Here I am with Ilana. Yes, I realize how hideous my attempt at an '80s look was, but it was the best I could do, given what I had. And no, I have not been drinking. I seem to have a lazy right eyelid, and the camera always seems to capture that. But...
...maybe it's not me. This guy's right eye is also closed. Maybe it's some quality of Ilana's that causes a reaction in guys, forcing them to close their right eyes when in close contact with her. I'll have to research this some more.
Ruggers can get crazy. The guy on our left is Jeff, who recruited me. The big guy is Dozer; he's the guy I go against in practice and whose place in last Saturday's A game I had to take. They gave themselves green and orange mohawks before our first match of the season.
It was a fun party!
Speaking of rugby, yesterday's practice was running-intensive. We ran several laps, stretched, ran another lap, walked to the turf field, ran some sprints with exercises (pushups, situps, squats, starjacks, etc.) in-between, played some 7-on-7 (which requires a lot of running), and then ran optional sprints after practice. Afterwards, I was talking to one of the guys about proper positioning during the 7-on-7 and he told me, "Hey, it's your first year. Nobody expects you to be in position every time. But hey, you're busting your butt out here, and we appreciate that." It's nice to be told that your effort and dedication is appreciated.