Ch. 7’s Cheryl Scott on sports, weather, Cubs and her athletic past – Chicago Tribune
WLS-Ch. 7 meteorologist Cheryl Scott hosts the Fire’s Soccer and Style Fashion Show on Wednesday at ROOF on the Wit, where players such as Bastian Schweinsteiger will act like runway models to raise money for disadvantaged children in the Chicago area. Scott talked to Inc. about being a big fan of Chicago sports and her own background as an athlete.
On mixing weather and sports
What I love to do is look at the forecast and look at the games and say, OK, in my head, let’s plan this out. Let’s look at the players on the field: What are they known for doing well? What’s going to be a factor to hold them up a little bit or slow them down? Is it going to be an extremely high wind game? Is it going to be raining? … I created this little segment called “Weather the Odds,” usually during football season but also applies to some baseball as well. … Some people might like for baseball if we have winds out of the southwest blowing out at Wrigley (Field) at 20 (to) 25 mph, that’s going to make that ball fly about 20, 30 feet farther, which could be the difference between outfield or a home run. … But if you’re a pitcher, you’re not happy about it. It’s harder to throw to home plate against those high winds.
On that Instagram picture with Patriots owner Robert Kraft
My significant other (Dante Deiana, aka DJ Dante the Don) is from Boston, so he’s a huge Patriots fan. And he’s great friends with (and personal deejay of) Rob Gronkowski. And we were just at a party (after the Super Bowl) and that’s where the trophy was and Robert Kraft was there, and I’ve met him a few times, so I just said hello and got the opportunity to hang out for a minute and see the trophy.
On her college track and field career
I was a quick one. It led to great things and good opportunities, and I was recruited to run track at Brown University out of (Paul VI) high school (in Haddonfield, N.J.). … We were competitive and we worked really, really hard, and we worked year-round. And we still to this day have some records on the all-top-10 record board at Brown University. We have the (indoor) 4 x 400 relay, the (outdoor) 4 x 100, and I have a top 10 in the (indoor) long jump.
On her sports-related injury
Once you graduate, you don’t have a coach anymore to tell you what to do. You just run. I also joined a few rec leagues for soccer when I first moved here four years ago. One of my first games I was running down the field and thought someone came behind me and took me out. But I turned around and there was nobody there. I was in the hospital room a few hours later and I (had) ruptured my Achilles, so that sets me back a little bit. Got a nice little scar on the back of the leg. And if anyone knows or has ruptured their Achilles you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s brutal. It’s a really bad injury. … It was so painful. But when it first happened I didn’t know what happened. I don’t think the extreme pain set in until after the surgery. The recovery? Woo, it still bothers me. … I can still kind of run today but nothing like I could.
On working out now
I do some special classes in Chicago: shred, Flywheel. … I love going to games. I love baseball, I love football.
On the Fire and Schweinsteiger
I still have to get to a Chicago Fire game, but I grew up playing soccer. I need to do some research (on Schweinsteiger). I’ve heard he’s incredible but I have to catch up. I haven’t seen him play.
On her sports allegiances growing up in Atco, N.J.
I had two older brothers and they were huge into sports and I wanted to be like them. So I had to play soccer. We grew up watching the Eagles and Philadelphia sports teams. Randall Cunningham. Eric Lindros. Dan Marino. I used to steal my brother’s Starter jacket and wear it to school, and then I remember him yelling at me for stealing (it).
On her favorite Chicago teams and her World Series celebration
Go Chicago, right? Gotta back all teams. If I had to pick a favorite, I’ve done more with the Cubs, I’ve worked with them more closely, we have a personal relationship between ABC (and the Cubs). … I had this tradition growing up to bang pots and pans outside for New Year’s Eve, so (when the Cubs won the World Series) we took some pots and pans from the station, went outside and just started banging them on State Street like crazy people. Everyone was looking at us like “What are you doing?” But it was so fun, we all had to celebrate.
On making friends in the sports world
Being a meteorologist in Chicago, (going to) sporting (and charity) events, we end up running into people, and I have some good friends that are super close with some players in Chicago now. Anthony Rizzo, I can’t say I know him well but I know him; I would call him a friend. I know his girlfriend. And a close friend of mine is best buddies with him.