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Big D sent me this article, and I thought it was pretty interesting.
I still don't know how to get the actual article in this entry, so here's the link: Gays in Soccer
I was particularly caught by the word "popular" used to describe homosexuality in South America. Of course, I'd love to hear what you think of the issue.
Is soccer really for everyone or should the soccer community stick to a "don't ask, don't tell" standard?
Speak up. Be heard.
I know it's been a while. I apologize, but appreciate Big D's efforts to keep this up when I'm unable to. I also want to thank you all for your wonderful comments. It's always nice to see evidence that real people are actually reading this blog.
So, between a heavy class load, a part-time job, and gobs of volunteer work, while Big D has been running this show, I've seen a lot happen in the soccer world. It's all kind of flown by in the two months since I've written. I intend to just jump right back into this...until I get enormously stressed out again...and keep talking to you.
Watch for an update in the next couple of days!
Thanks again for all your support!!!
We are somewhat disappointed to see this morning that we were not the the winner of Soccerlens.com's Best Women's Football Blog of 2007.
Nonetheless, we are pleased that we achieved runner-up status both from the Readers Choice and Editor's Choice. Kickster, which is run by a group of professional soccer journalists. Not bad for a new blog, run by a college student and and a part-time admin.
Thanks for all who voted for us.
We just found out that soccerlens.com has selected us as one of five Best Women's Football Blogs in 2007. Wow! We're just getting started, too. We think it's cool to be nominated, but it would REALLY BE COOL to win.
Won't you cast your vote for soccerchica.com?
Go here to: VOTE NOW! But hurry. Voting ends February 17, 2008.
Good morning. Yes, it's 1:30 in the morning as I sit here at write to you. Last night, I went until 2:30 or 3:00. Ah, the life of a college student.
Speaking of, I know you all know how this feels: taking a full course load, having a part-time job so you can get a car (or food or rent money, or whatever), being involved in multiple extra-cirricular activities, doing volunteer work, trying to have a social life, and attempting to not neglect your family in the midst of all this. Do you wake up some mornings and just think, "I can't do it anymore"? I know after a good, "productive" all-nighter I want nothing more than to be able to just go home for a week or so (without penalty) and catch up on my sleep.
Oh! How about those lonely nights? Those are killer. It's 2 or 3 in the morning. Everyone's in bed, like normal people. And you're stuck in your room, staring at your computer screen. Those are the worst. It just makes you want to cry or go find a friend who gives really good hugs. The problem is that your roommate is asleep along with all of your good-hugging friends.
If you're looking for the perfect camp to improve your skills, check out this site! They have general camps, striker camps, and keeper camps. There are camps for all ages, too. There's even have a camp in Alaska!!! Check it out!
Take a look: Soccer Camps
Also, there's a link for you to add other camps. If you know of a camp that isn't in the database, let your camp couselors know about the website.
As a little reminder that there's more to life after soccer, I looked at this article. I suggest you do the same. Sometimes, we forget that soccer truly is just a game. We can't play forever, so we have to spend today preparing for the tomorrow that may come when we can't play anymore.
Read it: From Soccer to Life
After reading this, you may really take that last article more seriously. It's so important to keep your knees in good condition. Weak knees can come back and haunt you later in life!
Check out this article at Newsweek: Weak at the knees.
An orthopedic surgeon has some advice for how to keep you on the field with you knees intact. This year alone, my team suffered two torn ACLs. This is a great article for any female athlete!
Avoid Knee Injuries
Most of us have a dream school: the college we'd attend if we had all the money in the world, straight A's, and perfect SAT scores. Mine was Duke. Since 7th grade, I wanted nothing more out of life than to go to Duke. Now, I'm not sitting in a dorm room at Duke, but it gave me something to shoot for. Different things determine which is our dream school. It could be anything from size or location to activities or academics. For some, it's all about the athletics. If your looking for the perfect college and soccer is one of the important factors on the list, here's the top 10 colleges for women's division 1 soccer from SoccerTimes.com. (The site gives the top 25 for men's and women's.)
1. Southern California
2. Florida State
4. Notre Dame
6. North Carolina
7. West Virginia
I'll have you know that Duke was 17 on that list. (Hey, a girl can dream, right?)