Last Saturday, I introduced my father and his love of dogs. This week, I'd like to focus on something else that my father had a mad passion for -- sports!
In high school, Johnnie was the all-around athlete:
He even played baseball outside of school and after he graduated:
Dad wanted to go to college so he could be a physical education teacher, but unfortunately he wasn't able to do so. Instead he went off to war (where he still managed to find time for sports):
then came home, went to business school and settled for playing with his kids and watching sports on television. Some of my fondest childhood memories include throwing a frisbee with him, playing badminton and tennis with him, and having the poor man try to teach me how to throw a baseball sidearm. (Sorry, Daddy! I can't help it I throw like a girl!) And once we finally got cable, he was in heaven! He watched every sporting event ever televised, including cricket and Australian Rules football! He was a hard-core Penn State fan, as well as a fan of the Phillies, the Steelers, and the Celtics. He occasionally played tennis at a local tennis club with his boss until he retired and then had to have his hips replaced.
Now I rarely watch sports, mostly because it just isn't the same without him.
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