2007 Women’s World Cup – USA Team in 3rd Place

6 11 2007

The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team won a bronze medal at the 2007 Women’s World Cup held in China in September. Still, it’s a shame that the 2007 Women’s World Cup received very little coverage in the United States’ media. Because of the time difference, the games were televised at between 5 am and 8 am in the morning. There was little or no mention on national network news or newspapers.

At the time in September, I visited various sports websites for news and stats about the World Cup and I found nada! My best source for information was Wikipedia.

2007 Women’s World Cup On Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_FIFA_Women’s_World_Cup

Ironic? Maybe. But the media is not the only party to blame. Why was the World Cup held during the busiest sports month. In September you have College Football, Pro Football, the end of Baseball, and the beginning of international soccer leagues around the world.

This is a column that appeared on USA Today last month.

FIFA’s World Cup timing doing women’s soccer a disservice
By: Christine Brenna, USA Today
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/brennan/2007-09-05-world-cup-timing_n.htm

So here is my little part to cover the 2007 Women’s World Cup.

Did you know that Carli Lloyd, US’ midfielder, is a Rutgers University ’04 alumni? And that she was named first-team all-Big East Conference for four straight years and Big East midfielder of the year in 2004? Here a link to her website, CarliLloyd.com. And this is a link to her ussoccer.com biography.


Video of Carli Lloyd on youtube.com

Did you also know that Heather O’Reilly, 22, US’ forward, currently playing soccer for the University of North Carolina, was born in New Brunswick, NJ and grew up in East Brunswick, NJ.


USsoccer.com interview of Heather O’Reilly (part 1)

She wrote a blog hosted on Soccer.com during the 2007 Women’s World Cup. Here is a link to her blog.
http://www.soccer.com/chinablog/index.blog?cm_mmc=SOCCER-_-china2007-_-banner-_-OReillyBlog

So that’s it.





Rutgers vs South Florida 2007

2 11 2007

I have said it before. Rutgers has been playing amazing games but this blog will not attempt to talk Sports. Dany will leave that to the pros on ESPN. (Actually, yes, I have something to say to Coach Schiano: Punter! I like Ito as a kicker but Rutgers is giving up +15 yards per punt compared to last year. 5 punts per game X +15 yards per punt = +75 yards per game that Rutgers is losing. Let Ito concentrate on kicking and bring a young talent with a strong leg. Bring another Joe Radigan). So that’s it.

Back to the game outside the game.

Rutgers Dance Team. Hip-Hop cool. Triple pirouettes even cooler. Girls bring those turns back.

 

The Rutgers “Non-Marching” (Because-There-Was-No-Room-to-March) Band Jams after the fans stormed the field after the game. Awww. The twirlers are looking sad because they didn’t get to do their show. I would be sad too after practicing all week long and then not being able to showcase the material.

 

Ben is thrown on the air after Underwood scored a TD to make it 20-17 Rutgers. This was the sweetest TD of the season, by far!!!

 

The Rutgers Band plays “Crazy Train” during one of those commercial breaks.

 

 

Here is a little treat:

This recording is “On the Banks of the Old Raritan”, Rutgers’ Alma Mater





The Things That Two People Share When They Connect

2 11 2007

(This is a repost from March 2007, but I thought it was appropriate to bump it up.)
… Not the things that two people share, but the things that two people share when they connect. Is a relationship only about sex or an official title? What ever happened to all the hidden details? Does a painter only draw stick figures on a white background? Is a song just about the words? I want the things that are most meaningful, walks in the park at night, endless conversations into the early morning, cuddling on the couch in front of a movie, the intimacy of her innermost secrets, the smell her skin, conversations with only glances, the sense of adventure and discovery, the intimacy of a kiss on the neck, the warm air of a whisper, stealing the cold of her lips after heavy breathing, the peace of mind when you truly trust, her idiosyncrasies that turn her into something weird and wonderful, the flirting, the mutual smirks, the breaking of boundaries and the setting of new ones, the complicity of sin, the constant laughter, the refreshing feeling of the harmony of her presence, the thoughts that make you smile in her absence, the expectation of the next date, the satisfaction of her happiness, the calls in the middle of the night just because, the presence of a car waiting outside to pick you up, waiting outside to pick her up, the first two seconds after she gets in your car, a kiss under a red light, the mutual respect for each other values. …





Jimbox

15 10 2007

Our friend Jimbox. Nice hair Jimbo.

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The First Cold Morning of September

16 09 2007

September 16th, 2007 – New Brunswick NJ

There is a magical contradiction in this first cold morning of the arriving Autumn. This morning the sun shines bright on the green leaves outside my open window, but it cannot disguise the hostile coldness in the air. This chill does not numb my body though. This chill reminds me of the agony, the pain and sorrow, the sensuality and bliss, the desire and amour that I once felt. It hurts and heals at the same time. It reminds me that I am alive because I feel and that I feel because I am alive.

The slight chill in the air brings me memories of the first and last Septembers in her life. Soon, the leaves will change colors and I will have forgotten if I am seventeen, twenty-one, or twenty-four years old.





Rutgers vs Buffalo. Football 2007.

31 08 2007

Rutgers vs Buffalo 2007. Scarlet Knights. Rutgers University. Football.

The Rutgers vs Buffalo game was awesome!!! The Scarlet Knights have officially started the season with a win vs Buffalo. I will leave all the sports talk to the sport talk people.

This article will feature and focus on the game outside the game (i.e. the Rutgers Marching Band, the RU Twirlers, the Rutgers Dance Team, the Cheerleaders and the fans).

The Rutgers Band:

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In previous years, the band occupied the stands behind the north endzone, but this year the band has been placed on the field in order to make room for the eager fans. This worked out great for me because I was sitting directly next to the band and we had perfect acoustic reception in section 109.

Gina and her “Verizon Network”:

The Rutgers Twirlers were magnificent in their brand new outfits as they spear-headed the procession to the Stadium in Piscataway.

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This is a link to the official RU Twirlers Website.

We hung back to the very end of the game in order to listen to the post game ceremony. The Marching Band performed “Malaguen~a” and the Alma Matter acapella. Holy effing crap! They sounded awesome!

The Twirlers took center stage right smack in the middle of the band during this performance – I wish there were pics but my battery was dead by then. I want to know when Gina choreographed the Twirlers’ routine because it was longs as hell. Dod Gamn!

(Updated: Sep.06.2007 – Thursday)
I found a video of the Rutgers Post Game performance on youtube by a user “vanessaP85”.

The Fans:

What to say? Painted faces, a sea of red, the cute girls…

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The R U Chant… R!!!!! U!!!!!! R!!!!! U!!!!!!!…

But most importantly, this a video of the Celebration for the very first Touch Down and Extra Point of the 2007 Season.

This is the Celebration for the second Touch Down and Extra Point of the 2007 Season.

Another celebration! Too many to count at this point. Really! Rutgers 38, Buffalo 3. On this one, there is a good shot of the Dance Team.

The Rutgers Dance Team:

There are a lot of new faces in the RU Dance Team these year. In part, this is because there were a handful of seniors that graduated last year. I haven’t worked things out yet but I seems that some non-graduating dancers didn’t return this year. No matter, they danced like pros.

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The second thing that I noticed is the spanking new glittering red little dresses – too many adjectives, ha! – worn by the dance team. Those dresses were very sexy without being too revealing but I have to be honest: I like the uniforms from last year (black pants and a little tops) better. It is not a matter how much skin they were showing or anything like that. Honest! In fact, they were showing more skin with the dresses. It has more to do with the dancers setting themselves apart from the Cheerleaders. The pants and tops outfit made the dance team look like the athletes that they actually are. If you want to compare, take a look at this 2006 Dance Team Video in my other website. Make no mistake, those 16 young women looked absolutely beautiful in glittering red. But in more than one occasion, I had to correct fans when they referred to the dance team as cheerleaders. Get it right! They are not cheerleaders, they are dancers! See my point? Bring the pants and dance sneakers back. Glittering red pants, now that would be hot!

The Mascot:

I got close to the Mascot this game and it stunk like something! Ha! Not the mascot that rides on the horse, the other Mascot, the puffy Knight. Actually, the knight that rides on the horse stinks too… well, the horse stinks.

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T-Mobile Dash

Please note that videos and pictures were all taken with my T-Mobile Dash. Who needs an effing iPhone??).





Dan mes reves

16 06 2007

Dans mes rêves, tu m’as dit que tu m’aimes encore. C’est vrai?