By Erin Gignac
Before my intramural flag football team was back-to-back champions, I showed up to our first game as a shy team member. As I talked with the team, I hoped they didn’t think I was weird. Well, they still probably think I’m weird, but in a good way. In fact, everyone on the team is a little weird.
Intramurals were never a priority on my list of things to do at college. In retrospect, the friendships, secret handshakes and time management skills I gained from this experience—playing games at 12:15 a.m. is bizarre—taught me a lot.
I got my intensity back. I was pretty jaded with homework and the other stresses that came with college, but the minute I stepped onto that spongy turf in the Seelye Center, I put my game face on. Any touchdown or extra point I scored released a re-enactment of Aaron Rodgers’ championship belt dance. The belt came out often, since we won almost every game by mercy rule.
To our fans, we are the “Schmohawks.” To me, this team consists of friends and memories I will never forget. Sean Nicholl is my friend who invited me to play on the team is one of the most welcoming people I know. His lucky Superman shirt was ripped in the championship game. Rest in peace. David Abbott wears lucky shorts he hasn’t washed since last year, but his spider monkey arms make up for it. Anthony Ruscitto has great hair and gets really mad when he misses an interception opportunity. Lastly, Adam Dietz wears gloves that aren’t his and is consistently adding comic relief at every game.
The girls on our team are the best in the league. Aimee Ruby scores most of our touchdowns and watches CMT, which is a great choice of channel. I like Emily Rito because she’s excellent at defense and says what’s on her mind. She also dates Abbott and thinks his shorts are gross. Dayna Krushlin and Alyssa Schafer are a hilarious duo. Krushlin thinks my Regis Philbin impression is creepy but Schafer likes it. Alyssa Wilkerson, adds quarterback skills, when she isn’t laid up with a cut foot, to round off our dream team.
We’ll be back in fall to claim our third straight championship, our biggest bragging right yet.