I'm watchin' a little World Cup this morning with my cup of coffee. Did you know that I played soccer in high school? I was the left wing. It was the first girls soccer league in Wichita Falls. We played through the Girls Club as we did most sports back then, because a big AAAAA high school like WFHS didn't have any girls sports other than tennis and swimming. Oh yeah, they passed Title Nine giving girls equal opportunity. My senior year WFHS then added track and golf - thanks a lot. Can you tell that was a sore spot with me? Thank goodness for the YWCA and the Girls Club; they offered us volleyball, softball, basketball, and eventually soccer. I was game for any team sports. The WFHS girls soccer team won "City" my senior year. We gave the trophy to our high school - what else were we going to do with it? I do have some crazy stories about that year - like being short of players for one game, and the coach of the other team allowed my little 13 year old brother to play with us. They thought he was a little girl. Anyway after he scored his third goal, the other coach decided he couldn't play after all. Pete has a whole other version to this story, but I was not nearly as tough as he thought I was. Basically, the other team started calling Pete names when he started scoring, and they got a bit rough with him. Lets just say that didn't go over well with me and my teammates.
You could say that I was a part of the girls who started the whole soccer program in WF. Did you know that Mia Hamm grew up in WF and played soccer there? Did you know that my brother coached her on an all star team? You are welcome, Mia.
We were living in McAllen, TX, when Mexico hosted the World cup back in the 1986. It was very exciting times down on the border. Later when the USA hosted the World Cup, Bo kept statistics and scores like a pro. My brother bought Bo a German T-shirt at one of the Dallas games. Bo wore it until it rotted and fell off his body. Yep, we like us a little soccer and especially the World Cup.