ESPNBoston: Importance of sport on display

Editor's note: Carl Ehrlich, who was the captain of the 2009 Harvard football team, is in Spain to play football. He'll chronicle his experiences on and off the field for Today we learn about his first game with the Valencia Firebats.

It's 6:45 p.m. and, already running late, my roommates and I are pleading with Jason to pick a shirt already. If Jason (who, at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, is a physical anomaly) played football half as slow as he got dressed, he would get cut from my high school team.

Granted, if there was ever a night to worry about your outfit, tonight is it. Tonight, after all, is the Anuario del Deporte Valenciano.

This event, in Valencia, is like the White House Correspondents Dinner and the ESPY's rolled into one. Star athletes, high profile politicians, local celebrities; anyone who is anyone makes the guest list.

Apparently, I'm anyone.

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