What I had no way of knowing was that we were joining The Team. This is the third or fourth season that they are undefeated. Last season, they were the younger kids in the age group and we had a couple of close calls, including a tie, which the boys are quick to remind you, does not mar their undefeated record. But now on the older end of the spectrum, we haven't seen any tight games. The last few have been bloodbaths where I honestly lost track of how many goals the Bombers scored.
Eion is not what you might call a powerhouse, but he is always happy and certainly enjoys winning. It is even better this year because we run across his friends on other teams, which Eion sees as an opportunity to socialize, often mid game.
Don't worry Ned, they'll get along fine without me.
Our coaches have been great. All along, even last year in the tight games, they made sure everyone played at least two quarters. This year presented new challenges as they had to prevent the boys from running up the score. One game, the coach essentially had them running passing drills during the game. It effectively slowed down the game and minimized goals.
The strategy I liked even better was employed in the last game. Comfortably up 9 - 0, the coach had the team routinely pass to the weaker players all during the second half. Eion told me the plan was that he was going to get a goal. He didn't, but as long as a slurpee was waiting out there for him, he didn't care much.