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Jeff Schaffer of "The League" shares his high school sports horror stories

Executive Producer Jeff Schaffer (third from left) with his cast from "The League"
Executive Producer Jeff Schaffer (third from left) with his cast from "The League"Michael Buckner/Getty Images

As fall sports head into the post season, many of our favorite teams have already packed up and gone home. The same goes for our favorite cable TV shows heading into hiatus.

So we thought it would be fun to catch executive producer and writer of the critically acclaimed comedy The League, Jeff Schaffer before he packs up his locker for the season.

If Schaffer's comedic talents blossomed as a writer on comedies such as Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, they most certainly were first planted as a high school athlete.

Did you play sports in high school?

Jeff Schaffer: Believe it or not, I did. I attended Western Reserve Academy, a boarding school in Hudson, Ohio. I played varsity soccer, and senior year I was actually the captain of the track team.

Although there were four captains and I was definitely fourth. I think maybe it was a charity captaincy.

What was your most embarrassing high school sports moment?

JS: We had a track meet against a team that still had a cinder track. I was the second leg of the 4x100 relay. The guy running the third leg left too early and the only way I could get the baton into his hand was to dive for it. The hand off was a success but I got a raw backside full of cinders.

That was not embarrassing. What was embarrassing was that my parents were there, my dad is a doctor, and he knew the only way to get all those cinders out of my leg and rear end.

This led to both of us standing in the shower at my dorm while he scrubbed and scraped cinders out of my leg and butt.

Humiliating. I think I cried a little too.

What annoyed you most about high school athletes?

JS: My high school friends all participated in sports and were captains of various squads, and we were super annoying to everyone else at school. But I can assure you it was not because we were athletes.

But in general, I think the thing that annoys me about athletics the most is the spitting. Teams just running around spitting on stuff. It’s not right. Just because you’re getting exercise and doing something healthy doesn’t mean all social conventions get thrown out the window.

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