CARDINALS – 6, D.L. – 0

The first reported upon game of the 2011 fall season.  Well, the staff photographer was there on Saturday – I was probably at some music event.  Our Cards won – and, based on the score, in rather convincing fashion.  So, here are the photographer’s photos – like me, he expresses little knowledge about the game of soccer, but I do enjoy following the World Cup every four years.  I do know that if you kick a ball, or hit it with your head, and it goes in the goal, it’s a point for your team.  Yay, team!  I only recognize a few of our players – from other teams last year – but I will try to catch up as the season progresses and I get a roster.

[The field behind Lincoln Elementary School – we need a new high school.]

[The on-site restaurant – we need a new high school.]

[A shot on the DL goal – I know because that is not “Baby Bruiser” defending the net.]

[The above 3-photo sequence appears to have occurred after a Cardinal goal (do I know soccer, or what?)]

[“Well, it’s another year.  Have you paid your activity fees yet?”]

[“Kick it in the goal!”]

[No. 11 is Becca Illies (from hockey, track) – now that her sister Claire has graduated, I shouldn’t get them confused any more.]

[I would not want to be that ball!]

[These are called throw-ins.  They happen when the other team does something illegal (though only a misdemeanor) like kicking the ball out of bounds.]

[This is a penalty kick.  Again, this happens when the other team does something illegal.  As punishment for the illegality, they have to stand in front of the kicker and hope they don’t get hurt.]

[This is the next photo in the sequence.  The penalty kick was successful?]

[This is Jess Syvrud (basketball, softball) – also No. 11?]

[“Lauren, your dad’s taking pictures!”]

[You’re doing good!”]

[Future Cardinal?]


[“Baby Bruiser” (No. 33) – the goalie.]

We won!

[Postscript:  The power of the international blog elicited commentary all the way from our nation’s capital:

I applaud your efforts to learn the finer points of soccer (futbol), but I think you really need to try something more challenging like field hockey.  Field hockey may be more of an eastern sport (although it is an Olympic sport even for men), but Cari played it for a year and after watching a number of games I was more confused than when I started.  I got the idea of putting the ball in the goal, but I couldn’t understand why the referee was always blowing the whistle.  Did the player raise the stick too high, did she hit the ball too high, did she use the wrong side of the stick (no backhands in field hockey)?  Nobody on the sidelines, even the supposed knowledgeable fans, had any idea.  The only halfway confusing part of soccer is offsides and that isn’t too hard to explain. 

– Bill]


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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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