“When Did Double Sessions Turn into Single Sessions?”
In the spring of my junior year at Galileo back when dinosaurs roam the streets of San Francisco, a friend of mine helped me get my first job, scooping ice cream on Union Street. There are many fond and stressful memories but two good ones always come to mind; my co-workers introducing me to this thing called “Modern Rock” and the many nights of bringing ice cream home to share with my brother as we sat in front of our computer, playing an RPG called “Pool of Radiance” on our desktop that had a VGA monitor. In computer-challenged language it simply means; Role Playing Game called “Pool of Radiance” on our computer at home connected to a monitor that only had 16 colors. Characters had square heads, weapons that looked like they are made with Legos, and when
When people ask about the upcoming 2012 season, the first thing I do is shrug, then I say, “I don’t know.” But I actually do know. I add a little more with a calm voice, “We are young. Our immaturity got us last season.” But I actually think because we are young, we are dangerous. “We’ll see. Looks promising. Got a few horses. We could do well.” But I know we will do well. Win a championship? At this time, every team’s got a chance to win a championship. I always end this discussion with, “I do know that it will be a ‘fun’ season. I don’t know where we will be in November but it’s gonna be a fun ride.” And I can only smile when I finish that conversation because, through all the trials and tribulations and work last year, I had forgotten that football is suppose to be fun.
Photo 1 is of the Eiffel Tower from the Bir Hakeim bridge in Paris. Photo 2 is the Pont de Pierre (stone bridge) in Bordeaux.
I took french at Galileo and added 1 semester at SF State. It was enough to help me get by while in France. I mean, I can order food and say things like “merci” and “j’aime le pain au chocolate” and “j’aime le football americain”. So…stay awake in your foreign language class and you too will be able to order food and say things like; “my dog ate my homework” and “where is the closest bathroom” and of course, “put me in coach!”. I come home in a week then there’s 2 weeks before Summer Camp. Ahhhhhh Summer Camp!!! I’m ready to rock n’ roll. It’s football season and I hope you’re just as excited if not more than I am about the work that we are about to put in. Can’t wait for the incoming frosh to show up too. “Bonne vacances” and “A bientot”.
Part 2 of the trip in Europe takes me to San Sebastian, Spain. I took a 5-hour train ride from Barcelona to the other side of the country on the Atlantic coast. At this point, I want to say to my art students, Sal & Estuardo, that all the spanish lessons in class are not amounting to much. To make it worse, San Sebastian, also known as Donostia, speaks a slightly different spanish because of the Basque region. I’ve just gone from “no bueno” to “muy no bueno”.
[Boys, as promised, here’s the first post for my trip to Europe]
As always, Galileo Football is not far from thought. The photo I included with this post is of the lions statues at the base of Columbus’s Monument. If you didn’t already know, the lion is an icon of bravery and courage. I’m guessing that’s what it took for Columbus to sail into the unknown. And that’s also what it took Galileo Galilei to fight for his findings. Lastly, that is what we are, lions. We are bravery and courage. Or at least, that is what we are working towards this upcoming Summer Camp and 2012 Season.
A Cal Berkeley alumni and friends donated 10 tickets for the Cal vs Utah game at At&T park. My first thought? Yes, we would love to have those tickets. My second thought? Cal’s gonna kick Utah’s butt. Now I just need to figure out which 9 players to take with me. Should I take all the quiet ones so I can have some peace and quiet? Should I take the rowdy ones so we can yell and scream at the game? Maybe the thin ones so I can have some elbow room? Or if you have a Cal shirt or hat? Then again, maybe just G-Staff and the coaching staff.
The frosh soph team just got ran over by Mills, 57-15. There were some bright moments but a lot of bad football out there. I know we will get better. I just didn’t like all the quitting; players stopping and not giving chase, players sitting out and not stepping it up, players not knowing or remembering what they are suppose to do. It’s a good thing we had 30 players, otherwise, we would have finished the game with 7. It’s game one-we will get better.
A promising season turns quickly. Everyday brings more of the unexpected. Last season I looked forward to having the sophomores move up. I couldn’t wait to coach them, especially the line that dominated the league. How did a good winter and spring become such a devastating summer?
My offensive line decimated itself; the 2 best slipped out of reach back in June, another 2 took on a new road. The month leading up to the scrimmage was filled with inconsistent attendance and more players leaving the program. Now, there are also injuries to deal with. Some are season-ending. It’s so unfair to those who have worked so hard to get to August and then get hurt. The obstacles are starting to pile up even before we play our first contest.
Simply put, the first FFC was…fun. After a few days of rain, Sunday, June 5th was perfect for football as the sun came out early at 9AM with a slight drizzle settling in later on for about 10 minutes and finally, the clouds broke for sunshine again at the end of it all. Coach Mark & Coach Ben had a good laugh to start the day when they saw the group walking down Bay street to the field; Adna, a 6’6″ mass-of-a-man, was towering over everyone else.
My hybrid mountain bike is pretty old. No, not old like me but I know what you’re thinking. Though that thought has some truth as these old legs are no longer in basketball shape. Jogging also hurts the ankle that’s weak from years of basketball. No cardio really means no desserts and no wash-board-type-six-pack abdominals (but honestly, I never had that to begin with…really, so don’t ask me to rip off my shirt like Hulk Hogan…err, you youngsters can just google him). Apply life-lesson here: always have a long-term goal, set short-term goals to help reach your long-term goal, enjoy the journey there. Example: you want to get to the other side of the river but there is no bridge and you don’t know how to swim. (Everyone should know how to bike and swim but that’s another story.) To get to the other side, you need to set up or look for rocks big enough to step on to reach the other side. By “rocks” I mean short-term goals. And by “other side of the river”, I mean long-term goal.