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We're 3-0-1!

I know, I know: I've completely given my blog over to discussion of soccer and related injuries. At least it seems that way. And I know that I could probably count all the people who care on one hand (and have fingers to spare). But it's what has been on my mind of late. At some point, I'll settle down, it will become routine, and I'll get back to blogging about more popular topics. I'll also work on upgrading to the latest version of Movable Type so that I can re-enable comments.

Anyway, our soccer team won again last night, 5-2, making us 3-0-1 on the season so far. I came out with about five minutes left in the first half and our unofficial co-captain complimented me on my play. I replied, "I actually started to feel like I was a soccer player out there." I meant that as opposed to feeling like someone playing the role of a soccer player and faking it. There were moments of decision where I felt like I knew what I was supposed to do without thinking about it. And there were moments where I did what felt right and it worked out. It wasn't quite at the transcendant level of learning to carve parallel turns, but it was up there.

It turns out that I didn't pull my thigh muscle, I tore it. I'm now the proud owner of the largest bruise I've ever seen on anyone in my life. In fact, the people who have seen it have all said it's the worst bruise they've ever seen. That's because it's not a bruise in the typical sense of the word -- it's discoloration where the muscle tear bled out. But I've played two games on it, and actually felt like I was playing at 80-90 percent last night, so it can't be too bad.

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