Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Lace Your Sambas, Get On Out.

After a long dreary winter, spring has finally arrived. All winter long, my enthusiasm for soccer has slumbered. I was ready for the end of the fall season. I've been coaching for 8 years, ever since Lex was old enough to play, and last season I was really ready for it to be over: dreary fall evenings, rain, getting up on chill windy Saturday mornings. I was done with it.

Slowly, I've discovered that I'm feeling ready for things to start up again. When I run into them around town, parents have been asking me if I'm ready for soccer to start up again, and I've been pleasantly surprised to find that yeah, I guess I am.

In an odd coincidence, as if sensing the change in the weather, Bouncing Soul's Ole! Ole! Ole!, their tribute to the latin american soccer chant, has been kicking up more and more often when my iPod is on shuffle. Yesterday was our first practice, and the weather was unbelievable: the first really warm day we've had, bright sun, clear sky. And for once, because the time change came early this year, we didn't start the season ending by practice under the lights.

Spring is here, it's soccer season, and I'm ready for it to get started. Everything is coming together.


Coaster Punchman said...

Thank God for Spring is all I can say. Reasonable people don't need to live in winter climates - that is my new policy.

Johnny Yen said...

We're the same about baseball around here. By the end of the season, we're so glad for it to be over. But right now, we can't wait for the season to begin.

Flannery Alden said...

My goodness, deadspot, you're a gifted student, a parent of the gifted, a financial wizard, a computer genius, and a soccer coach?

Mongo impressed.

BeckEye said...

I always found soccer so frustrating. Certainly not a game for people without patience, like myself. If I kick that ball all the way down the field and then someone kicks it away just before I get to the goal, I want to murder someone.

deadspot said...

cp: Fall is genereally more suited to my temperment, but this year I am so ready for spring to be here.

johnny: I know how you feel. Usually I end the season with a mixture of regret and relief, but last season was just relief.

flannery: I didn't say I was a good soccer coach... and it's just park district.

beckeye: If the ref got a good look, they might have to yellow card you for that.