Posts Tagged ‘sports’

The Thrill of Victory, The Agony of Getting Advice From Your Mom….

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 by by

“You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy”.

Arthur Ashe

We kicked off our Memorial Day weekend with a hastily arranged Little League baseball tournament.  Each team was scheduled to play 3 games in order to claim a berth in the playoffs on Sunday – one game Friday night and two during the day on Saturday.

After an auspicious start on Friday, Hayden’s team ended up losing a 7-run lead in the bottom of the 5th inning (they play 6).  The other team only had one run up on us though, so just as we all thought they could launch a comeback in the last inning, the game was called for time (it’s a 2 hour max).  I don’t care what anyone says, losing sucks, especially like that.

Unfortunately, Hayden has a hard time letting go of a loss.  The rest of the evening, he sequestered himself in his room and no one was allowed to speak of the game.  I became aware of seriousness of this mandate when I made the mistake of making a comment about said game to our sitter.  “I can HEAR you,” Hayden yelled from behind a closed door one floor above.

Saturday morning, Hayden was still stewing, but I pulled from my stores of “good sport” adages as we headed to the field and hoped for an attitudinal turn-around.  During the first game, Hayden’s team beat their opponents handily, and I breathed a sigh of relief, but that relief didn’t last for long. (more…)



Monday, June 21st, 2010 by by

According to Bob, this is Kenobi. Of course it is.

Parenting and loving the Lakers: teachings from a surprising resource!

Saturday, June 19th, 2010 by by

Last night was a momentous night in our household! Even if you don’t follow national basketball (NBA), just turn on any national news program and you will know the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics in a seven game series (for those not basketball savvy, that’s playing up to 7 straight games almost every other day until one team achieves 4 wins – whew!) for the 2010 Championships!

Being a Southern California transplant, I brought my love for the Lakers with me to Northern California. It’s few and far between to find another adult Laker fan in my area, so I’ve succumbed to breeding Laker fans to share in my interest with Spaghetti and Meatball. At this point, you may giggle at the thought, you may even find it slightly amusing, but if you’ve never experienced being a sports fan of any kind, I assure you, you are missing out.

Why, you may ask? Because at this point, for me, being a Laker fan is not just something you watch, it’s (more…)