When you marry a Canadian girl, one of the requirements is that you learn how to skate. While we dating she dragged me to numerous skating events... ponds, stadiums, rinks, lakes... you name it, I've skated it. And despite my struggles with not being a "strong" skater, I still managed to score an 82% on my skate test and was allowed to marry Christie.
When I signed here in Italy, I thought I had finally gotten us out of the Canadian cold and into a warm climate... not a rink for a 1,000 miles. Boy was I wrong.
Last night, our Tight End Guisseppe Strano and his girlfriend Valeria took us skating! Valeria is actually a female hockey player -- and was a member of the 2006 Italian Olympic Ice Hockey Team that played in Torino. With the instant "hockey" connection to Christie, they have quickly become good friends and we had an outstanding time on the ice.
Our "Field of Dreams" - Catania's lone ice-rink.
The Girls were all smiles after our time on the ice.
On a serious note, the best thing about our skating date with Guisseppe and Valeria is that 'Peppe and I noticed how compatible we are together on the ice. In fact, at Christie's suggestion - we are seriously considering joining forces as the first MALE PAIRS figure skating team. Now I know what you are thinking -- how can someone from America and Italy skate together? That was our thought too... however Guisseppe's dad is a Senator here in Sicily and has promised us that he can "pull some strings."
After the football season, we are going to start training more vigorously (with our schedules, we can only train together about 3 hours per day right now). Keep checking this website, as reallyplayingforpizza will be tracking all of our progress!
Our inspiration -- Blades of Glory. The Strano/Johnson uniforms, being modeled here by the stars of the movie, have been designed specifically for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The new partners together. Strano/Johnson promises to be a strong team -- as shown by their signature move, The Sprinkler.
The movie "Blades of Glory" has given us our inspiration. In fact, Will Ferrell has already offered us both private lessons and free spandex. This move, the 'crotch lift,' is very uplifting and the key to our gold medal dreams.