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Berry vs. Friedrich: Who knows the other best?

October 29, 2012|RedEye

Fire defenders Arne Friedrich and Austin Berry are used to going one on one against opposing forwards. But how did they do when asked personal questions about each other? We quizzed the occasional road-game roommates to see who scored better.

AUSTIN BERRY ON ARNE FRIEDRICH

Neighborhood he lives in?

Berry: I've been to his building, it's up on … [can I] phone a friend? … I'd just say North Side.

Friedrich: Lincoln Park/Old Town.

Points: 1/2

Favorite TV show?

Berry: He likes "Hard Knocks." I know that one.

Friedrich: I'll give him a couple of options. "Breaking Bad" is fantastic. Jack Bauer's my hero, so "24."

Points: 0

Favorite movie?

Berry: "Saving Private Ryan"? I don't think I've ever seen him watch a movie or go to a movie.

Friedrich: I like "Face/Off." He will never guess that. That's a classic.

Points: 0

Favorite sport other than soccer?

Berry: He likes American football. … But he might change when the NBA season comes around.

Friedrich: American football.

Points: 1

Favorite athlete outside of soccer?

Berry: I don't know, but I'm gonna say Dirk Nowitzki.

Friedrich: I bought a [Brian] Urlacher jersey; I support him.

Points: 0

Car he drives?

Berry: [Toyota] Corolla, I think? Corolla or rent-a-car, basically.

Friedrich: Toyota. It's a club car.

Points: 1

Girlfriend's name?

Berry: Yes … oh, he's gonna kill me because I don't know her name. I've met her like five times. She's got blond hair, is tall … .

Friedrich: Linn.

Points: 0, but an A for effort.

Favorite music?

Berry: Man … [pauses] … I don't even know if I've ever heard him listening to music. I'll just come up with something creative. German techno.

Friedrich: R&B

Points: 0

Possession he always has with him on the road?

Berry: He's always got his phone; he's always talking to his buddy in Germany.

Friedrich: Because I have a sensitive neck, I always have my Tempur-Pedic pillow.

Points: 0

Pregame ritual?

Berry: He likes his orange foam roller [for warming up muscles]. He likes doing that before practice.

Friedrich: Nothing.

Points: 0

Nickname?

Berry: Arn, maybe, instead of Arne?

Friedrich: I don't have a nickname, to be honest.

Points: 0

Austin Berry's total score: 2 1/2 out of 11

ARNE FRIEDRICH ON AUSTIN BERRY

Neighborhood he lives in?

Friedrich: He lives with [teammates] Tony Walls and with Hunter [Jumper], and it's in this high rise. It's opposite the Bears stadium I guess, somewhere.

Berry: South Loop

Points: 1/2

Favorite TV show?

Friedrich: He definitely likes the Cincinnati Reds. I don't know about his TV [favorites].

Berry: "South Park."

Points: 0

Favorite movie?

Friedrich: I don't know.

Berry: "Gladiator."

Points: 0

Favorite sport outside of soccer?

Friedrich: He likes baseball, college football.

Berry: Basketball.

Points: 0

Favorite athlete outside of soccer?

Friedrich: I don't know.

Berry: Barry Larkin.

Points: 0

Car he drives?

Friedrich: He drives an Audi.

Berry: Audi A4.

Points: 1

Girlfriend's name?

Friedrich: I met her once, but … I'm very bad with names. I met her; they visited me at my apartment and she's very kind. They have my blessings.

Berry: Bergan.

Points: 0

Favorite music?

Friedrich: I don't know.

Berry: Screamo

Points: 0

Possession he always has with him on the road?

Friedrich: He definitely has his iPhone. Now he has the new iPad3; he had a Kindle reader or something like that—it was also HUGE.

Berry: Either the Nook or iPad.

Points: 1

Pregame ritual?

Friedrich: He's always chewing on his mouth protection, but he doesn't really have a ritual.

Berry: I always get in the hot tub, walk around for a while, then I come back and do a stretching thing with a band and the foam roller, [do] my leg swings, then I sit down some more, and then I start walking around again.

Points: 0

Nickname?

Friedrich: Austin the Jerry Berry. Sometimes I call him Blueberry or Raspberry.

Berry: The Jerry Berry. I don't even know what that means, and I don't know if starts with a "G" or a "J." He just said it one day and it stuck; no one knows what it means.

Points: 1

Arne Friedrich's total score: 3 1/2 out of 11

WINNER

With a strong final push, Friedrich earns bragging rights by a narrow margin. Looks like both players have some homework to do if they want to REALLY know their teammate, however.

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