Photo a Day Challenge: June 29 – the Letter M

challenge letter M

I’ve a lifelong tradition – of losing.

Losses and losing streaks and losing seasons dot my sporting timeline. I have the green and yellow field-day ribbons to prove it. Want to know where the fringe begins? I made a home there.

You can claim that, when you’re the last player to make it on the worst teams in their leagues. I lost and lost – until I didn’t. Appropriately, I didn’t step a foot on the field for my first championship.

I stood in disbelief as the seconds counted down for Elise’s first championship, too.

We led 3-0, and I couldn’t accept, even with seconds left, that finally … finally I’d have something to celebrate. “We did it, coach,” my assistant Tom said, seconds before the final whistle – yet, still several seconds after the celebration, I still didn’t believe it.

Elise chose the nickname – Mysteries FC – and I bought a Maryland cap on

Mysteries ranks in the top 10% of nicknames in the history of the universe if you ask me. I flung my clipboard when I finally accepted my change of fortune and wound up on the bottom of a U8 scrum.

This hat took a ride, too – and I’m not even sure how it wound up back on my head.

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  1. Nikki says:

    This post made me smile.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Hey Nix. I had an entirely different M post, about another M cap, but I couldn’t find that one for a picture.

  2. stomperdad says:

    Maryland… my home state! I know all too well about losing teams. I coached one soccer group of middle schoolers. Lost every game by no less than 3 goals and had a total of 3 goals for the season. But they were a happy bunch and would sing the whole way home from away games. I loved coaching those kids. It’s amazing how much fun a game can be when losing doesn’t matter.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Men try to win the World Cup on Saturday with children when their battle should be to foster love for the game and individual and team accomplishment instead, Eric.

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