#23 Tony Oliva
A 1998-1999, 2004-2008
New Yorker by birth, Pittsburgher by choice
prophet23 AT email.com
Seems the love I’ve known has always been
The most destructive kind
Guess that’s why now I feel so old
Before my time.
Yesterday when I was young
The taste of life was sweet as rain upon my tongue.
I teased at life as if it were a foolish game,
The way the evening breeze may tease a candle flame.
The thousand dreams I dreamed, the splendid things I planned
I’d always built to last on weak and shifting sand.
I lived by night and shunned the naked light of the day
And only now I see how the years ran away.
Yesterday when I was young
So many happy songs were waiting to be sung,
So many wild pleasures lay in store for me
And so much pain my dazzled eyes refused to see.
I ran so fast that time and youth at last ran out,
I never stopped to think what life was all about
And every conversation I can now recall
Concerned itself with me and nothing else at all.
Yesterday the moon was blue
And every crazy day brought something new to do.
I used my magic age as if it were a wand
And never saw the waste and emptiness beyond.
The game of love I played with arrogance and pride
And every flame I lit too quickly, quickly died.
The friends I made all seemed somehow to drift away
And only I am left on stage to end the play.
There are so many songs in me that won’t be sung,
I feel the bitter taste of tears upon my tongue.
The time has come for me to pay for
Yesterday…when I was young…
You live for the fight when it’s all that you’ve got.
Tony ran for mayor this season.
I couldn’t have imagined when I came to Pitt as a football player so many years ago that my life would take shape the way it has. I played defensive back at Pitt for one year before being struck by a hit and run driver while crossing the street. After my broken body healed my broken spirit remained until I was introduced to a little game called Ultimate by my crew at 3rd Floor West. It healed my soul and gave me so much…that is why I defend the sport and my teammates with such ferocity. After certain events, I put my plan for world domination and the Excalibur on hold to stand a post and I joined the army. For 3 years I’ve traversed the globe prepared to meet the enemy of my country wherever and whenever called upon to do so. Of the few things I ever thought of while over seas…besides my family and Jennifer Love Hewitt was Ultimate. Spirit of the game, flow, friendships that traverse time and space…this is what I was willing to die for. With a few exceptions Ultimate brings out the best in us. The lessons it teaches…even if you are unaware of it now, ingrain themselves in you and make you a better person. I owe a lot to Ultimate…I hope thati am worthy enough to give something back.
En Sabah Nur…National Champions 200_,200_,200_ Fill in the blanks.
Through the foe…to the objective…to triumph over all.