“SPORTS Explained by Non-Athletes!” My good friend, @jonerstrokes, and I decided to take some of your burning questions about all things sports! What are sports? HOW do you sports? Well, we (do not) have the answers!!
Summary: A nonathletic!Jack fic, where grad student and history nerd, Jack Zimmermann meets the cute Samwell student/baker Eric Bittle at the Bread and Butter Bakery. Will the two make a love connection? For @devereauxsdisease and @victorineb who love this incarnation of Jack as much as I do.
They’d chatted at the bakery enough times that Bitty was able to pull the information from Jack. He’d started coming to the bakery about four weeks ago, and during that time Bitty became more and more charmed with the second year grad student.
He always sat in the corner armchair, ordered a black coffee, two macarons and a slice of whatever the pie of the day was. Bitty first noticed him when he came in to order a slice of Weary Willie cake.
Bitty loved his job at the bakery, it gave him some extra cash while he attended Samwell. Whenever Bitty was there, he was the de facto person in charge. Shirley and Spencer, the owners of Bread and Butter adored Bitty.
“We never had any kids of our own, so you’re the closest thing to it, Bitty,” Shirley said to him one evening over a cup of earl grey tea.
So Bitty stood there, face to face with the bluest eyes he’d ever seen the first time Jack walked in. The Clark Kent glasses in front of them did nothing to hide the fact that they were beautiful. It was a good face, a handsome face. He was burly and tall, and Bitty loved that. He smiled, and Bitty’s body language invited Blue Eyes to speak.
“Can I get a slice of the Weary Willie cake?”
“Sure can, handsome,” Bitty said as he began to ring up Blue Eyes’ order, who blushed furiously. “What else can I do you for?”
“Coffee. Black. Medium, please,” he replied looking down at the counter.
“Why don’t you go find yourself a seat and I’ll bring it out to you,” Bitty said with a warm smile.
“Thank you,” Blue Eyes said softly and then turned to walk toward the corner armchair.
When Bitty approached, Blue Eyes had pulled out a laptop and several textbooks, the one on top of the pile was called Foundations of Modern European Intellectual History.
“Doing a little light reading, huh?” Bitty said as he put the cake and coffee on the side table.
“Oh, haha. Yes.”
“Do you go to Samwell?”
“I’m finishing up my masters in history there,” he said as he held up his book.
“That’s great. I haven’t seen you here before,” Bitty said wanting to know more about History Blue Eyes.
“I saw the chalkboard outside listing the Weary Willie cake and the history nerd in me became curious.”
“Look at you! You certainly are a history major.”
“Did you make the cake?” Jack asked raising his eyebrows.
“Sure did. My moomaw had the recipe from her mama.”
“Well, it’s not often I find a somewhat obscure historical reference on my way back to the history building.”
Kubo has made some comments recently about how when YOI was being created she wanted it to be a ‘little ahead of where skating is right now’. It’s not as if they had the characters doing quintuples or something. She just, jump content wise, had the characters somewhat ahead of the standard of the top skaters in competition. Victor’s program in the first episode stood out to a lot of people. It seemed a bit fantastic!
He performed four different quads. No one had done that before. Jin Boyang had first done four quads in a program before, almost a year previous to YOI’s premiere. But… they weren’t four different quads. It did still seem a bit fanciful, although yes, it was inevitable that it would occur within a couple years. There were skaters, multiple ones, who we knew probably had the capability to do it. There was a lot of talk about a trio of teenagers nicknamed the ‘quad squad’ and which one would be first to pull it off. These three young men are Jin Boyang of China, Shoma Uno of Japan, and Nathan Chen of USA.
Anyway, the ‘first to pull it off’ ended up being Nathan Chen of the USA, and not only did he ‘pull off’ Victor Nikiforov’s jump layout, but he did him one over and completed a more difficult one. There’s no quad toe triple toe in there, but instead the harder combination the quad lutz + triple toe loop. However, he did do four different quads, and on top of that, one more, for a total of five quads. He’s now done this twice in two months, once at US Nationals and once at Four Continents.
Even Kubo-sensei herself expressed amusement at this. She meant to make the show a little bit in the future, but within a month of the series ending, actual figure skating surpassed it!
So how does Victor’s (record breaking in the YOI universe) Stammi Vicino free skate compare with Nathan Chen’s (history making in our universe) Polovtsian Dances free skate? Let’s take a look!
As a note, I don’t really have a way to know exactly the levels and base values of Victor’s step sequences and spins, so this will be based on jumps only. Also this is based on Nathan’s jump layout at US Nationals. His jump layout at Four Continents was slightly different. :)
Quad Lutz + Triple Toe loop
Quad Toeloop + Double Toe loop + Double Loop
Triple Flip + Triple Toe loop
Base Value of jumps alone 91.96
I pulled these base values directly off icenetwork’s official scoring sheets, so if there’s anything wrong, blame them not me.
Triple Axel + Triple Loop + Double Loop
Quadruple Toe Loop + Triple Toe Loop
Base Value of jumps alone: 88.79
If there’s a mistake in these though, it’s my fault.
Why is Victor’s so close to Nathan’s despite having one less quad? It’s mostly because his program is a little more backloaded with jumps than Nathan’s is. He puts his quad/triple as his last jump element, and he even squishes that three jump combination in his latter half of the program.
Remember that jumps in the latter part of your program get a 10% bonus on scores. This is emphasized in YOI especially with Yuuri’s character, as his stamina allows him to put the most difficult elements of his program near the end of his programs to take advantage of that. A quad flip within mere moments of your program ending is absolutely balls to the wall nuts, but Yuuri does it in both his short and long programs at the GPF.
Nathan Chen’s original program plan at US Nationals was a triple loop where the last quad salchow is. If he had done that, he would have had four quads and his base value would have been: 85.51, which is a little below Victor’s (despite the fact that Nathan’s quadruple jump combo, the 4 lutz/3 toe is more difficult than Victor’s choice of a 4 toe/3 toe. In fact, at Four Continents it broke a record for the highest score on an individual element!). The power of those latter half bonuses is strong!
Anyway, the scores being close w/ four quads all makes sense, as the quads Victor and Nathan have in their competitive arsenal are identical. The one quad they both don’t do is the loop (Victor apparently can but has only done it in exhibition, so perhaps it’s not something he’s consistent enough on? And of course no one does the axel).
I wouldn’t call Nathan’s program particularly front loaded. However, if he does want his sky high base scores to be even higher, he can try to move some more of those jumps to the latter half. He is still only seventeen though, so he may not have developed the stamina for it yet. Victor on the other hand, has been working on this forever. That being said, that also proves what an athlete Victor is, because he’s twenty-seven years old and still doing this, which is incredible. Twenty-seven is still very young, but figure skating, like gymnastics, is known as a sport with a mayfly life span for a lot of athletes. It’s very hard on the body. Thus, Victor slamming out those quads at the end of his program at twenty-seven is pretty darn amazing.
But yes Nathan is an absolutely stunning
(and non-fictional!) athlete. It’s wonderful what he’s done. I’d be interested to see how Victor’s short program layout compares to his, but we don’t have any info on that, although I could do a comparison to JJ’s Rostelecom layout or Yuuri’s (planned) GPF one!
Summary: A non athletic!Jack fic, where grad student and history nerd, Jack Zimmermann meets the cute Samwell student/baker Eric Bittle at the Bread and Butter Bakery. Picks up right after On History and Pie. Jack takes a chance and meets Bitty for dinner. It’s their first date. A collaboration with the wonderful @zim-tits featuring her lovely artwork. Also on AO3…
Bitty was closing up shop for the evening at Bread and Buttery Bakery when he heard a small tap. Lardo smiled as she looked through the large picture window and saw who was standing on the other side.
“It’s your boy, Bitty,” she said.
He glanced and saw Jack standing outside as he waved shyly.
Chowder unlocked and opened the door. “Welcome! Come on in.”
“Thanks,” Jack said as he came in slowly, looking at Bitty with a soft smile.
Bitty closed the register and smiled in return as he walked from behind the counter toward Jack.
“Hi, Eric. Bitty.”
The two wordlessly stared at one another, smiling. Lardo, taking pity on them, cleared her throat, “Uh, Chowder, can you help me with something in back?”
Chowder frowned disappointed he wasn’t going to be able to watch.
“You came,” Bitty said. “Thanks for that. Thanks for trusting me.”
“My uncle says… well, never mind, but I’m the one that should be saying thanks – for the shortbread. It was really good.”
“Really good? I was aiming for so amazing it would make you wanna slap your mama but then again, I’m sure you love your mama, so really good will do.”
Jack laughed softly, “I do. So, are you… that is… if you’re still interested…”
“Jack, would you like to go grab something to eat?”
Jack smiled, relieved that Bitty had taken the lead.
The inevitable end
of summer was fast approaching with the start of a new school year. But you
weren’t going to let that disappointment stop you from making a statement marking
your change from your usual quiet, non-athletic nature to a spontaneous,
workout fanatic. You spent your summer working at the local YMCA and taking
full advantage of the workout facility. Your body had completely changed.
Muscles were more defined and waist clenched with perfect sculpted abs.
Whenever, you walked past the mirror you became more and more impressed with
your new physique and started to love your body more.
Before the school
year started, you got a text from your friend, Sherri, about a party at Bryce
Walker’s house. Without hesitation you were at his house, ready to have the
time of your life. You were sure it was going to be legendary as he lived on
the richest side of town. You felt a rush of excitement as you were ready to
reveal your new body to your classmates, but you couldn’t help but to feel
nervous as you knew your crush Zach Dempsey would be there. Was he going to
notice you this year or just walk past you like you were invisible. You took in
a deep breath to calm your nerves and made your way to the back of the enormous
house to the party.
Everybody who was
everybody was there, both inside the house and outside, in the pool, in the hot
tub, and on the lawn. You tried to find a familiar face until you locked eyes
with a familiar crowd in the hot tub. Sherri waved you down from the hot tub
for you to join her and you let out a sigh of relief as you rushed over. But
you couldn’t help but feel the sense of panic as she was hanging around Justin,
Bryce, and the infamous Zach Dempsey.
“Y/N, come on in,”
Sherri encouraged, “We have so much to catch up on,”
You were reluctant
at first, but easily caved from Sherri’s pleas. You crossed your arms at the
hem of your shirt and pulled it over your head to reveal the top of your black
bikini. The last to go were your shorts to reveal your black bikini bottoms. As
you got into the hot tub, you couldn’t help but notice the stares, until Bryce
said what everybody was thinking.
“Damn, Y/N, where
did you find a body like that?” Bryce smirked, his voice lower than normal
making you slightly uncomfortable.
“Have a little
class Bryce,” Sherri slapped him in his shoulder to get him to stop, “You look
You started to
blush from the compliments as you settled yourself in the only spot left in the
hot tub, next to Zach.
“Hey Zach,” you
spoke with a shaky voice. Anxiety was nearly consuming your body, but you
weren’t the only one feeling the pressure.
“Uh, hey Y/N,”
Zach stuttered. His eyes kept darting from your face to your body back up to
your face. You never knew somebody as cool as Zach Dempsey would get nervous.
“Um, how was your summer?” he finally trained his eyes on the beer he was
holding nearly submerged in the water.
“It was good, started working out a little
bit. How was yours?” You smiled. A sense of comfort came over you now that you
knew that Zach was nervous to talk to you as you were to talk to him.
“Um, yeah it was
fine,” he sounded rushed, “I need to get some more beer,” He turned around in
the hot tub and quickly reached a towel. He balled it up in his hands and held
it in front of his waist. You were confused at first by his behavior until you
heard to jokes fly from Bryce and Justin.
“What’s the matter
Big Z, can’t focus on talking to a girl?” started Justin.
“I think I got
something that could help that boner of yours,” continued Bryce.
Even with the heat
from the hot tub, you could feel your cheeks grow warm and you were for sure
that they were red. You weren’t only embarrassed for yourself, but you were
also embarrassed for Zach. The next time the two of you meet will the most
awkward thing in your life and you were dreading it.
Title: lead my life astray Author: strangetowns Rating: Teen and Up Audiences Warnings: None Apply Completed: Yes Word count: 3797 Summary: Mr.
Zimmermann raises his eyebrows. “Are you implying, then, that I expect too
much?” “Not as such,” Eric replies. “I am simply
asking you to keep an open mind.” A Pride and Prejudice AU.
memorable line: “I am not very, very sad,” Eric protests. “I
am, at most, simply sad. This is a gross exaggeration of my character, and I
will not stand for it.”
Title: Saturday Night’s Alright For
Dancing Author: McBangle Rating: Teen and Up Audiences Warnings: None Apply Completed: Yes Word count: 4813 Summary: Jack
Zimmermann was a photographer for the Daily. Samwell University’s ballroom
dancing club - the Dancing Wellies - had been heating up the Massachusetts
amateur ballroom dance competition circuit thanks to Eric Bittle’s and Alexei
“Tater” Mashkov’s dance partnership. Jack would have to get some
newsworthy photos of Bittle if he wanted to keep himself assigned to cover the
memorable line: So, no, Jack didn’t have a crush. He was
just… an admirer of talent and skill. That was all.
Jack loves everything about Bitty, because what's not to love? But the thing that he appreciates most is the sharp v crease outlining his hips that becomes Extra Visible when he's wearing sweatpants that are just a Bit too baggy so they hang low over his hips... Jack is just so gone on how fucking buff Bitty is and he gets annoyed when people brush him off as small of cute because Bitty could easily kick your ass. -Alcohol Anon
Bitty is fit as hell, yeah size wise he’s on the smaller side compared to the rest of the Hockey team but compared to the non-athletic crowd he’s BUILT. He’s lean as hell but its mostly muscle, and he can lift a ton too. Baking requires so much damn kneading and lifting of flour bags so his arms are like… really nice.. his abs are… really nice.. and Jack is living for his bf who is… really nice :^)
History and Pie Author: Mwuahna, WrathoftheStag (Mwuahna) Rating: Teen and Up Audiences Warnings: None Apply Completed: Yes Word count: 2593 Summary: A
nonathletic!Jack ficlet, where grad student and history nerd, Jack Zimmermann
meets the cute Samwell student/baker Eric Bittle at the Bread and Butter
Bakery. Will the two make a love connection?
memorable line: “Well, who does he think he is?! Making a
decision about my life on my behalf. Oh no, sir!” Bitty slammed his laptop shut, grabbed his
WWII Ration Cookbook from the bookshelf, and marched straight to the Haus kitchen. “Not on my watch, Zimmermann!”
Pairing: You Choose (male) x gender neutral!reader
Word Count: 630
Warnings: body insecurities, fluff
Summary: You don’t like your body and he gives you some love.
A/N: Hi again! I wanted to write something for as many people as I could about a problem everybody has. I’m aware of plus size!reader inserts, which are awesome (bc werk them curves aight) but as a small, short, non athletic, flabby, non curved gal, I wanted to represent all body types. Of course, that means pretty vague descriptions, but I really feel that it’s important to show some love for others as well as myself. I hope you enjoy :)
You stood in front of the full length mirror in your room, examining your body just like one of those self conscious teens on TV. You ran your hand over your stomach and squeezed your arms.
You sighed, trying to obtain some decency from the image of your body before you. It was hard not to have insecurities. Some days you’ll be distracted by how good your hair looks in the mirror one day. And the next day, the same thing happens except you can’t get over how that pimple looks on your face or how your butt doesn’t seem to fit you anymore.
“Y/N? Can I come in?”
The knock at the door startled you, but you blinked it away. “Come in,” you said turning around facing the door.
The door creaked open and your boyfriend poked his head in.
“You’ve been in here a while. Are you okay?” he said, brows furrowed with concern.
“Yeah, yeah I’m fine,” you sniffed and drew up a bright, fake grin.