A Few Odd Bits

A few odd bits, given that I seem to lack the time to post much more than that, these days…

  • Looking over the blog traffic for September, half the traffic was for the TiddlyWiki I set up for the junior high soccer teams for this fall season. Not surprising, given the absence of much of anything else new on the site these days. Overall, traffic was about even with August.
  • We’re officially out of summer; more to come on that, I think.
  • Been doing a bit of reading, but unfortunately most of it has been on the technical side. I’ll post more there, too, perhaps. The highlight, however, has been “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini: haunting, gripping, beautiful, and heartbreaking at times.
  • Been looking a bit at OpenID, both from a work perspective and for use here. I’ve got a bit of cleanup to do here, as well, given a couple of updates to WordPress and plugins.

Fall Season Wrap-up

The fall soccer season is all wrapped up and over at this point, and I would have to consider it a success no matter how I measure it. Both our teams qualified for the post-season tournament, going in as the #3 seed on their respective sides of the tournament brackets. TV Fuego won their first round match 5-1 over #2 seed Madison Red and then lost in the tournament semi-finals 3-1 to Mountainview (who subsequently won the title with 6-1 win over Eagle Rock). That 3-1 loss was a significantly better showing than our early-season 8-1 loss to the same team. TV Azul lost in the first round of the tournament, losing on kicks to Eagle Rock after ending regulation tied 1-1. Taylorview was the only squad fielding two teams on either the boys or girls side to put both teams in the tournament.

In addition to qualifying for the tournament — and more important to me as a coach, though — we saw some significant growth in the play of the teams and from many of the players over the course of the season. Watching TV Fuego come together after a miserable 4-1 loss to rivals Gale that dropped us to 2-2, and then winning 3 straight to clinch a tournament berth was pretty cool. Our defense in particular just continued to improve each match.

All the gory details from the season are available on our team’s Web notebook. (And as has been the case each time I use it do put something like that together, I am just continually amazed by the power and flexibility of TiddlyWiki.)

A quick word of thanks to several people: to Mike for helping coach; to Dave for serving as team manager and for bringing your air tank to all the training sessions so that I didn’t have to pump up balls; to Meesha, Garry, Dave S., and Dave D. for helping with some of the training sessions;  to Jake for helping with goalkeeper training; to Lisa for helping with the team party at the end of the season; to Kris for taking pictures and putting together the photo DVD. Most importantly, thanks to the players for their hard work, their great attitudes, their sense of humor, and their love of the greatest game.

Now we turn our attention to tryouts for the spring season’s competitive teams, and then to indoor soccer over the winter. And best of all, now I get to go back to playing pickup matches in the park on Sunday afternoon with my soccer-loving friends…