A Big Soccer Weekend

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By John Hubbuch

Baseball is really a pretty boring sport. It hasn't been Our National Pastime since Ted Williams. It's even worse when our two professional teams are below .500. Thank God for soccer.         

On Saturday at 6PM there was the high school boys soccer alumni game. Credit Coach Wright for  taking time to put the game on. It was satisfying to see the boys now men returning to play. My son Chris at 35 was one of the older ones. He didn't do too bad surviving a ball to the face and a bloody nose. Last year it was the older alumni against the younger with the predictible result---the legs are the first thing to go! This year it was evens v. odds (year of graduation). The play was surprisingly good. My granddaughter Lily ran around on the field at half time providing entertainment---at least for me.                              

But the alumni game was just the appetizer for the Women's World Cup final on Sunday--- USA v. Japan. It was a very entertaining game--much better than last year's men's foul fest of Holland v. Spain. Our women couldn't hold the lead twice, and choked on the penalty kicks. But their story was such a good one no one wanted to say anything bad. I'm afraid that their bar for success had been set so high they will be remembered more  for their failure than their success. Too bad.                                           

I did love their spirit, and thank them for providing some respite from awful baseball. I sure hope the NFL settles soon!

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