If you are ever in need of slowing down time, I have a dandy trick that works like a charm. Simply watch your youngest child play goalie during a soccer play-off game. Really, any old soccer game will do, the play-off part only makes it that much more excruciating to witness. Trust me, you will marvel at the way time nearly halts as the minutes tick away until halftime.
It had been one of those seasons for T.Puzzle. You know, the character building kind. The kind where losing by a large margin was commonplace and mettle was tested. It was a tough season to watch sometimes, but I loved that T.Puzzle never gave up. He showed up for every game and practice with a good attitude and shook off the losses with ease. When it came time for their single-elimination play-off game, he didn’t have a lot of confidence they would win (no one did), but he played his heart out. They were matched against a team that had handily beat them 7-1 a few days prior. So, what did coach do to shut them down? He put my baby in at goalie. I mean can you imagine? Unfortunately, I understood. T.Puzzle isn’t a perfect goalie but he will give it his all for however long you need him. He goes where the coach tells him without complaint. I love that about him. As the first quarter unfolded, we miraculously took the lead. As spectators we savored those few minutes in which we were actually winning and grateful for such a competitive quarter of play. Eventually, the other team tied us and as the first water-break was called to order, the score remained 1-1.
Full Speed, always on fire with the sideline analysis, broke down the stats. Essentially, our opponents dominated in every possible statistic: shots on goal, possession, passing completion. You name it, they owned it. However, after further scrutiny, there were two critical areas that no matter what the other team did, they could not touch us. First of all, we had the most players wearing headbands. Ok, so it was only T.Puzzle but it’s a necessity to keep sweat from blurring his rec-specs’ field of vision. Secondly, whenever T.Puzzle was back in goal, we dominated on the goalie with the best dimples. T.Puzzle’s dimples are extraordinary. Take that other team!
As you can probably guess, no matter where T.Puzzle played or how hard his team tried, victory remained elusive.
Win, lose or draw I’ll always be there on the sidelines.
That’s a stat you can count on.