April 22, 2007

Is "someone" tryin' to tell me something?

It all seemed like a terrific idea ...

A teaching buddy of mine, a former high school soccer player, said his adult-league soccer team needed a goalie. I had played the position regularly back in junior high and some [mainly winter league] in high school, and I've always played the position at our annual staff-student soccer game. I've written about this previously, but today really got me thinking: Should I REALLY be doing this?? Look at my left eye!! (And the degree of swelling doesn't really come across in the pic.) First it was my ribs in week one, then a hyper-extended left wrist (which still hurts, but is markedly better) in week two, now after a mere FIVE minutes into my third game, I get cracked in the eye.

By "cracked" I mean I collided with a striker from the other team when a loose ball was played back to me. I clearly was going to beat him to the ball to kick it out of bounds, but he charged right ahead -- and into me. His forehead smacked right into my upper left cheek, right under the eye. Since I wear glasses (attached via krokie when I play sports), the frame sliced into the skin right above the eye and I began bleeding profusely. Exit one Hube from the game, ice bag on eye for the remaining 85 mins. (Ice soon to be on again in a few minutes, BTW!)

My two teaching buds on the team, as well as the other guys, think I'm just jinxed -- how can so many things constantly happen to the friggin' goalie?? Excellent question. Look, when I play, I play competitive. I'm not gonna "take the easy way out" just 'cause I'm friggin' old now. But the question is, am I too old to keep doing this s***? Healing takes more than twice the time it did when I was 20 years younger, and that ain't nothin' to shake a stick at. So, I'd be interested in my readers' opinions: If you were me, would you hang it up ... or stick it out? Let me know in the comments!

UPDATE (April 23 at 6:40pm): The eye's a lot worse. At least it looks a lot worse. But as for the actual physical danger to the eye, it's OK. The doctor gave me the thumbs up as far as any threat to the eye itself. Looks like no bone chip or fracture. Just a bunch of black & blue and whole lot of swelling.

And, I've reached a decision: I'm through with soccer. I enjoy it, sure, but it's not my fave sport anyway and I didn't expect that many of the players in this league would be as gung-ho as they are, and have a "winning-at-all-costs" attitude. We're not college dudes or fresh post-college grads who haven't a care in the world. We're older guys who have jobs and families. I don't need to have that jeopardized by some wannabe tough guy who feels he has something "to prove" or "make up for" from his past.

Posted by Hube at April 22, 2007 01:02 PM | TrackBack

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Well... we *are* older now and need to be a bit more careful. Competition need not be physical; isn't it a bit to meet that desire to win that we blog about, and comment about, politics? Also. I prescribe golf. And lots of it. Maybe we should organize the first annual Delaware Blogosphere Old Fat Guys and Gals Golf Tournament?

Posted by: Mike Mahaffie at April 22, 2007 01:18 PM

Thanks for the comments, Mike. I all for a bloggers golf tourney! What's a good course about halfway from south Sussex County and northern New Castle County?

Posted by: Hube at April 22, 2007 01:59 PM

Give it up Hube!!!!!

Posted by: cardinals fan at April 22, 2007 09:18 PM

Welcome to fogey-dom, my friend!

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at April 22, 2007 10:51 PM

A couple years ago I got talked into going out for rugby by an English buddy of mine. After three practice sessions I had a broken thumb and a sprained wrist, and my feet were black and blue from being stepped on in the scrum. And this was in practice! So anyway, I went back to playing hockey, where you get to wear all kinds of wonderful padding. Oh, and then there was the time I got 12 stitches under my eye from soccer, thanks to an elbow from some Guatemalan dude. At least when I got a hockey stick in the face, it was only 7 stitches.

Hey Mahaffie, tell me more about this golf thing?

Posted by: G Rex at April 23, 2007 09:47 AM

Alas.. A modern day Luke Appling

Posted by: Fred Gregory at April 23, 2007 12:59 PM

Hube- if you are having fun, keep playing.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at April 23, 2007 02:18 PM