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A Poem

Post by Geezaldinho on Fri Nov 30, 2007 11:47 pm

It hurts a bit right now, but there's nothing to be all that glum about. We need to remember that we had a great season, and watching these players all year was a joy.

These seniors gave us one of the National Championship bookends, we've got great players coming back, and great players coming next year. Each time we reload, we seem to get better. From what we know about the next two years, anyway, that's sure to be true.

And now we can't say Kelsey is untested. Her performance was awsome!

In that light, I butchered Ernest Lawrence Thayer's Casey at the Bat
I hope it makes you smile.- at least someday.




Kelsey in the Net

The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Stumptown side that day;
The score stood One to Two, with but two minutes more to play,
And then when Sophie knocked it wide, and Angie did the same,
A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought, one goal, was all that we would need to get,
Then win it all in overtime, with Kelsey in the net.

And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,
Michelle moved left and stopped there -about to turn around;
when Hardy mugged her thoroughly, and threw her to the ground.
"hurrah a PK" Pilots cried. - "Play on" the umpire said.

From the benches, clad in Purple, there went up a muffled roar,
Like the beating of the storm-waves on a stern and distant shore;
"Kill him! Kill the umpire!" they let out with a groan;
And it's likely they'd have done it, But then Wozzie stuf't it home!

"OT!" cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered "Goal!"
The Pilot crowd went crazy as to warm your very soul.
Then Kelsey's face grew stern and cold, you could see her muscles strain,
And they knew that Kelsey wouldn't let that ball go by again.

and then around the goal mouth, great Kelsey's visage shone;
beating back the tumult; she bade the game go on;
a Bruin cracked the ball, on goal the dun sphere drew;
But Kelsey tipped the ball again, and o'er the bar it flew.

The sneer has fled from Kelsey's lip. no need, 'cause she's the boss;
She pounds her fists together. awaiting corner cross
And now the winger sets the ball, and now she lets it go,
And now the air is shattered by the force of Kelsey's blow.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright,
The Villa drums play somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and little children call;
But there is no joy in Stumptown Kelsey couldn't stop the ball.

next year--- next year.
I'm having withdrawal symptoms already.


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Re: A Poem

Post by FANatic on Sat Dec 01, 2007 7:43 pm

Simply marvelous, Geezer. Very poignant, indeed. Put a smile on my face. Then almost a tear. How you could do that last night shows a lot of mental toughness and belief in the program's future.

Me, I was crushed last night and went right to bed. Then I woke this morning and felt at peace. It was truly a wonderful season. I LOVE these young ladies like a father and simply find the entire program almost unique in its love and oneness. I think Garrett is continuing the legacy of Clive in a manner most brilliantly.

Thanks again, Geezer. Great, uplifting and creative poem; perfect for the moment. (I gotcha, buddy. I'm going to be looking for more creative works from you down the road. By the way, I'll be in the Women's Soccer forum from time to time during the long offseason. Hope to see all of you here checking up on things from time to time. I can't imagine going long without talking Pilots soccer.) Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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Re: A Poem

Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Dec 02, 2007 2:49 am

It ain't Shakespeare.

The original scans horribly as well, but is a masterwork when performed.

It's been done by countless performers, including Vincent Price, Jackie Gleason, Penn and Teller during a magic trick, James Earle Jones, baseball players Chuck Connor, Johnny Bench and Tug McGraw, and somewhere on the web is Thayer himself. DeWolfe Hopper is estimated to have performed it 10,000 times.

DeWolf Hopper - Casey at the Bat

I couldn't sleep after the loss, so I just decided to play. Now my clock's screwed up and I can't sleep tonight either, so I added two stanzas to round it out - but that's it.

You can't let defeats crush you, or then you really have lost. This program seems to get better by bouncing back each year better than the last, so yeah, I have great faith in how UP soccer is heading.


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Re: A Poem

Post by wrv on Sun Dec 02, 2007 11:31 am

"The old lie: Dulce et decorum est
pro patria mori."

A win would have been nicer, but the attempt itself was inspiring. The mantra of Cub fans is unlikely to become our own, but for now next year is one for great anticipation. Good luck seniors. Back to my Sunday morning. Go Pilots!

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Re: A Poem

Post by Geezaldinho on Sun Dec 02, 2007 12:33 pm

wrv,

I don't think it's anything as dire as that quote. But in reference to that, Patton's thought was that the goal isn't to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his.

As to Casey, there's a recent edition out that is accompanied by drawings by LeRoy Nieman.

The introduction by New York Yankees manager Joe Torre is a message to children to draw strength from what appears to be failure. Torre shares, "It's important for players to understand, "Hey I didn't lose, he beat me this time." You've got to tip your hat to the guy once in a while."

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Post by wrv on Sun Dec 02, 2007 4:54 pm

Geezer, I was not being serious . . .though I now feel compelled to quote at least someone on failed athletic endeavors . . .ah, I will get back to you.

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