Posted: Thursday July 21, 2005 1:00PM; Updated: Thursday July 21, 2005 1:45PM
Dave Matthews' says he wasn't much of an athlete as a kid, but he did get in one big hit during his career.
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SI Associate Editor Richard Deitsch recently interviewed Dave Matthews and Carter Beauford of The Dave Matthews Band [www.davematthewsband.com] for the magazine's weekly Q&A. The band is currently on a nationwide tour. Here are additional excerpts from the interview.
SI: What do you consider your finest athletic moment? Beauford: I remember in high school -- I played running back and offensive guard at Lane High School and Charlottesville High, and this was around the time the crackback block was being outlawed -- I was on the punt-receiving team and I [executed] one of the best crackback blocks you could imagine. It didn't put the guy in the hospital, but I rung his bell pretty good. The block produced a touchdown. It was a helluva a hit. Matthews: I never had enough focus to get very far in the sports that I played in high school. I played left wing in rugby and I remember me and a friend both hit this guy. He had the ball and it was close to a high tackle. My friend hit him him just below the knees, but exactly at the same time going in exactly the same direction. The reason I remember it is because of the sound that came from an unimpressed crowd. It was like "Oooohhh." I got up surprised and thought to myself: "Wow, we just crushed this idiot."
SI: On a recent cover of Rolling Stone, the band posed in old-time uniforms at a baseball field in Charlottesville, Va. How did that cover come about? Matthews: It was the photographer's idea and it just appealed to all of us. There's often a lot of stupid ideas like "you all dress as fruits and pretend you're selling underpants" or "we'll put you on a bed of nails and drive a truck over the top and photograph you" for the cover. But this appealed to us. And it was fun to remember how to throw a ball around. Beauford: Wearing the uniforms wasn't too bad, but the gloves and the old-time cleats were tough. Matthews: Yeah, like putting nails through your soles.
SI: Dave, you played Saturday Night Live when tennis star Andy Roddick hosted. What do you remember about him as a comedian? Matthews: [Laughs] I'm impressed by his tennis. I'm not advocating he drop tennis and go into acting, just as I'm not about to give up music and go into tennis.