Taylor Takes One for the Team. Literally.

My parents had warned me before coming to college that at one point in the year (probably more than once) I would have one of those moments in which I wished I had rethought the situation before acting.

My time came last week.  Between midterms and studying, a fraternity — Sigma Chi — put on their national philanthropic event, Derby Days, a huge competition between the  sororities (to win bragging rights for the year).  This year’s events included a coach’s auction, skits, and powder puff football.

Of course, in which one would all my family members tell me not to participate?  Football.  And in which one did I decide I would be the most beneficial to the team?  Football.

In hindsight, powder puff football wasn’t the best decision I have ever made.  While this was supposed to be an “all in good fun” kind of event, it quickly turned into every man (or woman) for herself.  Illegal tackling became second nature, curse words were said — a hatred between the sororities was born.

As my team walked out on the field, I felt pretty good:  I was catching the ball well and throwing was easy.  It wasn’t until that first hit from the opposing team that I felt a shock go up my leg — a shock I hadn’t felt in a long time.

As my team walked out on the field, I felt pretty good:  I was catching the ball well and throwing was easy.  It wasn’t until that first hit from the opposing team that I felt a shock go up my leg — a shock I hadn’t felt in a long time.

I took a deep breath.

Then I decided to tough it out.  For the rest of the game I played hard and got a few illegal tackles in myself.  My sorority went on to win — for the seventh year in a row, in fact, a huge accomplishment on Pepperdine’s campus.

The next day I woke up and couldn’t move.  My feet were swollen, my legs had bruises, my wrists were twice the size they normally are — I was quite a sight to see.  Taking a few extra painkillers seemed to mask the pain for a while, but they could only do so much.

Lesson learned:  do NOT play powder puff football when you have arthritis.

Oh that my sorority sisters could know how much I sacrificed for them last Friday!

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