Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Getting Silly With The Breakers' Funny Girl Jenny Nobis

The following is part of a weekly series in which writer Todd Civin presents the lighter side of the Boston Breakers of the WPS.

The league prides itself in the down-to-earth nature and approachability of its athletes, and Civin believes that "Getting Silly with the Breakers" is an fun-filled way to create a comfortable bond between the fans and the professional athletes who are the Boston Breakers.

A special thanks to Erica Hunt, the communications director for the team, as well as the players themselves for making this approach possible.

In last season's series called "Meet The Breakers", I described Jennifer Nobis as "a person who marches to the beat of a different drummer."

Though I hadn't met her at that point, it was clear from Nobis' Boston Breaker bio, that she tends to walk slightly out of step. A free spirit. A non-conformist.

This season's series "Getting Silly," has allowed me to get up close and personal with the Breakers and has afforded me the opportunity to see these professional athletes with their hair down and slightly tangled. After getting to know Nobis a bit better through this Question and Answer format, I now describe her a wee bit differently than I did before.

As you will see from her Saturday Night Live-like wit, I now aptly describe the pride of Quincy, Ill. as being a few fries short of a Happy Meal. A few crumpets short of a proper tea. A few beers short of a six pack.

In truth, Nobis's sense of humor and quick wit, must make her an absolute joy to have as a teammate. Aside from the fact that she netted two goals last season, Nobis is sure to keep things light during those times when any team starts to press too hard.

And though, she may indeed march to slightly different music than many, I am happy to say that I am right out of step with her. I hope you enjoy this week's segment of Getting Silly as much as I did, creating it.

Civ: Rumor has it that you are the funniest player on the team, is this truth or legend?

Jennifer: I wouldn't say I'm the funniest player on the team, but I am by far the most random.

Civ: You played in Sweden, which is not a very big country. Did you ever see Tiger Wood's wife, Elin, while you were there?

Jennifer: No, because I was too busy looking for my stove that my apartment never had!

Civ: And I'm going to assume you have never met Tiger, correct?

Jennifer: Correct. Everyone would know if I met Tiger Woods.

Civ: Can you say anything for us in Swedish?

Jennifer: Mitt forsta ar i sverige kande hag mig utanfor sa jag blonderade haret for att se ut som en svensk.....Blond och bla ogd! My first year in sweden I felt left out so I dyed my hair blonde to look like a Swede. Blonde haired and blue eyed! haha

Civ: I know you are very much into oral hygiene, did this inhibit you from eating Swedish Fish while you played there?

Jennifer: Funny thing is, they don't have Swedish fish! But, there chocolate is to die for!!

Civ: And about your teeth, how often do you floss? Have you considered becoming a sponsor for a tooth paste company? Do you use the rubber tip on your gums?

Jennifer: I use to brush and floss five times a day, until I got in trouble with my dentist. So now I floss once a day and brush three times. Sooooo- putting it out there. My goal is to be sponsored by a dental product and maybe one day be in a commercial. I have had this dream since I was five.

Civ: You have stated you would like to attend dental school after you retire from soccer, how do you feel about dentists asking questions while they are working in the patient's mouth and will you do this?

Jennifer: I will definitely do this. But, I love to talk and talk and talk and talk. So this is the best job for me because I can talk all day long and they can just listen! We both win!

Civ: In your youtube interview you say that you like to hang out with other athletes, can you tell us who you hang out with on the Boston scene?

Jennifer: I can't mention any names, but I have gotten to meet some of the football, basketball and soccer players within the Boston scene! But, what I have enjoyed doing is meeting lots of new faces in the Boston area!

Civ: You also state that doing your nails and straightening your hair are two of your pre-game rituals ... do any of your opponents ever comment on how nice you look?

Jennifer: No one has ever commented on how nice I look. But, feel free to do so if you want. A lot of fans have noticed my nails and love seeing what nail design comes next. And I am thinking about purchasing Barbie's new nail machine, so maybe next year my nails will be even more glamorous!

Civ: You scored twice for the Breakers this season, how awesome was that?

Jennifer: The feeling was amazing and shocking at the same time. Now I know I can score against great players and I plan on scoring more this season!

Civ: Your bio states you want to have your own radio talk show. Will you do all the talk or will you allow guests to speak as well?

Jennifer: Well, first I would like to have someone write the show for me. Obviously, I would do most of the talking. But, who would want to hear me talk all day? I would love to have guests on my show who are famous but, also people that I have met along the way of making my dream come true. You never know who has funny stories!

Civ: I saw your youtube show, Boston Breakers Breakdown where you did an interview with a British accent, will you use that on your show?

Jennifer: Like I said if I write the show, it will be random and you never know from day to day what will be said or how it will be said! It is a possibility!

Civ: On your WPS bio it states you if you "What are three things you never travel without?" You reply your underwear, your cell phone and your tooth brush....What if you could only bring two items? One?

Jennifer: If I could bring two, it would be my cell phone and toothbrush. One? TOOTHBRUSH, of course.

Civ: Your bio also states, If you had a dinner party, who are the four people you would invite (can be living or dead)? You answered God, Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Benjamin Franklin. What would you serve that that quartet would all enjoy?

Jennifer: I would cook them Fried Rabbit or Squirrel with Mashed potatoes and corn on the cob! My families favorite.

Civ: You're a twin with your brother, Tyler. Is he envious that you are more famous than he is?

Jennifer: Tyler and Tommy (my other brother) have claimed they taught me everything I know, so without there help I wouldn't be where I am today! And no matter how famous I ever get, they can still beat me up!

Civ: You say you love to shop for shoes. How many pair do you own?

Jennifer: 25-plus

Civ: Your three favorite athletes are Drobga, LeBron and Tiger...Still?

Jennifer: Ha, ha. Yes, still. I believe nobody is perfect and people deserve a second chance.

Civ: And amongst your three favorite cities is Phucket, Thailand. Have you ever been there and what do you like most about Phucket?

Jennifer: I have never been there. But, everyone in Sweden vacations there and I have heard so much about it!

Civ: Did you hit any Brazilian restaurants with Fabiana and her host, Becca?

Jennifer: They took me to Midwest Grill and, of course, I ate more than them and they are Brazilian!

Civ: You majored in General Studies in college. What did you hope to do with this and who is your favorite general?

Jennifer: Hahaha! General Lee! There is not much I can do with my general studies degree, except go back to school. So, dental school here I come.

Todd Civin is a freelance writer who writes for Bleacher Report , Sports, Then and Now , and Seamheads . His top stories can be found on his personal blog entitled "The 'xoxo' of Sports." He is a supporter of A Glove of Their Own , the award-winning children’s story that teaches paying it forward through baseball.

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