“The 7 Questions” is a sports questionnaire—the Eephus way of capturing a snapshot of the fan’s life. From writers to artists and beyond, we bring you answers most weeks.
Today we get the answers from Jessica Luther, a freelance journalist living in Austin, Texas. Her first book, Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape, was published in September 2016.
1. When was the last time sports made you cry?
Probably when I went to see the Dallas Wings play last season against the Chicago Sky. I did recently see UConn play Syracuse at home in the second round of the NCAA tournament but I didn’t get as emotional then as I normally do at women’s sporting events I think because I expected a big, supportive crowd. But going to the WNBA game and seeing all the people there to support these professional female athletes was so exciting for me because I wasn’t sure what to expect before we went. And whenever I’m overly excited about something, I cry—it’s my go-to release. I plan on going back this season and I’ll probably cry again.
2. What’s your most treasured piece of sports apparel or memorabilia?
I have a really old t-shirt from Florida State (my alma mater) that, I believe, was my mom’s from when she went there in the 1970s. It’s that old, thin cotton that feels like it was made from clouds. I stopped wearing it a long time ago because I was worried about washing it too much and it falling apart.
3. Competed in any sports lately, at any level?
I haven’t. I drove past the big city park here in Austin, Texas, yesterday evening and a bunch of people were on the fields there playing all sorts of games from ultimate frisbee to volleyball and, of course, football. I was envious because it’s been too long since I played sports of any kind.
4. What’s your desert island sports movie or book?
Can I choose all the episodes of “Friday Night Lights” the TV show? Can we count that as one long movie? I love that show so much. It’s due for a rewatching so maybe if I end up on a desert island soon, I’ll have time for it.
5. What do you like to eat and drink while you watch sports?
Nachos and beer if I’m at a game. Beer and whatever snacks are lying around if I’m at home.
6. What’s the greatest length you’ve gone to watch or attend a game?
My sophomore year in college at Florida State, we went to the national college football championship game in New Orleans. There was a lottery for student tickets so I organized and got a bunch of friends to put their names in with a promise that I’d get their tickets if they won. My friend Hilary was selected and I bought her tickets. Then I had to convince my then-boyfriend/now-husband to go along. We road tripped over in early January 2000 without a place to stay. The first night we ended up in Slidell, Louisiana, in the most disgusting motel I’ve ever stayed in. There were weird stains in weird places and too many outlets, some high on the wall. The next night, we found a couch and a floor to crash on in someone’s hotel room in New Orleans after the game ended, a game we won. It was thrilling. Worth all of it. We missed some school, but who cares.
7. Ever caught a foul ball?
No! I’ve only been to a few baseball games in my whole life.