September 28, 2002


Today was David's fourth soccer game of his first AYSO season, and his team, the Blue Tigers, scored two goals against the Mighty Dragons. These were, I might add, only the second and third goal the Blue Tigers have ever scored, and the only goals of the game. That doesn't mean that the Blue Tigers won--they don't officially keep score in the five-year-old league--but still, there was great rejoicing. We won't talk about the Mighty Dragon's goalie or the fact that David was in a brown study for most of the game.

It was a surprisingly vicious game, the most violent I've seen to date. I don't know who started it, but there were kids falling over each other all over the field. In some cases it was benign--one kid falls, and the next kid, who's really nowhere near him, falls down in sympathy--and in some cases it was accidental, like when one kid went to kick the ball just as the goalie fell on it, and ended up doing a header over the goalie's back. But there was a lot of pushing and shoving going on as well.

David, I'm proud to say, had no part in the pushing and shoving...but given his general air of detachment during much of the game, that's not particularly noteworthy.

Posted by Will Duquette at September 28, 2002 01:22 PM