Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wrestling



During my high school days I wasn't much good in any sport.  I went out for basketball but never learned how to dribble (sounds like a STD condition doesn't it?) and move the ball down the court at the same time.  Uncoordinated I was. Plus, I didn't like that jab to the ribs I usually got from players on the opposing team when I tried to hang a basket.  Even though I was tall (6'4") for my age (12), Ron wasn't going to be a basketball star.



Next up was football. First of all I throw a football like a girl (my gay gene in full bloom).  Secondly, have you even been on the bottom of a pile up?  All that mud and bodies laying on top of you?  What really freaked me out was the seeing the cleats of the shoes at eye level whilst the side of my face was squashed in the mud.  Ron wasn't going to be a football star, even though I was a tight end (gay gene again).



Next up, track.  I tried the high hurdles but almost always knocked every one down, much to the amusement of my friend Stuart in the stands who would let out a low guffaw that could be heard for miles.  Then I tried long distance running, the mile.  That's four times around the track folks.  First time I ran the mile I noticed that some of my fellow sportsters had ran completely around the track once and were passing me.  I was told that I was "lapped."  I stuck with long distance running for longer than any other sport but after one season decided to give it up after having finished last in all my races save one, in which I finished next to last.  Ron wasn't going to be a track star.

That's me, first row kneeling on the right - 1959

Next up baseball.  Well, since I threw a football like a girl, how do you think I threw a baseball?  That's right, Priscilla Mae throws a long one!  Baseball out, even when I played the outfield.  You should have seen me dancing around the outfield trying to catch a long fly only to have it fall behind me, in front of me, and even one time right on my noggin.  Ron wasn't going to be the next Joe Dimaggio.

Now we come (no pun intended) to a sport that I liked and did well in, wrestling.  I don't know why but I was very agile in wrestling.  I didn't have the weight (I was skinny all through high school, never weighing more than 160 for my 6'4" inches of height) but I was able to outthink most of my opponents. However, I had one BIG problem.  As you know in wrestling, the outfits are tight and some of the holds are...um....awkward.  Now this is where my gay gene comes into play again.  Because I was young with my hormones just starting to kick in, wrestling was out of the question for me.  Oh sure, I tried it but invariably I became aroused (or halfway aroused-my lady readers might not understand this but I'm sure most of my male readers understand) and I would have to throw the match to end it quickly before I became the butt (no pun intended, well maybe) of jokes.  "Hey look!  Tipton has a hard on! What are you?  A fairy?"  Oh sure, I wanted to GO THERE.  

So last night while I was perusing the local newspaper I came across these wrestling photos that brought back fond (and erotic) memories of the one high school sport I enjoyed - wrestling.  

So what was your favorite high school sport?



19 comments:

  1. Ron,

    First of all, yes you threw like a girl, with apologies to my daughter and a lot of girls who can throw like a boy and maybe better, but when we would play baseball and catch at Stuart's it seems to me you could catch the ball pretty well. Now I could catch a hard ball and liked to do acrobatic catches in the outfield, but for some reason I could never catch a softball.

    I too was on the track team. I had a very good time in the mile during tryouts, but I hated to run and that was all milers did - run, run and run some more. I thus chose to put the shot and hurl the discus, neither of which I was very good at, but "weight" guys ran the least of anyone. In the only meet where I out distanced everyone with the discus I lost my balance and fell out of the circle, thus being disqualified.

    I was the boxing champ of my senior class. I could take a punch and if you knocked me down I always got back up. I was undefeated in both boxing and wrestling in my senior year. The gym teacher yelled at me because I got an elbow to the nose in one match and bled all over his new wrestling mats, but I won the match.

    I liked to play pickup football games (running back usually), but my favorite sport was always baseball. I played in a church softball league in the '70s, batted over .800 and was a good base stealer. I was stuck in right field, though, because I still couldn't catch a softball.

    There was bowling, of course, which we both did and like you I have some bowling trophies gathering dust. I also played a lot of tennis and golf.

    I hated basketball and was never good at it, although, like you, people thought I should be because I was tall.

    I don't play any sports anymore, unless you count walking.

    lar

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    1. Lar,

      Well, you didn't HAVE to confirm that I "threw like a girl" (which I did). I'll never forget someone yelling "Hey Tipton! You throw like a girl!" That stung big time. One of those things you never forget from adolescence.

      Boxing is something I never did nor had a desire to do. Now is there was a sport called "slapping", I would probably be pretty good at that.

      Ron

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  2. I hated sports in school. All sports, Period. Was never good at ANY of them. Played football one season in 6th grade. Hated it, but promised dad I would stick it out for the season. Never again. Phys Ed was just as bad - shirts and skins, enforced showers, calisthenics...who cared? The next year, I discovered theatre. Much more my cup of tea. Still love doing theatre. Hate sports. Ugh.

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,

      Actually I liked sports. My main problem was that I had such low self esteem, was uncoordinated, underweight, no muscles to speak of, and had too many "sissy" genes from being born gay. I managed to get rid of most of the sissy genes through hard work and determination because I didn't want to be a girl. I liked boys/men and wanted to be like them. I guess I could have easily gone down that "fairy" route and ended up a drag queen in my adult life (not that there is anything wrong with that). My basic problem is that I just wanted to be like all the other guys in my class but I just didn't have the natural athletic ability or confidence. My three years in the Army took care of that problem and I came out a normal "man." Still gay mind you but almost 100% masculine. Occasionally the sissy gene pops up but I quickly suppress it.

      Ron

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  3. Wow, I can really relate to this and in retrospect it's hilarious. To say that I was rotten in sports would be an understatement. On top of that, I was nearly three years younger than everyone in my class. I'm sure all the girls could throw a baseball better than I could.

    In my senior year I was forced to play football. Some fat bastard knocked me down and fractured my left wrist. To this day I can't bend it, but it never stopped me from playing the piano.

    I was only good at two sports-related things: track and volleyball.

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    1. Jon,

      I think so many of us gay guys had similar experiences growing up trying to engage in sports. I remember my first gym class. I was petrified, not only of playing the sports but also of getting naked with the other guys. Luckily for me I quickly got over that when I discovered that most of the other guys were as apprehensive as I was. Also it helped my self confidence that I had nothing to be ashamed of "down there", unlike most of my classmates who were smaller than I was (not bragging but maybe I am).

      I was never good at any sport. I wanted so bad to take piano lessons but my Mother couldn't afford it. I envied my classmates who took piano lessons, most of whom complained about it. I would have been so happy to be "forced" to take piano lessons. As it was I did play a musical instrument, the Sousaphone in marching and concert band. The reason I was chosen to play the Sousaphone? I was tall and the band director need tall guys to play the Sousaphone in the back of the marching band. That was my "talent", being tall.

      Ron

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  4. Oh boy! More entertaining lunchtime reading.

    I always wondered how that got addressed with sports like wrestling. It can't be that uncommon. Your body reacts, and I don't care which "team" you're on.

    I got put off team sports very early in life. I decided being humiliated is not fun, and I would not willingly do it. I still avoid playing most sports even now. I was plenty strong enough to learn how to throw properly. I just don't think my brain was or is wired to simultaneously keep track of every thing necessary to excel at a team sport. It's 95% mental training.

    I tried cross country for part of a season, and I was actually progressing in this. I decided that I couldn't do that, marching band, and my homework, so I dropped the sport. Our marching band had 170-180 people in it, and was a lot of fun to be in. We had a blast at football games. (We were also going to NYC to be in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade my sophomore year, which helped me in my decision.)

    I'm more of an endurance sport guy. I was an avid cyclist in my early 20s. I used to ride 50-60 miles at a pop. I took up running again in my late 20s, and worked up to a half-marathon in 2001.

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    1. Sean,

      Yes, your body does react when wrestling. I still remember how hot and sweaty my opponent's bodies were. I knew there was a problem when that smell didn't offend me. Also, the grunts. Then too often I found myself face to crotch. Man oh man. That's when I knew for sure there was a problem. I enjoyed that way too much. No more wrestling for Ron.

      I tried cross country once. Almost killed me. I wasn't a long distance runner. I'm a long distance writer.

      I like cycling and also walking (at a fast pace). I never go the running thing though. All that banging of your joints. Couldn't be good.

      Glad I was about to provide "entertaining lunchtime reading"!

      Ron

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  5. I never did well in sports either; uncoordinated, shy, didn't give a shit about any of it.

    and yes, I know what halfway-aroused is.

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    1. Anne Marie,

      Shy? Did you say you were shy? When did the transition happen? :)

      Ron

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  6. I had no interest in high school sports - I think I went to one basketball game in four years, only because I had to go.

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    1. Dr. Spo,

      I would imagine that you would have been very good at high school sports. I used to love sports while I was in high school. For awhile I was even the sports reporter for our high school newspaper. I wish I was coordinated enough to play but alas, I wasn't. Some of us are just meant for other endeavors.

      Ron

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  7. I did and still do throw like a girl! I hated P.E. (which we called phys ed) in high school and rejoiced on mornings when it was raining, because that meant we would have study hall instead. Was never good at team sports. A friend recently reminded me how good I was at marbles in the school yard after lunch!

    I have enjoyed bicycling (just for pleasure, not racing) and hiking. I have done a lot of hiking over the years including parts of the Appalachian Trail and love it. While I lived at my farm, and worked nights, I walked 7 miles a day for exercise. So why is it that I can barely walk today? (limb-girdle muscular dystrophy.)

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    1. David,

      I think the reason I have always thrown "like a girl" was because of my weak wrist. I have very skinny wrists. I did like gym class though but I was never very good at anything, no matter how hard I tried. My problem was probably a combination of not being naturally coordinated, lacking muscle tone, and low self-esteem. But like you I have always loved to walk. Still do.

      Ron

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  8. Anonymous9:22 AM

    Loved this post , fun to read . You're a very talented writer .

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    1. Anonymous,

      Thank you very much. I appreciate your generous comment. I do enjoy writing, it's fun.

      Ron

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  9. Randy in NEB3:18 PM

    I wasn't a jock at all in high school. I was more of an electronics nerd. By 16 I was already 6 ft, maybe basketball? Playing softball always got stuck in right field. I knew I wasn't cut out for football (same reason as you). Didn't mind running so much and I was pretty good in volleyball always liked that best. I liked wrestling, or maybe the just the wrestlers? I couldn't even make it past putting the singlet on and the gay gene would start to kick in. Do they make a jock for gay guys? Wrestlers and gymnists have the best bodies I think, oh well if you can't be an athlete be an athletic supporter. ;-) Randy.

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    1. Randy,

      I haven't met a gay guy yet who was a jock in high school but I am sure there are some. When I wrestled in was in gym class and we wore those skimpy white shorts with a jock strap. Of course during the course of the wrestling, invariable a testicle or two would pop out of the jock strap. Very inconvenient. Just all kinds of problems for a gay guy to engage in physical contact with another guy under the watchful eyes of his classmates.

      Ron

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