Tuesday, July 1 did indeed mark one week since the primary election (and brings to mind the old saying, "you can't live today off of yesterday's success") as well as the start of the second half of 2014. And Canada Day! It also meant the end of two great runs, one of international significance, one of local note.
Of course, by the former I mean the end of the US National Soccer Team's run in the 2014 World Cup, as they fell to Belgium, 2-1. Having been drawn into the so-called "Group of Death", the US wasn't expected by most to survive the group stage, by being one of the top two teams, and making it to the bracket of the Final 16. But make it through they did-- very nearly having won the whole doggone thing-- and they lost narrowly in the round of 16, with a couple chances in the closing minutes of extra time Tuesday to score.
Between my two kids, I've spent at least 40 youth sports seasons on the sidelines of my kids' soccer games-- indoor, outdoor, rec, travel-- even observed something called "futsal" one time, which is supposed to really improve the footwork. Looked like another money grab to me.
With the performance of the US National Team, as well as the continuing popularity of Major League Soccer, the reestablishment of a professional women's soccer league, the presence of the English Premier League on NBC Sports last spring and again this fall-- with more exposure to high-level soccer, hopefully it will continue to attract the top athletes in the US, and who knows? World Cup 2030?
And, much, much closer to home, Ellicott City has been eliminated from Parade Magazine's "Best Main Street in America" tournament, by the metropolis that is Colliersville, Tenneessee, by an approximate 52-48 percent margin. The civic poll equivalent of losing 2-1 in extra time with a couple good scoring chances in the closing minutes.
I love that the word "vanity" appears in the URL for this contest, because, sure enough, a good bit of vanity goes into these contests. But when channelled in a positive manner, vanity can be turned into civic pride, and that's what these contests wind up being, pride things. And of course, these other large towns and small cities have civic pride too, and want to exercise it. And so good for them.
Just the same, I'll be casting some votes today for the town in Arkansas in the final.
Happy I Forgot Day! What did I forget? I...... I forgot!
And let's be careful out there.
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