March 28, 2007
Update on my hall of famers
My soccer team, christened the Great White Sharks, is now 2-0-1. I'm not sure how I know that, since we don't keep score in our league. By the way, I accept full responsibility for the tie.
My son Stuart has been our top scorer; he's the oldest player on the Under-6 squad. He's really impressed me a few times, like when he caught up to a breakaway ball and tapped it in lefty.
I've also got one player who's still 4. At one practice, I was lining the kids up to practice something (kickoffs, maybe), and he was a little distracted, so I went over and picked him up and put him down where I needed him. His eyes got enormous, and I thought, “Uh-oh. I've blown it -- here come the waterworks.” Fortunately, he was just momentarily stunned.
I wasn't sure whether I would enjoy coaching or not, but it's been a blast so far. It's hard work keeping practices interesting for kids that young, but it's easy enough to tell when you're not. Also good: They're running me ragged twice a week.
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