This morning's soccer game was pretty rough. After keeping the kids occupied for an hour before the game for pictures proved to be too much for their attention span. Despite that, we still put up a good performance being a man down and kept the game competitive only loosing 7-4.

There was a little bit of controversy. The other team played a defender back in front of the goal. This was something they specifically asked us not to do in the coach's meeting at the beginning of the year. But both teams that we have played this year have done it. Today, one of our parents got a little irritated and said something to the other team. That kicked off a whole bunch of conversation, I will probably remind the league officials to send a reminder to the rest of the coaches.

Picked up right where we left off

The Apopka Pirates opened up the spring season last weekend with a 14-4 thrashing. Apopka's mini Mia Hamm scored 12 of the opponent's 14 goals, we just had no answer for her. We opened the game with first goal and things were looking good. Unfortunately, our 3 rookies had a little rookie jitters and were not very aggressive. The scheduling committee also has it out for us. The league has grown enough to require 2 divisions, and we were supposed to go into the new, more inexperienced division, but that was not to be. And almost all of our games are scheduled for 9am. If you remember from last year, we are not much of a morning team, but they could have at least given us some 11am games.

This week is even worse as we have team photos at 8am before our 9am game. I am not making a very bold prediction this week.

Parents started speaking out at last week's practice. Somehow, one of the nearby teams has some crazy coach that actually gets all of her kids to listen to her during practice. I was told maybe I should go observe one of her practices (ours are a bit more chaotic in style). I responded with a blistering pace in practice, we ran up and down that field for an hour straight. I am going to get some hunger and aggressiveness in them.

Missing Super Bowl Bud Light Ad

This commercial didn't run in this year's super bowl, but it was created for it and made its way out onto the internets. It is pretty funny, it was probably too long to aford to run during the game.

Ice Skating in Florida

I mentioned that I would post some info on our ice skating adventure, but just have not gotten around to it (I have been too annoyed by the new 900 billion dollar "stimulus" package), and work has been a bit busy.

EA rented out an ice rink at this huge gym, called RDV Sportsplex. It is right across from my office, also happens to be where the Orlando Magic are headquartered and practice. It is a pretty cool place, they have two full size ice rinks, a lot of hockey leagues and open skating. We thought the kids would enjoy giving it a try.

I was never the best skater in the world, but I was definately not horrible. But, it has been a few years and it was definately harder than I was anticipating. I started to get the hang of it again after a few hours.

Ella loved it and didn't want to get off the ice. She really started to pick it up after 2 hours and was getting pretty proficient. Max on the other hand, shunned it as he has all winter activities.

I was out helping Max skate, I had him in front of right in front while I held him up gliding him along. I looked over to asses the location to make sure there were no imminent collisions coming, and right at that moment, Max fell forward. I went down right on top of him, right at the last second I let go with one hand and put it out to catch myself. That was how I hurt my shoulder. Max started crying right away, but I think he was most bothered by how cold the ice was on his hand. His night was done, he was already not crazy about the whole thing, and that was enough. He was perfectly happy hanging out in the bleachers watching everything go on.

I think Ella would like to go again, and would probably enjoy lessons. I don't think hockey is in Max's future right now.