By Joel Hansen
I spent this past Sunday watching the Boy (my son) play American football out in Pitillal. They were playing the Manzanillo Seahawks in the semi-finals. The Boy is 13. I have loved sports my entire life and I grew up playing competitive hockey, soccer and baseball back in Canada.
As an adult I continue to play baseball here in Puerto Vallarta in the local softball league (Go Marineros!) and I also spend a little time golfing (badly) and surfing (even worse).
I have always loved watching sports. As a kid I lived in rural Ontario and had three channels. I remember watching Monday night football on a channel that you could barely make out the picture through the snowstorm of static on the screen.
I would pour over the sports section of the newspaper each night reading the box-scores of the previous night’s baseball games, memorizing stats and if you ask me, I can probably still tell you the batting order of the 1988 Toronto Blue Jays or how many times Mickey Tettleton struck out in 1990. When the Boy was three years old I put him on a snowboard and stuck a lacrosse stick in his hands. He loved both and took to them quickly. By the time he was six he was playing competitive lacrosse and when he wasn’t doing that we were up at Mt. Seymour, sometimes skipping school on a powder day.
When we made the decision to move to Mexico the boy was ten and playing lacrosse in the Simon Fraser University prep program. He was reluctant to make the move. After all Puerto Vallarta has no powder days, no field lacrosse. But, little by little, we found things that he enjoyed, surfing which he is a natural at. A little golf, where sadly he has his father’s skills and then we found the Puerto Vallarta Torpedoes football organization.
He has completely embraced the team and the program and it has scratched the itch that was missing for him. He has made great friends and has the discipline and camaraderie that team sports offer. The coaches, Luis and Arturo, do a great job with the kids both on and off the field. Not only do they practice hard, they are required to submit reports from school with their grades. I know I have written about the Torpedos in the past, but they continue to impress me and are a great local organization and a great option for kids here in PV. If you have a son or daughter who would like to play football let me know and I would be happy to introduce you to the team.
Finally, I went out to catch the Eagles and Panthers game on Monday night and while I enjoyed watching Mark Sanchez kill the Panthers secondary it was even better to see how busy my bar of choice – Que Pasa was on Monday night. The tourists and snowbirds are back and the busy season is here.
Look for me at Que Pasa or maybe up at El Rio this weekend and just for the record Tettleton struck out 160 times back in 1990, a record for switch hitters.