Pre-Game Speech // 01.04.16



It’s the first Monday of the new year. A time to set your sights on a kick-ass year. A time to set goals. Big goals. Crazy goals.

Close more leads?

Meet the woman of your dreams?

Start playing basketball again?

Whatever it is, do it. Keep going until you achieve it.

Bear Bryant once said it best:

Never quit. It is the easiest cop-out in the world. Set a goal and don’t quit until you attain it. When you do attain it, set another goal, and don’t quit until you reach it. Never quit.

The Varsity // 01.04.16


Chef Chris Hill

Chris Hill’s arena isn’t Madison Square Gardens.

It isn’t Bryant-Denny Stadium.

And it’s definitely not the grass courts of Wimbledon.

No, Chris Hill’s arena is the kitchen. Hunched over a scalding hot stovetop. Deadlifting a 100 pound box of chicken thighs. Giving a pre-game speech to his sous-chefs and his staff, his team.

“Having you and your staff tested on a really busy night is like a tough game in sports,” he says, “and coming through on the other side with a win – that’s the best.”

His favorite piece of equipment? Easy. A 10 inch chef knife. “I prefer a Japanese style, you know? One of the rounded ones. I like the way it feels in my hand,” he explains, as he prepares his mise en place for the night’s shift.

The son of a college basketball player, the commonalities of sports and cooking are not lost on Chris. The finesse. The practice. The camaraderie. In fact, it is not even a chef who Chris would like to share a meal with, it is Nick Saban, head coach of Chris’s alma mater.

“I love his coaching philosophy – focusing not on the end result, but rather showing up every day to do the best we can. If we can do that, everything else will take care of itself.”