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June 9, 2015 | Elizabeth Burchard

Refuse to Lose

 

I have always enjoyed sporting events whether I am participating in them or just being a spectator. My most memorable sporting events are the ones that I spend with my sisters. I am one of four girls with only a two-year gap between each of us. Being so close in age, my parents always encouraged us to participate in similar activities, including sports.  Quite honestly I think it was more convenient for them to only have to drive us in one direction, but regardless the activities ended up being more enjoyable when we did them together.  

 

 

I recall us working our way through the various sports from swimming, karate, soccer, to softball, cheerleading, water polo and cross country.  Swimming had special memories for me, as I think it was probably the perfect family experience.  Hanging around the pool deck, goofing around with my sisters and friends, and finally when it became so unbearably hot…. it was time to (dive) jump into the pool for my next event.  Now that I’m a bit older and no longer the athlete I once was, I find myself more in the role of a spectator of sport enjoying competition through the play of others. 

 

 

Having gone to a big time (Pac 12) college at the University of Arizona where sports was a huge part of my college experience, I eventually learned the “fine art” of being a super fan.  Whether it was enjoying a great tailgate before watching our UofA football beat down another opponent, to rocking the McHale Center with loud chanting as we worked the fans into a frenzy while our basketball team played its way into March Madness tournament again.  Now that I’m back home in the bay area, I’ve re-established a connection and love for some of our great local franchises (namely the 49ers, Giants, A’s and Warriors).  One thing I’ve learned to be true, and that is there’s no better way to enjoy a great sporting event than to do so with a fine glass of (Baldacci Vineyards) wine in hand.  Of course, that’s why being a spectator of sport is so much fun, you can do so while surrounding yourself with all your “creature” comforts (aka: fine wine and food amongst the company of your friends and family). 

 

 

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