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10-17-2003, 02:30 PM
Ever been picked last for a PE sport in school?
I think that's why I always tried to be the captain (or picker). Never liked the feeling.
10-17-2003, 02:49 PM
When I went to a predominately Caucasian school, I was usually picked first for all sports except for tennis, hockey, and soccer. . .Other words, I was always the first or one of the first picked for all sports except for the sports I was decent at.
This even happened when no one knew me at the school.
One of my first days, the class had to pick teams for basketball and when I was picked first for one team, some people aiming for the other team were like, "Ohhhh."
Basketball has to be one of my worst sports, but thank God for stereotypes.
10-18-2003, 12:25 AM
I was routinely picked last for football, even after some girls. With the 2 completions = first down rule I was always a valuable addition to any team, as no one would cover me since they were busy triple covering a future NFL player (Matthias Nkwenti, Pittsburgh Steelers, although he isn't a star, it's still pretty cool that he got there...). Thus on 3rd and one, I'd be the guy that walks three steps, turns around, and catch the shuffle pass. Then I'd be trying to dodge the onslaught of kids who had already gone thru puberty desperately trying to gain 5 more yards.
Because football season is well underway in September, my total lack of performance had people picking me last in almost every other sport. My fantastic plays at shortstop in softball were never noticed. Nor were my infield triples.
I was picked last in soccer too, and emerged as my team's leading goal scorer, (because I'd always be totally offsides and have no one covering me near the goal).
Basketball was divided into 2 divisions. first 20 players picked played in the upper division, and me and the 4 nerds and girls played in the lower one. Can't say I did anything wonderful there, cuz I honestly don't understand basketball.
Then came volleyball. No one was aware that I was a starter on volleyball team, nor were they aware that we had one. I had one game with 15 straight overhand serves, probably 10 of them aces. And I had been picked last too!
10-18-2003, 01:08 AM
I was picked last in soccer, and rightfully so. haha
But it's ok because if it wasn't for my forcing the boys to let us, the girls wouldn't even have been able to play. I was an elementary school activist.
10-18-2003, 03:11 PM
i don't think i've ever been picked last, just usually never first.
but i suck. period.
10-19-2003, 10:00 PM
My team almost always won, I wished we played for money ala "White Men Can't Jump."
Partly 'cause I was usually one of the last picked, which tilted
power balance towards our team, getting a quality player with
a throwaway pick.
Of course, that was in pickup games or first few classes of PE.
Eventually they caught on.
But this still goes on today with every new group of people I'm around.
Sad thing is sometimes I don't even get a chance to prove myself, as I'm not the type to say, "hey, put me in the game and let me play shortstop instead of that alleged AA shortstop, instead of playing a couple innings in the outfield."
I played in a tennis league here (in AZ), and beat everyone in the league.
B-league (4.5, I think). After every just about every match, while sitting and talking to the other player while we were waiting for the doubles to start, they would invariably say something along the lines of, "I wish I got to play you again, I didn't play my best today." None of them felt they should've lost to me. Well, next year they all got their chance to play me again (I couldn't move up to the A-league because my volleyball league was on the same day). Same results, though I lost to someone else who was new.
Many people don't think an Asian can play any sport, except for table tennis.
10-19-2003, 11:24 PM
well i went to mostly asian (or high asian percentage)schools so i was the fat asian kid who sucked compared to the uber asians who would be better at sports/academics and so forth
i didnt suck per se, but im not at all aggressive, i could get lucky here and there like catch a fly ball quickly or shoot a this and that but yeah, looking back i think i was a short straw. thing is i was the kind who looked down at other people, u know theres always the kid where everyone's like "alright move up, easy out" and even if THEY made a good play you'd probly be like "pssh whatever, omg HE of all people made a play i think hell froze over" which shows the difficulty of trying to prove oneself
10-20-2003, 06:53 AM
10-20-2003, 07:51 AM
nope when it came to hoops, i always got picked first,
10-20-2003, 08:01 AM
I was a huge kid. I was always captain or picked first in basketball, unless I was playing with the older kids like my brother(6 years older). But then playing with the older kids made me that much better, so I used to school the kids my age.
I just remember playing tackle football in early high school and junior high. I was tall and big, so I would just get guaranteed touchdowns no matter what. Run the ball, noone could tackle me. I used to carry kids on my back and legs and still be at a decent jog ahahaha.
But then I started smoking and didn't play sports after that.
10-20-2003, 09:51 AM
I'd be picked last if I picked a PE sport that was mostly guys until they saw me play for the first time. Then I wasn't exactly picked first but definitely in the top five, particularly for hockey, soccer or lacrosse. I was on quite a few athletic teams in junior high and high school. Also kickboxed and dirt biked on the weekends.
However, I couldn't play basketball to save my life. Or football. I hate football.
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