03 October 2013

Afternoon at a Movie, Evening at a Soccer Match

After work on Friday (27 Sept.), I had soccer refereeing assignments in Maryland Heights last weekend. I was at the Scott Gallagher complex Saturday late afternoon and early evening for three games, and at the Lou Fusz complex late Sunday afternoon to early evening. The games generally went well, but in one of Sunday's games, I had to send off a player just before halftime for his handball on his team's goal line that prevented an opponent's shot from scoring. After getting home that night, I had to file a report with the league on the incident. I believe that player will have to serve a one-game suspension for the red card. Fortunately, the coaches were OK after I explained the situation.

After a busy Monday at the car rental place, I grabbed a bit of dinner before heading to the Grand Glaize Branch of the St. Louis County Library for the monthly soccer referee meeting. There, we had a discussion of what assessors look for from referees and assistant referees. A fine program that night.

Tuesday afternoon (1 Oct.), I went to the cinema in Arnold to see "Rush," the new film directed by Ron Howard about Formula 1 racing rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the mid-1970s. A terrific movie and one I highly recommend seeing. Great acting, photography, editing, and special effects all come together here. That night, I ran the IPMS/St. Louis meeting at the Thornhill Branch, St. Louis County Library, but only one other member showed up. A rather short meeting resulted.

Last night, after working at the car rental firm, I headed to the Saint Louis University campus to watch the 22nd ranked Billikens men's soccer team play No. 4 Creighton. It was a cracking good game, with the Billikens winning 1-0 on an early 2nd half goal. That goal came not long after SLU was reduced to 10 men when a Billikens player got his second yellow card of the match. Quite an effort and a big win for SLU. Good crowd, too (just over 3000 in attendance).

Off work today, so I took care of a bit of personal business. Back to work tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday morning, and soccer games this weekend.