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Goal Post Vol. 3 #16

posted Aug 2, 2012, 12:37 PM by Jim Magrogan

Goal Post

Vol. 3 Notch #16, 2012

The Mother of All Coed Soccer Newsletters

The World’s Greatest Source of Cliché Ridden Hyperbole

Arrows from My Quiver of Whimsy

 

Title Race Tightens: Hamstrung ‘Canes emerge as the Big Winners

With the top four teams all facing each other it could have been the pivotal week in the title chase. Instead two score draws between the top four left the door open a wee smidgeon for the ‘Canes to hobble through and muddy up the waters. Only 5 points now separate the top five. With titanic clashes ahead, games in hand to be played, and the unpredictable Wright Stuff and Lift ‘n Pints poised to scuttle the best laid plans of captains of any given team on any given day there still remains no foretelling of who will drink the elixir of eternal football from the cherished Grail. Those charged with etching the triumphant team’s name upon the silver plated sacred chalice of football immortality may have to wait until the final moment of the final game on the final day before they can fire up their etching thingy (if anyone knows the real name for an etching thingy please let me know).

 

Despite all the pent up anticipation surrounding the top of the table clashes it was the Wright Stuff and Lift ‘n Pints who provided the biggest thrills in a 6-5 extravaganza that left a bitter taste in the mouth of the Wright Stuff’s utility man David “Call me Mr. C” Connolly who scored a spectacular tying goal. Or at least he thought he had…. until he noticed the unforgiving arm of the referee was raised slowly and painfully aloft denying him one of those “hey mom, guess what, I scored today” moments our inner child so often craves. Without the benefit of video technology we can only speculate on the truth about just where Mr. C.  was positioned when the ball was played and whether some referees have long enough memories that stretch back to the 2011 high school season. Was Mr. C. paying the price for the transgressions of others or had he simply crossed that imaginary line that causes so much heartache in football stadia across the globe? These are eternal questions that will surely remain unanswered across the millennia, or simply forgotten after a pint or too.

 

Aloft on SVU1 the ‘Canes came back to life with a 4-3 victory over the always hard to eclipse Blue Mooners. With Vlad the Impaler amid an unprecedented goal drought the Mooners seem to be missing that final ingredient for that recipe that brought so much success in the past. For the ‘Canes the return of three key ingredients: “Messi of the Meadows”, Marshall “Tenacious C” Carrasco and Keriann “I will get you out of a pickle at the back” Clausen was just what the doctor ordered to revive their ailing title challenge.

 

So we advance to July 19th.  With the Bhoys & Ghirls sidelined by a bye, will the cunning, calculating Scots offer out subs with sabotage on their mind…..?

 

A Date to Remember

Friday August 24th Women’s Soccer - UNR will play Cal Poly at Mackey Stadium. I mention this as Ken Lancaster’s (Red ‘Canes) daughter Sarah is a starter for Cal Poly. We should all gather behind the goals with TP, rattles and Vuvuzelas. Start practicing some songs – “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles”, “Nice One Cyril” etc. Let’s do it!

 

Standings & Stats

Attached.

 

League Alumni Klaus Grimm Puts out a Challenge to all you RVPs Out There

One of the league’s all time top scorers is offering $2 a goal, with one his mates chipping in another $1 per goal - which means we are at $3 a goal for charity this season. You can make a pledge too – something per goal, a favorite team mate, a flat fee, your personal goals - you name it. Make your pledge known to me (tolleygfoggy@earthlink.net) and I will keep Klaus in the loop. Last year we wound up raising over $1500. Let’s try to top it in 2012. As of 7/13/2012 253 goals scored (that’s $759). Still waiting on those pledges……

 

McQueen High School

MCQ is in need of a JV girls coach. If you are interested let me know, I will put you in touch with the powers to be.

 

A Nod to Chaingang’s Mike Reynolds

Mike Reynolds (one of the league’s founding members, sometimes “Golden Boot” recipient and designer of our league logo which is far smarter than you may first think (check it out on the website) has metaphorically put pen to paper over the last goodness knows how long and achieved another kind of goal many of us dream of; he has completed his first novel “Flight of the Earls.” It will be published later this year and is already available to order on Amazon. I am particularly envious, as I have half dozen ideas up my sleeve but that massive fear of rejection (and poor grammar) always gets in the darn way. Not to mention that all my best ideas have been “stolen” (well, maybe not stolen; the author just beat me to the post) by one of my favorite authors – Nick Hornby (Fever Pitch, About a Boy, High Fidelity).

 

Which brings me to a new column that may mean the Goalpost will become a year round publication.

 

“Found in the Changing Room Locker”

Maybe it is because the end of our season is approaching (not to mention the end of the World in December) that I have decided to fire up this column to insure you all have the chance to broaden your experience of the World’s greatest game - this is not opinion – it is fact. The question is where will you get your football fix as fall and winter approach and you don’t like playing indoor and you don’t get FSC? Well let me recommend a book or two or even a movie or two.

 

So a couple of books to get you started:

 

“Among the Thugs” by Bill Buford. An American academic goes under cover in the 80’s to learn just how English football thuggery is less charming than you might think.

 

“Fever Pitch” by Nick Hornby. Family life and following Arsenal FC combine to provide one of the best “football” books ever written. There is a movie version too (no not the Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore one) the English one with Peter Firth (I can here all you gals swoon as I type). Oh, that accent, that English charm, that crazy hair…..

 

And a movie to get you started:

 

“The Damn United” (thanks to Vlad the Impaler for giving me a copy). A gritty, somewhat brutal dramatization of the rise and fall of England’s most outspoken and controversial club manager: Brian Clough or “Cloughie”. None of that sugar-coated nonsense you find in most sport-inspired movies. And none of that Man U crap either - this United is Leeds United, possibly the most detested club in the history of English top flight football, just ask Chaingang’s Chris King (aka The Great Wall of York).

 

 

Results July 12th

OBG 1 v 1 Bhoys & Ghirls                       

Chaingang 2 v 2 Pink Panthers        

Wright Stuff 5 v 6 Lift ‘n Pints        

Blue Mooners 3 v 4 Red Canes                 

 

Games July 19th

OBG v Red Canes                   SVL2

Chaingang v Lift ‘n Pints                  SVL1

Blue Mooners v Team 6 Pack SVU2

Wright Stuff v Pink Panthers  SVU1

Bhoys & Ghirls = bye

 

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