Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Varsity Kid Turns 1

It's hard to imagine that there's a faster year in one's life than the first year of the first kid. (I'm sure more experienced parents laugh at that, but I'm equally sure they can empathize.)

Wait a second: Now that he's been around for a year, is he eligible to declare for the NBA Draft? How about making a verbal commitment to play basketball for Billy Donovan? (Eh: Or maybe Harvard's Tommy Amaker...)

Nevermind: The whole point of Varsity Dad is that my kid won't be a superior athlete -- yes, even mediocre Ivy League basketball will be far too much of a reach -- but he has all the potential in the world to be an all-star sports fan.

On Gabe's birthday, let's review his fan highlights from Year 1:

Rooting interest: His favorite college football team (Florida) won a national title, and his favorite college basketball team (Florida) won a second straight national title. Who needs a pro team to cheer for when you've got that? (Call that a project for Year 2.)

Merchandise/memorabilia: He's got a half-dozen Gator-related T-shirts, two Gator-related baby books and a football autographed by Urban Meyer (plus a basketball jersey personally autographed by Gilbert Arenas).

Acumen: Oh, and he finished in 18th place out of more than 1,200 fans in one of the largest single NCAA Tournament pools of the year. (h/t: Varsity Mom)

I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but that's a hell of a start.

Upshot: It's going to be hard for him -- in any future year, ever -- to match this year's performance of his favorite teams. (Highest. Bar. Ever.) Too bad he won't remember it, but I guess that's what photos are for.


bdunn said...

Happy Birthday Gabe!

bird said...

Sorry this is a day late, but
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GABE!! You're the best good-luck charm the Gators have ever had!

'bout_willis said...

For Dad's that 1st b-day is a milestone, as now the kid can participate in more "dad" activities. Most everything prior is for the gentler sex. Happy birthday Gabe!!