Up until that point, I had never encountered pride and loyalty in such real, palpable form. Their team's victory transformed everyone in that bar, without displacing anything at all. I have never felt more envious than I did then, looking around me at all the people who had followed their team through the ups and downs to see them take down their rival. There was laughing and hugging and kissing like these fans were survivors of an impossible struggle who'd come out triumphant. I suppose that in a sense, they were.
To delay the cost of laying and maintaining natural grass, some sports fields are fitted with Astro-Turf, a synthetic lawn primarily made up of rubber, nylon and plastic. But Claire Dworsky, a 10-year-old soccer player, had some very real concerns about water run-off from such fields. So, she took action....more
Georgia has been trying out for soccer teams. She had placements for our town team last weekend and this past week, she tried out for a non-town travel team. Soccer try-outs are a very interesting study in human nature. And by human nature, I mean parental nature. For one thing, parents aren't allowed to get too close to the try-out action....more
Julia just finished up the fall soccer season, one made especially interesting by the presence of The Husband as The Coach. At nearly 5, Julia was one of the oldest kids on her team of seven, the youngest players having just turned 3. Seven girls, with an average age of 4. One Coach, with the average patience of a 4 year old. He went to the coaches training and came home with pages of notes, a bag of balls, and an upset stomach. The night before the first practice, he tossed and turned in bed. ...more
The day is barely started. It is only 7:30am. At the Bernalillo soccer complex, the day is well on its way for some kids. A few dozen kids are already deep in their warm-ups for the first game of the first tournament of the fall season . The game begins at 8am!...more
As I write this, my daughter is playing Wii baseball, while my son provides play-by-play from the couch. I'm sitting beside him with my leg up, a tensor bandage wrapped around a Thera-Pearls ice pack, wrapped around my stupid defective knee.That's right. We are ATHLETES, people!...more
Fall has both officially and seasonally arrived here in the North East, marked by crisp but sunny days and sweater-worthy nights. In my house fall also means outdoor weekend adventures, the occasional homemade soup and pajamas before 7 pm. For other parents in my town, however, fall is soccer season, a period of several months where their kids are bending it like Beckham three times a week, rain or shine....more