Recent Locker Room Comments by Texan_lost_in_NY

Happy Thanksgiving to you all

My wife's back pain was so bad we couldn't travel so I had a triple meat, triple cheese Whataburger. After losing 70 lbs. I thought I deserved it.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Any time the Cowboys and 'horns win within 24 hours, I give thanks.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 03:11 PM on November 29

Champions League Footie Chat

WC---did you or do you watch Seinfeld? Is anyone keeping up with this?

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 12:13 PM on June 03

Champions League Footie Chat

I don't know if they're a sleeper team, garfield, but watch out for Germany. Their game against Croatia should be interesting and with the tournament right next door, they're almost playing at home.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 06:14 PM on June 02

Champions League Footie Chat

Thanks WC :-) WC, no taking credit for The Big Salad.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 10:40 AM on June 01

Champions League Footie Chat

Here ya go, Folkways.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 09:28 PM on May 31

SportsFilter Stickers

I can't reach the order form from work, but this is a great idea. The last thing I need is for my soccer parents to come in here reading what foul fucking language I write. It is a great idea though. Groovycool.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 12:49 PM on March 25

Kornheiser post

BJ's aren't sex.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 01:04 PM on February 28

Kornheiser post

Ah yes, lbb, but what of your annointment by the nake?

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 12:44 PM on February 28

Kornheiser post

Well let's see the damn picture.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 10:20 PM on February 27

Kornheiser post

Your right-I'am outta here. This sight is not for me. Unlike others, no big production. JG get rid of email and account. My God, dude, how old are you? Look, back when I first became a member, justgary and I had big hoo-ha scrap, and it got personal, especially some of the things I wrote. I'm not proud of that. As a grown human being I should know better than to lash out at someone with a differing opinion. Thankfully gary hasn't held it against me. Try to get the chip off your shoulder and hang around. There's obviously something here you, and the rest of us, find appealing.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 11:33 AM on February 26

Calling All Rookies

I was very disappointed after I almost breaking my wrist trying to click that link, Ma.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 11:43 AM on January 23

Calling All Rookies

When? He already looks like one to me. You're just saying that because he's a little nuts.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 05:23 PM on January 18

Calling All Rookies

This site also opened me up to soccer so now at my job (where I am the only white boy and everyone else is either Dominican or El Salvadorian) I can keep and make somewhat intelligent comments on the game. Makes me all warm and tingly inside. Welcome to the bright side, brother! elijahin24, I'm glad you're staying. I've read some of your stuff and you definitely have something to offer. Now c'mon down and talk some soccer with us. We will change America, one SpoFite at a time.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 09:10 PM on January 17

Mourinho---I'm back!

ooops.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 12:42 PM on January 04

SpoFi Footie fans

I got in asap and it's pretty exciting that we've agreed in principle to buy a club and are just waiting for the announcement. Best $70.00 I've ever spent and nothing's happened. Fence, we'll be holding an owners only meeting down the pub shortly.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 10:15 AM on November 08

Update and Hi Yall

Man, you can miss some important stuff here if you're away for awhile. Folkways, I sure am sorry to hear about your legs but your spirit sounds good. All the best to you and if I ever make it to FLA.....

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 12:45 PM on September 17

Soccer coaching tips?

Yes, I got some really helpful advice from that thread. This season will be even more interesting---my girls team is now co-ed playing in a U14 boys league. I say bring it on. OK owlhouse, here's an article I wrote printed in the local paper: After a hard fought season, the Lake Country Youth Soccer Association Under 12 Girls Team, The Kicking Chicks, captured the Championship at the Georgetown Invitational Tournament the weekend of May 19 and 20. This group of girls, several playing above their age group, came together as a real team and lost only 3 of the 15 games they played throughout the season. The Chicks showed much improved technical play, a terrific spirit, great energy, top class sportsmanship and a hunger for the game unsurpassed by their opponents. This is a team for which the entire North Shore can be proud. You may be surprised to see how far these girls go in their careers. Watch for these names in the future: AB, Captain DC, KC, HF, Captain NG, MK, KM, Captain DP, LP, SS, TS, PS and MW. Most Open soccer tournaments allow for three guest players. One of our guest players, KM, came from the Temple area. Our other guests were both from Cedar Park, FI and AB. Within minutes of warming up with the Chicks before the first game, the girls were made to feel welcome and a part of the team. With first choice goalkeeper SS away for a previous commitment, MW and HF would be called on to step into the game’s most important position. In soccer, without strong, committed goalkeeping, your team will never go far. The first game was against the Georgetown Ambush. With teammates NG, KM and LP winning balls in midfield, MK was able to hold off defenders on her way to scoring the key first goal of the game. The Ambush came back quickly to tie the score, and then it was time for AB, supported by her new teammates, to show what she could do. With help from all over the field, including KM, DC, TS and FI, AB scored 4 goals as the game ended in a 5-1 victory for the Kicking Chicks. The second game of the day was against the Chicks’ friendly rivals, the Round Rock Warriors, coached by MC. The competition between these two teams is a terrific example of youth sportsmanship. Both teams want to win but the games are played with respect between players, their families and coaches. This was the third game the teams played against each other this season, the first two ending in hard fought 0-0 ties. Terrific contributions and hard work were provided by AB, PS, HF, MW and KC. Finally, in this game, there would be a winner. DP scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory and the Chicks were well on their way to tournament success. The day’s third game was against another league rival, the Titans. A physical team, the Titans are difficult to beat but MK, came up with the goal that would secure another 1-0 victory. Again, there was positive influence from all over the field and as it is with all the Kicking Chicks games, it was a true team effort. There was one play in particular that demonstrated what the Chicks are all about. Late in the game, with the Titans becoming frustrated by the iron grip of the Chicks’ defense, one of the Titans players put a strong shoulder challenge into DP. The captain’s head hit the ground hard but after a few anxious moments, she was back on her feet and ready to go. She was applauded by everyone at the game and her teammates were nothing less than inspired by the courage of one of their leaders. The Kicking Chicks last game of the tournament was against the Black Lightning, a team of quick and skillful players. Once again, an early goal from DP set the team off on the right foot. With strong defending from HF, LP, PS, AB, FI and MW, it was difficult for the Lightning to build any momentum. The score stayed 1-0 until halftime and the Chicks knew they had one hand on the trophy. The second half started with wave after wave of attacks from the Kicking Chicks, but they were finding it difficult to get another goal. PS continued her wonderful all around play by scoring what appeared to be the second goal, but it was called back by an offside ruling. LP, having played most of the tournament in defense, was moved up front to forward and within minutes she scored the second goal. LP has been a terrific player all season and she deserved the goal that would clinch the Championship. Just to make sure the trophies were coming to LV, KM held off three defenders in the final minutes to score the third goal to put an exclamation point on the Kicking Chicks first Championship. The Kicking Chicks are coached by JS, AP and CH.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 12:31 PM on August 23

Quality of Links Decreasing. Discuss.

Somebody open a window.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 09:49 PM on May 10

What are SpoFites' favorite books?

How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization North Dallas Forty I Am Third Throwing Heat Landry-The Legend-The Legacy

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 10:37 AM on April 25

For you loyal followers of the Chicksterhood, it's that time again...

You guys are fantastic. Thanks so much. Here's a sample of the logo/t-shirt.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 09:20 PM on April 23

For you loyal followers of the Chicksterhood, it's that time again...

Thanks for the comments. Since I'm behind on the updates, they will be coming fast and furious to get you caught up. Now...can someone tell me how to upload an acrobat file? Our logo is ready for your viewing and I'm actually picking up t-shirts tomorrow.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 03:56 PM on April 23

What Makes a Good SportsFilter Post

I'm homeschooled. It's a miserable, long, and boring experiance. Dude, you need to fire your teacher. Seriously, welcome to SportsFilter and even though I've ragged on you in other threads, I think you're doing a really good thing at your age. Just leave yourself open to positive critiques and you'll do fine.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 12:54 PM on April 23

Think Local, Act Global

Look above....it's a plane, it's a missle....no...it's a CHICK!

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 12:46 PM on April 23

For you loyal followers of the Chicksterhood, it's that time again...

Sorry for the extended delay…. Allow me to take you back in time to Saturday, March 24, 2007. The Kicking Chicks are hosting their first game of the season and it’s a glorious morning on the shores of Lake Travis. Our opponents for the day have traveled 50 miles south to our place and are also sitting on two points after two games. We knew this wouldn’t be an easy game with our competition having played in the top division in the fall, earning 15 points in 9 games. We are the newcomers to this standard of play and the girls know they have to be at their very best every game to get a result. This day would be no different. They game starts out with a battle in midfield with the ball being played within 15 yards of the halfway line. Their defenders are playing deep, back on the edge of their penalty box, while our defenders have pushed up to put on the pressure. The balls rolls free to one of our defenders who clears it into the space between their center half and left fullback. In practice sessions, we’ve continued to stress the importance of not playing every ball to a teammate’s feet and to look for open field in front of them. Our right midfielder is a tiny girl with terrific pace, an engine that won’t quit and a controlled first touch. She runs in from an angle to pick up the clearance, takes one touch to settle herself and squares it blindly into the open field, where our center forward is running to meet it. The pass connects inside the penalty box, she takes two touches to get within 12 yards of goal and nails it into the top of the net. Barely a minute has passed and we’re up 1-nil. Just like the previous game, we’ve taken the early lead, but this time we want to make sure we don’t give up the advantage. Our opponents are a real spirited team, lots of talking, movement and aggression, with 4 or 5 players possessing good ball skills. They’re exceptional at set pieces and throw-ins, which can be real difference makers at this age. The first half continues with neither team budging and though our play is a bit smoother than the first two games, it’s still very scrappy. Our defenders are doing well, blocking any shots before they get to our ‘keeper. With about 8 minutes to go in the half, there’s a real scramble in front of our goal. They get a shot off from about 3 yards out but it hits the far post, bounces back into the field of play where another of their players gets to it and first time’s it from about 6 yards. The shot takes a deflection off our central midfielder’s thigh and bounces off the other post. Our ‘keeper reacts quickly to dive for the rebound but the ball slips away from her. Now she’s flat one her stomach and completely out of the play, leaving the goal wide open. One of our defenders gets a boot on it but only shanks it about 5 yards outside the goal mouth, where their left midfielder runs in to roll a pass right into the goal mouth again. For chrissakes, I’m going to have another heart attack with defending like this. From about 4 yards out, one of their players reaches it with her toe and once again, it’s rolling towards our far post. Our ‘keeper raises herself just enough to scramble towards the ball on her hands and knees. She springs into the air just as the ball knicks the inside of the post and falls on it. No goal. Our defenders jump up and yell as if we’ve just scored as they all run over to help our ‘keeper up and give her a pat on the back. It was a real pleasure to see the happiness on their faces and my only hope was those smiles would be even bigger at the end of the game. We bounce back quickly from the mad scramble and the last minutes of the half are mostly played within 30 yards of their goal. We’re playing a lot of long balls but with their defenders playing so deep, they’re a difficult team to break down. With two minutes to go until the halftime break, one of their defenders puts everything behind a clearance and the ball goes flying over the top of our defenders. Their three forwards are chasing it but we get to the ball first, maybe 25 yards from the goal line. With our defenders running towards their own goal, one of our girls takes a big swing at the ball to get it clear, misses completely and falls flat on her butt. Their center forward seizes the opportunity, collects the ball and puts a nice angled ball into the path of their left wing. Our right fullback gets between their winger and the goal but turns to the inside just as the girl gets off a so-so shot from about 7 yards out. Our ‘keeper’s view is blocked and the ball rolls into the goal at the near post. 1-1. It’s always hard on a team to give up a goal just before the break and this one no different. The halftime whistle blows a minute or so later and our girls trudge over to the touchline. Coming out of the break, the Chicks seem to be re-energized. We’re completely dominating play the first 10 minutes of the second half and the opposition are arguing with each other and generally becoming very frustrated. One of their players takes her frustration out on one of our defenders by stomping on her knee after she goes to the ground. It’s an obvious foul but the young ref, who’s actually having a good game, doesn’t see it. Our girl is writhing on the ground and for the first time this season, I’m called onto the field to tend to an injury. Our player has tears in her eyes and shows me the stud marks on her knee. We get her to her feet and she limps off the field. She’s a tough little kid, within 10 minutes she’s begging to go back on, and I oblige. With about 15 minutes to play, we’re applying more and more pressure and their defenders can barley clear the ball out of the penalty box. We’re getting shots on goal but most are harmless and it’s looking more and more like both teams will draw their third games in a row to start the season. Now our girls are getting frustrated but they never turn on each other, the opponent or the referee. We’ve made it very clear to them from the beginning that unbecoming behavior will not be tolerated. With 5 minutes to play we’re still at 1-1 and are players are dragging, still not fit enough to play properly for the full 60 minutes. The opposition is fitter and it’s starting to show with the game shifting to our end of the field. They get off a couple of shots but their both wide of the mark. With about a minute to play, one of the ensuing goal kicks travels about 25 yards and hits one their girls right in the knee. The ball rolls to our center half who hits it first time over the top of the defense. Time is running out as our center forward breaks into the open field, chasing the ball with everything she has. She’s left their defenders in the dust and collects the ball on the right corner of their penalty box, one on one with the ‘keeper, who’s only 2 or 3 yards off her line. Instead of taking the ball into the middle for a better angle for the shot, our forward dribbles straight towards the end line, her angle shrinking with every breath. She’s about 5 yards out to the right of goal when the ‘keeper makes her move. The ‘keeper takes about two steps when our girl calmly side foots it to the far post. The shot has a bit of zip on it and nestles into the net. The girls let out a huge yell and go to congratulate their teammate, who’s on the ground at the end line, completely exhausted. The girls get back for the kickoff and after the opposition send a long one into our half, the final whistle blows. It’s game over and we’ve won our first game of the season 2-1. The girls are thrilled and even though they have barely an ounce of energy in them, they’re jumping up and down. What an amazing sight that is…kids being happy. I sure wish I hadn’t waited all those years to coach youth soccer.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 12:45 PM on April 23

Punctuation Matters

Crap. Weres the collum he rot! I[m getin a blanc pag.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 10:34 AM on April 22

Punctuation Matters

Reedin comprehinchun misin

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 11:41 AM on April 19

Punctuation Matters

Emmm.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 09:57 AM on April 18

Happy Birthday!

Yes, at least we can write young. Has anyone seen my crayons? Give it! Give it!

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 07:43 PM on April 15

Happy Birthday!

Ah....40. I remember it like it was nine years ago. Happy Birthday, rcade.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 10:46 AM on April 14

The Story of the Chicksterhood lives

When is someone going to come up with a Kickin' Chicks logo so we can get some sales moving? I'm actually working on it now. We're having a flag made and are starting from scratch. The colors are royal blue and yellow...that's about all we have.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 08:45 PM on March 27

The Story of the Chicksterhood lives

Today was a reversal; 2-1 loss. We missed a penalty, saved a penalty. I need to let this one marinate a day or two.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 07:26 PM on March 25

Kicking Chicks update: 2 games, 2 points, 2 goals for, 2 goals against

Uhmmm...Accept=Except.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 07:27 PM on March 20

Kicking Chicks update: 2 games, 2 points, 2 goals for, 2 goals against

OK...so here's the story... We scored our first goal about 5 minutes into the game. It was a simple pass out of defense to our right wing. She took a couple of touches (like we practiced last week) and then rolled the ball nice and softly into the space ahead of one of our captains and center forward, who was running on to it. We've spent a lot of time on not always playing the ball to a teammate's feet and to use the open field in front of them. That's exactly what happened here. There was still work to do because the center forward had two defenders to beat; she was about 30 yards out and near the right side of the penalty box. She just tapped the ball wide a couple of times to get around the defenders, cut inside and then lashed it into the top of the net from about 8 yards. It was terrific way to start the game and just what we needed. Oh, Howard T, this was the team that won their first game 5-0. The same team beat our girls in the fall league 3-1 and apparently there was a lot of trouble with their coach trying to intimidate our players and the ref last fall. You know, you read about these whack parents and coaches who take things too far and I just can't imagine an adult acting that way. Anyway, I went over and shook the hand of the coach before kick-off, nice as could be. There wasn't even a hint of a problem and the game was played in a good spirit. So it was a big sigh of relief to get the early lead. We played really well until about 10 minutes were left in the half. Our girls were on spring break last week and we had attendance of 6 or 7 of the 15 players on the roster all three practices since the last game. Not exactly the preparation I had hoped. We had one sub (the opposition only had two) and the four girls for whom I try to provide cover were all there. I don't know if I've told you this but we have a big drop off in experience and skill between the top 9 or 10 players and the rest of the team. No complaints. No excuses. I wouldn't want our team any other way, but I do think it’s worth noting. So...with most of the girls not having any exercise for 11 days and eating their grandmother's cooking or even worse, carnival food, we were very sluggish. They scored their first goal 5 minutes before halftime. I just told our girls to keep their heads up and get it back...you know...the usual priceless two cents. So we went into halftime 1-1. We were the better team the first 30 minutes. Not so much the second 30. The wind was around 25 mph hour before the game and remained consistent throughout. We won the toss and decided to go with the wind to start the game (Mr. B....I realize your game is probably over) in hopes that maybe the other team would be worn down in the second half. The problem was their team was much fitter than ours and they weren't worn down at all. They took the second half kick-off right down to edge of our penalty area and seemed to be within 10 yards either side of the box for about 15 minutes. Our legs were gone 5 minutes into the second half. We couldn't run, couldn't clear the ball, nothing. It was just 5 or 6 of our girls hacking away at 5 or 6 of theirs (and vice versa) with the ball somewhere in the general vicinity. It was ugly, it was scrappy, but there was some real determination shown by our girls. I think we finally got the ball into their half with about 15 minutes left in the game. Of course we had one player chase it and it took everything the players had just to get to the halfway line. And with the wind in our face the ball just came right back for another battle. The good news was the other team were getting very few clean shots except for a cross/shot that rolled right across our goal mouth, maybe 2 feet from the line. That was a little scare and came right before a strange set of events. I've mentioned before that this is my first time to coach kids, and it's an adjustment. The laws get slightly modified for the age group and gender. One thing girls are allowed to do is put their hands up to protect their faces and chest. I get that. It’s not hard to understand. The problem lies in the sequence of things that followed in this game. With about 10 minutes left in the game, our girls were really dragging. For most of them, it was all they could do to get their feet off the ground. We were trying to clear the ball from the right side of our penalty area and it comes up and smacks one of their girls right in the face. She put her hands up to block it but didn’t. The customary sportsmanship act in this league when a player gets injured is for all players to freeze where they and drop to a knee when the referee blows his whistle. Our girls were not given time to put the ball out of play with this ref. All the girls did as they’re taught, the ref waves their coach on to help the girl, no problem. The problem comes from the drop ball that follows. Here we are in our penalty box, having done absolutely nothing wrong, and a drop ball is taking place 15 yards from our goal line. Of course they win the drop and we scramble to defend, which we did, briefly. The ball comes out on the other side of goal, right on the corner of our goal box. One of our girls swings and hits and….boom. Right into the face of another girl. These two incidents happened 30 seconds of playing time apart. I know it’s painful to catch a ball in the face, but neither of these girls were bleeding and were back on the pitch within 2 to 3 minutes. So, another dropped ball, this one about seven yards from the goal line. Somehow we win this one and the ball’s rolling to edge of the box. One of their players is waiting for it but one of ours gets there just before and gets a clearance that eases the pressure a bit. Accept the referee blows his whistle. Penalty. He says our girl kicked theirs. I have to be honest and say my view was blocked and couldn’t see it, so I said nothing more. I only found out after the game that when our girl cleared the ball, it deflected off the other girl’s foot; there was no contact at all. You would think with the ball rolling away from our goal, the ref could sort out who got to the ball first. Anyway, they score the penalty and we’re down 2-1. Our best player, normally a central midfielder, had been dropping deep in the second half to help the defense. If it wasn’t for her sweeping and getting a good boot on the ball, there’s no telling how the game might have been. Right after they scored the second, I told her to push up and help the forwards, which she tried to do. The problem was the game continued to be played in front of our goal and it’s second nature for this girl to help wherever she’s needed. I keep telling her to push up and let the defenders handle it and slowly but surely, she does. This girl is going to be an amazing player. She also plays point guard in basketball and has been winning chess tournaments since she was six. She has a brain for footy and I never expected to have someone like her coming into this. It’s going to be a real pleasure watching this one grow as a player and person. It just continues to be really scrappy, when our girls can muster up the energy to make it scrappy. I look at my watch and realize there could only be 3 or 4 minutes left. I just stand there looking at our team and every one of them who isn’t within 15 yards of the ball has their hands on their knees, sucking air like we’re going to run out. Just then the ball rolls out to our central midfielder, just our side of the halfway line. She looks up and sees the girl who scored the goal just easing her way to her right. In our first game, when the ball made it up to the forwards with what looked like plenty of space, time and teammates around them, we didn’t know what to do with the ball. I blame this on the fact that for the last three or four seasons they played with a girl who wouldn’t give the ball up no matter how open her teammates were. And she was the coach’s daughter. She would dribble, dribble, dribble until she either lost the ball or scored, which apparently she did with some regularity. Our practice last Friday included a part where there was a midfielder passing the ball to the winger or center forward about 35 yards from goal. That person would pass to the other forward in the space in front of her and follow the pass to support. Of course there was a little more to it but we didn’t have the players with the legs in this game to run to the far post to drag defenders and be there in case the cross became a shot or the ‘keeper dropped it. The main purpose of this was to impress upon the girls that if they look up and see only two defenders and the ‘keeper to beat, go to goal and put the ball on frame, nice and simple. There are three defenders back when our center forward, now in the right channel, receives a soft pass from our central midfielder. She looks up and sees that she’s about 30 yards from goal and the closest defender is about 5 yards away. The other two defenders are holding their positions in the middle, running slowly back to goal, 20 yards from our player. It was obvious they thought their teammate would win the ball. She didn’t. Our player took the same touch to get wide around the defender just like she did in the first half to beat two. I kept saying “Composure, composure, keep your nerve.” I doubt she heard me at all. In a situation like that, I don’t yell; it’s almost like I’m talking to myself, like I do watching a game on tv. Anyway, she rounds the defender but is outside the right edge of their penalty box. The other two defenders are still making their way back but neither is going to the ball, so we have another one on one with the ‘keeper. Our girl puts her head down and goes to goal. The ‘keeper comes out but our forward just rolls it along the ground to the far post, which was probably all she had the energy to do, thankfully. We didn’t need anyone hopped up on fitness and adrenaline to bash the ball over the bar at that point. I couldn’t tell it was a goal until it hit the net. I just let out a huge sigh of relief, and then told our central midfielder to get back and defend. I asked the ref for a time check and he said we had about 90 seconds. It was obvious to me that we were lucky to get out of there with a point. Of course the last 90 seconds took about a week to play. We got the point and were damn happy for it. The story of the Chicks continues next week after we play two games in two days. And you said you wanted details?

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 06:07 PM on March 20

Kicking Chicks draw their first game and keep a clean sheet

man, i'm glad i played in the days when a pass back to the goalie could be picked up. I wish that law was still in effect for kids. I'm realizing the handling of dead ball situations and defense are going to be keys, at the this age in particular.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 02:06 PM on March 13

Kicking Chicks draw their first game and keep a clean sheet

Great stuff, owlhouse. My challenge since the game last week is getting the kids to practice. They're on spring break this week and apparently most have left town. I'll see what kind of turnout we have Friday and hopefully we can work on some things. I have considered the quick switching for goal kicks. Are you talking about actually having 2 or 3 players in the goal box? I was thinking we could have one player appearing set to take the kick, walking up to the ball and tossing it to a teammate on the other side of the box. She puts the ball down and there's a player behind her to take the kick. I'm not even sure if that's within the Laws but I don't know why it wouldn't be. At the other end, I think we should have a 3-player loose wall to block the other teams goal kicks and create a chance.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 11:37 AM on March 13

Kicking Chicks draw their first game and keep a clean sheet

:-)

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 04:09 PM on March 12

Kicking Chicks draw their first game and keep a clean sheet

dusted, I haven't seen her since the game and her dad may be exaggerating a bit. Playing against competition as big as this opposing team can leave a player pretty bruised and battered, particularly if the player gets stuck in properly and isn't afraid of contact. Our girl wasn't backing away from anything and anytime the opposition came down her side of the field, she won every ball, even though they were running her over and leaving her on the ground. If the player hits the ground often enough and catches a few shoulders, elbows and knees here and there....yeah....that'll leave some marks. Thanks for the positive comments, guys. I sure appreciate it and I'll be sure the girls hear about them too.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 11:48 AM on March 12

Kicking Chicks draw their first game and keep a clean sheet

owlhouse, I was a nervous wreck, more so than I was before the first practice. We had a total of 3 training sessions, 1 team talk and 1 friendly against a team from a division lower who didn't really test us. I wasn't sure how prepared we were since I had never seen a local girls game at this age. The team we drew with Wednesday were much bigger than our girls but we had the better chances by far. I don't think they had a shot in the first half and our high pressure, attack minded game really had them on their heels. In the second half, we tired and for about 10 minutes we took several goal kicks that traveled maybe 20 yards and were coming right back down our throats. The girls held firm and the other team really only got off two or three weak shots during that passage of play. With about two minutes remaining we had a girl breakaway for what looked like a real chance, but she was caught from behind and toe-rolled it to the 'keeper. In training Friday, I showed her to slow down and take the foul...no diving, of course...just letting the opposition run into her and leave it to the referee to decide. The effort from these girls was tremendous. One father sent me an email saying his daughter had bruises from head to toe and once she got in their car to leave, she broke down crying from the pain. You can imagine how I felt. The dad wasn't complaining or criticising the rough play. I think he just wanted to let me know I can depend on his daughter to help the team. He won't have to mention it again. I had the chance this weekend to scout a couple of teams and I feel much better about our chances this season. We'll see how it all plays out. Our next game is March 18 against a side that won their first game 5-0.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 09:18 PM on March 11

Sure could use some advice

The team name is Kicking Chicks, and I had nothing to do with it! Thanks urall. The league is actually on E7 (eteamz) now and it seems to work fine.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 11:46 AM on February 20

Sure could use some advice

I'll definitely keep you posted and I really appreciate the interest. Maybe we should start a locker room thread for ALL the coaches in SpoFi; we seem to have quite a few. I would really be interested to know what current challenges coaches/instructors are facing, results, etc. I don't know about flckr, lbb. I would love to do it but I get the sense parents won't want pictures of their kids online. I've already had one parent tell me he was going to put together a blog through the google beta version and he emphasized it's password protected so only the parents, players and other coaches can view them. It's a shame the world has come to this but I understand where they're coming from.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 09:44 AM on February 20

Sure could use some advice

Everyone, thanks very much. I read the first 6 comments before going to practice but was pressed for time and didn't reply. You've all given me terrific information and resources and a lot to consider. Thank you, thank you, thank you! We had our first practice yesterday and I can't tell you how nervous I was. It's not that I don't know what I'm doing on the pitch...I had the practice planned out and seemed prepared but inside I was....I don't know. Maybe it was just the adrenaline from not coahing in 3 years. I coached men for 7 years and did a decent job but this was a different challenge altogether. I love kids but just haven't had the chance to be around them much so to dive right in was daunting. But these girls were terrific. Very well behaved, great listeners (I don't think I kept it to 50 words, lbb, but instruction was kept to a minimum), terrific energy and effort. It's obvious they haven't had a high level of coaching but I think that's a good thing. They've given me a good foundation and this should be an interesting season. Thanks again to all of you. You guys are amazing!!!

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 07:33 AM on February 20

Thanks for closing the Hardaway thread...

I want to apologize for my comments on the gay "lifestyle." I can't even really tell you why I wrote it, but I was wrong. I thought I was trying to argue against another member's obvious bigotry towards gays and screwed it up completely. I know my comments made lbb angry and after I talked to my wife, stood back and looked at the big picture, I don't blame lbb for her response. I was wrong. Flat wrong. I certainly don't want to come across as narrow-minded and I'll ask my previous comments on social issues be considered. I believe this was a one-off mistake and it will never happen again.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 11:03 AM on February 16

Victory Declared in Wargames.Com UDRP Battle

Congratulations!

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 11:07 AM on February 07

Helping the Fugees

I'm in. Thanks for finding this, lbb.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 01:06 PM on January 25

Uh, I was promised I would have 3 minutes to rebut myself.

Well, it looks like the edit clock is now about 1 minute, which I suppose is better than no minute.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 09:12 PM on January 23

Images of the 20th Century

I was fine watching until the images of Walter Payton appeared on the screen. Now I'm just a puddle of goo.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 07:36 PM on January 22

Uh, I was promised I would have 3 minutes to rebut myself.

I've noticed the same thing.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 03:03 PM on January 22

Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas, spofites!

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 03:19 PM on December 25

Dear Santa: for Christmas, this sports fan would like...

* A continued healthy roster for the Cowboys, * Tony Romo proving he's real, * Julius Jones lifting his friggin' head and actually seeing the hole, * 12 points in the next 10 days for Manchester United; 7 for Chelsea. The rest don't really matter. At Christmas. Heh. * A Christmas family get-together sans felony charges. * Oh...and a few snowflakes flying around would be terrific. Thank you, Santa.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 03:52 PM on December 22

The Hell with the Weblog Awards.

I love me some SportsFilter; keeps me away from the porn...so...ya know....my wife loves SportsFilter too. Ah yes...Master of My Domain...

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 03:33 PM on December 14

Nominations: best/worst in sports

You mean that mass below the belt?

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 06:10 PM on November 14

Shocker Sunday!

I think I might be in for a week of about 25 pts I'll take it! I had 6 players out of action and 3 more scoring a whopping point each. Soon enough I'll be lapping the field in reverse.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 06:37 PM on November 06

Link dump!

MLS Mashups?

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 03:37 PM on October 26

Talkin' 'Bout My Litigation

I used to listen occasionally when I couldn't sleep, but eventually decided it was one of the reasons I couldn't sleep. You show 'em, rcade. NOBODY fucks with the sleep of a Berkner Ram!

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 01:19 PM on October 24

Link dump!

NSFW but possibly worth the look on your boss' face.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 01:25 PM on October 23

Giving to a good cause

fraze, there's a "Notes" box at the bottom of the Pay page and I put my SpoFi ID there.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 07:31 PM on October 20

Giving to a good cause

Looks like it's over limit and won't allow more until it's increased? Good problem to have and a terrific idea, fraze.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 11:48 PM on October 19

SportsFilter Now Has a Practice Squad

Nice! As long as it's not retroactive...

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 07:14 PM on October 16

Vote them off the island

Indonesians sing karaoke when they are stone cold sober! There's no call for that at all. Don't they have a tsunami to be concerned about or something?

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 07:00 PM on October 06

EPL fans in US now have less expensive option for PPV games

Guys, not trying to rub it in, but 8 games are being show from the first round between FSC and Setanta.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 07:59 PM on August 18