Playoffs 3rd Round

Not sure if you guys really want the “play-by-play” of my daughter’s playoffs.  But your getting it anyway!

Round 3 was two nights ago… Was a tough tough team.  We came out with a quick lead on a weakass penalty free kick from just outside the box.  Should never of been called but we will take the 1-0 lead.

Then we gave up 2 goals.  Went down 1-2.

Little B took the ball at the half-way line and beat her defender.  Slide the ball to another forward who one-touched it back to a sprinting B.  B had the center back hit her hard so she was able to spin around and kicked the ball up for a volley and blasted the ball on the up bounce into the left upper 90 of the goal from about 25 yards out.  Brilliant.  Best goal I have seen EVER by little B.  Tied 2-2

We give up a goal in the beginning of the 2nd half; down 2-3.  1:47 seconds left in the game.  The girls are all dog tired.  Big R is a wall in defense.  Sliding into girls, blocking shots with her body, chasing streaking forward all over the place.  They dominated possession.  B is getting pissed.  Many of the girls are giving up.  Cramping, our mid-fielder is throwing up on the sidelines, 2 injuries.  We have nobody to sub… Big R has to come out because both knees are bleeding and the ref spots them.  Quickly the trainer tapes them up.. Its a marathon.  Nail biter.  I have a head-ache from yelling and the tension.

1:47 seconds left, Little B takes the ball 10 yards outside the box.  Goes to her left.  Steps past a defender and the center back is rushing toward her.  She hits a hard left-footed goal just above the goal-keepers stretched hand and into the bottom of the crossbar.  Ball bounces into the ground past the goal line for a goal!  We go friggin nuts!!!  Dog-pile in the goal box.  Girls are crying… B is jumping up and down like a maniac.  I’m shedding tears high fiving my father, my buddies who all came out to watch the girls dominate… Big R races down the field in a full spring and picks Little B up and tackles her again!  Its one of the most impressive moments of my life.

Go into double over time (2 – 10 minute over times)  and the score remains 3-3.  Its time for penalty kicks to decide the winner.  Little B sprints out to the spot 1st and takes the ball from the ref places it quickly on spot and bounces as if saying to the ref, “Come on chump; blow the damn whistle”.  Whistle blows and Little B blasts it into the right corner for the first goal!  Our keeper makes 3 miraculous saves and we win the friggin game!!

WOO HOOO

On to Regional Semi-finals (2 games away from state!!).  This Friday at 4.

Both girls are in the ice bath yesterday and today… Lets go girls!

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Playoff Bound

I started this year’s soccer season with this post called Sisters on the Pitch.  I wanted to give everyone a quick update on how this went.

We won the district by a landslide which ended last week.  Today is GAME DAY and we start the 1st round of playoffs against a team out of HISD (Houston Independent School District).  The school is about an hour and half drive.  So we are going into the Barrio.

The season has been amazing!  Never did I ever dream that I would have my two daughters (age 14 and 17) on the same field as teammates…  But it happened and I have loved every minute of it.

Little B (14 year old freshman) played forward and attacking center mid throughout the season.  She started like a firecracker.  Scored a hat trick on her first tournament to begin the season.   Soon after she was “scouted” and was double-teamed and triple-teamed as a forward for the entire season.  She did end up with 14 total goals and 5 assists.  The 14 goals led the district in the most goals scored.  Remember she is a FRESHMAN played on varsity!  It was impressive to watch.  Coach moved her to attacking center mid to allow her more space and create.  She had many goals late in the season from the 15-30 yard range.

Big R (17 year old Junior) is the defender.  There is no other title that fits.  She plays man-marking on whomever is the best offensive player on the other team.  She sticks to them like glue.  It is fun to watch.  Nobody gets by R.  She is what I would call a “shut-down” defender.  Mean as a rattle snake and quick as a jungle cat.  She finished the season with 2 goals (corner kicks she blasted in) and 3 assists.  But more importantly we only had 2 goals scored on us the entire season.  Think about that…. 22 games and we had 2 goals against us.

Proud father here.

Whats even better is they are in all AP and pre-AP courses making honor roll.  R as a junior has already accumulated 18 college credit  hours from dual-credit and AP classes.  She will finish in June with another 9 hours.

Scouting and recruiting is going hard for R.  She wants to play at a D-2 school because she likes the size of the student body.  She is more of an introvert so she doesn’t like the big schools.  She could play college soccer at most D-1 schools but will make a D-2 coach giggle like a school girl when she decides to play for them.  Just show me the scholarship money.

SO here we are .. 5:35 AM on Thursday.  It is GAME DAY!  Lets go girls…. Take it hard to these playoffs.  I am so proud of these girls.

Super Bowl? Super Man

stuI have been holding off on making this post until the right time.  I feel this morning after watching ESPN and Suzy Kolber I broke down and shed a tear.  Stuart Scott died January 4, 2015.

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At times it feels that Stu has been in my life my entire adulthood from afar.  I turn on ESPN pretty much every day of my life.  Stu is there.  Stu is making me smile.  Stu is giving me some report on my sports stars.  Stu is making me laugh.  The guy is just apart of the TV to me.

His collegues, Suzy Kolber, Chris Berman, etc… Are all ingrained in my life as well.

I was thinking in January that the Super Bowl is not going to be the same.  Pre-game on Super Bowl Sunday is always so entertaining to me.  I love the in depth stories of the athletes.  Stu was always able to make me laugh.

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This morning I got more than I bargained for.  Suzy Kolber.  (btw.. The absolute more gorgeous sports announcer to walk the planet.  Well hell, one of the most gorgeous women to walk the planet) broke down when trying to talk about Stu.  It was raw.  It was not scripted.  It was true friendship and mourning.  It was real.

Thank you Suzy… Thank you Stu…  Thank you ESPN for being a part of my life.

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Motivational Words

Motivational Words

I find myself searching through YouTube lately.   It started when I started blogging again.  I look for good music, interesting videos, and mostly motivational videos.  You see, my youngest daughter B, is always asking me about old famous athletes and how they thought and prepared, etc…

B heard me talking to R about her playing style.  I was talking about a post I had on this blog a few days ago…  I often have compared R’s style of play to Craig Biggio.  Her uniform is always dirty, always going 100%, always throwing her body infront of the opponents.

B said, who do I play like Dad?  I said your mind is similar to Michael Jordan.   Jordan had to be perfect.  He needed to compete.  He had to compete.  She often watches his videos.  She once told me, “When I watch these videos I feel like I foul too much and hurt too many of the opponents.  I play like I am going to take off their heads.”

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I on the other hand, am having fun finding other types of motivation.  I ran across an old Navy Seal that gave a graduation speech at the University of Texas last year.  It was impressive.

Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, stood up at the podium in his Navy Dress Whites and expertly just nailed a speech that I want to be able to live by.

He outlines 10 lessons:

  1. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.
  2. If you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.  Find others that will help. You can’t do this alone.
  3. If you want to change the world, measure a person by the size of their heart, not the size of their flippers.  Judge everyone by their heart not their skin color, race, religion, or size.
  4. If you want to change the world get over being a sugar cookie and keep moving forward.  You will almost always make mistakes. Accept that and still work anyway.
  5. But if you want to change the world, don’t be afraid of the circuses.  You will fail.  You will likely fail often.  It will be painful.  It will be discouraging. At times it will test you to your very core
  6. If you want to change the world sometimes you have to slide down the obstacle head first.
  7. So, If you want to change the world, don’t back down from the sharks.
  8. If you want to change the world, you must be your very best in the darkest moment.
  9. So, if you want to change the world, start singing when you’re up to your neck in mud.  The power of hope helps all of us.
  10. If you want to change the world don’t ever, ever ring the bell.  Don’t ever quit trying.

Start each day with a task completed.

Find someone to help you through life.

Respect everyone.

Know that life is not fair and that you will fail often, but if take you take some risks, step up when the times are toughest, face down the bullies, lift up the downtrodden and never, ever give up—if you do these things, then next generation and the generations that follow will live in a world far better than the one we have today and—what started here will indeed have changed the world—for the better.

Sisters on the Pitch

Now is time for some positives… The New Year is here and I have been looking forward to January 2, 2015 for many months.

Today my two fabulous daughters play soccer together as teammates.  This is the first time this has ever taken place.  It is a monumental day.

Understand the background…

R is 17 and a junior in high school.  Se stands 5’7 and 128 libs.  Fastest kid I have ever seen. She is a highly skilled center defender on the pitch.  She is the quiet type that will knock the shit out of you.  On the club level she was ECNL level.  Basically meaning she was on the top level of select soccer you can play.  She was being recruited as a sophomore in high school to many Division 1 schools.  In high school her freshman year the coach was shocked that this quiet, well mannered, National Honor Society nerd could play soccer… and play she did.  Freshman year she was 1st Team All District, and Academic All District.  She played every minute on a team full of seniors as their Left Outside defender.  That team went all the way to state (here in Texas, that’s no small feat).  Her sophomore year she takes it to a different level.  She is 2nd Team All County (Montgomery County Texas). She is the only Texas 4A school in the county to have a representative on this team.  4A just doesn’t get the same press as the mega-large schools like The Woodlands, Conroe, Kingwood, etc…  She is 1st Team All District, All Academic Team, Defensive MVP of her High School Team.  Played every single minute as their “defender”  Coach just lines her up against all the top forwards of the opponents telling her, “Don’t let that friggin girl score a f-ing goal”.  Not a single girl scored on her the entire season.  Lost a tough battle when their goal keeper suffered a concussion in the Area rounds…  This year she was voted Team Captain.  Stopped playing select soccer because she is not interested.  Strange kid but I love her nonetheless.  Quote from R, “Dad, it sucks that I am better at everyone else in something that I do not truly love.  I want to pursue in college things I love.”  Amazing maturity for a 17 year old. Her nick name on the soccer field is Silent Assassin.  She is number 22

B is a young 14 and a freshman in high school.  She just hit a growth spurt and is 5’8 and 115 lbs.  She was always shorter and slower than her other select teammates.  Until this past year.  I think it helped her develop as a soccer player because she had to learn the game, learn angles, learn how to pass, etc..   Plays on the State Classic League Rush team (select soccer).  We travel all over Texas competing each weekend at the highest level.  B is the “in you face” knuckle dragging forward that loves to score.  She is a daemon in the air.  She scores at least a 1/3 of her goals of set pieces off her head.  She will flat run over you and then usually talk “smack” afterwards.  Her number one goal is to play college soccer at The University of Arkansas.  The high school coach has known about B for the past 2 years.  She was named the starting forward of the Varsity team.  Her goal this season is to score 15 or more goals, win Newcomer of the Year for the district.  She is super skilled with the ball and faster than everyone else.  Except for maybe #22?  They won’t race.  Her name is Bam Bam.  and it fits.  She is number 26

I have been watching these two girls play soccer competitively since they were each 3 years old.  They have never been on the same team.

My heart spills over with pride.  Today, everyday…

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Kevin Sumlin Dismisses Michael Richardson From Texas A&M Football, Also Fires Pool Boy

I was going to write an article about the Texas A&M game and one of my favorite college football coaches, Kevin Sumlin. But this blog does it better… Thanks, The Big Lead

The Big Lead

Texas A&M coach hits West Virginia player in the back of the head

Yesterday, Texas A&M student assistant Michael Richardson twice delivered cheap shots on West Virginia players on the sideline. He was sent to the locker room by head coach Kevin Sumlin.

Today, Kevin Sumlin issued a statement (via Barrett Sallee) that after reviewing the incidents, he was dismissing Michael Richardson from the program. He also apologized to the West Virginia players and staff.

Texas A&M coach lowers shoulder into West Virginia player -replay

It was not a good day to end up on coach Sumlin’s bad side. Apparently, the person cleaning out his pool decided to tweet about it and make a phone call public knowledge. Remember kids, you don’t have to put everything on social media.

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