Sports – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History
November 15th, 2011 by Jessica

Week #15 – Sports: Did you have a favorite sports team as a child? If so, which one and why. Did your parents follow the same teams? Do you still support the same teams?

Growing up in central Michigan, I think ice hockey was somehow bred into me.  It’s part of my blood.  It runs through my veins like every other Michigander on this earth.

DaD took me to dozens of Saginaw Generals games when I was growing up. They were the local league that played at the Saginaw Civic Center downtown. One time, he took me down to meet the team after the game. I instantly started lusting after #8 Jeff Pyle after he autographed his hockey stick and gave it to me. I loved that hockey stick! Eventually Jeff went on to play with the Chicago Blackhawks. The hockey stick was thrown out by my DaD in a fit of rage because I didn’t clean my bedroom. I still miss it.

Other than hockey, there weren’t many things related to sports in our house. Unless you count bowling, that was the extent of our sports related activities. My DaD never watched sports on TV. My Mom never watched sports. Neither of them participated in any kind of sport that I am aware of.

Even today, I occassionally watch the Red Wings on TV and tune into the Superbowl to watch the commercials. Andrew doesn’t watch sports at all. He never has, and probably never will. I think competition makes him anxious.

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