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January 4, 2007
BLOG: Five Things You Don't Know About Me

I'm deeply delinquent in getting to this one, but Matt Welch tagged me in the blog game of "5 Things You Don't Know About Me". Let's start by acknowledging that you won't be surprised that I could give you variations on Matt's #2 until you begged for mercy. And I cannot possibly top #4 on Drezner's list.

1. I'm seriously double-jointed, and in high school once got caught by a teacher demonstrating - in class - my ability to put my foot behind my head. While sitting in a desk. (Note: at 35, I can no longer do this). Fortunately, this was a sufficiently absurd spectacle that the teacher just chuckled and went back to writing notes on the board.

2. I've never ridden a bicycle. I tried once, briefly, on my honeymooon in Ireland, but didn't last. There's actually a very long list, in fact, of things I have not done, from breaking a bone to skiing to smoking a cigarette (I even lived across the street from a golf course for six years without ever playing golf), but that one sticks out.

3. People who went to college with me know this - we had a "lip synch" contest, and my senior year I did "Old Time Rock n' Roll," by myself, "Risky Business" style (since it was onstage, I could get away with white spandex shorts in lieu of just briefs). Somewhere, video exists of this. Amazingly, no alcohol was involved.

4. True fact: I have never met Bill Simmons. Bill and I have known each other for many years, from reading each other's columns on the college newspaper at Holy Cross (which is a very small place, after all) to having many mutual friends to Bill giving me my start writing on the Web on his old "Boston Sports Guy" site to joining each others' WhatifSports leagues to being in regular email contact for the past several years. But we've never actually sat down together. Funny world - I've met people ranging from Ted Williams, Tom Seaver and Warren Spahn to Barbara Bush, Clarence Thomas and Rudy Giuliani. But not Simmons.

5. Felix Millan singled home Leo Foster to beat Rick Rhoden and the Dodgers 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth on August 28, 1976. That was the first major league game I attended.

Who should I "tag"? Patterico, Geoff Young, Academic Elephant, Beldar, and Pejman.

UPDATE: John Salmon joins the fun.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:35 PM | Blog 2006-14 | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Never rode a bike?!? Hard to believe. But it's not too late to learn!

Posted by: Steve at January 4, 2007 2:18 PM

Thanks for the mention.

Ah...Rick Rhoden-ones of those pitchers who could hit. The Pirates always seemed to have a lot of those-I seem to remember that Blass, and Rooker, could hack too.

I guess the first major league gane I ever saw was at Connie Mack Stadium, circa 1967, against the Braves. I know Aaron and Wilhelm played. I think the Phils lost-big surprise there.

Posted by: John Salmon at January 4, 2007 9:52 PM

Re: #1. Did we go to school together?
Could you also flip your eyelids inside out? :)

Posted by: E at January 8, 2007 10:37 PM

I apologize for coming late to this party, but I believe I can vouch for #1.

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