Bend It Like Beckham

Coach Colthorp takes the field for the first time with his girls U10 soccer team... and other musings.

Today was the first day of practice for the soccer team I'm coaching this fall and next spring.  Under-10 girls-- including my 8-year old Leah, who is playing for the first time.  I'm coaching for the first time.  I've played sports all my life and have great experience getting yelled at for blowing assignments and taking a charge that went as a block, but never have I had to try and corral 10 girls on a soccer field.  That wasn't quite the speech I gave the parents today, but I did tell them I'm a newbie.  I did play soccer growing up and even won a state championship in Florida in the Under-12 division.  I went through the coaching clinic and the safety training, had my wife type up all the pertinent info on one tidy sheet of paper, but I was still a little nervous when I took the field.  It went well and I think we have a good team, but as you know, winning is not important-- it's all about having fun, which is nice-- no pressure.  The only one who gave me trouble with the running of the mouth was... my daughter.  I made her run grassers until she threw up as punishment.  Now they know who's running this hot dog stand.

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They said it:

"The similarities between these two teams are very similar" -- Jim Price, Tigers Color Announcer, Tigers vs. ChiSox 8/7/08

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At Taco Bell tonight, I noticed the assistant manager wearing a tie.  Really?

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A friend recently gave me the 2003 movie "Basic" to watch.  He told me this John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Connie Nielson (Gladiator) gem was awesome.  I was intrigued just to see Travolta and Jackson back on the same screen since "Pulp Fiction."  I watched it on the iPod on a trip and when it was over couldn't stop thinking about it because of all the twists and turns at the end.  I couldn't decide if it was great or just totally confusing.  After thinking about it, I realized it was awful.  All the twists at the end that unveiled Travolta and Jackson were in on this elaborate plan to bust up an Army Ranger drug smuggling-ring revealed something else-- the previous hour and 10 minutes were a waste of time.  Absolutely nothing made sense about what happened earlier in the movie.  Not to mention there are scores of factual errors, not counting the ones only Army experts would notice i.e. ranks, uniforms, different helicopters from one shot to the next.  I love twists and turns, but when they make all the previous plot points irrelevant it's a mess.  "The Sixth Sense" had the big twist at the end, but that helped the rest of the movie fall into place.  The biggest letdown though, was that Travolta and Jackson didn't even appear on screen together until the final scene.  (In Damon Wayans 'Men on Film' voice) "Hated it!"

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Did you know that cows point north?  See... good for more than just hamburgers.

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Sleepers for this year's fantasy football players:  DeSean Jackson (PHI WR), DeAngelo Williams (CAR RB), Brandon Jackson (GB RB), Laverneous Coles (NYJ WR), Eddie Royal (DEN WR), Steve Slaton (HOU RB), and Nate Burleson (SEA WR).  Draft them with gusto and when you get ridiculed by the rest of the league tell them, "Hey, at least I'm not like A.J. Hilton who drafted Felix Jones in the 3rd round."  They'll shut up.  BTW, News 10 fantasy draft Friday night at Sammy's Patio, I'll be taking Adrian Peterson with my #2 pick.

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How about that crew at MSNBC?  Wow.  And I thought the actual Democratic National Convention would provide the fireworks.  I have never heard "journalists"-- and I use that word incredibly loosely-- act so unprofessional.  I know McCain has the ad out calling Obama the Almighty, but maybe Joe Scarborough should do the same for Keith Olbermann.  Trying to wrap people up for presenting ideas that aren't like his and undercutting people on air is not making you more likable than Bill O'Reilly, Mr. Olbermann.  And Joe, my favorite morning host-- Dude, calling out a guy for oversleeping and missing his last three appearances on your show isn't going to help you win the argument.

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  Have a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend, y'all!

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