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Sports fans are also movie fans. I was bombarded by your emails on your favorite sports flicks. I heard from people all over the country, not just Yuma. And the winners are... From the guy in Massachusetts who loves hockey: “Slapshot.” I also heard from a cycling enthusiast from Colorado: “Breaking Away.” A baseball fan in Dallas: “Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars.” A track enthusiast in California: “Chariots of Fire.”
I can't forget my hometown of Yuma. A Yuma Catholic fan told me to add “Rudy.” A distinguished and old officials commissioner said I forgot the ladies: “A League of Their Own.” He didn't send me one, but the Yuma Sun's own “off road” Randy Hoeft wants “Talladega Nights.” Thanks so much for the nationwide response.
I'm writing this on the second day of March Madness. It's a good thing we can see basketball on four channels, because frankly a few of the games have been blowouts. Surprise from Day No. 1: Harvard. How would you like to be the poor New Mexico Lobos? They have to trudge back to Albuquerque (probably in disguise) and explain how a No. 3 seed with a 26-3 record lost to a bunch of smart kids from Harvard. It's even funnier when you find out Harvard doesn't give athletic scholarships. I hope our Wildcats do well, they have a great bracket.
I don't know whether you have noticed, but there seems to be something strange going on with uniforms these days. It is not often I have to put my sunglasses on inside. I happened to watch the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame play in their conference tournament. I know the Irish sometimes wear green but they looked like five glow sticks running across the screen. I didn't know whether to watch or to try to put them in the freezer (darn good imitation of a popsicle).
It must have started with the University of Oregon and their CEO booster from Nike, but everyone wants a fashion show. I used to pride myself on identifying uniforms and their teams. Today I would get an “F.” It's not only colleges, but pro teams as well. Maybe these teams think if they change uniforms, they will win more. Maybe they think if they change uniforms, they will sell more jerseys. Change is fine, I just wish all the jerseys sold in the United States were made in the United States.
We all have a tendency to eat a little too much while we are watching March Madness. I want to tell you two sports eating stories that are amazing. Gold medalist Michael Phelps works out five hours a day, but this is what he eats. For breakfast: three fried egg sandwiches with cheese, a five-egg omelet, a bowl of grits, three pieces of French toast with sugar and three chocolate chip pancakes. On to lunch: one pound of pasta with tomato sauce, two large ham and cheese sandwiches with plenty of tomato and mayonnaise. Mike washes that down with about 1,000 calories of energy drinks. Phelps slows down at dinner: He only eats another pound of pasta and adds a whole large pizza and yes, throws in three or four energy drinks.
My favorite eating story is about Wilt Chamberlain. Wilt wasn't the most coachable athlete, and he did what he felt like. His San Francisco Warrior coach told the team it was bad to eat a lot just before a game. So Wilt being Wilt, the next night sat down at his locker a half-hour before game time and consumed a whole Boston cream pie and a half gallon of milk. The result: 52 points, 32 rebounds and a quiet coach.