It was a good vacation, now back to the word factory.
What kind of sports-related stuff does a sportswriter do on vacation? Here’s what I did:
I went to Arizona for my niece Jennifer’s wedding to her high school sweetheart Tyler. Tyler is also Jennifer’s assistant basketball coach for a team of 12-year-olds. Jennifer gave me one of the Phoenix Mercury WNBA championship replica rings she was given when her team visited the Mercury.
Also, I got to go over my nephew Sammy’s playbook with him. He’s going to be the starting quarterback of his high school team in Ohio … as a freshman. Played catch with him and his older brother Jack, who is a starting receiver.
And watched Brasil play soccer on a big screen TV with my nephew Joey’s wife, Flavia. Her parents are from Brasil, and she’s a huge fan. And Flavia, who played high school soccer, made a simple yet profound statement: “I don’t understand why people don’t respect this game. To play it well is hard.”
We missed the Diamondbacks-Yankees game we’d planned to attend on our last night in Phoenix, but who cares? I’d already accumulated great sports memories just hanging out with the family.
I’ll throw out some topics to chew on for now, but let’s make this the blog equivalent of sports radio “open phones”. Anything sports-related is fair game.
>> Brian Ching should’ve been on the U.S. World Cup team. He’s a closer near the goal, and he’s physically and mentally tough. The Americans needed that against Ghana.
>> How much of an impact will Mouse Davis have on the UH football team this year?
>> “Howzit, Prez!”: Natasha Kai and her Sky Blue teammates (women’s pro soccer champions) are scheduled to visit the White House on Thursday.
–By Dave Reardon