While I was attending grade school I acquired my interest in collecting football, baseball and non-sports cards. My favorite teams on a professional level at the time were the Cincinnati Reds in baseball (We lived just a few miles from Crosley Field.)and the Cleveland Browns in football. Since that time my allegiance has changed to the Bengals even though they haven't done too well lately. My dad got me interested in Notre Dame football during that period by taking me to South Bend, Indiana for one of their home games and they remain my favorite college football team.
My senior year in high school I was bowling almost every night of the week plus Sunday afternoon. My average was usually around 183 to 185 but on Sunday I started the season with a 703 series and finished the season with an average of 201 competing in the Greater Cincinnati Two-Man Classic. It was the only time in my life that I was ever able to beat my father at anything while he was in his prime. My dad only averaged 200 that season..