“The 7 Questions” is a new sports questionnaire — the Eephus way of catching a snapshot of the fan’s life. From writers to artists and beyond, we bring you answers every Monday morning.
In this, our second installment, we get the answers from George Quraishi. George is the founder, editor and brilliant mind behind all things Howler, a magazine about soccer, and is also the host of their excellent weekly podcast, Dummy.
1. When was the last time sports made you cry?
Listening to this podcast where the goalkeeper for American Samoa talks about the time Australia beat his team 31–0, the worst defeat in international soccer history.
2. What’s your most treasured piece of sports apparel or memorabilia?
A photo of my father playing against Pelé at Yankee Stadium in 1976. It hangs on my kitchen wall and I wrote about it in the latest issue of Howler.
3. Competed in any sports lately, at any level?
I play soccer as much as possible. Anywhere, anytime, on any surface—doesn’t matter. That’s one of the things I love about the game.
4. What’s your desert island sports movie or book?
Can I take a bookshelf? God is Round by Juan Villoro; This Love is Not For Cowards by Robert Andrew Powell; Among the Thugs by Bill Buford; The Ball is Round by David Goldblatt. Fiction: A Fan’s Notes by Frederick Exley; Red or Dead by David Peace.
5. What do you like to eat and drink while you watch sports?
Back when I used to have season tickets for the Red Bulls, a couple of swigs of bourbon from my pocket flask.
6. What’s the greatest length you’ve gone to watch or attend a game?
In October of last year, I drove from Florida to California with Robert Powell (who wrote one of my desert island books). We did the round trip in just under seven days and even got to stop for an evening in Juarez, where his book is set.
7. Ever caught a foul ball?
I don’t really do cricket.