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The Beautiful Game
Ever since I was a little kid, I played indoor soccer at Boulder Indoor Soccer, a great turf facility on 28th Street and Valmont in Eastern Boulder. I stopped playing organized soccer after 8th grade, but In high school, my friends and I fielded a very competitive team in the high school league at Boulder Indoor. This team, named Deep Threat because of our superior speed to the edge as a team, earned a large following my senior year of high school. When some members of Deep Threat went to CU, we decided to extend the legend of Deep Threat onto the Men's league at Boulder Indoor. We bounced between the B and C divisions, but never lacked great team chemistry, overly aggressive play, and superior good looks. This year marks the third year of Deep Threat, and it has been a roller coaster of emotions thus far.
In our second season in the Men's league at Boulder Indoor, Deep Threat has compiled a sub-.500 record and a negative goal differential, and we currently sit near the bottom of the standings. However, some notable moments of the season include our three wins over quality opponents, increasingly chippy and physical play, and Griffin's red card and subsequent suspension last week, which was well deserved but impressive nonetheless. Our roster consists of a compilation of varying soccer talents: three members played soccer in high school, Griffin and myself played competitively until 9th grade, and the rest did not play further than YMCA league in elementary school, but were competitive athletes in other sports. The result is an increasingly inconsistent and jumbled style of play, where we almost always have an athletic advantage over our opponents, but the majority of our roster lacks competent ball skills and the touch necessary to play in a tight space. Our fitness is also extremely suspect, ranging from extremely in shape to easily fatigued. As a team this balances out, but Deep Threat has a notorious history for leading at the half, and then slowly blowing a lead as we lose our shape and become stretched out due to a lack of energy, leading to offensive opportunities for the other team. However, we compensate for our lack of fitness with increasingly aggressive play, and this is a staple of Deep Threat that many opponents and referees alike have balked out. Rough but clean play is a hallmark of our institution, and as we grow older it will most likely remain.
The fall season is almost over, but we have a few more games before the end of the semester. The legend of Deep Threat will only continue to grow and prosper, and our Sunday afternoon tradition will surely continue with great enthusiasm and physicality.
Until next time,