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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Aye Carrabba

After a nice nights rest at the Hampton Inn, we got ready for the soccer tournament.  Breakfast in the lobby, followed by a quick 10 minute drive to the soccer complex.  We were pre-warned about the photo speed traps en route to the fields.  One of the coaches got 4 speeding tickets last year.  A nice friendly Maryland town....it aint Mayberry Md...Aye Carraba.

We get to the field and all games are delayed about 30 minutes...it's only 830am ???  Well, seems there was a frost delay.  Yes, frost delay.  Aye Carraba.

While the boys waited to warm up, I decided to go for a run.  It was brisk, but starting to warm up as the morning sun rose in the suburban neighborhood of Germantown.  The complex of fields cut into rolling hills and valleys may have been a farm at one time.  As I start my run, I don't really know how large the complex is, or how far the paved running/biking trail is going to go.  A few hundred yards into the run I approach my first hill.  Aye Carraba.

This day in history "On this day in 2003, ex-soldier John Muhammad is found guilty of one of a series of sniper shootings that terrorized the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area and dominated national headlines in October 2002. Police charged that Muhammad and his 17-year-old accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, killed 10 people and wounded three others during a three-week killing spree. After just over six hours of deliberation, a jury convicted Muhammad of the October 9, 2002, shooting of Dean Meyers while he pumped gas at a Sunoco station in Manassas, Virginia."

Hey, we are only a short distance away from Washington DC...not sure how far, but based on the density of this suburb, it is likely an affluent bedroom community.  Adjacent to the Panera Bread is a Metro stop, and signs for Kiss and Ride are everywhere.  Kiss and Ride, is a little different than park and ride, but you get the idea.   Aye Carrabba.

Back from a 3 mile run., I get the task of handing out team bio pamphlets to college coaches.  There are no college coaches coming to watch.  So why are we at a college showcase ?  One good thing, is Pete is video taping the games.  Aye Carrabba.

After lunch and some R and R at the hotel we head back to the filed.  Once again, the quest for college coaches continues.  I walk up and down the sidelines hoping to spot some college coaches.  I give a pamphlet to the Italian Federation, and Howard Community College.  So much for college showcase, I am convinced it is a supreme waste of time and money.  Go to clinics, or summer camps at the colleges you are interested in.  Aye Carrabba.

The boys take a 3-0 lead before half time of the 2nd game.  It is now getting pretty dark, and the in the last moments of the 2nd half with the game clock already expired, the opposing team scores a header on a corner kick.  MC United win, but as the team leaves the field, Kyle has calculated such things as wins,, shut outs, bonus points, etc.  Seems the last goal against takes them out the semi-finals.  Aye Carrabba.

Dinner at 7pm at Carrabba.  The place is packed and even with call ahead seating, it is a long wait and big mess as only the boys really had a reservation.  It all work out in the end, and everyone gets to eat.  I really enjoyed the meal, but think these team dinners are a bit rough to do.  Between players and parents, there must be 40 of us...the team and parents occupying various areas of the restaurant.  Carrabbas.

Photo of the day "Aye Carrabbas"




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