Happy hUmP dAy (and trash day around here) to you, ladybugs, and welcome to 10 on the 10th 08.2022. So excited because for today’s edition we have a new host(ess). Gail at Is This Mutton? provided our theme and the questions we are answering – all about sports. She even created the graphics and the link up code!! And my dear friend Marsha from Marsha in the Middle has done a remarkable job holding down the fort in my absence this year. I have been so ‘hit-n-miss’ with blogging. But LIFE just keeps throwing us whammies. So thankful we are co-hosting the 10 on the 10th series together this year. And grateful to Gail for joining us.
Last month Marsha and I asked you to list 10 things you love about summer. You can read my responses, here. So enjoyed reading the posts of everyone who linked up with us. A few of you not only listed the things you love about this season but also the things you hate about summer. MOSQUITOES we are looking at you. Such fun!!
10 ON THE 10TH
I may not be much of an athlete but I’d like to think I am a good sport!! Truth be told when I was growing up, there weren’t a lot of options for girls interested in playing sports. Maybe basketball, volleyball and tennis? Can’t remember if we had girls basketball, volleyball and tennis teams or if those were just sports we sampled in P.E. Whatever the case, I was always too shy to do well at team sports so it didn’t really matter too much whether they were available to me or not.
To be perfectly honest, I have just glanced at Gail’s questions once so they are practically brand new to me as I am answering. Let’s get started.
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10 on the 10th 08.2022: Good Sports
1. Were you good at sports at school? Who knows!!?? I really didn’t participate in any other than those offered as part of our physical education program. Enjoyed the dancing we did in P.E. and playing tennis to some degree, but that is about the extent of it. I was a cheerleader in middle or junior high school. Tried out on a whim when my best friend begged me to do it with her. Lo and behold, I made it!! And then my BFF at the time moved!! Was far too shy to try out in high school. Did take several years of ballet lessons as a child and continued through college then hung up my shoes.
2. What are your 3 favorite sports to watch on TV? I better say baseball…in particular the Cincinnati Reds…or PC will disown me. It is on TV right now. As it is almost every single night during baseball season. We have a Friends and Family Feud fantasy football league each fall for which I am the commissioner. So, I watch some football. Beyond that, I really only watch the Olympics: gymnastics, swimming, diving, skating.
3. Do you regularly watch any live sports? Of course, my PC playing baseball with the 50-and-over baseball league most Saturdays. And we usually take in a couple of Triple A baseball games most summers. Our stadium is gorgeous and our team, the Chihuahuas, is fun to watch.
4. Does the Olympic medal ceremony make you emotional when your country wins a gold? Yes, for most sports. I have a little trouble with the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team being comprised of NBA players.
5. What sport or fitness activities do you enjoy now? Hmmm, sports…not any really. I would LOVE to play pickleball again. Had just started learning the game when Covid hit. Am no longer running much. It is so hard on my neck. I enjoy my Supernatural virtual reality workouts, using our gym equipment, lifting light weights, walking, hiking, swimming, biking.
6. Did you ever have a sporting hero who was your pinup? Never had a pinup of any sort. Might have had the slightest crush on NFL quarterback Peyton Manning. We both graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. And I enjoyed watching him play professionally for the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos. Now I enjoy watching him in commercials and spoofs on TV. Like this one.
7. What’s the most memorable sporting occasion you can remember? Maybe Nadia Comaneci in the 1976 Olympics earning the first perfect 10 for gymnastics in history.
8. Is anyone in your family outstanding at sport? PC is an all-around good baseball player. He plays in the outfield, third base, catcher, and pitches some and the boy can hit the ball, too. My daughter Lauren was a very good runner when she was younger. And she and Brennyn played tennis pretty well.
9. Name 3 sports you try to avoid on TV. Once upon a time, I enjoyed watching boxing. The girls’ father loved boxing and was a pretty good boxer himself. His hero was fellow Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran. But somewhere along the way, I realized these men were beating each other mercilessly for no reason. Well, not exactly NO reason…but for the almighty dollar. I hate that boxing was the only way Roberto Duran and many other professional boxers could see their way out of a life of poverty. One of my former students is female boxer, Jennifer Han. Hate that she is making money doing this, too. Not interested at all in martial arts or in mixed martial arts or wrestling.
10. Who’s the sports personality you most admire, in 2022? Wow, tough question. Off the top of my head, I can’t name someone. Going to go with all of the para-athletes and the Special Olympians who overcome such tremendous obstacles and inspire all of us to step out of our comfort zones and go for gold.
It has been a little over a week since I lost my mom. She died 08.02.2022 after a fall that led to a stroke and brain bleed. We were so very fortunate to have had Mom for so long but even so we miss her terribly. Thankful I was able to be by her side with my sister and brother when Mom passed from this world. Hope to write a post in her honor soon but still numb and operating on autopilot.
Want to add that my mom was a woman before her time. She played basketball and golf when most young women definitely didn’t do such things. Mom invited my dad to play golf with her then beat him hands down. Felt so bad for beating him that she cooked Dad a homemade fried chicken dinner as a consolation prize. And the rest is history…or herstory!!
Won’t you join us for some 10 on the 10th fun? Link up your post below and we will be by to visit.
Have been so blessed by the prayers, love and support of family and friends during this difficult time. Thankful that Gail offered to host this month, and thankful that Marsha has held the reins all year!!
Hug your loved ones tight!!
Hugs and kisses,