Sunday, October 3, 2010


Keeper! JED has decided, at the ripe ol' age of 7 1/2, that he wants to play goalkeeper. Why anyone in their right mind would want to put their bodies, faces, hands in front of a ball zooming towards you, I have no idea. Just know that if it was me, I'd be cowering in a corner of the goal hunched over like when you practice tornado drills screaming, 'Is it over yet? Dear God, is it over yet?!?!?!' But not JED. He faces those balls head on like it's nothing. Today his team played a U11 girls developmental team. They are TWO years older or MORE than the kids on JED's team. JED faced those girls and their kicks on goal like it was nothing. I guess all that time standing in front of the fence while your brother kicked balls at you all summer paid off. JED was great. I applaud any kid who wants to play keeper, but my little red-head faced off with those big girls like it was nothing. Way to go, buddy! Here's a couple of pics of him in his keeper gear:

And, yes, that is CED in the forefront of the picture. Because the team was playing a U11 team, CED was asked if she would guest play. She made no less than 3 girls cry and another held her arm for a good minute after being pegged in the arm with a ball CED kicked. Unfortunately, one of the girls was on our team and CED's kick hit her smack dab in the face. It's an icky side of soccer, but it happens nonetheless. She really held back the majority of the game (especially after our player was hit), but the old CED surfaced when out slipped a trademark slide tackle at the end of the game. It was a very entertaining game overall!

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