It's a long way
across the Princeton campus to the field house, especially on Friday. Somehow,
the day before a game, everything seems a little different. Same old concrete
stairs, same old orange walls and same old black scale in the corner by the
shower room. I guess it's what's in the air that's different. Someone
man, how's the weight?" It's Artie Hanes, no skinny rail himself.
yet, butterball. But I haven't eaten since last night, so it shouldn't be too
bad." I strip quickly and get on the scale.
thought I had problems," says Artie.
My weight is 159.
To play lightweight football you have to be under 154 pounds on the day before
the game. That's today.
"No sweat, I
was 164 yesterday," I say.
better do some sweating or you can forget about playing against Rutgers
He's right. I go
to the equipment room for some sweat clothes. The pants are a foot too long and
the shirt is too big, but along with my own rubber sweat suit they should do
the trick. It's a good thing that it's hot out, though. I hope I can lose the
five pounds during practice. Otherwise it means the boiler room.
In the dressing
room players are picking up their game jerseys and pants, which are spread
around on the bench.
Rutgers," Artie says, "these are our undefeated jerseys. We've never
lost a game in these blacks yet." I guess this is mostly for the benefit of
the new guys on the team. He doesn't mention that they weren't issued until
after our two losses last year.