I attended 4 sporting events this year which I wouldn’t normally have gone to. Initially, this was going to be Wellesley College-specific (since I work here), but as the year went by, circumstances found me at a strange variety of sporting events that I believe qualify as “not normal” for me.
- Field Hockey at Wellesley College – I attended a game against Wheaton College (MA) with my friend and colleague Erin R back in the fall. I have no idea who won, because it began raining in the middle of the game and we left.
- Girls Basketball – Waltham HS vs. Wayland HS – I helped Amy “scout” a high school basketball game in January. What surprised me wasn’t how low the score was (I remember playing in junior high and the scores were low then too) but that I actually picked out some things that the top players were doing consistently, that the CCHS coach used when preparing his team to play both their teams, and that knowledge helped shut those girls down! Cool! (But not cool enough that I’d ever want to do it again… haha…)
- Boys Soccer – I went to watch a U13 game this weekend. Amy’s colleague has a son who plays, it was near us, the day was lovely, so I went. Take-away: boys that age are smelly, and that team could have taken on my O30 women’s team and wiped the field with us.
- Junior High Softball – The softball field across the street from our house is extremely busy this spring, as the Natick High School fields are being repaired. I have watched more junior high softball than I care to admit this spring, solely for the train-wreck factor. And yes, I fully realize that I will rot for making that comment, especially given my utter lack of ability in softball and throwing in general.
So. Four different types venues, four different age ranges, four different sports… I think I’ll probably stick to hockey and minor league baseball for the most part, but this was fun to do.