I Play Sports For The Team, Not For The Game

I Play Sports For The Team, Not For The Game

I was picked last for everything, but who cares?

Johanna Giordano

I was definitely that kid who was always picked last to be on the team, and I still am. But, unlike the kids in the movies who are all sad and depressed about it, it's not that big of a deal to me. I've always been able to recognize that I simply suck at sports. For a while, I even tried really hard to do my best, but I didn't see much change or advancement in my skills, so I just stopped trying.

However, it's not like I just gave up on sports, I just accepted the fact that I wasn't very good at them, and that's how God made me. I came to a realization that I would probably never go to the Olympics, be the star athlete, win the MVP trophy, or even get a lot of playing time.

During my high school's Powderpuff game, where the girls play football and the boys cheer for us, I still couldn't even get over ten minutes of playing time, while my friends (pictured in my cover photo above) were the actual MVPs of the game, scoring pretty much all of the points.

I'm okay with it, though.

All throughout my childhood and high school, I definitely dabbled in many sports, so you can't say that I didn't try the right sports (although, I never tried basketball because I thought I was too short). I did ballet, gymnastics, cheerleading, swimming, lacrosse, and even judo, which is a martial art that pretty much no one knows about. I think that I tried so many sports because I was trying to find a sport that I was good at, but somehow, I just wasn't very good at any of them.

I didn't have good enough balance for ballet, I was afraid of the heights in gymnastics, I was dropped on my head in cheerleading, my goggles always fell off in the swimming pool, I once hit myself in the head with a lacrosse ball (don't ask how), and I kind of, maybe, sort of, accidentally punched someone in judo.

So, I think it's safe to say that I didn't exactly excel in any of those sports, along with the fact that I spent a lot of time on the bench or in the last swimming lane, which everyone knows is reserved for the slowest.

Somewhere between the swim team and the lacrosse team, I realized that I could quit these sports and just give up completely. But, as I thought about quitting, I realized that I would miss my teammates a lot, so I stuck out that last year on the bench and told myself to just have fun.

I finally discovered that the reason why I kept looking for new sports wasn't that I wanted a cool trophy, although that would have been nice too, but because I loved the memories, friends, and laughs that I shared with my teammates.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

For a long time, Goya has been a staple in some Latino households. People carry around jars of Adobo when they eat at friend's houses and packets of Sazón Goya can be found in almost everyone's pantry. Many BuzzFeed lists, videos, and memes aimed at Latinos reference Goya somewhere.

But in a year that just keeps hitting us with bad news, Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue said that Trump was an "incredible builder" and that the US was "blessed" to have him as president at a White House event on Thursday.

Keep Reading... Show less

Raven Baxter Was Our Favorite Teen Fashion Icon And We're Still Recreating Her Best Looks, Here

We take a look at Disney's most fashion-forward show to recreate some iconic looks.

Disney Plus

I grew up in the early 2000s. And, like any child at the time, I was hooked on Disney Channel shows. My favorite was and is "That's So Raven."

Raven is a teenage psychic navigating life in hopes of not revealing her powers. Only her family and close friends know she has them. Her powers oftentimes get her in trouble, which is where the comedy comes in. But, they also teach her and her friends sentimental life lessons.

Keep Reading... Show less

Sobriety is so underrated, even when it comes to healthcare. The instant gratification of a substance or drink isn't exactly as gratifying as some people may think. For those of you who've never been hungover, consider yourself lucky — a hangover is biologically horrifying. A hangover is not instant gratification, so who are we kidding when people say "it just feels good." Being healthy actually feels good and won't hurt you or your bank account in the morning. The best way to be healthy is to choose sobriety.

Keep Reading... Show less

Ah, yes. The juice cleanse. Yet another popular diet trend that promises to magically solve all of your health, nutrition, and weight issues.

When you take a close look, juice cleanses aren't as magical as they are made out to be, and in fact, they might do more harm than good.

Keep Reading... Show less

Unauthorized Plastic Surgery Is Totally Unethical, And Happening WAY More Often Than We Know ‬

Plastic surgery for cosmetic enhancements has you looking more botched than beautiful and it’s painful to see.

Coming from someone who could afford numerous cosmetic enhancing procedures I would never in a million years cut up my face or my body. I'm pretty emphatic and when I watch these brainwashed victims with bandages and chronic inflammation (swollen lips) I literally feel their pain.

Keep Reading... Show less

I've never been big on casual wear or athleisure. Most people who know me have never seen me in sweats. But, I do have those two or three pairs of sweats I can't resist climbing into the second I get home, the newest addition of which is the extra cozy Odyssey crewneck sweatshirt I got in an XL size to feel as close to being wrapped in a blanket at all times as possible.

In the past several months, I've started to expand my horizons, considering the ways in which I can bring my small wardrobe of comfortable bedroom clothing into the public. I've experimented with topping leggings and a sports bra with a denim jacket to the park, and an oversized sweatshirt worn as a dress, cinched at the waist with a belt when I'm out wearing leggings.

Keep Reading... Show less

How To Dress Like Your Favorite 'Insecure' Characters — Without Spending $2,000

We take a look at the fashion of Insecure season 4, and how you can create these looks yourself.


Insecure is one of my favorite shows ever. It really encapsulates what it's like being a Black 20-something, trying to navigate the many ups and downs of life. Issa, Molly, Kelli, and Tiffany are living their best lives in California while dealing with the twists and turns that come with that.

From life to relationships to careers, this show truly captures everything that runs through my mind on a daily basis. The show has a sense of realness and a strong frankness that makes you gravitate toward the characters and root for their success.

Keep Reading... Show less

Making A Food Instagram Was The Greatest Silver Lining To Come Out Of My COVID-19 Experience

With the crazy and scary times that 2020 has brought, find comfort in the one thing everyone loves: food.

The waiter briskly moves towards us and stops just a foot away table, balancing the black serving tray stacked high with the ceramic plates that make-up our dinner. From memorization, he beings gently, but purposely, sliding everyone's orders in front of them and within seconds I'm am starring my meal.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments