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Have I used that headline for this article (plea) before? Possibly. I’ve been doing sports 12 of my 13 years here and I do have a thing for the film “Jerry Maguire.” What does the headline have to do with sports and you the reader?
I need help.
Before you vocalize a snide comment, that’s not the help I’m talking about.
What I need is information.
There probably isn’t as much prejudice against women’s soccer in these parts as there seems to be in the rest of the country, after all our high school girls teams are among the nation’s best, but it feels like there isn’t a lot of excitement about the U.S. women playing in the World Cup in Germany. The team made the quarterfinals with two convincing wins in their first two games and placed second in their group with a 2-1 loss to Sweden on Wednesday.
I remember when I found out the 2011 Women’s World Cup would be played in Germany, thinking, “wouldn’t it be cool if Kelley O’Hara was playing with the U.S. women’s national team then?”
She had already played on some of the younger versions of the squad, had been tearing up collegiate fields with Stanford and made an appearance with the national team in 2010 against Mexico.
When the U.S. announced the Women’s World Cup roster, O’Hara’s name wasn’t on it, but an injury has put O’Hara on the squad.
For a lot of people, playing a team sport ended in high school or before. When it comes to kickball, your last trip around the bases was probably in fifth grade. You can get those days back by signing up for the adult co-ed kickball league at Home Plate and, if you’re looking for something fun to do that gets you out of the house, meeting new people and getting active, I urge you to give it a try.
Fayette County is a very rich sports environment. In addition to beautiful golf courses, a nice tennis facility, excellent parks and a cart path system in Peachtree City that gives walkers, joggers, runners and cyclists an awesome place to go, the high school sports scene blesses us with some terrific rivalries.
I am excited for the 2011 Major League Baseball season, but I can’t seem to find much excitement in the Atlanta area.
I rabidly follow the Boston Red Sox and the coverage from The Boston Globe and ESPN Boston is fantastic. There is a ton of news on their web sites each day and their presence on Twitter actually makes Twitter something worthwhile and not aggravating and confusing.
To play or not to play, that is the question when concerning when to pull your starters in a game. Here is my answer. If you’re up by 20 at the half, sit them down or rotate them liberally with second and third string players for the remainder of the game.
There are several big events coming up this week and weekend and I wanted to do something a little unique in promoting them.
It doesn’t seem like it that was long ago that Eric Berry was tearing up the field at Creekside High School and terrorizing local defenses with his play on both sides of the ball. Berry was a quarterback who could make something out of nothing and a defensive back who would take your something and make it nothing. He is the best player I have ever covered in high school, which is saying something considering I also had the pleasure of watching Sandy Creek’s Calvin Johnson play.
It was time.
I couldn’t wait any longer.
I had to know.
What would my Friday nights look like for the next few months?
Jamborees start next week and I’ll stop by Whitewater hosting East Coweta on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Starr’s Mill hosting Pebblebrook on Friday at 7:30 p.m. I’m there mainly to grab some pictures for the Football Preview (it hits the streets, Aug. 27) and to see what the starters look like. Things take a decidedly slower turn in the second half and neither coach really wants to show much of anything anyway.