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posted May 25, 2015, 3:32 PM by Jim Magrogan

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The 11th Season

Vol. 6# 1

The Mother of All Coed Soccer Newsletters

All the News Worth Making Up - Editor-in-Chief: Brian Williams


This Season Goes Up To Eleven

Clocks have sprung forward. Taxes have been filed. Cold-windy weather lurks menacingly beyond Peavine. Annoying emails are beginning to appear in your mailbox. It is beginning to look like the Reno Senior Coed Soccer League season. To be precise, the quest for northern Nevada’s most coveted sports trophy will trundle into action at 6pm on Thursday, April 16th 2015. Delusion will propagate, crutches will be tossed, braces will be cast upon the four winds, hamstrings will twang, Achilles will creak, knees will scuff, toes will stump, referees will be chewed out, babies will be born, pizza will be eaten, beer will be spilt, last August’s socks will finally be washed and testosterone will surge (in small quantities) – all in pursuit of that most cherished orb: the size five soccer ball. The drought stricken pastures of the Truckee Meadows will be alive with the sound of something. The bells of glory will chime, the sighs of despair will whistle down the wind with every second guess and incomprehensible Scotsmen will chirp relentlessly as hindsight is proven once again to be 20-20. So, are you ready for some real FOOTball? Thursday night is football night in Nevada.


Reggie Comes of Age

Keeping with tradition, I must forget to mention our patron saint, St. Reginald D’Embolden of Arkansas. Reggie turned 35 this year becoming eligible to play without his hands this year and expand his territory beyond the box (not that it stopped him before). Yes you will have the chance to marvel at his ball skills as he roams like a cheetah reaching beyond the confines of the Sportsdome to the great outdoors (assuming his shorts are legal for public exposure) without a whistle in his hand but assuredly with a ball at his feet. There is no doubting that this brother has got some game; he could the league formbook upside down, inside out and a wee bit topsy-turvy.


The Line-Ups

By now you should have heard from your skipper (hint to skippers) welcoming you to your team. You should have at least seen an email from the league with the team listsNo doubt there will be a few grunts and groans but I have made genuine attempt to plaeas everyone for the entire season if not the entire time so to speak. We are holding at 10 teams for the season. With teams like Game of Throw-Ins and The Young and the Rest of Us it surely going to be a fun-filled, action-packed season overflowing with soap opera and cliffhangers. Future expansion hinges whether the powers-to-be can meet the demand with more fields. Write to Dean Heller, that Amodei guy or Hilary (Schieve not Clinton) or someone. If you must, blame the lack of fields on Obama. For those of you signed up as substitutes, you should also have received an email recently, outlining the procedure.


The Stadia

Procuring fields this year has been more of a challenge than last year’s World Cup (blame it on Obama and/or Lacrosse). Some venues are waiting on confirmation until light rail networks and airports are finished. I feel like John Kerry at the Iranian nuclear negotiations as I criss-cross the Truckee Meadows wining (no H) and dining the power brokers of local soccer real estate. Anyone got a really big backyard? It will be resolved even if I have to sell my soul or body, I promise. At this juncture my best advice is to make no assumptions about where your game will be, double-check with your skippers.


The Rules

After much debate, the “women’s rule” stands as is (I hear the grunts and groans, but some very valid arguments were made in its favor). If you are new to the league, this is definitely the topic to ask your captains to clarify.


The rules can be found on our website, www.renoseniorcoedsoccer.com . There will be a few adjustments to how the standings are determined, stay tuned on that one.


Internal Matters

For those of you that play indoor and are concerned about the overlap between Thursday indoor coed and outdoor coed. Do not fret. Owen at the Dome is fully aware and will be adjusting the schedule for the last two weeks of the current session.


A Reminder – Be Nice

This is a coed league with a broad spectrum of “experience”, a league where most of the participants are required to get out of bed each morning. It is a league where real men are GENTLEmen (literally). It is not the Premier League or the World Cup – we all like to win, but not at the expense of another’s mobility. If you get bumped, turn the other cheek, do not seek retribution. Turn the other cheek so to speak. If a call stinks – hold your nose and keep your opinions to yourself, at least until the pizza parlor.  If you think you might be getting hot under the collar, sub out. Be gracious in both victory and defeat. I could go on, but you get the gist.


Après-Soccer

We are a social league. We like to get together after the games (it certainly helps us get over games that maybe got a wee bit chippy). When we are playing at North Valleys, folk gravitate to Archies on North Virginia near UNR. Those playing in the south head to Lamppost Pizza near RC Willey. By the second half of the season we are all playing down south, so we all go to Lamppost.


I cannot make you have fun, but I want you to have fun. Our league members are a great group; get to know them.  Personally, I am always open to someone buying me a beer.


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