Saturday, June 28, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Shooting and scoring on the breakaway. Thank to Bryan for the nice pass right in my hand.
Photo-op after the game. Rich & Rick took advantage of the "op."
Team USA's Tony Azevedo shooting one of his 3 goals. He was voted the best water polo player in the world just after the 2004 Olympics.
Australia making a field block on USA. These guys shoot hard. Notice how the water has turned to mist where it hit the Australian's hand.
Former Gold medalist, Coach Terry Schroeder in the huddle with the men's Olympic team.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Today an ex-student of mine who is now graduating came by to give me a card and say thanks. I really didn't understand at first since I have not had her in class for 3 years. I have seen her around school and once wrote a recommendation for a scholarship but that is it. Well she came by to tell me that during her year in my class she decided that she loved Science. She had not liked the subject in middle school but I changed her mind. She has been accepted to Chapman University in Monterey and she is going to major in Marine Biology. That made my whole year.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Water polo is a strange sport. Mainstream sports like football, baseball and basketball are so popular in comparison to water polo; there are literally thousands if not tens of thousands of master's age competitors. Water polo only has a few hundred in the United States. This makes for something interesting. If you play water polo after college, you will very likely come into contact with ex-Olympians. This weekend, one of the teams we may come up against is "The Olympic Club." This is a very elite water polo club. To join... you guessed it; you must have previously played in the Olympics or played for the National Team. If you follow water polo, you know that in 1984 The US team won the gold and in 1988 silver. Yeah, you guessed it; those guys are now in the 40 + bracket. Wish us luck.
One more thing I am excited about is that right in the middle of our tournament; the US Olympic team is playing an exhibition game against the Australian team and I have my ticket. Expect pictures from that one to appear here soon.