Wednesday, August 19, 2015

More of the Tasmania Boys sign with the Spirit

Haruka Saigusa, great-grandmother of Rhys Miyazawa on his father's side.

More of the Tasmania Boys sign with the Spirit

By Naoto Suzukawa
The Spirit News
October 22, 2075

On the father's side of middle linebacker Rhys Shingo Miyazawa, Kengo Miyazawa and Haruka Saigusa are his great-grandparents. While baseball and cricket are sports that Rhys has an affection for, it was the sport of gridiron that called for him. Last weekend, following another emphatic win for the Leafa College Spirit Gridiron Team in conference play, Rhys announced via YouTube video that he was committed to the Spirit and would enroll in January of next year, along with two other players this past weekend. Rhys is expected to play backup to projected starter and fellow first-year Kent Age-Reynolds.

"To everyone I love so much, thank you for giving me this chance to play with the best teams in America," said Rhys in the video. "I want to use my education at Leafa to transform lives after I am done competing in sports. I have not decided yet what I will major in but I am open to options. I will choose one where there is a lot to gain and not a lot to lose from being involved. I dedicate this day to my late grandmother for being the reason why I am a proud Australian preparing for the best days of my life. I will never forget you, Great-Grandma Haruka. This one's for you!"

Joujirou Takajou and Yusa Nishimori, the parents of Joe "Mojo" Takajou.

The son of Joujirou Takajou and Yusa Nishimori, Joe Soujirou Takajou is a strong safety built for speed. A two-sport athlete (Joe also competes in athletics and is a champion relay runner), Joe has great hands, tackles real hard and came close to deciding to play AFL before electing to take a chance at playing gridiron. His speed and athleticism have earned him the nickname "Mojo." An avid Collingwood supporter, Joe dreams of having a cold one should the Magpies win the flag, something they have not done for at least three decades.

"Mum and Dad are Pies fans and at Huey's [Hugh Otosaka's] house, his family are all Carlton supporters so it's good banter all around," said Joe from his house in Launceston. "But with Mum being popular in her day, I wanted to be famous and accomplish a lot. I got the speed aspect from my dad but I can control my pace and stride, unlike my old man. I know the Lee brothers have set the standard by which all strong safeties playing for the program will have to measure up against. But I love a good challenge and I am ready to move mountains and make waves, just the way my parents want it."

Ayame Kajou, the mother of Blaine Okuma.

Without question, Blaine Taniguchi Okuma, a right guard that is listed as an athlete, has one of the most outrageous mothers out there in Ayame Kajou. Her fighting spirit and ability to go commando on anyone's watch is the reason why Okuma elected to play gridiron and dance the Nae Nae and haka on a consistent basis. Okuma committed to the Spirit this past weekend and what did his mother do?

"She put panties on her head, and then she went around in a cape naked across the streets decrying the Liberal goverment that is currently on Parliament Hill," said Okuma. "Whatever, you know something, fair dinkum? I let my mum do what she wants. She's one of the most courageous people out there and she is a staunch supporter of the Labor Party. I'm planning to major in political science and use my Mum's legacy as inspiration. But that will be after I am tired of playing gridiron on the offensive line. I know that I will get a lot of playing time anyway so bring it on fair dinkum!"