Parks and Recreation Dept.
Join Date: Aug 2011
Just Had to Share This Experience...
I had to share something funny and 'spur of the moment' that I did a week ago.
I was at the local high school's football field covering the game for my newspaper. It's a small town, so it's not like I was at some big college-like stadium. It's just a couple of bleacher seat setups and then everyone is expected to bring a lawn chair or something to sit on. This isn't really important, I'm just setting the scene for you...
I was snapping photos and jotting down notes, but for the most part, the first half of this game was rather uneventful, so my mind and my eyes wandered around. A lot of younger kids just come to these games because it's something to do on a Friday after school, and they could care less about the football game going on just 20 feet away from them. Many times, you'll see these kids just playing off to the side, tossing a ball around or whatever else.
On this particular Friday afternoon, three young boys (I'd put them at 11, maybe 12 years old?) were horsing around off to the side, away from the crowds. It took me a moment to realize that these backyard hooligans were actually having a triple threat match. I shit you not! And judging from what moves they were trying to pull off, one kid was Cena, another was Punk, while the third looked like he was cast as Daniel Bryan, as he attempted to do those chest kicks and repeatedly chanted "YES" every few seconds (doesn't this kid know Bryan now hates that?).
I flipped my eyes between the football game and this impromptu 'main event', but obviously the Cena, Punk and Bryan 'doppelgangers' were more entertaining. They actually had the standard triple threat formula down pat; Punk and Bryan doubled on Cena for a moment, before Punk took Bryan out with a knee/bulldog combo (these kids sure didn't know how to bump, though - I mean, TAKE THE MOVE, PUSSY!). With Bryan out of the picture, Punk turned back to Cena, and stepped right into the STF! I was actually a little impressed with how he pulled it off - a rough-looking drop toe hold and he pretty much rolled into the move!
I'm enthralled by what I'm seeing. Football be damned, THIS is the biggest action on this late Friday afternoon. By this point, the kids knew they had a bit of an audience.
Finally, I just decided to throw myself into the chaos and restore order. Not by being a fun-killing adult worried about the physical safety of these kids, because:
a) They're not MY kids
b) Today's parents are weak and a complete killjoy when it comes to any play-fighting between kids
c) It was just too damn good to break up.
No, I didn't kill their fun. I actually joined in. The second I saw Cena trap Punk in the STF, I dropped my camera gear, hit the ground, and channeled my inner Mike Chioda or Tim White (cuz fuck Earl Hebner) - I made myself the makeshift referee!
"WHAT DO YA SAY, PUNK? YOU TAP? YOU DONE? WHAT DO YA SAY?"
The kids looked downright delighted that a 'big kid' decided to play along with their fun, and after a couple moments, Punk tapped out and Cena had won. I raised the kid's hand, high-fived all three of them and went back to covering the football game. As I was walking away, they waved and said I should ref all their matches. I just chuckled and said "Not sure you guys can afford me!" and I waved back.
Doubt I'll ever experience that again, but it was something that I just had to share. Very refreshing to see that kind of enthusiastic but completely innocent backyard wrestling up close again. It's been years!
I'm a Brock Lesnar Guy.
Arrive, F5, Rinse and Repeat...