Who is the King of Wrestling?

Most know that soccer is my numero uno sport, but another sport I enjoy a great deal is wrestling.  I coached wrestling at the middle school level for several years back when I lived in the land of Hoosiers.  Wrestling also happens to be a favorite activity of mine when horsin’ around with my daughters.  Too young for a four-year-old and a one-year-old you say?  Watch ’em on the mat, and you would disagree.  My one year old hits her head on concrete walls and laughs.  Wrestling is an intense caloric burner that makes my girls tougher while they laugh their heads off.  Last night while I was challenging Grace to a little one one one, I asked her in a trash talkin’ sort of way, “Who is the king of wrestling?”  Without missing a beat, Rose chimes in, “Jesus”.  At that point, I was at a loss for words and knew I couldn’t convince my girls into believing that I was the best grappler in the world.  It’s awesome that my four-year-old knows who the true King of Kings is.

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The Real Victory

Although I’m quite happy to see my Colts win the biggest (American) football game in the world, knowing that my favorite team and the Chicago Bears are being led by true men of faith pleases me more.  Here is a link to a great article that shares what Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith are all about:  http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2007/februaryweb-only/105-52.0.html

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NBA Playoffs

It has not been the season I was hoping for the Pacers, but it certainly could be a whole lot worse.  Yes, they were legit title contenders at the start of the season, but injuries and a lack of team chemistry threw us way off course.  Just a week ago it looked like my blue and gold weren’t even going to be headed for the postseason, but we were able to finish strong.  Now we’re looking like a dangerous sixth seed having won five of our last six games and face a team that we beat two out of three games this year – the Atlantic Division champion New Jersey Nets.  Could this be the year Coach Carlisle brings home a championship ring?  Highly unlikely, but I can dream.

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He Got Game…Sort of

Chuck Taylor, John Wooden, Oscar Robertson, and Larry Bird.  What do these guys share in common?  They’re all basketball legends that hail from the Crossroads of America – my home state of Indiana.  When you come from a state that has the world’s largest high school basketball gymnasium, and 15 of the 16 largest high school basketball gyms in the United States, you should know a little about the sport.  Unfortunately, my b-ball knowledge failed me when I made my selections for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.  My Big Ten teams didn’t do so well in the postseason, but maybe this is the year that my Pacers can all put rings on their fingers.

Although I didn’t do so hot with my March Madness selections, I was part of the winning squad of teachers that defeated the eighth-grade boys’ basketball team today.  Despite only standing at 5’5″ (165 cm) and weighing a massive 140 pounds (64 kg), I was able to hit some buckets and dish out a few assists.  I’m outie 5000.  Peace.

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2006 ISC Soccer Tournament

Yesterday I got the opportunity to coach a number of my current and former students in the first annual International Schools of China soccer tournament.  My nine-player squad of middle school girls comprised of seven players who did not play on the soccer team this past fall.  It certainly showed in game one.  We lost six to nothing against the other TIS team.  In our second game, my girls showed a great deal of improvement.  We ended up tying the Qingdao squad 0-0 in what was the longest game of the tournament.  Little Hanneke nearly scored the game winner, but her shot hit the post.  We played the Dolphins again in the next game, and this time we were victorious.  Grace found the back of the net from a free kick to help give us the W.  We ended up losing the championship match 4-0 against the first team we played, but my girls did their best, and that is all I can ask for.  Maris and Do Hee sometimes shared goalkeeping duties despite the fact that they preferred playing on the field.  Shannon did a good job marking the top player like I asked her to.  Christina also made a number of great defensive stops.  Cindy had a mean header that caught me by surprise.  Sun Young put herself in a good position to score a few times.  Da Young looked like a completely different player after her first game.  We had a lot of fun, and I’m glad I got to put on my coaching hat again.

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Get Your Kicks

This Saturday, April Fool’s Day, TIS will be hosting the first annual ISC soccer tournament for all middle school and high school students.  In addition to TIS, QMIS and SYIS will be participating in this 7 vs. 7 format.  New games will be played every 30 minutes.  Middle school games will be at the #43 Middle School from 8:30 to 11:30AM.  The high school morning games will be at the Tianjin Zhongxue Field.  The playoffs will be held at the Tianjin Zhongxue Field from 2 to 4:30PM.
    
There will be two TIS girls teams in the middle school division.  Team G consists of Susie Choi, Abigail Per-Lee, Gloria Shin, Linda Moon, Heidi Gay, Hannah Cho, Jenny Seong, San Kim, and Ethel Gay.  Mr. Per-Lee and Ms. Von will coach this squad.  Team H consists of Maris Baylor, Grace Park, Do Hi Lim, Sun Young (Jennifer) Jung, Da Young Ghu, Shannon Kao, Cindy Song, Christina Choi, and Hanneke Schreur.  Yours truly will guide Team H.  As far as the guys and high school players are concerned, contact Mr. Workman.  Let the games begin!
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I was nine years old when this picture was taken in Avon, Indiana.