I went to Matt’s Reserve Soccer game against Sidney’s reserve team last night. It was in Sidney and I had a haircut appointment at 5:00 which further delayed me. I missed the first half as a result, arriving just as the second half started.
The score does not reflect the level of domination which Troy had. They put on a clinic in ball control which I have not seen before at this level. They moved the ball both up and down as well as across the field without much opposition. Sidney didn’t really actively defend until the ball was just outside the penalty box.
It was impressive as a Troy fan but I can’t help but feel discouraged for the Sidney fans. Their players simply had no energy or spirit. They challenged poorly and did not even defend as a team – much less attack as one.
Matt shared after the fact that Chaz (his coach) had asked the players to put on a passing clinic by moving the ball around – especially negative – and to focus on moving in to supporting angles off ball. If they could play like that all of the time I’m sure that Troy would be much more successful. Unfortunately, most opponents don’t give you that much space (and time). I’m guessing the Reserve team does not win many games in-league. They are probably more successful playing the smaller local schools.
Becky and I stuck around for the first half of the Varsity game. Troy looked like the better team. The officiating was suspect in my eyes – very inconsistent. Touch fouls were being called in front of each 18 and very severe tackles were being let go in the central third. As a fan it was discouraging to watch.
It was especially tough to watch because many of the parents decided to sit on the Sidney side of the field (small stands and no sun in the eyes). Somehow, the Sidney parents were under the impression that the refs were biased against their team. Sidney’s style of play is very direct. They have one player up front who is very physically strong and one who is exceptionally fast. Basically, Sidney does not use the central third of the field. They play either directly to their forwards or in to space behind the opponents defenders. Most of the time it was a foot race for our defenders. Not an attractive style of play.
I really enjoy watching Troy play. I can’t help think that they would be undefeated now if not for Ryan Tremblay’s injury and subsequent inability to play. Even without him they did a great job controlling the center. They moved the ball up and down the field in a very attractive manner. It’s good stuff.
Unfortunately, the better team did not win. Sidney went up 2-0 before Troy managed to come back and tie the score. The first Sidney score came off of a deflection from a direct kick outside the Troy penalty box (another touch foul). Since Becky and left at half time we missed three of the goals. The TDN covers it pretty well.
Update: The Troy Daily News doesn’t retain there content online. Oh well, try to drive traffic to them and they ditch you. You can’t help some people.
I suspect that no one else will ever post in this blog but I’m going to give it my best effort. I wanted to share with you all my enthusiasm for a new program running currently on HBO. It’s a series (I can’t recall whether they view it as a mini-series or not) about the battle between good and evil.
There was a review in the Dayton Daily News over the weekend. Becky happened to stumble over it and realized that I would probably enjoy it. She was right and I’m glad she clued me in. The review characterizes the show as being a cross between the Grapes of Wrath and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. It appears to be a fair statement. In fact I would guess there was a deliberate effort to foster that perception. One of the main characters is a little person from the Twin Peaks series. I don’t believe it was coincidence.
If this works as expected I will have a way to keep everyone up to date on how the Pappas family of Troy is doing. I’m going to budget time to keep this updated on a weekly basis.
Now I understand that this is at best impersonal. This blog doesn’t replace my occasional (at best) phone calls or e-mail messages. But this way I get to indulge a hobby while you all get at least some marginal value associated with knowing what we are doing.
I don’t expect this to be a literary classic or gripping in any sense of the word, but hopefully, you’ll get some value from it.
As usual, our collective life is consumed with activities. As a rule, I’ll post updates by category, and the category name will be the person of interest. So for instance, if I talk about Matt’s doings, I’ll categorize the posting under Matt.
Matt is enjoying his role on the JV Soccer team. He’s getting a decent amount of playing time. The coach of the team does an excellent job managing playing time and getting everyone in to the game. I’m sure Matt would be happier with more time, but I think it’s been handled equitably. The team is doing very well. I believe they are about even on their record although I can’t remember for sure. Other then soccer, Matt is not that active. He enjoys playing computer and PC games and we probably over indulge that interest.
Michelle is also busy with soccer but probably not to the extent that Matt is. Her team has only played one game – a 1-1 tie with a team from Huber Heights. Her coach isn’t as fair as Matt’s, but we persevere (ha!).
Both kids are in new schools this year and that has been anticlimactic. I expected one or both to have issues but so far it has been silent. Becky and I are either being kept out of the loop or there is nothing to know. I hope it’s the latter. Matt’s Freshman in the High School. His classes appear to be interesting to him. He’s taking Latin, and it seems as if he enjoys it. Michelle is a 7th grader in the Junior High. She’s been very diligent about doing her homework each evening so it would appear she’s engaged in her classes. Both kids are pretty well engaged socially but I wouldn’t call either a social butterfly. They know kids in their own grades and I think that helps them adjust to the new schools.
Becky has been on a campaign to complete all of her summer vacation tasks now that summer vacation is complete. She has repainted four of the seven rooms in the house, and it looks really good. She chose solid colors and went with brighter ones than we’ve used in the past. She’s been discussing it with some of her friends and looking at what’s popular now. The great room is a yellow; I would guess somewhat of a pastel. The hallway is a orange’ish kind of color you would expect to look awful but is very nice. It is a very warm color. The two bathrooms went back to basics with an off white which I think is better then the sponge effect we had in the one room before. As if that weren’t enough we are also painting the exterior of the house. The color is very similar to what was there before. The cedar boards get very dry so this is a task we get to complete at least every two years. The next house will not have cedar.
Work is work for me. I’m in a role which I do not particularly excel at – but it keeps me employed. Hopefully I can improve my performance and add value to the company.