Indoor and Outdoor Activities on Campus

December 7, 2009

I want to talk about two other activities students, faculty and all members of UT Rec Sports can and should particiapte in to stay fit and have fun. 

Rec Sports facilities (i.e. Gregory, Rec Center and Bellmont) have a buffet of racquetball, squash, wallyball and handball courts for recreational and competitive play everyday of the week. 

The Rec Center has eight racquetball courts and two squash courts for all types of competition. Patrons can also reserve courts by going to the facilities or by going online. 

“I play a lot and I’ve gotten some of my friends up here too,” junior Ryan Hejl said. “I usually come in the afternoon when its less crowded and less likely to have a tournament or something.” 

One of Hejl’s friends is roommate Ari Puntes who said that Hejl wears him out when they play together. 

“It’s a really unexpected workout,” Puentes said. 

The Rec Center and Gregory both have racquetball, walleyball and squash equiptment to check out with a student ID card so don’t worry if you feel unsuited to play. It really is a blast and a great way to get some exercise. 

Another service available is outdoor walking and jogging tracks around campus. Of course, the weather has not been ideal for outdoor activity the last few weeks,m but there are still some nice mornings and afternoons for a peaceful walk, jog or run around the 40 Acres. 

Heading outdoors is a great change of pace from normal treadmills and elliptical machines so head outside. There are six basic trails:  Inner campus Drive Loop, The Stadium Loop, Guadeloupe Run, West Campus Run, Hancock Golf Course Run and The Two+ Mile Loop. All routes begin at Gregory Gym, 21st and Speedway. 

And while the outdoors can be relaxing and a shakeup in the normal routine, please remember to be safe. 

  • Always face incoming traffic and stay as far away from the road as possible
  • If you have to listen to music, keep it at a low volume to listen for traffic, pedestrians, etc. (maybe try one in one out)
  • Stay in well-lit areas and maintain eye contact with other motor vehicle operators
  • Use buddy system (don’t want anybody getting lost out there)
  • Wear light colors or reflective clothing after dark 

“I run outdoors whenever I get a chance,” senior Amy Bruner said. “You get to actually see something instead of the back of someone else on a treadmill or the news.” 

Remember, there are dozens of ways to workout on campus. Just find what fits you and have fun!


Footy/Soccer Tennis

November 30, 2009

Brace yourself for a new generation of sport, America. In combining two different sports the U.S. is already ambivalent to or completely uninterested in, we have discovered one of the greatest, if not the most popular, sports/games around.

In accordance with my English heritage, I will refer to it by its rightfull name, “Football-Tennis”, but you can call it “Soccer-Tennis” if you so desire.  Basically you combine a tennis court, net and rules, with a football (soccer) ball.  Originally, I played this sport/game as a kid growing up in Romania, chalking off the court in the middle of the road and doddging cars as they came by. With the discovery of tennis courts upon my move to America, the game took on a new life between myself, my brother and a few friends we recruited.

But fear not, dear reader, that this silly sport is some creation of my imgination. There is in fact, an organization, developed independatly of my input, which stages some pretty serious competitions between teams and even countries. Yes, dear reader, you could reperesent the United States in a Soccer Tennis competition. It’s not quite Beer Fest, but it’s a start.


“Football” comes first in the name and with good reason, because that is the foundation of the sport (I just lost half my audience). Using your footy skills, you juggle, pass, slide, head or in any way (but no hands!) propel the ball to the other side of the net, in the court, before it bounces twice on your side.

Personally, I’m not too fond of the official rules, which allow for only one touch per player, volleyball style, while I always enjoyed juggling the ball into position. Alas, minor rules disagreements aside, this game is quite awesome. On several occasions, after scaling the fence of the nearby tennis courts, and drawing the ire of a police officer for being in the park after 10 p.m., we drew crowds of perplexed amazed spectators, drawn like a moth to a flame towards our strange creation.

There’s plenty of running, kicking, and if you do it like us, screaming, crying and perhaps some bleeding. All in all, it’s great, so next time you end up near a tennis court, bring the footy ball, strap on the boots, and have a kick about.
I do wish I could show you guys a video of us playing our own way, but I was unable to get the band back together over Thanksgiving for a game, so the above example will have to do. Enjoy.

Texas vs Texas A&M Liveblog

November 26, 2009

We’ll be liveblogging the Lone Star Showdown from the Kyle Field pressbox tonight at 7 p.m.

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Here are some of the post-game scenes at Kyle Field, courtesy of my little flip cam:


And here’s McCoy talking after the game, also courtesy of my little flip cam: