I loved watching the Superbowl the other day, but I also love watching the other type of football, the type that we Americans call soccer. My mum is English, so that may explain my affinity for soccer. Growing up in Seattle, we used to watch German Bundesliga games on “Soccer Made in Germany” on KCTS, our local PBS station. The announcer was a Englishman named Toby Charles and man was he great. He really made the game come alive. His two stock phrases that were my favorites were “high, wide, and not very handsome” when a guy would welly a shot far off target when shooting on goal, and “It’s goals that count and nothing else, ya don’t get anything for banging the woodwork!” when a guy would hit the post or the crossbar with a shot.
In 1981, I did a quarter in college in Cologne where Soccer Made in Germany was filmed. I called out to the T.V. station and asked if I could come out and meet Toby Charles. They said sure and so on the appointed day I drove to the station and met Mr. Charles. He was a big bear of a man and incredibly friendly. He was about to tape a Soccer Made in Germany show and asked me if I would like to watch him do it. As Mr. Charles began the second half, he announced to the audience, “Well I have John Briggs in the studio today and he wanted me to say hello to all his mates in Seattle who are such big fans of the Seattle Sounders.” It was as if I had died and gone to heaven.
When my son Benjamin entered Assumption-St. Bridget school, I had the great pleasure of coaching Ben’s soccer team from kindergarten until 7th grade. I had the habit of screaming “Far post” when our team was in the offensive end of the field because when the kids put the ball into the mixer from the left or right touch-line, they always put the ball near post where there were kids lining up as if they were about to go out to recess. Whenever we put the ball far post, we invariably scored. But we didn’t cross the ball to the far post very often, despite my incessant calls of “far post!” One of those bitter memories I will always have to live with.
At Assumption-St.Bridget we generally used the same soccer jerseys year after year until they became so ratty that they needed to be replaced. And invariably the jerseys we bought were made in China, Vietnam or some other Asian nation. This dismayed me at the time, but I thought there were no sports jerseys being made by members of my extended American family. How wrong I was! If you need uniforms for your son or daughter’s team, look no further than Game Gear, a great American firm making all sorts of apparel and uniforms for any sport you can imagine.
Game Gear has you covered. They have uniforms for Baseball, Basketball, Football, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Volleyball. They have a uniform design service that will allow you to completely customize your team’s uniforms. They also have performance sports apparel even if you don’t need a complete uniform. I still hobble around the soccer pitch twice a week and with the cold weather I need a long sleeve shirt for under my jersey. The Game Gear long sleeve mock seems like it will fit the bill.
For kids team jerseys, I would recommend the Crew Neck with Side Panel
So the next time you or your kid’s team needs sports wear, buy it from Game Gear. You will get great gear, a great value and you will be providing jobs for members of our extended American family. Who knows, with Game Gear jerseys, our kids might have put it far post every time. A man can dream.