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Archive for September, 2011

Wenger Set to Stay at the Emirates

“Arsene Wenger is not broken. To see him portrayed as an idiot is damaging – not to him or the club but to the game… [Sacking him] is a route we are not going to go down.”

– Ivan Gizidis, Arsenal Chief Executive



In my exhaustion last night, I mixed up several facts…they’ve been corrected in the previous post.  Also, I’m sorry that posts lately have been so short.  I’ve been very busy, and haven’t had too much spare time.

4 Sports Day

Training goes on, and today my fitness was really put to the test.  From 2-3:40, I ran a hurling/gaelic football practice with the BCGAA, teaching some newcomers how to play the sports as well.  Then from 4-6, I had an intense soccer scrimmage with the intramural team.  Finally at 7:30, I had an intramural softball game, which got out around an hour later just in time for me to head to work.

Soccer went well, and the team is coming together nicely.  Our first game is this Wednesday night, in what looks like our hardest match of the regular season.

Stomach Troubles

For the past two or three days I’ve been suffering from a pretty nasty stomach bug.  I won’t get into the details.  Just take my word for it – it’s unpleasant.  Though it stopped me going to the gym yesterday, I did manage to get out for training today.

It went alright.  Healthwise, I was not on my game.  Certain effects of my gastrointestinal issue had left me very dehydrated and all around exhausted.  That being said, I played alright.  My roommate and second-year teammate Alex Choi joined up with us for the first time today, and he seemed to fit in well with the squad.

I’m very excited for the season to get underway.  We have a very talented squad that might manage to be a contender come playoff time.  More to come…

The Red Bandana – 9/11 Remembrance

On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, ESPN honors a Boston College athlete who sacrificed his life to save others at the World Trade Center.

The Season Begins

On the BC practice football field, my intramural team had its first training session yesterday.  Though I had to leave a bit early, I have to say it went fantastically.  There was lots of inventive play, good passing, and a great level of general fitness.  We also have solid players at every position – including goalkeeper, a rarity on the intramural circuit.

More info. to come later.

Looking Forward, Looking Back

Junior Year officially began today, with BC undergraduate classes starting up.  I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been busy with finishing work, getting ready for school, and moving into my new off-campus house.  In case you’re wondering…it’s pretty sweet.  Eight bros with their own house:  eight bedrooms, two common rooms, two bathrooms, two kitchens, a good-sized balcony.

My Room


View from my bed


My Floor's Common Room


...Complete with one of our two giant TVs

The off-campus life so far has been great.  But in addition to living the college life, I’ve been focused on training.  The past two weeks or so have been very busy – I’ve only played soccer once or twice!  I’ve still been keeping in shape though, doing simple workouts to maintain my level of fitness.

So after this two-week hiatus, I consider where I stand in relation to my goal of playing football abroad.  I have four months left til I leave for London, putting me more or less at the halfway point of my training.  What good things have happened so far?

  • Better level of general fitness, particularly short bursts of speed within match stamina
  • Developed leg strength, particularly quads and calves
  • Much improved footwork, particularly with the left
  • Stronger, more accurate shot

And of course, with the positives come some negatives:

  • Need more work with left-footed, one-touch passing
  • Need more strength on left-footed crosses and shots
  • Need to continue work on upper body strength

Moving forward, there’s a lot of soccer in my immediate future.  The intramural season is right around the corner, and I can’t wait to get started.  It looks like we have a good team this season, and it will be a lot of fun.

More to come – stay tuned.