Time for a long overdue Guys Behind the Blog, with your favorite hilarious, video-game playing, statistician, Justin!
In what ways are you the same as your childhood self?
I think the better question is how am I not the same as my childhood self. The biggest differences is that I work instead go to school, and that I actually eat food instead of being my old, picky self. Those aside, I’m mostly the same guy. Oh, I also have a wife and son. That’s kind of a bit difference.
What does family mean to you?
I have no idea how to answer this. Honestly, family is family.
How would your family or closest friends describe you?
4. What’s your fondest childhood memory?
Going to the hardware store with my father. We were there almost every weekend (My dad would always find something to work on, and often needed just one more thing at the hardware store in order to get it done). The electronics store and the sporting goods store were adjacent to the hardware store, so we often went to all three, just to look around. On the way home, we would stop off at McDonalds and we would each get an ice cream cone, but only on the condition that we could finish eating it before we got home so Mom didn’t find out. Then we would spend the rest of the day doing yardwork or working on whatever project my dad wanted to do. When we finished and after we had eaten, we would sit down on the couch and watch baseball or basketball while eating popcorn. Honestly, this really is the first thing that popped into my head. I have so many fond memories of my childhood with my siblings and my parents.
5. What words of wisdom would pass on to your childhood self?
Never pass up an opportunity to help someone, and never miss the chance to learn something new.
I need to take more pictures of Justin! I’m running out of new ones for the monthly Guys Behind the Blog!
1. This year is Leap Year — what are you going to do to celebrate?
…it’s a Leap Year?
2. If you could create an obscure holiday, what would it be and why?National Give Justin 5 Dollars Day….orNational Sleep in Past 9 AM Day.
In reality though, I did create a Holiday in High School. March 16th. Badger Day. Everyone watches that Badger Badger video. All of my friends celebrated it. It was originally the 15th of March, but I had to reschedule due to The Ides of March.
I watched the first 15 minutes. I gave the movie 10 minutes longer than I normally would for the sole reason that Amy Adams was in it.
4. Tradition has it that women are supposed to propose to their men on leap day. Would you (or did you) say yes if your girl popped the question?You finally did it, Blogosphere. You gave me a question I literally have no idea how to answer. I’m gonna say yes because Tayler is giving me a very concerning look.
5. If you had to have a special event take place on leap day, what would it be (ex: wedding, birthday, birth of your child, etc)?
It would probably have to be something special enough to celebrate, but either mundane enough to only celebrate every 4 years, or significant enough to find excuses to celebrate it every year despite the fact that it didn’t actually happen on that date.Ladies and Gentlemen……National Give Justin 5 Dollars Day is officially on Leap Year Day. I expect a check in the mail by at least March 7th.
We missed December’s version of Guys Behind the Blog, but we are back into the grove! So, I’m going to sit back and let Justin take over to say what he is currently up to…by not talking at all.
Justin is so stoked to answer this set of questions: it’s all about sports!
1. What sports did you participate in as a child? What sports did you watch growing up?
When I was a kid I exclusively played basketball. I played volleyball all throughout high school, but basketball was my childhood. My whole family was associated with basketball at one point or another in their lives. My basketball career ended in middle school, however. I was a bigger kid, and played mostly power forward and small forward. I learned to play mostly from my dad (who stands at 6’4” and could easily line up as an offensive lineman in pro football), so I tried to play big like he did. I was a good jumper and rebounder and I always had a few steals a game, but I couldn’t shoot, I was slow, and couldnt dribble well, so I typically stayed in the paint, and I did okay. Well, come middle school, everyone had their growth spurts (myself included), but everybody else’s spurts were larger than mine. So there I was, jogging onto the court as a 13 yr old and the coach lined me up at shooting guard. Try as I did, it is very hard to box out and post up a 6’4 kid when you are 5.5′. Needless to say, my basketball career ended there. My jumping skills were put to use once I went to volleyball in high school, and that’s where I’ve been.
Growing up, watching sports was always a father-son thing for me. My dad and I would sit on the couch, eating popcorn and unbaked brownie batter, and we would watch the Utah Jazz, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Chicago Bulls. My parents are from Utah and I was born in Chicago, and we were living in Pennsylvania at the time. Football season would come around and we would watch Steve Young and the San Francisco 49ers and we also watch a lot of the Philadelphia Eagles. We didn’t watch a lot of baseball, but we would watch it on occasion.
I’m looking forward to reliving those memory with my own son.
2. If you could line up your ideal Super Bowl, who would be facing off, where would they play and who would you pick to win?
Ideal Superbowl? Well, first off, it would be held on a Saturday. It would be the the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks again. Only this time, the Broncos would win.
>3. Do you prefer the summer or winter Olympics? If you could participate in one Olympic sport, what would it be?
I love the Olympics, either one has its perks. I love watch Hockey, Bobsledding and Snowboarding in the winter, and in the summer I love the watching volleyball and most of the sprinters and swimmers.
If I could compete in the Olympics, I would love to play on the US Curling team. Yup, thats right, curling. Why you ask? Well, its probably the only Olympic sport where you can eat a pizza and not have to run 10 miles to burn it off.
Although, regardless of my abilities, bobsledding would probably be the funnest thing in the world.
4. What is your favorite food to eat at a sports party (ex: World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup, etc.)?
Any variation of chips and salsa. It can be just chips and salsa, it can be nachos, it can be taco stew, as long as there is tortilla chips and spicy red sauce to dip it in, then I’m sold.
My roommates and I once performed and experiment to see if it was possible to get full eating nothing but chips and salsa. Its not. Well, we say its not, mainly because we ran out. But we still could eat more given the resources.
5. Who is your all time favorite athlete and why?
DISCLAIMER: UTAH FANS BE WARNED!!!
Hardest part about being born and living in Chicago and having family from Utah during the 90s? This series.
Go ahead, call it a push off,
He’s still the best