Jim Zorn Listens to Dr. Laura
One of my favorite press-box diversions this Redskins season was the old "Guess Jim Zorn's Political Inclinations" game. On the one hand, he's best friends with a prominent Republican voice (Steve Largent), goes mountain biking with a White House entourage and booted an Obama organizer out of Redskins Park. On the other hand, he spent years in the crunchy Northwest, went to school at Cal Poly Pomona, once said he might have been an artist if he didn't enter coaching and has performed with a symphony. I might be trafficking in some stereotypes here, but I think there were enough clues that could have encouraged backers of most political stripes.
Well, I'm calling an end to the game, after reading Zorn's lengthy and predictably fascinating health and wellness Q&A at the Redskins Blog. There are plenty of highlights--Jim Zorn loves snowboarding!--but to me, the standout quote was this:
"I've heard on the radio Dr. Laura Schlessinger -- she is a talk show host that has some real sense, I admire her a lot -- and I always remember her saying, 'The only irresistible impulse a person has is the one he hasn't resisted.' There's a lot of people around our country that are making excuses for doing the wrong thing, and we live in a victim society. We're always the victim. 'I don't' have enough time?' What do you mean, 'I don't have enough time?' If you are going to achieve the decision you make, you make time.' "
So yeah. Not a lot of liberals tossing around Dr. Laura quotes and "victim society" references. So much for that game. My two other favorite passages from the interview:
On life balance: "When I'm out of the building I'm not isolated, I don't have an isolated life. If I didn't have as active a family I would have to choose some friends that were active as well to help me be active. I've said this in my coaching, there's this idea about acting medium. Part of it is not be so self-consumed with any one area that the scale is so tipped one way that you become an unhealthy person. I believe in a balanced lifestyle spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially ... all of those things create an enjoyable interesting life.
"I spend so much time at football that when I'm away I devote all my other time to not-football. Because while I'm here, and even at times when I'm not here, as a head coach I have to be thinking about the responsibilities of what it is to be a head coach, and there's a lot of decision-making in and out of this building. When I get a chance to get away I'm totally away."
On his sporting pursuits: "In Seattle I played softball. We had a softball team, and I was a coach. Stump Mitchell, he also played on our team. We won some games. There's a lot of things that I did that I don't do anymore. I snowboard. You would know me as a snowboarder. My problem as a snowboard[er] in recent history is my ankle. I could go snowboarding for a maximum of about three hours and then my ankle is about done. I was snowboarding when I would be the only guy on the whole hill with a snowboard. I kind of enjoyed that new idea. I'm not easily embarrassed over trying to learn a new skill and you have to go through a learning process-snowboarding, there is a lot of pain involved if you are just starting to learn it.
"I rock climb. I speed-skated through college. I'm an ice-skater, I can ice skate. I in-line skate. I would do that.
"I don't think I would hang glide because the danger there. I would not skydive but I think that's a tremendous sport, you risk a lot. If you mountain bike you can break an arm, break a leg, dislocate fingers -- you have to wear the proper gear because you can get hurt, but not as many people die than I think they do doing those other things."
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