A little known fact about me is that I've never played a sport in my life. As a kid, I buried myself in sketchbooks and fashion magazines. Sports just never appealed to me.
I also didn't grow up in a household with sports. My father watched boxing from time to time, but that was it. My older brother taught me more about sci-fi movies than he did about alley-oops or blitzes.
So, how did I end up on Nike's Flag Football League, Nike Football Society? Well, last year, I got a text from Nigel Sylvester asking me if I wanted to play flag football. I made the mistake of thinking it was just one game and upon arrival I realized, this was an actual thing—a serious thing.
I stuck it out and actually became obsessed with the sport. As my team, Jamaica Diamond Turf, and I got into practicing and plays, I started to learn that football wasn't just big guys bumping into each other like I previously, and naively, thought. It's an intricate game, almost chess-like.
On my off-time, I started to watch football and even got into the show “Hard Knocks.”
I really began to appreciate the sport. I even found that my previous belief that anger is useless was untrue on a playing field.
I’m excited about this second season, despite the fact that it’s become a little sceney this time around. Nike has pulled out all the stops for this league, paying attention to every single detail. This year, we had a draft that I am not stoked about. Apparently the draft was implemented because last years winning team—which beat our undefeated team at the championship—unfairly had semi-pro players.
Overall, the draft event was cool because they actually reenacted what drafts look like, and Peter Rosenberg emceed it. I wanted to wear an ill-fitting suit, but opted not to.
Anyway, I will keep you guys posted. Last week we had our first game and our first W for the season. As a sidenote, I've been nicknamed Ray Lewis.