Final four as a player and three state championships for high school lacrosse as a coach. Plus several other regional finals.
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Final four as a player and three state championships for high school lacrosse as a coach. Plus several other regional finals.
in 400M relay, 800m relay, and 200M.
/Glory days long past
What the heck!
I once bowled a 298 in Wii Bowling.
I bowled a 900 series on the wii
I won the Champions League in FIFA 12, by spending my actual cash to buy a ton of really good players, and then setting the difficulty level to "Amatuer." I went undefeated in Serie A that season, had a +90 goals differential, and went undefeated thru group play in Champions League and giving up only 1 goal in the knockout rounds. Hah!
I got my ass whipped regularly in wrestling practice by the 3 time state champion in my weight class. Does that count?
I had that done by twins that were a grade ahead of me in the same weight class. I hated ass whipping practice.
At a meet I wrestled a girl and won, by points...
that's just copping a feel.
I was on the basketball B team in middle school for two years and we lost every single game, usually by a comfortable margin, until we finally won a game in 8th grade at Forest Hills Northern. Extremely embarassing night for them. Losing that many games did make winning a pretty big deal, so that was something.
2-time 1st team all conference midfielder in high school ... except my school was small, & our league was made up of a bunch of other small schools, so ... you know. take that for what it's worth (not much).
Ran XC and track in high school. I was nothing special. Rowed on the crew team for Purdue, my lightweight 8 won Dad Vails. Now I just run marathons and ultras. I am taking a break this fall from running marathons to focus on coaching cross country for the first time.
Professor X ... Cross Country = XC ... Professor XC ... PROFESSOR CROSS COUNTRY.
In football I was an O-lineman so I don't have very many personal accolades except my junior year I led the team in penalties and my senior year I didn't miss a single offensive snap. However in h.s basketball, I had one insane double-double (22 rebounds, 10 blocks, and 0 points), and in summer league baseball for my high school team, I had one game where I was two pitches away from ptiching a perfect game (1 hit, 1 walk, 7 inning shutout). Oddly enough, I didn't get the win. I was pulled after the 5th inning and moved to first, the guy who came in for relief, immediately let up a couple runs without recording a single out, and because I was still in the game, my coach was able to put me back in at pitcher to complete the last 2 innings (Still don't know if that was actually a legal move, and yes I was furious with the kid).
For team accolades, my sophomore and junior year my football team made the playoffs and our team was ranked 1st coming into the playoffs my sophomore year, and the only actual championship any team I've ever been on has won is the A2 middle school city championship in volleyball (yeah volleyball, so what, a championship is a championship).
Basically, I have a few cool stories to tell, but nothing really impressive.
In the pros that is a legal move. I saw it a few years ago when the Cubs put a pitcher in left field to keep him in the game going for a lefty/lefty, righty/righty matchup. Sean Marshall (IIRC) played 1 batter in left then went back on the mound.
A colleague noted to me recently (some distance from High School) that I was the dirtiest player he had ever seen in high school football.
I didn't feel bad about it.
Baseball and hockey in high school (all-conference) - played club (ACHA) hockey in college.
In long jump, jumped 24' 8". Not in that meet, but a different one. Also made three finals of the 100m dash twice and 4x100 once, ran 10.7 in the open. All conference four years.
Very strong, did you compete in college?
Mostly low d1 and a lot of d2 schools, but I decided to stay close to home for my girlfriend, who is now my wife, so it all worked out. I competed in a few meets unaffiliated, did well, but never competed for a school.
I beat some girls and guys in a race around the track one time. I think it was the 440 or 420. I was very fast that day, but my good friend who was an illegal Mexican nudged me at the finish. She was very hot too! That desert training had to be the difference.
Earned minor all-area/district accolades in high school as a pitcher-outfielder. Threw a no-hitter once in HS. Received a scholarship to pitch at Northwestern. Played 4 years plus a redshirt year in rehab. I was fortunate to play with and against a lot of guys who made the Major Leagues after college. It was a fascinating experience.
I was recruited to play college golf, NAIA level, and have recorded a hole in one at a golf tournament my senior year of high school.
Watching the Olympics makes me wish I was that good at a sport...
You also play the steel drum and marry and divorce supermodels while eating Greek yogurt.
I won silver sticks, national titles and played four sports while in high school hockey being my main focus and passion. I had a good amount of individual awards but looking back I like the rings better that plaques or trophys. They mean a lot more.
I once ate 12 Krispy Kreme donuts in 12 minutes. They had to be hot, of course.
2 sectional, one state title in lacrosse in upstate new York (still considered one of 3 hot beds/ tradition rich areas in lacrosse) 2nd team all league honorable mention all CNY... Played a lacrosse game in front of 4000 fans is high school... Very cool.
In HS, I got dunked on by a future Final Four starter (Folarin Campbell - George Mason) and a future NBA player (Jerome Dyson - UCONN) in summer league. It sucked...
It happens to the best of them:
When I was a junior, I locked up Sparty commit Matt Costello who was then a soph (like 8 pts for him on a ton of shots and we won by 20). Then we played him my senior year and I too got crammed on and he lit me up (like 26 pts and we lost by 20). Interestingly, I've also been dunked on by ex-Sparty commit Dwaun Anderson, meaning I've been dunked on by consecutive Mr. Basketball's in Michigan. Now that is an accomplishment.
Played football and basketball from 5th grade to 12th grade. My team was undefeated when we outscored our opponents
1st team all conference DE as a senior. Had some interest from Albion and Tri State, but went down a different path.
I farted at a Denny's and cleared out the entire seating section.
All-conference in tennis during high school, although my team sucked and each school had to have at least one representative.
State champ in high school lacrosse, Won some IM sports at Michigan (flag football, water polo, and I even placed in the shot put, throwing a 16# college shot despite never having thrown before) and I did run 10 miles two nights ago as I train for a half marathon.
XC and track in high school as well...pretty mediocre in both. Really only had one healthy cross country season, junior year in which I set my 3 mile pr (19:52), Freshman year track was also the only injury free season...got all-city in Chicago (basically all-conference) at the frosh-soph level in the 110m hurdles and 4x800m relay, also all-city as a sophomore in the 4x800. Became a part-time shot putter/discus thrower starting sophomore year due to injury which prevented me from running every day....became a full time thrower senior year, was my school's top thrower, but not too great in general. Also did some high jump, long jump, 400m, 300m hurdles, 800m, 1600m
So you converted from a long distance runner to a thrower. That's a bit atypical no?
Can't say I know many others who have made a similar shift.
About 2-3 weeks into the season our coach would always have everyone run a 400 and get three throws in shot put...he said it was to discover hidden talent. Our school record holder in throws was also an all-state high jumper who only started throwing while recovering from an ankle sprain suffered during basketball season.
I also wasn't built like a stereotypical distance runner 6' 1" 190 by senior year (probably around 160ish when I first started throwing).
Hip flexor and a nagging IT band issue kept me from running the couple months between XC and track, and IT band discomfort the first week of track led me to drop running (training wise anyways, still raced a few times) and shift my focus to throwing full time in practice...saw pretty big gains in both throws compared to soph/junior year when I threw only part time.
I pretty much didn't do any more distance running that year, maybe one 800. Kept running both hurdle races. In my entire high school career didn't fall once in hurdles until the very last meet when I clipped the 9th hurdle and hit the ground hard. Bruised my ankle pretty bad and could reallly feel it in discus that day when I would try to spin.
Completely airballed a free throw on the back end of an and-1 with no time left that would have put my team in overtime in the playoffs. End of my athletic career.
have you fully recovered?
There's nothing more scarring than hearing the stifled laughter from the crowd and the disappointing groans from your parents as that ball flies through the air and bounces to the ground 3 feet short of the basket.
My senior year in high school, my school's football team was in the first round of the playoffs in overtime with a local team who is outstanding every season. They had just scored, and so we needed a touchdown to tie the game. We made it to the two yard-line and our all-world running back, who had a full ride to a Big-10 school, fumbled the ball right before the goal line. The other team recovered, and won the game. It was the player's last game in high school. Even though he went on to do pretty well for himself, I always felt bad since he was always a good guy.
that story is not at all similar I was in 5th grade. Yours was a real sport. Also, I in no way went on to do pretty well for myself.
No, he's dead
I had a friend, was a big baseball player back in high school. He could throw that speedball by you, make you look like a fool, boy. Saw him the other night at this roadside bar, I was walking in, he was walking out. We went back inside, sat down had a few drinks, but all he kept talking about was glory days.
wasn't Jerry Jones asking for more glory hole...
I'm really good at Whirlyball.
All conference Soccer- striker, Basketball-pg, and Baseball-ss in my Junior and Senior seasons. Some recruiting from small colleges in each except basketball.
I once at 17 banana's in 40 minutes, but I even failed at that because while I was drunk I bet I could do 20 banana's.
Played in DIII women's final four basketball. We took 3rd. Started 4 years goalkeeper in college with 3 conference titles. All conference and all regional accolades.
Capital University down here in Columbus.
Former XC and track runner, walked on to a DI program (not Michigan). Ran 4:30 in the mile, 26:40 in 8K XC, and 15:50 in the 5K. All New England XC runner in High School.
Compete in triathlons these days. Recently did 1:15 for a half olympic distance (800m swim, 20K bike, 5K run), but still a terrible swimmer. Any tips from the board on getting a half mile swim time down from 18 minutes to 13?
I swam for 4 years, but never distance but when it comes to swimming, good form/technique and lots of practice. Making sure you have a good kick and you are properly getting the most out of each pull. Strong upper body and core is never a bad thing either.
Never excelled at any one sport but I can put together a decent swim, bike, run. I've raced as elite amateur for the Olympic distance, made USAT All American twice, and qualified for age-group nationals. I qualified for the 1/2 Ironman (70.3) World Championships at my last 1/2 IM. Missed qualifying for Ironman World Championships (Kona) by 1 spot last year at IM Canada... still working on that one.
all the way up to Senior year of highschool. Tore the crap out of two ligaments and over 70% of the cartilage in my left knee half-way through the season. I was leading the state of Indiana in tackles at the time and got an all-state honorable mention (Middle Linebacker). I would love to strap on a helmet one more time and knock the snot out of somebody. Go Blue!
I kicked a 30 yard field goal in a football game in 7th grade.
I scored 3 tries and made 3 conversion kicks in a rugby match my junior year of HS.
I scored 0 tries but broke my nose and finger and received a concussion my senior year. Quite a disappointing season I'd say.
I joined an untalented (me included) IM 4-on-4 indoor flag football team at GVSU yet made a deep playoff run using a read option offense.
I wish I was like you good-at-stuff guys :(
Bench warmer for my High School's Freshman basketball team, more assists and rebounds than points on the year (can you say team player). Needless to say my basketball career didn't last long.
My senior class was 42-1 through four years of high school football. Runner up my jr year. State champs my Sr. Year. Couple of 2nd place finishes at State in track in the 4 by 1 and 4 by 8. Wasn't a stud by any means but I did score quite well with the ladies which is what really matters.
I went 0-14 in freshman baseball in high school. I'm no Shaq Thompson.
I won a National Championship in Division 3 baseball in 2006.
I hit a two run homerun in the National Title game to break the 0-0 tie. I also caught the last out of the game, a flyout to right.
I also knocked the bat boy's front two teeth out with the weighted bat before my first at bat that game. I felt god awful until I hit the 2 run jack!
Marietta College has the best baseball program in Division 3, and I would be willing to bet top 10 in the country.
Capital kid here. OAC!!
I played football for a year and a spring there and got to play against against Pierre Garcon when he was at Mount Union. He was an absolute force in D-III to say the least. Also, Jason (?) Trusnik who was a DE at Ohio Northern who went on to be drafted by the Jets as a LB and was later traded to the Browns in the Braylon deal. I'm not sure where he's at now.
I was All-conference 1st team RB in high school, special mention All-District, team offensive MVP, and team captain. I had a stomach ulcer halfway into my senior season that put me in ICU for a week and kept me out of the 3 following games. The worst part was that it kept me under 1000 yards.
Congrat's on the championship. Marietta has and has had a very strong baseball program. I do remember back in my day a certain school who used to be in the OAC who gave Marietta fits. Wittenberg. Dad worked there for many yeas while I was growing up. Always looked forward to the Marietta series.
I was a high school swimmer and recruited to swim D-II in college.....by which I mean I got a fairly generic form letter from a tiny little school I'd never heard of whose swim program is now defunct, expressing interest and would I like to learn more about their program and so forth......and I didn't get it until October of my first year in college.
But that one letter lets me claim to have been "recruited to swim in college." I think it was the same tiny West Virginia school where RR got his coaching start.
These days my athletic feats are limited to sailing.
Raced dirtbikes, played football (OL/DL) and pond hockey as a kid, then field hockey in high school, and broomball/mudbowl at MICH. Hopefully, I'll be getting a new motorcycle on Friday too and I'll start doing some track days.
But apparently, I've missed my true calling: being an Olympic weighlifter for Chile
I'm like a female Chinese basketball player.
I played table tennis for Michigan my freshman year..got beat by Sparty and OSU but took down Ferris, Case Western, and some others.
Also goaltended and ran a mediocre beer league hockey team at the Cube for four years.
2nd in the country, alternate for 2010 Olympics. My roommate in college at Michigan got 2nd at that Olympics and was world champ. He reads this blog daily as well.
i once shot an 88 ..... on 9 holes
Steve Bunin, now with the World Wide Leader, said my name during a highlight when he was working for WOTV and Wall2Wall Football. It was a regional final game and I caught a back half my size looking back for the ball. Honestly thought the guy was dead for a second. Went on to win a State title, back when they were played at the Silverdome.
I was on a dream team - I made the pick of the litter in a raft guide obstacle course. Of course, we were all sorta drunk, but we got to hurl small boats at each other and climb stacks of rafts while doing a throw bag toss (distance AND accuracy)...
New England Champions for Swimming and Diving my senior year of high school.
Club Field Hockey National Champions in 2005
Intertube waterpolo co-rec champions in 2005 (yes this is a big deal...)
USA Women's Australian Rules Football Team Vice-captain since 2009 [side note: we play Team Canada in the 49th Parallel Cup this weekend]
Women's Australian Rules National Champions 2009 - Milwaukee Lady Bombers
When I was in high school and an avid follower of this blog I used my rudimentary video editing skills (they've since improved) to compile all of Sam McGuffie's hurdles into one video.
My athletic achievements were experienced viacriously through this young man and this video.
Played OL and threw shot and disc at Albion. Rode the bench and had little to no involvement in the conference championships we won. Rode the coattails of my talented track and field teammates into the HoF (as a team), but still got a plaque for it.
Can also say that I was on more teams than I can remember (football, basketball and track) w/ Congressman Runyan from 7th grade through through Varsity. In a weird way, that's probably more memorable for me.
I won one high school state championship in football (1993) and two in lacrosse ('93 & '94), but these were back before lacrosse was an official MHSAA sport. All-state attackman my senior year. I was part of a great football team (undefeated, ranked #1 all year) whose QB was all-state, went to Illinois, but then flamed out spectacularly.
Rowed for a year in college and we won the Novice Eastern Sprints ('95). Club lacrosse after that along with lots of IM sports.
Perhaps my crowning athletic achievement came in medical school at Vanderbilt: 3 other med students and I (one had played DB at Stanford, another had played tennis at Cornell then Vandy) played in an open 4-on-4 flag football tournament and won, beating teams made up of Vanderbilt varsity football and basketball players along the way. We were invited to go to the SEC championships of this tourney in Atlanta, but alas, it was during our finals the next week, so we passed. Maybe it's better to end as a winner...
I destroyed a girl half my size in arm wrestling once.
I was a two time All-State honorable mention safety in High School, two year starter on a D-2 team and had Al Horford throw down an Ally-Oop right over top of me in a high school basketball game.
I was my school's #1 varsity golfer all 4 years of high school earning all conference 1st team my freshmen year, and conference MVP my last 3 years. I was offered a walk-on opportunity at U of M but I decided to focus on my studies. I also pitched for the varsity baseball team for all 4 years of high school, and I was on the varsity basketball team for 3 years.
WLB in a 3-4 - loved the blindside pass rush. Routinely lost contain on running plays. Blitzed when should have been in coverage. Got yanked regularly, but made some redeeming big plays - sacks, interceptions and forced fumbles. Scouting report was inconsistent and lackadaisical, always reads pitch on option and hangs ILB's and DT's out to dry.
In short, I was an idiot on the football field. Would love to have that squandered opportunity back.
Neither went pro in hoops...Gaurded Chris Baker (Saline HS) and he gaurded me...was OK at hoops, but blocked one of my shots literally half way across the gym..."ooooohs" from the crowd. Also gaurded Drew Henson both times we played Brighton and he got about 15 points each time. Both players were 'good' at basketball, but running up and down the floor with them you realize what great athletes they were.
Oh and tackled Greg Degrand (Saline football, MSU wrestler) for a 7 yard loss my Junior year.
That pretty much sums up my highlight reel.
Played soccer through high school, pulled a rare double my sophomore year, won state championships for my high school and club teams. Then my senior year lost both state title games. Played with a couple high school all americans, one guy on my club team who went on to MLS as both a player and coach. Walked on and played with the UM soccer team my freshman year (back before it was a varsity sport) until I blew out my knee. then decided I had more important things to do, like drinking.
I played in the CHL for 4 years and was runner-up in the memorial cup my last year (and was the team captian that year).
Also won the High School AAA provincial championship (which is the highest level of competition in our system) in volleyball 2 of my 3 years in High School and was the starting power hitter for all three years. Went on to coach the volleyball team to a provincial title as well three years later (my first and only year coaching mens volleyball).
I played many other sports and won some awards, but those are the ones that stand out for me.
In Tae Kwon Do, I have won 34 state titles (3 events each tourney, competed for 8 years, competed in Ohio, Mich, Indiana, Illinois, and a few others, mainly Midwest). After state, you'd go to nationals that were held in various states. I'm a 3 time national champion. Also won a world championship held in 2004 in Colombus, Ohio. Many of my tourney trips in my later years were all expenses paid due to my winnings (cash prizes were given to older athletes).
I have competed in S. Korea & Dublin also.
Now, I teach martial arts for a living to over 500 ppl a week, ages 3-75+
Note to self: Never fight 'Committed', because my ass will be whooped and I will be folded in half.
But honestly, that is impressive!
Sweep the leg Johnny! Seriously though thats amazing
Ran a 4:23 mile and 15:52 5k. Ran 2 marathons since then, in mediocre times. However, I'm best known for starting my high school's Pizza Party Team.
No accomplishments worth mentioning here. But thanks to career choices and "going pro in something other than sports" after graduating from college, I've met numerous great athletes, many of them Hall of Famers or future Hall of Famers in their respective sports.
Went to a small high school that had all kinds of talent that coaches didn't know how to use or teach. Played 4 years and started 3, played at every skill position on offense except TE, played at all DB positions, kickoff, kick return, punt, punt return. Regionals in track, played basketball a couple years but quit since I didn't have the last name to suit the coaches. Walked on at Indiana State as a WR, but quit school after my freshman year. Played softball from my freshman year of high school until now, won 3 state titles in softball, numerous league titles, also 3 state titles in a league that's like YMCA basketball. Still have some good speed for a 35 year old who's knees and back aren't what they used to be. Now to fill my competitive nature I competition coonhunt in UKC and PKC.
A slow white safety who earned some attention from the local D-III program and some passing attention from a few very low end D-II schools. Started two years of high school. Our team stunk though and only had one winning season in four years. My brush with fame was coming up to stop Chad Henne on a rollout. Next thing I know a defensive tackle is hovering over me and going "You okay man?". I was like "Where the hell did that pulling guard come from, fucker blindsided me." and the reply was "That was the QB man, he's fucking big."
Thrown off my high school hockey team for fighting and banned from league. Ended up making the club hockey team.
Subpar swimmer. Ever so often I managed to pull something out off my ass and win a heat but nothing beyond that.
Second board on my high school chess team. This led to the amusing moment when the first board (a scrawny litlte nerd looking guy) was getting bullied and I went in to defend my teammate. Two of my fellow football players (a lineman and a WR) followed me in. Ended up having a scrum in the lunchroom. Five bullies vs three jocks and a chess nerd. End result was that the chess coach was livid and bitched me out for an hour. The football coach told me I lived up the values he was trying to teach since I defended a teammate, but he still had to sit me for a game since the principal was "being tacky about it". I did three days in school suspension for my role in the fight. The rest of the football team was pissed that three of us missed a game and jumped the bullies after school. There was a significant drop in lunch room bullying after that incident.
on this one. Nobody gets kicked off a hockey team for fighting. /s
Went winless in three years of middle school basketball. Played varsity tennis all four years in high school, playing doubles. Had a decent junior year, made second team all-area. Our tennis team was just good enough to qualify for states, but not good enough to win any matches there.
Yeah, my athletic accolades are quite minimal.
Rank leader in the Michigan Marching Band.
One time at CCRB I played basketball with Tom Staton and gave him a bloody nose (it was a really sweet no-look pass - I thought elite players were ready for that kind of thing).
Did cross country running in my senior year of high school, and went from an 18:17 5K to a 16:47 in one season. Had a few D-III letters of interest come in and one D-II letter, but I decided to go to Michigan without being an athlete instead.
1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-District, 2nd Team All-State Linebacker in Ohio D1 and played D1 college football (nothing special there). Set all-time tackles record for high school team.
State runner up on 4x100 relay and state champ 4x400 relay.
Greatest sports "accomplishment" was playing against Charles Woodson for two years in high school when he was at Ross. He only had six TDs my sophomore year and five my junior year against us (four were from KR/PR, 2 were defensive, and five were as a RB/WR). Rob Lytle shook my hand after both games (he knew my dad from high school) and told me not to worry because Woodson will probably be in the NFL HOF some day. My day of vindication came when he chose to play for Michigan. Hated playing against him, but loved/love watching him play against everyone else.
I'll stick to high school and later:
Swimming - was an OK sprinter and backstroker - our 4x100 free relay was All-American my senior year. Quit swimming when I went to U-M.
Rowing -- was OK in this. I went to a prep school in Massachusetts, and we got our ass kicked at Interschols (2nd boat - 8), which was the big HS rowing championship in New England (Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester, MA). The cox of our first boat coxed at Harvard, and numerous teammates rowed at Ivy League schools.
Water polo -- played my senior year in HS. Loved it, and I think I would have done well had I played more. I loved the physicality of the game, and it was nice that I could swim pretty fast.
Lacrosse -- played one season in HS before switching to crew. Played a couple of seasons on the club at U-M (with JP when he played). Highlights -- causing the Notre Dame GK to cough up the ball on a clear, and my teammate scored a goal from about half-field. Scoring two goals and an assist in front of my parents at a game at West Virginia.
IM sports at U-M -- did everything, sucked pretty much, except for v-ball. Loved playing v-ball, and played all the time.
Feats of Strength:
1. Got dunked on by Rumeal Robinson at the CCRB once in pick up hoops. We both went up for a rebound, our hands reached the ball simultaneously, but then my hands started plummeting to Earth as his just rose, and rose, and rose…. That kid’s vertical sang to me that I was a mere mortal. I did score a few times, but yeah, outside mid-range jumpers and not while Rumeal was checking me…
2. Played in several pick up games with Desmond Howard and Derek Alexander when they were Frosh/Soph and I tell you this – Desmond was completely unremarkable on the court. Alexander however, was an absolutely ungodly beast. Desmond would throw Alexander alley oop passes and Alexander would launch from what seemed like the free throw line, catch and dunk with such ferocity, his body would almost disappear behind the backboard as it swung around while he hung onto the rim. Fiercest UM dunker I ever saw until C Webb arrived on campus. Desmond’s hoops game was very average. I didn’t even know who he was at the time.
3. Turned down the UM rowing and volleyball teams because hey, they weren’t varsity sports, and who the hell would want to get up at 5 in the morning hung over to go row in Michigan winter weather?
4. Won the Mr. Greek Week award for (no joke) balancing a tricycle on my head. Somewhat athletic no?
5. After graduating, my feats of strength diminished, but I was particularly proud of when, after losing a game of squash, I hot-boxed four 90 year old alums in the elevator of the Harvard Club in NYC so rancidly one proclaimed “Meee Oh Myyyy!”
6. I did 33 pull ups when I was 33. Legit, wide arm, open hand pull ups going all the way down and up.
7. I did 23 legit pull ups at 43… (aaah the joy of aging).
Rumeal is in jail now, so you got the last laugh.
a lot of high school crap I cant remember, and a D1 second baseman, am now a club pro and have been playing like shit recently but have won a few tournaments in the last few years. Basically saying I was once athletic, but that was many moons ago.
Finished 18th (c'hai) in the state in shotput this year, after throwing for just two months.
Won 4 straight heisman trophies in NCAA 12
Won a county fair pie eating contest
Took my high school football team to playoffs for the first time since 1964
My mom says I'm special
I also believe you to be special.
Won the Michigan state championship and finished top 15 in the nation twice for BMX back when I was in my prime (8-9 years old). Gave that up after breaking my clavicle while at a race in PA.
I was way too injury prone during high school to ever get anything going. Hip bursitis freshman year, pelvic avulsion fracture sophomore year, stress fracture in heel junior year, and senior year I said screw getting hurt I'm just going to play golf.
for an inner city high school with the worst tennis team in the region. Pretty much downhill from there. Broke my leg spectacularly playing softball. I turned two nonetheless. They rolled me off the field and finished the game as I waited for the ambulance.
Used to be a +1 handicap, won numerous high school events. Recruited to play college golf but chose not to - got kinda burned out. Now I am nothing more than a good member-guest player.
Hmm..Michigan D1 Academic All-State in Baseball...no biggie
Shot an eagle the other day, that was pretty cool haha
Working for the UM hockey team..not real athletic but it's still pretty sick.
I did all three in HS. Was all-conference in various swimming events and got 8th in the state (Michigan) on the medley relay. I was decent in CC (17:30 5k).
Now I do triathlon. Lead the U-M tri club for a few years, qualified for Age-group nationals in olympic distance, and completed IM Louisville. Nothing special (yet).
I guess this would be a good place for my Cool Story Bro about tying Matt Schaub's team in IM softball. Would've been even cooler if we'd won, but we didn't lose, either. This was because our team was pretty good with quality girl players (which is always the key in co-ed IM softball) and his team was Matt Schaub and nine dudes and dudettes who couldn't hit or throw.
We might've won if we'd figured out earlier the strategy of tossing easily hittable beach balls to the hitters in front of Schaub (so as not to walk them), because literally all their runs came from him launching every pitch over the center field fence.
All conference defensive end in football. 2 time All-State & was named All-American in lacrosse my senior year of high school. Played a few years of D1 lax at Bucknell and transferred to Michigan to focus on school before realizing that I missed it and joining the MCLA team for my 5th year.
Now all I do is stare at computer screens and think about how much I miss being able to take out my aggression via body checks.
Three sports in high school: cross country, downhill skiing, track.
Skiing was my main sport. 3x all-state. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to race since graduating. Couldn't turn down coming to Michigan. Now I just run for the club team.
I also really enjoy mountain climbing (hence name...), and have climbing a number of peaks in Colorado and have done Mount Rainier twice.
All-state in XC and the 3200 my senior year of high school and, at the time of the race, ran the 9th fastest 3k in school history. More recently, I was a member of the 3rd place CHAMPIONSHIP winning team in a local co-ed soccer league.
junior high and intramurals in college (small D III school) . Also did IM volleyball. More into music and fandom...
I played some first base in various travel leagues (never actually played for my school, oddly enough) on-and-off throughout middle school and high school. I also had the distinction of being one of the few left-handers to have caught some games as well, for as they would often tell me, "You run the bases like a catcher, so you might as well play the position."
As for actually being part of a team at my high school, I lettered...in Quiz Bowl. No, that's not a typo.
Completed 8 marathons with my best time being 3:35:51.
Played #1 singles for my high school tennis team for 3 years and won a USTA tournament at the Ann Arbor Racquet Club (Boys 18s). Tried to play in college, but couldn't get a scholarship. Was considering playing at Albion, but then I got in to Michigan and I wasn't talented enough to play for Michigan.
Won two IM champion t-shirts as an undergrad. One in roller hockey, one in ice hockey. In ice hockey, I played in the "A" division. Once, when leaving the ice, I passed by Marty Turco who was apparently playing as a ringer for a "B" division team. So, transitive property of IM sports, I probably could have won 2 NTs if coach Berenson had given me a shot. /s
Michigan has had 65 gold medalists. That has to be the top among schools in the NCAA.
in Golden Tee. Hole in one Peter!
1983 baseball title. 1B on the Cobham Yankees!
I'm actually Michael Phelps.
/Not really Michael Phelps
//Or am I?
Back in '82, I used to be able to throw a pigskin a quarter mile. Coach woulda put me in the 4th quarter, we'd have been state champs, no doubt in my mind.
how much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains....
3rd-place Mathletic finish in middle school, worthy of $100.
I won the Most Improved Player on the JV Golf team in high school. What did that mean? Rising from 20th on the depth chart (including varsity) to 19th.
I crushed Jordan Kovacs during a football scrimage.
And that's abut it.
1. I have the unique honor that I left my blood all over Oosterbann Field House when I was knocked out cold and concussed during a Lowest Division loser's bracket non-contact co-rec Flag Football Team. It gets better, they were both fraternity/sorority teams that were awful and were around solely for the purpose of "hanging out after the game and drinking like pop or something." On the plus side, they were too afraid to move me I guess so I got an IM penny out of it. Not to be held back from the real game, I still made it to a sorority semi-formal 2 nights later.
Did you go to school?
I started out as that defenseman who was afraid of the puck and cleared it first chance he could get; graduated to the one-dimensional cannon-from-the-point blue liner; then became a power forward and forechecking freak a la Neely with increasing confidence; became the full-blown center and playmaker but was eventually moved because I was always out of position in my own zone; and finally settled back on the wing as something of a finesse player with good touch.
I've played in leagues all over eastern Pa (except Philly) and earned all-league honors in several. What that means is that I'd be the laughing stock of the rink if I ever played anywhere near the state of Michigan.
I'm just really really fast. Ran a 4.3 40 two years ago
In the rain
I have a Master-level rating in Bullet chess, and an Expert-level rating in Standard and Quick chess.
I am handy with a frisbee. Ultimate, golf, Pass it Around.
I go to the gym to maintain a svelte figure.
Since you mentioned frisbee.
My buddy discovered this game a few months ago. It is basically cornole with a frisbee. Pure Colombian awesomeness.
In the middle 70's I played pro tennis for a year. My best world ranking was 123rd. After the year I realized that was the best I was going to be and retired.
- Have run 13 marathons, including a couple Boston's. My best time was just under 3:15 to qualify (yes I'm old).
- Played high school hockey (mostly rode the pines)
I ran 11 marathons. 3:12 PR in Boston but highlight was probably finishing on the 50 yard line of Notre Dame stadium at the Sunburst Marathon.
A few age group awards for middle distance stuff.
Climbed Mt. Whitney via the Mountaineer's Route.
I played at a real small private school, in the smallest division in Ohio, so my accomplishments mean shit. Here they are anyways:
- Golf - 3 time letterman, junior year average of 41.5; all-conference honorable mention
- Basketball - led JV team in scoring my sophomore year (whoop-di-doo); one year letterman; coach was an idiot, showed favorites (I know, yeah yeah yeah, everybody complains about their coaches that way. But the principal's son kneed a kid in the balls on purpose and he only sat out one game and started the next despite video evidence and conference rules stating that a player with a flagrant foul would sit out a minimum of two games. Thought we should have been above reproach since we were a religious school, but we compromised integrity for the sake of winning. But we sucked anyways so it hardly mattered) so I didn't play my senior year because it wasn't any fun; 2005 Jim Jackson Camp knockout/lightning champion (probably the accomplishment I'm most proud of)
- Baseball - 3 time letterman; all conference honorable mention junior year; all conference first team senior year; team MVP; played 1st and pitched
Boxed under Sugar Ray Leonard as a kid and thought I'd go pro up until maybe 16. Started HB jr. year on a team with 3 future NFL players. Fastest 4x400 time in the nation at Penn Relays sr year but wasn't the fastest on the team by far. Recruited by D1 for football and baseball only UMD for baseball and not great schools for football (including tulane when Rich Rod was there.) Represented U of M in boxing several times (but it was governed by the NCBA not the NCAA after the NCAA dropped boxing). Won IM flag football in law school (lol) Wanted to do MMA after school but too many injuries and other demands on time.
I believe my HS football team still holds the state record for highest scoring and/or most overtimes for a playoff game (we lost), it was my junior year back in the 2002 season. (It was basically Illinois/Michigan something like 60 points for each team and 4 OTs?).
Got to the semi-finals my soph. year in college of IM 7-7 flag football, we were utterly destroyed by a team that had 1 scholarship player and 1 kicked-off-the-team player which is how they got around the rules regarding "pros" playing IM.