Leave it to Tiffany Weimer to mix things up. The Editor of Our Game Magazine/current Vancouver Whitecap player and ambassador/women’s soccer media mogul suggested we try tweaking the 20 Questions format slightly with something fun and different. We began by chatting about our respective Connecticut upbringings (the bit at the end) and then followed that up with 10 questions for each other. Results below, and you can blame the Ocho for this.
JP: You recently signed with the Vancouver Whitecaps. What are you most looking forward to this W-League season?
TW: I’m looking forward to a few things – one winning a W-League Championship (something I’ve never done) two, becoming a better player and three getting to know the city of Vancouver.
TW: What would you be doing if you weren’t involved in soccer?
JP: I’d likely be putting my degree to good use and teach world history to 9th graders, and I’d probably be miserable. No offense to the 9th grade world history teachers out there, of course.
JP: Has Carmelina Moscato helped you brush up on your Canadian? Any favorite phrases?
TW: Carm hasn’t helped me too much, but here’s a text convo we had the other day:
Carm- what are you doing in my country
Tiff- taking it over
Carm- you would!
Carm- wish I was there to witness it
TW: What motivated you to start AWK ? Where did the name come from?
JP: Sometime in 2009 I went through a really odd period and just felt really disconnected from a lot of things. I missed that feeling of belonging to a community of some kind. Thus, I quickly fell in love with the sport – and culture – of soccer. I then came to know the American soccer blogosphere (Pitch Invasion, Match Fit USA, Fake Sigi, The Global Game, Run of Play, From A Left Wing, Inside Minnesota Soccer etc.). Soccer’s “independent media” was so integrated in the culture of American soccer. The mainstream profile of the men’s game (be that the USMNT or MLS) has risen dramatically since then, so I’m not sure that still applies like it used to. Still though, some of the most engaging, interesting, influential soccer writing is produced by people who have full-time jobs, families to support, and no formal journalistic training. They do it because they love it, and they know it’s what binds the community together. It took about a year before I decided to take a leap of faith, register a blog with WordPress, write some stuff about women’s soccer, and see if anyone would ever read it.
As for the name, I’ve always thought a simple all white kit was just the epitome of cool. Be that Real Madrid or Santos or the ’99 WWC winning team. It’s just very classic and stylish. When I needed a name for the blog I rummaged through one of my old notebooks and discovered some doodlings of an all white kit, and the name just kind of stuck. “All White Strip” was also considered but the idea was axed for obvious reasons. I also liked the AWK acronym.
JP: What about you? What first motivated you to start Our Game Magazine?
TW: Khaled El-Ahmad had the initial idea to start the magazine – knowing about my background in Journalism of course. When presented with the idea I saw the ultimate path to combine the two things I love the most: writing and soccer. I really enjoy the magazine and definitely hope it’s something I can continue for a longggg time.
TW: What is your background in soccer? Did you play? At what level?
JP: I only have three distinct soccer memories that aren’t directly related to writing about soccer: I remember my (former footballing) dad trying to teach me tactics with salt and pepper shakers as a child. A year later, I played one game of rec soccer, stubbed my toe, and never went back. Some time after that, I watched the USWNT win the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. It felt like such an epic moment back then, and for good reason.
So in much fewer words, no background in playing soccer whatsoever.
JP: What would you still like to accomplish most in your playing career?
TW: I would like play for a club for more than a year and be an impact player at the highest level.