United States soccer/football. What does it hold in its future?

One week ago yesterday, the United States Men’s National Team failed to qualify for its eighth consecutive World Cup as they fell to Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 in Couva. All the Yanks needed to do was either get a win or a draw and they would be in. This loss meant that the United States would be sitting at home for the first time since (Mexico) 1986 to watch the finals.

Just a few days after that, head coach/manager Bruce Arena resigned from the team, but this should come to no surprise to anyone as he wanted to take the men to the finals and then leave after that.

The two big questions that remain after this are simple. What does the future hold for the USMNT and will soccer/football continue to grow despite this failure?

First question; What does the future hold? That is a tough question because if it were up to me, I would find someone who can find talent away from M(ajor) L(eague) S(occer) because it seems like lately, a lot of the MLS talent just isn’t there. There are players around the world playing in other leagues who are doing just as well, if not better then these guys and I would like to see some of them get a call up.

Second question; Will the sport continue to grow? I absolutely think it will. The sport is one of the most affordable (to pick up) as a child and while camps and youth leagues can be a challenge (both money and distance), it can still teach the young ones some valuable lessons. I played for a while when I was younger and I loved it. I still love playing it today and teaching young kids what I know.

What do I want to see now? I want to see a coach/manager come in with experience abroad come in and I want to see President Gulati resign. I understand that the women have won three World Cups, but their last showing in the Olympics was pretty embarrassing and I will talk about that later.

I however, will never stop rooting for the Red, White, and Blue, and neither should you. These are our fellow countrymen. Cheer them on and continue to give them your full support.

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Frostburg Football. Here we go.

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As we are now under two days until the biggest game of the season, I thought it would be fun to count down the top five games I saw while I was at Frostburg State. Yes, we had a losing record each year I was there, but I saw some great games and saw some exciting moments. And yes, I went to almost every home game no matter the weather.

#5: September 4th, 2010 vs. Geneva. While this was a loss, this was an exciting game because it showed me that even with a lot of turnovers, you can still squeak out a win. What was the season opener for both sides, Geneva looked like they were in midseason form, but FSU kept up with them throughout the game. The Golden Tornadoes may have beaten the Bobcats on the scoreboard and in the stat sheet, but it was a thriller as FSU was able to get it within one score with less than two minutes to go, but just couldn’t get the onside kick to set up a drive to get the game winning score. Geneva 32, Frostburg 27.

#4: October 31st, 2009 vs. (D2) UNC Pembroke. This game was a mismatch from the start, but I thoroughly enjoyed this game because I got to watch a Division 2 Top 25 school come to my school and put on a great show. The Braves held the Bobcats to under one hundred yards of total offense and played phenomenal all game. It was only a 7-0 Braves lead after the first quarter which was a shock to both Braves and Bobcat fans alike. While it may have been rainy and yucky, it still made for a great day at the stadium, and a great time with friends afterwards. UNC Pembroke 52, Frostburg 7.

#3: September 17th, 2011 vs. Utica. This game had many emotions going into it. This was the first home game since the tragic passing of Derek Sheely. It was a white out which was a nice touch, and did the Bobcats come to play this day. The offense was very balanced and the Pioneers had no chance pretty much as the Bobcats controlled the clock three of the four quarters. Granted it was only a 16-14 lead for FSU at the half, but in the 2nd half, they took full control of the game and never looked back. This one was for you Derek. Frostburg 44, Utica 24.

#2: September 1st, 2012 vs. Geneva. Yes, I have brought the Golden Tornadoes back into this, but this one was a thriller at Mountain Ridge High School. As the construction of Bobcat Stadium continued, FSU played their first game at MRHS and the fireworks really came out during this one. 73 First Downs, Only 6 punts, 1275 yards, and 109 points when you add certain stats up for both sides. The best part was one of the final plays of the game; Anthony Young caught a touchdown pass with ten seconds to go to lift FSU to the win. Little did I know what I would see a few weeks later with Baylor and WVU when it came to a point total. Frostburg 56, Geneva 53.

And #1. October 22nd, 2011 (Homecoming) vs. Alfred. Wow. Just wow. I still think about this game from time to time. It was the greatest game on turf that weekend, it made the front page of d3football.com, and it was Homecoming! Forty points combined were scored in the second quarter alone in the 2nd quarter and the game was sent into overtime after a 42 yard field goal by Jonathan Adams as time expired in the 4th. After a touchdown and a failed point after by the Saxons in the 2nd overtime, Frostburg marched down the field and not only got a touchdown, but converted their point after. Still to this day, I get asked why we (the fans…or me) didn’t storm the field afterwards. We were told we could have, but oh well. Frostburg 54, Alfred 53. Double OT.

Still to this day, they (The football team) thank me for coming every weekend no matter the weather. They were a great group of guys and a better group of friends.

Gun violence

For starters, I want to give my biggest sympathy and well wishes for those that either lost someone or is currently recovering from the shooting in Las Vegas and Kansas. And to those who have been impacted by a shooting somewhere else in the country and the world.

Gun violence. We hear about it every day. Every day is there is some sort of shooting and innocent lives are taken. Not only that, but it it is breaking families and friends apart because we as a society are resorting to this as an answer to our problems.

VIOLENCE IS NEVER THE ANSWER!

Why does this happen? What good does it do? Every day as well you hear that “There should be tougher gun laws” but let’s be real, I haven’t heard anything. Have you?

If I am not mistaken, gun laws are regulated state by state and not the Federal Government.

All I know is, I want to see an end to this sooner rather than later.

Just a quick post today. Please be safe out there. That’s all I ask.

I am who I am.

 

Pain. Agony. Defeat. Frustrated. Hurt. Depressed. You would never know that is how this young man is feeling if you look at these two pictures. You see that he looks to be happy with a flag and his race bibs behind him as well. You also see his crutches, so you know he’s had some sort of injury. He still uses them because he still gets some intense pain and has to use them every now and then to get around.

That young man is me. I am who I am. All those words in the beginning are how I feel most nights and there is really no way out. This year has been a tough one for me, but I am still going strong through it all.

I would love to talk with some of you and get to know you better. If you wish to contact me, my Facebook and Instagram links are on the right. If you can’t view them, but still wish to contact me, let me know.

Have a great week everyone.

It may be only week two but…

Ah yes, the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. Such a beautiful time of year. The leaves are changing, people are getting outside more, pumpkin spice and apple cider products are in plenty, and football.

As this blog post is being written, we are in the third week of the College Football season (My boys are 2-0 and 1-1 respectively) and in the second week of the National Football League already.

Notice how I didn’t give a record to my NFL team? That’s because I’m slowly drifting away from the NFL. It may be only week two but, for some reason, I just can’t get into it this year. Maybe it’s because I’m tired of hearing all the bullshit from “fans” who want to complain about every little thing a player or team is doing. It’s called Free Speech. Let them do what they want to do. Sure, we can criticize them but let’s not be all whiny about it. Come on now. Not only that, but when you have a select few teams make it to the postseason and it is the same ones making it the distance, that’s where the problem comes in too. I’m all for expanding the playoffs by two teams. Ask me later how the brackets would work.

Maybe it’s also because unlike the NFL, in college, you have a better chance of pulling an upset if you aren’t that great. For an example, FCS (Formerly 1-AA) school South Dakota beat FBS (Formerly 1-A) Bowling Green last weekend. Granted they were both 4-7/8 last year, but you see my point. Yes, I know Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Ohio State, and sometimes Oklahoma are the schools to beat, but beyond that College Football is awesome because there are more postseason opportunities and, at most schools, they play it for the love of the game and not money.

Is it hockey season yet?

Happy Birthday United States.

I know we have struggled as a country from time to time, but that should not dampen the mood as we celebrate Independence Day. While there have been conflicts, protests, corruption, and so much more, we still should take for granted that we live in this beautiful country with the freedoms we get to enjoy on a daily basis.

To me, this isn’t just home. I love being an American and I hope you do too. If not, then by all means tell me why not.

Happy Independence Day everyone and Happy 241st Birthday to the greatest country in the world.

God Bless America.

What in the world Mr. President?

Is it just me or are you starting to get fed up with what Mr. President is saying? Don’t get me wrong here, he has done decently (not well) so far in office, but there are some items that are just getting under my skin.

I feel like he is rambling on a lot of times and not only that, just some of his speeches and accusations aren’t true. What in the world Mr. President? I understand not everyone will get along with you or believe what you say, but come on now. You are much smarter than that.

I know it’s not just me that sees this. Having a President without any prior background in politics was a bad idea from the start.

Hopefully this country learns from that and won’t make the same mistake in three years.

Toughen up Mr. President, do your job, and stop calling out people that don’t agree with you. You said you will make “America Great Again” and I’m waiting for that.

My fellow bloggers.

My fellow bloggers.

It is now a sad time here in the United States. President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order saying that refugees from certain African and Middle Eastern countries will not be allowed to enter the country and will be detained if they try and do so.

This makes me really sad, angry, and depressed. We are all immigrants one way or another in this wonderful country I call home. I understand there are some word wide terrorist groups that we have to watch out for, but what happened to letting different people from all over the world visit and maybe someday live here?

Maybe it’s just me, but I love when people from all over the world visit. I love talking with them, learning their cultures, and telling them why I love here.

All I can say is; President Trump, let these people in!

God Bless America.

Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting sick and tired of hearing people say that Cousins should leave DC. All I am going to ask is; if he does, who do you want as his replacement? I’ve heard outrageous remarks from Tony Romo to Colt McCoy to RG3 to Nate Sudfeld.

I’m sorry, but right now Captain Kirk is the best quarterback the Redskins have had since either Jason Campbell or Patrick Ramsey or if you really want to go far back; Mark Rypien. The reason why all three left is not because they couldn’t win the big games, but because they just couldn’t stay healthy. That isn’t a problem with Kirk Cousins last time I heard and/or checked.

While Cousins may struggle at times, all quarterbacks tend to. have a bad game or two. Oh and while we are at it, let’s put some of the blame on some other players for him having a bad game or two. Oh and how about that horrible defense? That cost the Redskins a few games too.

If Cousins does leave, I will not be just angry at them for letting a really good player go, but I will laugh at them each and every time they finish below 500 for the season.

What do you think?

Why I didn’t say Merry Christmas or Happy New Year on social media.

You may find this opinion piece unpopular and that is okay. I do this blog not because I have to, but because I want to.

Now that Christmas and New Year’s have came and went, I can get this piece of information out.

Do you know why I didn’t wish anyone a Merry Christmas or a Happy New Year on social media? It’s because I have friends, colleagues, etc, that don’t celebrate either one. On the Christmas side, they either celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or they don’t even celebrate it at all. As for New Year’s, some people could either care less that it is the New Year, or help take part in Chinese New Year. Remember, the Gregorian calendar is the one you look to for New Years.

I’m not being politically correct, I’m just looking out for other people in other backgrounds who may find it offensive that we don’t include them in their celebrations.

There is a reason why we say Happy Holidays now and not just Merry Christmas.