I bought a new pair of squash shoes yesterday and I don't know if it was the shoes or my post-inflation delerium, but I think I played some of my best yet. I'll admit I was a bit skeptical about what a pair of shoes could do, but they made a huge difference. In fact, I really should have known better because I used to swear by my old racing spikes.
There was an article mentioned on the Fix today about the coach of Trinity's squash team. They hold the longest-ever winning streak in any college sport: an astounding 180 consecutive wins (and counting) over 10 years.
However there are no delusions:
The 55-year-old Assaiante (pronounced ah-see-ON-tay) doesn't fool himself. Yes, his team, thanks to a stream of foreign talent, has won nine straight national championships. But that streak doesn't make him John Wooden or Bud Wilkinson or even Geno Auriemma. Assaiante coaches squash. A couple of years ago he threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park. He bounced it in, and as he came off the field somebody yelled, "What the f--- is squash?"
Fortunately, the answer was provided:
Squash... is a sweaty, intense winter sport dominated by Type A personalities and popular at boarding schools, in the Ivy League and at private clubs. You play it in a cramped box with a smaller, thinner version of a tennis racket and a ball that barely bounces.
Sign me up.