear of maybe hurting somebody, so I could never throw a killing blow. I stopped fighting the day I started dating msmemory, and found myself with better things to do with my Sundays. Still, I suspect I'd be better at it nowadays (I've got the physical control to understand the difference between "hard enough" and "too hard"), and keep saying that I'm going to give it a stab again, preferably with lighter armor. (The full plate I was using the first time around was a real hindrance to someone whose only advantage is agility.) It's a gap in my long-stated ambition to be at least mediocre at every SCA art.

I also did SCA fencing for a couple of years, and did achieve mediocrity before drifting off onto other pursuits...
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