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The Mayor's Mom

The Mayor's Mom

Like many of you, I grew up in an extremely sports-minded family. We had six boys, two girls, a basketball court on our driveway and one of the finest whiffle-ball fields (even the foul lines were mowed) in America. That field also doubled as a football field for games of "Nerf" football with the neighborhood kids.

I'm sure that my dad got plenty of credit for our interest in athletics and any minor successes we had along the way. After all, he was the "Sports Dad" and most people think of the Sports Dad as the guy who teaches the kids about shooting free throws, laying down a bunt or throwing a football. In my case, one of the things I learned from my dad was how to execute a backwards somersault—while...

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