1. Favorite sport to watch in person
I have only seen 1 Browns game, but football is by far the most exciting! I saw them play the Eagles the season the Eagles went to the Super Bowl.. the Browns were awful as usual.. but fans were still there, cheering, barking, yelling, stomping.. I felt the stadium move. I prayed for a less than 20 point loss just have some dignity, and the game actually went into OT… only to lose in the end by a field goal. Typical.
2. Favorite sport to watch on tv
Again, football. I even watch the Eagles games here since I live in Philly and don’t get to see many nationally broadcasted Brownies games. Though the Cavs these past 2 seasons were pretty fun to watch with my family, I got both my sister and mother into basketball.. and part of the reason they got hooked was the team’s chemistry. (hindsight now, of course)
3. Sports or hobbies you play
Anymore? None. I miss it! I used to play street basketball day and night, one pick-up game after another… and was on the the HS championship team. I was also a fast-pitch softball pitcher/shortstop/3rd baseman/woman, played softball most of my life. I’m a very competitive person.
Part of the reason playing sports was phased out of my life is due to my life’s aspiration of being a cartoonist. I am a graphic designer by day for a snack foods company (Superpreztel, ICEE), but any other spare time is devoted to 2 other projects: my 2x-a-week webcomic “Zorphbert and Fred”, as well as illustrating the “Abby’s Adventures” kids book series. Anyone like comics or have a little girl? *wink wink nudge nudge*
It’s a bizarre mix I know, but that’s always been me: sports and comics.
4. Married? Kids?
Will be married in November, no kids, not really planning on it. I’m marrying a Philly guy, how the heck would we raise them? We’d fight over what sport-team one-sies to buy for them. We’re already torn over what team’s bandanna the dog can wear.
5. Favorite Cleveland sports memory
It ended in sorrow (well, what CLE sports memory doesn’t, in the end?), but this expresses what kind of devotion my family gives to Cleveland sports teams. We moved from CLE to the Philadelphia area in 1994. When the Indians got to the World Series vs. the Braves in 95, we packed up and drove back to Cleveland over a weekend… not to go see game 6 live at the Jake, but to watch it with old friends and neighbors who would appreciate it the way we did. I was crushed that evening, but I had the sympathy of fellow fans who “got it”.
It’s a tie between my first heartbreak and the heartbreak when I realized this is a Cleveland Tradition. Jordan’s “The Shot” devastated me at 10, but the ’97 Game 7 breakdown was that slow, building, retching devastation that starts with shock and days later ends with the turmoil of trying to break the “bad habit” of Cleveland sports fandom. It never works. I always climb back on the horse. I’m a masochistic “Lifer”.
7. Which team do you most want a title for (Browns, Tribe, Cavs)
Honestly, I do not care… I just want a title. I get that the city as a whole would be far more pumped to have the Browns win, but I’m at the point of “take-what-I-can”.
8. Your dream piece of Cleveland sports memorabilia
A baseball signed by the amazing ’95 Tribe team. I was never so proud of being a Cleveland fan. I sported an Indians hat, winter coat, and buttons for months. The rest of my Philly-fan high school peers thought I was crazy.
9. Favorite place to watch a game
With other fans, it does not matter where. The community, the shared hope, excitement and sorrow.. that’s what sports is all about to me.
10. Any superstitions
I’m not a believer, but it often seems like when I do not watch a game because I have given up, my teams win the big games. Recently in the past few years, I am ashamed to say I missed Lebron’s big 4th quarter vs. the Pistons because I gave up at that point. I walked away seconds before the game winning 3 last ECF’s. I have been banned from the room plenty of times by other superstitious people… but it seems I FULLY have to give up for the superstition to “work”, not just leave the room. All that said, I’m still not a believer.
11. What would be your entrance music
Never gave it thought really… maybe because I am not envisioning myself playing with a Cleveland team (I’m a chick, I know the likelihood of that). But I’m a big Smashing Pumpkins fan. Maybe “Lucky 13″, one of their later underground-ish songs… great riffs, cool intro and it IS my lucky number. *tips hat to Omar*
Why Cleveland teams?
Born and raised. It’s in my DNA, regardless of where I go. You can take a Cleveland sports fan outta Cleveland….