It was a rainy Sunday afternoon and the players were tired and bloody from a well fought battle. For the second year in a row Booth beat all of the other graduate school programs at the University of Chicago and was crowned the 2014 co-ed intramural (IM) Flag Football Champion.
Booth had not been a big participant in IM sports prior to 2013, upon arriving at Booth second year Jared Barnett changed that by reaching out to the director of IM sports to see what the IM offerings were. Battling recruiting schedules, frigid temperatures, and often times playing short-handed, last year the co-ed flag football team went undefeated and was champion following a double overtime victory in the championship game. Barnett points out that the team also was the building of block of, “two romantic relationships” and countless “friendships.”
Following last year’s championship run there was pressure to repeat. In addition to sporting t-shirts with the name “multiple scorgasm” there were some new additions to the team and some of the old hands that were key to victory last year were not able to play.
In the quest to repeat there were setbacks. We overcame a loss to the divinity school, after all they had God on their side. We had to to beat the medical school being short two players. While our starting quarterback, Corey Hawk was unable to play in the championship because of a sprained finger on his throwing arm, yet he came out to the game to cheer us on.
There was also sacrifice, during the championship game after making an acrobatic 30 yard catch Jesse Gerard went down with a horrific fall, he ended up breaking his ankle in 3 spots which will leave him sidelined for 14 weeks. An ambulance had to come to take him off of the field. Nevertheless, his injury provided the team the motivation that we we needed. As second year Jason Arican proudly says, “we won it for Jesse.” In the end we won the final game and over a two year period the team sported a 12-1 record.
The University has a lot of IM sports and Booth is not always well represented. Between recruiting, classes, and TNDC make an effort to get a group together and check out the offerings. You may be surprised who among your classmates is a stellar athlete and more importantly, the other graduate schools need a reminder from to time that Booth is best.
Reid Tileston is a second year at Chicago Booth and team Captain of the Co-Ed Flag Football Team