Many adjectives might spring to mind when looking at this picture of my mom. Super cute- yes! Warm and hospitable- better believe it! Gourmet chef- you betcha! But crazy, die-hard sports fan? Perhaps not the first thing to come to mind. But let me tell you, she's more than meets the eye. Under her warm and fuzzy exterior lies an ultra-competitive, raging, veritable sports fanatic.
She may not know all the stats, standings, or heck, even all the rules, but she definitely wins the award for most entertaining fan.
So in honor of this wonderful woman, here are the top ten reasons to watch sports with my mom.
10. She makes great grub. Did I mention she's a Filipino grandmother? 'Nuff said.
9. She sometimes forgets which team is which and cheers for the wrong team.
8. When the game gets too intense, rather than freaking out like the rest of us, she goes into the kitchen and cooks (hence reason #10). In the 1998 NBA championship nailbiter, Bulls v. Jazz, Michael Jordan hit a clutch jump shot with 5 seconds to go, giving the Bulls the lead and clinching the title. Where was Mom? In the kitchen, chopping vegetables.
7. She knows the height of all major sports figures and preferentially cheers for the short ones.
6. When the Mariners blow a big play (which is often), she yells what we can only presume to be expletives in Tagalog.
4. She gets up at 3AM to check the Australian Open matches because she just can't wait until morning. On a similar note, she has to play tennis matches against people half her age, since the "old people" are too easy to beat.
3. She practices Zumba and Tae Bo moves during particularly slow or boring games.
2. After good games, she leaves noteworthy voicemails. My all time favorite, in its entirety: "Yankees lost! Yankees lost! Love you. Mom."
1. She makes great grub. Yes, I mentioned this already, but if you know my mom and have eaten her food, you know this bears repeating.
So when my sweet mom saw the girls' new Seahawks hats and asked for one for herself, how could I say no? This is the woman who taught us to yell "sack him!" right around the time we were learning to say "mama" and "dada". Mom requested a hat with a folding brim and no earflaps, so I threw together a a quick double-crochet beanie in Seahawks blue and green, roughly based off this pattern. With a pom pom, of course.
The best part? I get to watch the Superbowl with this cute superfan! Go Hawks!