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Yay! Chelsea FC

Yay! Chelsea FC

I am a soccer nut! I probably should be in some kind of support group, because I spend an extraordinary amount of time following my favorite teams and players domestically as well as internationally. I don’t play the sport, but I know a heck of a lot about it—formations, plays, strategies, and player bio. This week the team I call “my team” won the English Premier League title and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Last year they finished tenth in…

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Cowgirl Gwen

Cowgirl Gwen

When most people think of ranching, their thoughts immediately turn to Montana, or Texas or even southern California. Rarely does one entertain the Pacific Northwest as a possible hot bed of cattle raising and horseback riding. But it most certainly is! When I was about six years old I begged my mother for horseback riding lessons, not realizing how expensive they were and how little money we actually had as a family. Nonetheless, she called the neighbor to see if…

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Bossa Nova Brazil Baby!

Bossa Nova Brazil Baby!

I admit that I am a soccer junkie. And nothing makes me prouder of the game and more respectful of the power of the underdog than when I view two teams playing the beautiful game with such skill, poise and teamwork as was exhibited at the final game of the Olympics between Germany and Brazil. Notably Germany is the Goliath, having recently beaten Brazil mercilessly at what was once considered ‘their game’. But now it was Brazil’s turn to atone…

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Go Iceland!

Go Iceland!

Whether it be Cinderella and her step-sisters, the tortoise and the hare, or David and Goliath, our culture loves a story about the little guy one-upping the big kahuna! And probably that is what made the Europe Cup so much fun to be a part of this summer. Goodness! Wales beating Belgium! Iceland whooping up on England! Who’d have thought!! And even though France was favored to win, along comes Portugal to take home the cup, in spite of the…

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A Cinderella Story

A Cinderella Story

What a season it has been for Leicester City F.C.! Not only have they earned the right to be in the EPL, but they are leading the scoring points for the entire league. Who doesn’t have a special place in their heart for the underdog?! Keep doing what you are doing, Leicester–we celebrate your talent, your courage and your skill!!!  

Benteke’s Bicycle Kick!

Benteke’s Bicycle Kick!

Every once in a while in the game of soccer a player succeeds in completing one of the most difficult of all technical feats—the bicycle kick. This last weekend was no exception. Even though Manchester United ultimately won the game 3-1, the thrill of the entire game came when Liverpool player Christian Benteke performed one of the best bicycle kicks I have ever witnessed. This odd balletic movement never ceases to quicken my heart and cause me to cheer as…

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Premier League Begins Tomorrow

Premier League Begins Tomorrow

I can hardly wait, except the first game out here on the west coast begins at 5 am. I just filled out my fantasy team, so I am officially ready!! (Of course, John Terry is on my team <3!!) As most of you know Chelsea is my team, even though I chose more players from Man City than Chelsea for my Fantasy Team. It’s all just for fun, and I LOVE SOCCER!!!

Way to Go Ladies!!

Way to Go Ladies!!

I am so proud of the women of the US National Soccer Team. After beating Japan 5-2 they have become world champions once again. This win is made sweet by reclaiming what was lost 16 years ago and by Abby Wambach enjoying the elusive taste of victory! USA! USA!! USA!!!