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#1 Mr. Scot

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 11:37 PM

Two questions for the former high school, college, pee-wee or whatever athletes on the board...

 

Back in the day when you were a budding sports star (or at least could get up off the couch without your joints sounding like a bowl of Rice Krispies) what sports did you play and what were your best skills?

 

Football?  Baseball?  Basketball? Curling?  What all were you into?

 

Were you a speedster?  A powerhouse?  A bench warmer?  What?

 

Heck, if you have a 'great moment' in your sports career, tell the story.

 

Here's your chance to tell everyone about the time you scored four touchdowns in one game for Polk High School.



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Posted 18 February 2014 - 11:52 PM

I was a decent basketball player in my high school days...especially considering I never started playing until grade 11 and I grew so damn fast that I was incredibly uncoordinated and thin as a rail.  I was pretty much unstoppable in the lower key though.



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 12:01 AM

Football, basketball, track

Definitely a speedster, but had some explosive power. Biggest problem was very little stamina, much like today.

In football I played safety. In my area, everyone ran and ran only. There were typically no more than three passes thrown a game. Except one school who passed every other play. Fortunately for us, they had little speed. Also was on the hands team for kick returns. Returned a few. One TD that was called back. Another time got tripped at the 5.

In basketball I was a bench warmer. Straight up went to practice every day to earn the right to a front row seat. But like I said, I had a little power. I would get some good playing time against schools with multiple big men. I could move them out of the post pretty easily.

Track was my thing. Went to regionals every year. Only went to the state meet once, freshman year on the 1600m relay team. I ran different events depending on the competition. My usual meet would be triple jump, 400m relay, 800m relay and 1600m relay. I also at times did long jump, high jump and 100, 200, 400. Ran 300m hurdles exactly once. Not my thing.
Our relay teams would usually win conference then get smoked at regionals. Our usual weak competition made my head swell.

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 12:11 AM

Definitely a speedster, but had some explosive power. Biggest problem was very little stamina, much like today.


TWSS?

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 12:12 AM

I could run like Forest Gump....not necessarily real fast, but I had endurance.  Used to participate in 20 mile fun runs...just for fun!  Wish I had that these days....nowadays, I'm winded between the couch and the fridge



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 12:13 AM

i was good at everything but great at nothing



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 12:13 AM

football i hit like a mac truck, just putting people in body bags.

 

basketball no joke had a two year window off/on i was pistol pete. people had to start guarding me at halfcourt unwise BUuuuCKETS. the brothers call me billy hoe and got mad at me for taking their girls. 

 

baseball, i was mr. everything... just not good. i played ALL positions catcher&pitcher included. batted left/right, even could throw left/right(didnt in game). just meh.

 

raced go cart, which replaced all my sports, beat adults while a teen, drove in the fasted class(80mph) while young and won some races. on tv i finished 3rd out of 112 carts. plenty of trophys, just didnt meet the right people or get the funds for the next level stuff. 



#8 Mr. Scot

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 12:27 AM

TWSS?

 

Saw that coming.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(yes, I realize that sounded just as bad in context) :unsure:
 



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 12:29 AM

I "ran" track my senior year of high school. The team had 1 coach and he was a sprinter and couldn't have cared less about us 3 shot put and discus guys. We were never shown how to do anything, never came close in any meets and still couldn't tell you the first thing about either event.

I always wanted to play football, but my father forbid it due to his blowing out his knees in HS during non-contact. It's one thing I'll always regret. Now, at 36, I have advanced osteo-arthritis in both knees and a slew of other ortho issues, so I don't know what difference it would have made, if any.

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 12:31 AM

I "ran" track my senior year of high school. The team had 1 coach and he was a sprinter and couldn't have cared less about us 3 shot put and discus guys. We were never shown how to do anything, never came close in any meets and still couldn't tell you the first thing about either event.

I always wanted to play football, but my father forbid it due to his blowing out his knees in HS during non-contact. It's one thing I'll always regret. Now, at 36, I have advanced osteo-arthritis in both knees and a slew of other ortho issues, so I don't know what difference it would have made, if any.

knee injuries are weird. slightly tore my LCL doing, of all things, long jump my senior year

ortho problems in your 30s are usually due to vitamin d deficiency, which eventually leads to low testosterone, which eventually leads to bone decay

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 12:38 AM

I have 2 rods and 22 screws holding my thoracic spine together "correctly", a broken vertebra in my very low back, spinal stenosis, a torn rotator cuff in my throwing arm, damn near zero cartilage in either knee, my left elbow grinds upon movement due to not allowing it to properly heal after a fracture and I'm so far out of shape I run out of breath trying to tie my shoes.

I wish I had glory days to recall upon.

#12 Mr. Scot

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 12:40 AM

A few years ago I posted an 'old sports injuries' thread.

 

Maybe I should revive that one :lol:

 

(or i could just add that as another aspect of this thread)



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 12:42 AM

Wasn't very good at sports. I played a lot of soccer as a kid though. Scored a few goals. But my favorite moment was slide tackling some kid when I was like seven. No one did that at our age. I got all ball and the other kid went FLYING. His parents were all, "YOU ANIMAL!" But the ref just smiled at me and the game went on.



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 12:43 AM

My wife played soccer and broke the preacher's son's leg with a kick. One of her proudest moments...

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 12:46 AM

I'm reminded of Greg Lloyd's youth football story...

 

Lloyd had a lousy family life, and he resented it when he went to play football and saw other kids with happy families.  He said he'd hear parents yelling "Johnny, Johnny...We love you Johnny" and would think to himself 'First chance I get I'm gonna knock the s--t outta Johnny".

 

Explains a lot about the man he grew up to be :lol:




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