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The Suburbanite
A look at local sports written by community members.
You call it a problem, I call it a hobby
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Welcome to Eye on Sports, a blog written by various community members on local sports events. Our current blogger is Amy Barnabi, who will be touching on a variety of topics. She teaches grades 6-7-8 at Claymont Schools. She has her BS in Elementary ...
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Eye on Sports
Welcome to Eye on Sports, a blog written by various community members on local sports events. Our current blogger is Amy Barnabi, who will be touching on a variety of topics. She teaches grades 6-7-8 at Claymont Schools. She has her BS in Elementary Education from the University of Akron and her Master’s Degree in Educational Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University. Her sports background includes coaching girls’ basketball at Claymont, Malvern, and Triway, as well as a decorated high school athlete at Claymont 1985-1989 (volleyball, basketball). She attended the University of Akron as a Division 1 student-athlete, participating in women’s basketball. She will be coaching eighth grade girls’ basketball at Claymont this winter. She has had numerous articles posted in various magazines and online blogs. She lives in Dennison with her husband, Michael, and their two sons Ryan and Nate. Our previous bloggers have been Darryl Shankle and Jim Riley. Shankle, a high school Language Arts teacher at Dover, has been a familiar face around the sports scene for a while. He was the head boys basketball coach at Sandy Valley from 1997-99 and has served stints as a varsity assistant at Dover and Central Catholic. He’s also worked as a baseball coach at the freshman, JV and varsity levels. For the last four years, he’s been the eighth-grade girls basketball coach at Dover and he’s worked as a baseball umpire for the last eight. Riley was a head basketball coach for 20 years, 12 of which were at Claymont High. He also spent 15 years as the AD at Claymont.
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Finally. I'm accomplishing a dream of some sort with this first blog. I am able to talk about video games and call it work at the same time. Achievement unlocked!





When I heard about the national blogs we are doing, and all the topics that would be covered, I noticed this glaring omission. Video games. When I asked our regional person if I could write about video games, I got the same look I've gotten almost everytime I meet someone as an adult when I tell them I play video games. Still?





As many people know, video games are for adults too now. They have been for a long time, it just didn't become mainstream until the Wii arrived. Well, I've been playing video games way before that happened.





It was 1991, I was in first grade and at my classmate's birthday party. I went to the basement, and a couple of people were playing Castlevania on the NES. When they got bored and stopped, I jumped at the controller to see what this magical device was. About an hour later, my friend's mom asked if I wanted to go outside and play with the other children. Oh yeah, I'm at a birthday party. I guess I should be social.





Less than a year later, my first communion came around. The best part about that was the party afterwards and all the money I got. Half went into the bank, the other half went to a NES which came boxed with Super Mario Bros. 3.





Twenty years later, I still have that NES. And Super Mario Bros. 3. And the box. Yes, I still have the box.





Yes, I'm that kind of gamer. I own nearly 400 games between an NES, N64, Gamecube, Playstation 2, Wii, Playstation 3, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Gear, DS and 3DS. And let's not forget the PC I'm typing this on with its quad core processor and 10 gigs of ram.





I know what you're thinking. All those gamer stereotypes have popped in your head.





  • This guy must be fat as a house and sit in front of his TV all night after he comes home from work. Not true, I run every day - at least four miles since June 1, 2006 and usually around 50-60 miles a week.




  • He probably doesn't shower much. Again, not true. I shower at least five to six times a month!




  • He's single and lives at home in his parents' basement. I only lived at home until I was 26, and I am married with my house and everything.








What, a guy with nearly 400 games is married? Yeah, but don't get me wrong. When I started dating my now wife, I didn't allow her to see my collection - most of which sits on the shelves seperate by system and in the order in which I bought them  - until I was pretty sure she wouldn't run away. Thankfully she didn't, but she does have names for my DS and 3DS which I can't repeat here.





So, what are my plans with this blog? Well to discuss games, duh. I play both new and older games. And by old I don't just mean games that came out a year ago. I'm talking real retro. The 20 3DS ambassador games given to us Nintendo loyalists for buying the system early has renewed my interest in NES titles and the like.





But I do love new games and last night I downloaded Pushmo from the 3DS eShop. After a couple of hours, I can already see this is some new form of crack I'll be playing the heck out of in the coming weeks.





See ya for now, Mallo is calling my name and there are some fluffy children to save.

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