My dad didn't play many sports growing up in Brooklyn. I had to learn how to catch a baseball and how to throw a football from my grandfather. He showed me the basics, but when it came to rules of the game, I was lost. So I turned to video games. Madden taught me the rules of football. (I still don't quite understand "encroachment.") I picked a random team—the Oilers because I liked Warren Moon—and started playing. Now I understand the game and can teach it to my kids. That is, except encroachment. I'm currently learning rugby on my Xbox.
This is an article from the April 6, 2009 issue