LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The kids, on the other hand, continued to play the game, despite the rainfall that was almost blinding at times. Puddles of water on numerous spots on the field and off the sidelines didn’t daunt their insatiable quest to end the game as the victor.
I’ve often heard that there is a thin line between dedication and stupidity, and Tuesday night’s games were a shining symbol of true dedication. As if the pouring rain wasn’t enough, the older teams who were competing wore black and dark gray shirts that proved to be another source of confusion for both the players and the spectators. It is difficult to distinguish between black and wet gray, especially when the rain is pouring down so hard that vision is obscured beyond a few feet.
It was no surprise when I awoke to a teenage soccer player with a throbbing migraine headache and a slight temperature on Wednesday morning. That was in addition to the sore face from being smacked full-force by a soccer ball during the previous night’s game.
And, with the tournament playoffs starting this week, I’m seriously considering extending my Kleenex investments to include a couple of ice packs!