Favorite Fan of the Week: Sarah Webb
Sarah Webb blogs about sports, design, and blogging itself at Venus Trapped in Mars, and she’ll be the first to tell you that tickets to games — not flowers — are a girls best friend…
What is your first sports memory?
I was a diehard tomboy growing up, obsessed with the Atlanta Braves because at the time their farm team played in my hometown of Richmond, VA. I was in elementary school, but can remember Chipper, Andrew Jones, John Smoltz and Javy Lopez all coming through Richmond before their legendary careers in Atlanta. I wore the exact same XXXL (it was probably a large but looked like a tent on me) ragged, Atlanta Braves t-shirt to class every. single. day. of my 5th grade life.
The same year the Braves won the World Series, 1995, my Aunt gave me a meet-and-greet pass to get Chipper Jones’ autograph while he was at a convention in Richmond. It was my first real memory of being an obnoxious, ridiculous, over-the-top obsessive sports fan. It was also my introduction to the world of Chipper Jones-ugly sweaters.
What is your favorite sports tradition?
I graduated from The University of Tennessee, so that’s the easiest question: Singing (screaming) “Rocky Top” with 104,000 of my closest friends in Neyland Stadium while the Vols run through the Power T.
What is your favorite sports moment ever?
Until The Tennessee Volunteers win another National Championship (this year, perhaps?!) I guess I’ll have to pick something else. Through blogging, I’ve been able to do some really cool things. So cool that I’ve looked around and wondered, ‘what on earth am I, Sarah Webb, a nobody from Dallas, doing here?!’ I got to stand in Victory Lane as Jimmy Johnson drove his car in after winning the Duck Commander 500, attended the Kentucky Derby, and had a film crew follow me around while I cheered like a total goober at a Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium.
I like to joke that tickets, not flowers, are a girl’s best friend, so I could probably find a favorite moment from every single sporting event I’ve ever attended. If I have a ticket in my hand, I’m blissfully happy.
Which sports figure (living or dead) would you name your child/pet after?
I’ve already done this! *sigh* My dog’s name is General Neyland, named after one of the greatest football coaches of all time, General Robert Neyland from the University of Tennessee.
How do you take your hot dog?
I take my hot dog in Boomstick form; a 2 foot long, 1 pound wiener produced by the Texas Rangers costing $26 and worth every penny.
EXTRA CREDIT: What is your at-bat/walk-up song?
“Wipe Me Down” by Lil Boosie.