Monday, April 16, 2007

Ben and I (part I)

(my imaginary interview with D.C. United soccer standout, Ben Olsen)

How would your opponents describe you?

If you were not a professional athlete, what would you be doing?
I'd be great in a boy band, but now that I'm getting a little older, maybe a teacher.

What is your recipe for a successful sports team?
A lot of talent, luck, and the ability to buy into a team concept.

Is there an athlete from another sport whom you'd like to meet?
Jason Kidd- he inspires everyone around him.

What do you always take on vacation with you?
My girlfriend, Megan.

What CD is currently in your car?
Postal Service

Where do you go when you have time off?
My favorite restaurant in D.C. is Pasta Mia.

Do you have any special talents off the field?
I'm a great slow dancer. Ask Megan.

What did you like about playing with Freddy Adu?
He is great. He has brought a lot of great exposure to the club and the league but I think there is also a lot of pressure on him.

How did you handle being sidelined for a year? Did you pick up any new hobbies?
It is important to find another outlet when you are sitting on the couch and can't run. So, I started painting.

What do you like about Washington fans?
Their loyalty.

What is the last book you read?
"The Best American Nonrequired Reading," by Dave Eggers and Zadie Smith.

Thanks for your time, Ben

I always have time for a friend, Steve

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