ATL Spurs Member Profile: Jim Hall

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1)    How did you become a Spurs fan?

I found out about Spurs through a literature teacher at the school where I also teach. He grew up in North London and was a lifelong Spurs fan. He and I talked soccer from time to time particularly around the 2006 World Cup. At the time, I knew very little about the Premier League and had never watched it before. The only teams from the Premier League I knew anything about were the ones that played in the Champions League because I watched a lot of Champions League games back then and still do. When he told me about Spurs, I had to do an internet search to figure out who they were. I had never heard of the team. Well, one thing led to another and the next thing you know I was following the team and even watching an occasional game. My interest in the team really grew from there. And of course, it got really intense when I found out about this group in September of 2012 and started meeting other fans and watching the games at RiRa.

2)    Have you been to a match at White Hart Lane?

No. I have never had that opportunity. But, I do look forward to seeing the team play a match in the future in the new stadium. I am planning on making that a goal.

3)    What’s your favorite Tottenham Hotspur moment?

Well, I did not see it live on TV but my favorite moment was Peter Crouch’s goal in May of 2010 against Manchester City. That goal clinched the Champions League spot for Spurs for the next year. It was memorable for me because I had some kind of faculty meeting that day and when it was finally over, I practically ran to my car and started driving home so I could listen to the game on satellite radio. I was about half way home when Crouch headed it into the net. I almost drove off the road I was so excited and happy about that goal.

4)    Who is your favorite Spurs player and why?

Without question it is Gareth Bale. He was just becoming a top player for Spurs as I was really getting into the team. It always seemed like he was going to do something exciting with the ball whenever he touched it. Another reason for choosing Gareth Bale is that the first year for the Atlanta Spurs group also happened to be his last year with the team. He was amazing that year which unfortunately that led to the transfer to Real Madrid. I am not a fan of Real Madrid but I will watch them if I know he is playing. I am still disappointed that he transferred from Spurs but I still want him to do well although preferably in another league until he makes his return to Spurs after the new stadium is built. Yes, I know that is a pipe dream but who says my following of this team and its players has to always be rational?

5)    Where are you from originally?

I was born right here in Atlanta. I have lived in Georgia my whole life although not always in Atlanta.

6)    What is your professional background?

I have been a high school history teacher for the past 17 years. I teach A.P. World History and A.P. U.S. History at Lithonia High School where I have been for the past 12 years. I also taught 5 years in Thomasville, Georgia. In addition to teaching, I have also coached the golf team at both high schools for a total of 10 years. The last 3 years, I have been the assistant boys soccer coach and JV boys head coach at Lithonia High School.

7)    Did you play organized football/soccer?

I played soccer when I was a kid but never organized. I played organized football and baseball every year up until high school. I also played a bunch of other sports like golf, tennis and basketball. I never played in a soccer league but I grew up in a neighborhood where we were constantly playing sports or doing stuff outside all the time. Soccer was just one of the many sports I played in the neighborhood and at school. By the time I got to college, I met this guy from Brazil who taught me quite a bit about the game and my interest in following the sport as a fan started from there.

8)    What would your fellow Atlanta Spurs members be surprised to learn about you?

When I was in college, I went to this little college in South Georgia called ABAC. I went there mainly because they had a golf team and I was invited to play on it. Anyway, that did not work out as planned and that is a whole other story. One of the things I did when I was there was attempt to ride a bull in a rodeo. A good friend of mine that actually grew up on a farm around cows, bet me that I wouldn’t do it. So, we both paid our money to enter this rodeo but before the actual event, we went to a nearby town where they had practice bulls to ride. I rode a couple of times on these young bulls and everything went fine. When the actual rodeo happened, I found out that I had drawn one of the meaner and hardest bucking bulls they had in the pen. When the gate opened, the bull jumped a couple of times and I was quickly slammed to the ground. The bull turned and tried to go after me but fortunately the rodeo clowns saved me from even more of a beating. Needless to say, I never did that again.

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