Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"I didn't want to be a soldier. I wanted to be me": Blaine Itami

Rory Mercury, the mother of Blaine Itami.

"I didn't want to be a soldier. I wanted to be me": Blaine Itami

By Carol Craftman
The Spirit News
November 26, 2076

The son of a former Japan Self-Defence Forces officer and a goddess, Blaime Shouji Itami was born in Gosford, NSW 18 years ago but ended up living with just her father Youji and godmother Tuka Luna Marceau starting at the age of 10 after his mother, Rory Mercury, ascended to the heavens. Standing at a stout 6'6" 280 lbs, Itami's ability as an offensive tackle will make him a staple on the offensive line starting next season.

"I didn't want to be a soldier. I wanted to be me," said Blaine via telephone at his home in Gosford. "My mom told me, 'be who you want, because you are just a mere mortal that will be a hero in this timeline or the next.' Something like that. So I chose to lift weights, push tractors, push back all types of resistance, and I ended up getting so big that being a soldier was out of the question.

"My role as a tackle is to prevent the pass rush and also provide run support. It's a straightforward position that requires careful attention and discipline. My father likes to come down to the stadium to watch Mariners games but the area also likes its rugby league and gridiron. I joined the Sharks when I was 11 and I never looked back since. I could have signed with USyd but when Coach Harding contacted me, I was on board.

"When I visited the campus last week, it was beautiful. Real pristine, real heavenly, the type of place my mom would be proud of. They love their academics and they love their sports. I watched the game against San Diego State in the rain but it was lovely. I liked the atmosphere the fans provide. It's real nice.

"In a dream I had, I met my mom for the first time in nearly a decade and told her the good news. We had a great convo and she reminded me, 'It's all up to you now. Go on and be the hero that you are. Make everyone proud and never regret being awesome!' That's what she told me. I have a photo of her in my wallet. It's my good luck charm and I kiss it before I head off to do whatever I need to do. I dedicate my life to my dad and especially my mom because I bet my life on it."