“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 every week.
This week we get them from Jim Hock, the son of the late Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman John Hock, and the author of the new book Hollywood’s Team: Grit, Glamour, and the 1950s Los Angeles Rams (Rare Bird Books), which you can read an excerpt from here.
1. When was the last time sports made you cry?
Too many times to count. My first real memory of the waterworks was watching the Rams lose to the Steelers in the Super Bowl. I can remember exactly where I was sitting and Vince Ferragamo’s interception sent me over the edge.
2. What’s your most treasured piece of sports apparel or memorabilia?
Easy. My dad’s LA Rams jersey from the 1950s that hangs on my son’s bedroom wall. He is named after my dad and I think of my father every time I walk into my son’s room.
3. Competed in any sports lately, at any level?
I was a mediocre college football wide receiver. Last real competition was a few years ago when I tore my Achilles tendon playing Sunday flag football. My wife is still mad at me.
4. What’s your desert island sports movie or book?
I loved Heaven Can Wait, with Warren Beatty and Julie Christie. Storybook ending. Los Angeles Rams win the Super Bowl, finally beating the Pittsburgh Steelers.
5. What do you like to eat and drink while you watch sports?
If it’s the Rams, I don’t eat or drink much. I’m too nervous. For other games, I drink a beer and some chips with guacamole.
6. What’s the greatest length you’ve gone to watch or attend a game?
Every year, I go with my best friend Doug Hensch to a stadium we have not been to together. This year, we flew across the country to go to the Rams first home game. It was magical being in the Coliseum. Other years, we’ve gone to Green Bay or New Orleans or Pittsburgh for the AFC Championship game. I’ve also driven through an ice storm to watch the Rams win a Super Bowl in Atlanta.
7. Ever caught a foul ball?
No. I came one row away at a Dodgers game, and dropped a ball right through my hands at an Orioles game in Baltimore and got booed on the Jumbotron by the entire stadium. My wife and our friends Stephanie Cutter and Christine Thornton are still laughing at me, even though it happened more than a decade ago.