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08:05 am: Montreal

We rode up in the elevator with the coach and several team members from the Toronto football team. They were huge. This is the second time in my life that I’ve looked around and seen nothing but chest at eye level. The first time was when the Russian men’s volleyball team walked around me in an airport.

One of the habits I’ve developed from the martial arts is to constantly be aware of and size up the people around me. Mostly this is to prevent unpleasant surprises and to keep a handle on the best direction to apply the Adidas defense should it become necessary. I looked these guys over … all of them 6 foot 10, huge, and obviously able to outrun me on a sprint, and all I could think was “I got nothin’.”

Originally published at chris.dwan.org. You can comment here or there.



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