It has been a tough week to be a Brazil Soccer Fan … and there are very few Brazilians who are not soccer fans. But – they are resilient and their love for the game will help them move forward. Having a week go by where you are outscored 10 to 1 is difficult for anyone.
Last night we were at the ‘intimate’ confines of Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara for the Earthquakes game. And with ‘intimate’ I use a euphemism that basically means “how quickly can we get to a real stadium???”. I know I should be a huge supporter – and I am on every front ... except for that stadium. I will say – the field is nice and the game production is nice – and everyone is friendly … so you could have worse. I am counting the days to the new stadium.
Stadium aside --- the San Jose Earthquakes feel so much like ‘home’ and ‘family’. I would have wanted nothing more for my son in his professional career than to play for this team and their fans. I may have wanted more points-per-game … but I am pretty convinced that those will come and the second half of the season will be different. I see these guys play for each other and that is the most important element to the game.
Even though … last night the crowd was warm and supportive of my oldest son and for that I am eternally grateful. In fact – it really was a fantastic night for a dad.
Tomorrow I hope for the same warm and supportive environment for my round at Pebble Beach … I am sure that won’t happen though. My final thought for tonight is that --- really … are women that much smarter than men??? Last night we are driving down to the Quakes-United game and my wife asks out of the blue --- “how much were your new golf shoes today?” – now I used my own credit card that she has no access to and I hid the shoes in the trunk of my car so there was no way that she could possibly know … but all I could come up with was: “do you mean list price or what I paid?” (I paid list price by the way). I am hoping that one day in our lives we husbands may someday realize that we are really in charge – but so far … those facts are not in evidence.