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WHAT ABOUT SPORTS? August 02, 2005 3:14 PM

I was wondering whether your deceased loved ones were interested in any particular sport?  Or did they practice one?  If it was a game, did you go together sometimes?  Did you get upset/excited about the score?  Did you play anything together?  In any case, I'm sure it was GOOD FUN!!

Giuliana aka Princess Little Rock

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Multiple answers August 02, 2005 7:33 PM

I just lost a dear friend last Sunday to leukemia.  He and O shared no sports interests.

Laurel participated in soccer and volleyball and, immediately prior to her death, the dance/drill group from the high school she would be attending.  Her stepmother and I participated in all of her activities, and continued our participation after her death by contributing a video camera to the dance/drill group.

I still shed a positive tear when watching dance/drill/cheerleading competitions on TV.

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Soccer August 06, 2005 3:34 PM

Sorry about your friend, Tim.  Please, accept my condolences.

I know...  I asked a lot of questions at the same time..  but I got excited about the topic because sports do involve a lot of people and they made me think of my father.  He was a good swimmer and I have nice memories of us two at the beach or at the pool...competing...  sometimes he'd let me win!  It was fun! 

When he was young, in addition to working full time, he was also a professional soccer referee for several years.  Too bad he gave it up shortly before I was born! But he certainly had many stories to tell, newpaper clippings with articles on him, clippings, and even his whistle!  How I'd have loved to watch him referee!!  He was VERY strict!

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Thanks August 06, 2005 4:54 PM

Thanks for sharing the information about your father, Guiliana!

My Dad was a professional softball umpire, who worked in the local and semipro leagues.  We spent may nights watching him umpire, and I learned many lessons that I carry with me to this day.  He would volunteer his services to my fraternity league, and when our team was playing he always added one ground rule - if there was a close play and I was involved, the call went against me.  He wanted there to be absolutely no accusation of favoritism.  The lesson I took from that was to make sure that any play I made was not even close.  Another time when I was in a youth league, the parents were getting loud and critical of the players on both teams - it was pretty ugly.  Dad, umpiring, finally stood up, took off his mask and told the crowd thta we were there to have fun and that if he herd one more negative comment, he would clear the stands before the game could continue.  His look and manner of speaking obviously spoke volumes, since the crowd got deathly quiet and then started rooting positively.  I hope I continue to reflect what he taught and how he lived, so he would be proud of me.....

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 August 10, 2005 2:45 PM

Tim, I am very sorry about your friend.

Rudy used to play baseball, I have several trophies from his teams winning seasons.  The bad thing was that his older brother played on a different team in the same league, and his sister was a cheerleader for another team in the same league.  Some nights were nice because they would all be in the same field, different parts, but the same field.  It got a little crazy when they were playing in different fields though.  I always managed to see at least part of each of their efforts though.

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