On Tak Wong
Dag – good thing I finally found this guy’s yearbook picture! I don’t think calling him “Random Asian Dude” would’ve been fair – especially since he’s rocking some vintage late-80s stylings: namely a rugby sweater and a Dep-gelled classic Asian haircut.
Combine that with a wispy mustache and you’ve got at least one comprehensive look at the Asian pre-21st-century hi skool experience. Luckily, my own wispy mustache didn’t take full E-F-F-E-C-T until my late 20s. And no rugby jerseys since I played that oft-confusing sport…
Louie V. (one more baseball jersey)
Final point about baseball jerseys, I swear. Backintheday they weren’t just for baseball teams. Louie V’s black/grey joint reminded me that every team was fair game for Starter baseball jersification. Thus popular choices included the Raiders, the Bulls, the Miami Hurricanes and the venerable Georgetown Hoyas.
Yes, colleges/universities aren’t technically just one kind of team, but you catch muh drift. As for Louie V, I played rugby with dude. He was a soccer-player-turned-kicker and Greek – but moreso typical early-90s b-boy than gino/guido. Hence the baseball jersey…
B. Gaffoor (polka dot week)
Back to polka dots… Again, a dude of indeterminate ethnicity. He looked vaguely Mexican, possibly Brown and maybe just a dirty Mediterranean (Portuguese, Greek, etc.). Who knows – and who cares, I guess? I knew him, at least. Grade 9 gym class and the rugby team, methinks. Yes, I know – rugby, the sport suitably obscure/unpopular enough for non-jocks…
This dude wuz a jock supreme. Lookit him – he just looks kinda primal, nawimean? Like Conan the Barbarian, or something – Neanderthal in his sheer physical intensity. I’m extrapolating here, to be sure, but not by much. Seriously. And I don’t mean any of this shit in an insulting way.
I’m sure he wuz a running back on the football team. He even played rugby – which is whut the peeps who were too un-jock-like to play football played. I can say that cuz I wuz one of ‘em. The coach hadda tell him you couldn’t just straight-arm guys on some Heisman-pose shit, like in football. Otherwise, I’m sure he woulda scored try after try.
There wuz talk he wuz on ’roids or something, and who rilly knows – but that sounds like sour grapes or some b.s. hi skool gossip to me. He wuz just this compact, dense mass of power ploughing through defenders in all sports.
I also heard he wuz being recruited by some Div 1 schools in the states, but again, who rilly knows? I prefer not to. The mere possibility is more charming and mysterious than outright truth or fact.