Unlike some other cities that are home to professional sports teams,
Well, this leads me to a night over winter break last year. I had eventually made it downtown after a few hours in a friend’s basement. It would be fair to say that at this point, I had my share of rum and Cokes for the night. We stepped into a bar and I immediately began to hear murmurs from my friends: “Did you see who is here?” “Look who is over there!” I looked ahead and immediately recognized the reason my friends’ thought I may have been excited: Charles Woodson was there.
For as long as I can remember, I have been a Charles Woodson fan. I’m not sure if ‘fan’ is a strong enough word to describe the situation, but since I don’t want to use ‘obsessive,’ we’ll just stick with ‘fan.’ I think it started with the outrageously athletic interception he had in college against
It is important to note here that not only was this a great move for me and my rooting interests, but it was also a superb move for Woodson and the Packers. Since arriving in
Anyway, remember those rum and Cokes? Those along with some strong persuasion from my friends brought me next to Charles Woodson, shaking his hand, and probably embarrassing myself. It is safe to say my speech skills were not as good as I wish they would have been. I managed to tell Woodson how big a fan of his I was, and that this has been going on for quite some time. I told him how glad I was that he was a Packer, and that I appreciated everything he has done for the team. Probably feeling a little awkward, he said thanks and that he appreciated the support, then I walked away, pretty stunned about what had just happened to me.
When I mention to people that I met Charles Woodson once (I swear though, I don’t lead off all conversations with this), they look at me with real excitement, and I don’t think it’s because I simply met a Packer player, I think it’s because people that know me know what meeting Charles Woodson meant to me. As fun as it is to tell people that I once had half of a conversation with my favorite football player, I think it is better for me to know that I got to tell Woodson how much he has impacted my sporting life. I’m assuming the conversation means more to me than it does him, and that’s fine.
I guess this story is a way of introducing myself as a sports fan. The teams and players that I support, well, I really support, probably at an unhealthy level. I’m looking forward to this year as I attempt to write for your newspaper. Next time, I’ll try to lay off on the hero worship, but if B.J. Raji does anything spectacular, we might have problems.