Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Bring the World Cup Back to the US

I started playing soccer when I was 5 years old and have been playing ever since. I have taken some time off over the years, but still love to play. I even broke my leg 10 years ago and have a titanium rod in my leg and am still playing. Watching the World Cup with my 3 year old this summer was awesome. We were both cheering for different teams and somehow my son picked Spain early on and he was right. Check the link below and sign the petition. It would be great to have the World Cup back in the US. If it does come, then I will take my son to some of the games!

Last Saturday my wife get me tickets to the LA Galaxy vs Real Madrid match at the Pasadena Rose Bowl. There were players like, Donovan, Christian Ronaldo, Higuain, and more. It was a great birthday gift! Real Madrid won 3-2.

Bring the World Cup back to the US - http://www.gousabid.com/

The site is devoted to bringing the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup to the United States. I just signed their petition and you should too! Here's the address: www.gousabid.com/petition Look, we've heard it before -- Americans don't care about the game of soccer, other countries have better players, better fans and are more deserving of the games. Well, this is our chance to prove the doubters and the world wrong, once again. This is our opportunity to show the world we have a deep passion for the game. Be part of the grassroots movement to bring the FIFA World Cup to the United States. Thanks!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Does Your Playground Spark Creativity

I take my son Max to the playground almost every day between 5 and 7 to play and to burn off excess energy - his, of course - so that he'll rest peacefully - and hopefully, early - that night. Our interactions change each visit - sometimes we kick the ball, sometimes we go down the slide, sometimes we climb the ropes. In the end, my son knows pretty much what to expect - and that might be the problem. In this week's Time magazine, Harriet Barovik spotlights David Rockwell, designer of theater sets (Hairspray), restaurants (Nobu) and hotels (W), who "was so frustrated by the fixed nature of the playgrounds his kids frequented that he set out to reinvent them." Reinvent them, he did. Bringing in foam blocks, wheels, cogs and noodles, he put creativity back in the hands of kids, encouraging them to build and create their own playground and put simply, to get messy. Read for yourself....the story not only fascinated me, but challenged me to think more about the things I do each day with my child. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2007398,00.html . You can also learn more at Imagination Playground's web site.