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文化认同危机,当然还有进攻,防守和特勤组。跟随重庆DOCKERS码头工美式橄榄球队一个赛季之所见所闻

*/ Translated from English by Tang Ning. 美式橄榄球登陆中国重庆的第一天,小胖在重庆南方翻译学院体育场的更衣室里召集队员开会。称它为“体育场”有些言过其实,事实上——它只不过是个足球场,外加石制露天看台。因此“更衣室”实际上只是堆满衣服和装备的长椅。即便是“橄榄球队”,细想一下也是有个争议的称号,但重庆码头工队正是想证明他们是一支橄榄球队。 小胖和他的队友Bobo刚刚结束在日本的旅行,从那里买回了同款的Under Armour包头帽。“你在重庆买不到这些的。”他得意地说。作为球队的创始人之一,小胖(他的真名是曾晰,但他和他的队友喜欢以网名互称)同时扮演着智慧长者和开心果的角色。他与美式橄榄球结缘始于一部电影《最长的一码》——是亚当·桑德勒2005年的新版,而不是1974年的原版。 比赛逐渐临近,小胖穿上了他最喜欢的粉色球鞋。这看起来并不容易——他叫自己小胖是有原因的。之后,我问他粉色球鞋是不是为了吓唬对手。“是的,”他的妻子阳阳(音译)说,“他们害怕他会爱上他们。”阳阳身材高挑,作风务实,而她并不是一个橄榄球迷。“我讨厌体育,”她告诉我。但作为护士,她支持小胖打橄榄球,因为这能帮他减肥。 码头工队的队长Marco走来走去,显得很紧张。他比一般人瘦小,根本看不出之前做过私人教练。他时而作沉思状,时而一脸不爽。

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