World Cup 2010

And the winner of the 2010 World Cup from South Africa is…..

Espana!

After an amazing game Spain emerged victoriously!  The game was scoreless until the second half of overtime.  The Dutch put up a great fight but with 14 yellow cards during the course of the game there was bound to be a red card called…and in the second half of overtime a Dutch player received a red card and the team played a man down.  Shortly after Ignesta scored the only goal of the competition.

Great tournament!

World Cup Finals

And so the finals have been determined…

VS.

Spain will play The Netherlands in the World Cup final.  Germany will face Uruguay in the battle for third place.  This is the first time it will be an all European final when not playing in Europe and Spain’s first trip to the finals.

The final game will be played on Sunday in Soccer City in South Africa.  The excitement is unreal and I think there will be more Dutch fans in the stadium but I think the Spanish will win the match…

Grizzlies and Wicked!

Another fairly busy summer weekend has come and gone by.  We started the weekend by taking in a baseball game…no not the Cardinals but the Gateway Grizzlies.  Tom, Kristin, Scott and I made our way over to Sauget, IL to watch the Grizzlies take on the River City Rascals in a local minor league show down.  Scott and I had been wanting to take in a game here ever since watching a Man vs. Food episode with the Best Burger in baseball.  I was curious to just try it and Scott wanted to eat multiple burgers.  The burger consisted of a Krispy Kreme doughnut used for the bun with cheese and bacon.  As told we did not add any ketchup or mustard because that would just ruin the whole taste of the burger.

Best Burger in Baseball

After trying some of the food we tried to find some shade.  It was a very hot evening our seats, although close, were right in the sun.  We hung out in right field for a a few innings.  There wasn’t a bad seat in the house in this ballpark but it was still minor league ball…and after going to Cardinals games it is hard to realize how slow minor league games go.

From Right Field

The view from our seats

The Grizzlies ended up losing 6-3 and had a slight rally in the 9th but it wasn’t enough.  The Rascals brought in a side armed reliever that seemed to be unhitable.   We sat right in front of the visitors bullpen and it was fun to watch the players warm up and see how fast they really to throw.  Back to the burger, I was able to get my one bite and it was enough.  I was not a fan of the salt and sweet taste together.  Scott managed to eat the whole thing and felt it with him all the way until the next morning.

Saturday morning we participated in the ALS walk in Forest Park.  I am personally affected by ALS, a former teacher at Ursuline is currently battling it and a friend (Kate) from grade school lost her father to it.  Kate reminded me of the walk on Friday and I quickly signed us up for it.  Scott and I met up with Kate and Matt before the race near the Ursuline group.  I was able to say a quick hello to Mr. Dailey and let him know that we were there to support him.  It was fun to see him and a few other UA teachers.  I was amazed to see how many UA girls and family members were there to support Mr. Dailey.  The walk was a huge success and I will definitely do that annually.

We decided that we had had enough of the heat and sun and needed a break.  The good thing was that it was just in time for the USA vs. Ghana game in the first knock out round of the World Cup.  Ghana scored first and quickly and it wasn’t looking good until Landon Donavon scored on a PK.  It gave the USA a little ray of hope.  With a 1-1 tie, they went into overtime and then Ghana scored…the USA couldn’t do anything to come from behind and score.  And just like that they were sent home.  The great showing has again brought much attention to soccer in the USA and hopefully we will get more MLS teams.  Now with the USA and Italy out, it’s hard to decide who to cheer for.  Brazil is still in and Spain the favorites are currently in a 0-0 tie with Portugal (as I write this).  And then there is Argentina and Messi.  All I know is there is a lot of soccer drama still to come in the last 12 days of World Cup 2010.

Saturday night was the most anticipated event of the whole weekend.  We finally went to see Wicked at the fabulous Fox Theater!  We went to dinner on the Hill first and then made our way over to the Fabulous Fox.

I had heard great reviews from friends but had not heard any of the songs and had a little idea about the plot.  But I knew I had to see this while it was in town.  The reviews did not let me down.  The play was great.  The cast was great.  The songs were great.  It had me wanting more the whole time.  I highly recommend this play or even the soundtrack, it was that good.  I would love to see it again before they leave St. Louis, if I could find the time and money!

Dinner before Wicked

World Cup 2010

It’s World Cup time and I’ve caught the fever.  I usually try watch it and get into it every 4 years.  This year has been very exciting so far.  The first USA game was against England and it had been talked about since the World Cup draw, 180 days before the World Cup even started.

USA/England game was also the same day as the Gabe’s picnic.  But of course I didn’t miss any of it.   The game was close and England scored first.  Then in the second half the English goalie gave up and easy save and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

The second USA game was vs. Slovenia.  This game was a horrible game for the USA.  They had a goal called off for no reason…the ref still will not say what the call really was and he has been removed from World Cup officiating.  Slovenia had the lead 2-0 for most of the game and the USA came back to tie 2-2.

The third game for the USA in the first round was against Algeria.  Again, another closely played match.  Each team struggling to stay alive and to have a hope to move on the next round.  With 90 minutes of no scoring, one USA goal called off (again), Landon Donavon can through and scored to make it 1-0 the final.  Donavon’s goal against Algeria guaranteed that USA won the Group and they advanced the top 16 teams.

I’ve been watching Italy play as well.  They are the defending World Cup from 2006.  They beat France in an exciting game with a controversial head butt to the chest of one of the Italian players.  And a red card given to Zadine.  This year the Italian team is not favored to win, they are older, maybe wiser.

In the first game Italy played Paraguay and played a little sloppy.  They ended in a 1-1 tie.  Their second game verses New Zealand also ended in a 1-1 tie.  They are currently tie with New Zealand at 2 points.  They will play Slovakia next and it will determine who will make it to the next round.

St. Gabriel’s Picnic

My Saturday started out very busy. I went to yoga in Tower Grove Park with Kristin. Scott met us up there and then we decided to head down to Soulard Farmers Market to see what goodies we could find. There were so many people down there. Saturday was also Race for the Cure in St. Louis. There was nearly 72,000 people participating in that event that morning and a few had made their way over to Soulard.

It had been a while since I had been down to Soulard Farmers Market and I forgot how much there is to see. There really is a lot of value in going there. Scott and I have decided that we are going to have to start making our list and going down there to get our fruits and veggies from now on…there is just too much for us to pass up.

After Soulard we decided to finally try Blues City Deli. I’ve heard great things about this place and that I had to go check it out. I figured that since we were close enough and since Scott and been working for about 36 hours he needed a treat. Scott loves sandwiches and this place did not disappoint. The service was fast and the food was awesome! It was hard to get a seat even at 11:30 on a Saturday but I would think that taking it to go it would be worth it.

Ahh yes it’s that time of year! It was St. Gabriel picnic time! Scott and I watched the USA vs. England World Cup game…tied 1-1 tie with the lamest World Cup goal that the USA could get. But we’ll take it and hopefully be able to move on. After the game we walked down to get some food and see who was there. Shortly after arriving we were able to watch Mathew go down the slide a few times and then the rain came. It came down like a monsoon. We were stuck under tents with other picnic goers and it was fun to be there and talk with people how “it never rains on Gabe’s picnic day!”

The rain cleared up by 6:30 and the true picnic goers came out and we all hung out at the beer booth. It was great being able to see people who I only see once a year. I truly look forward to this day every year and it never fails. I was able to see a few people from my grade school class that I have not seen since we graduated 8th grade. I love how this is a once a year reunion! Also, seeing the rides and having flashbacks of my childhood and how I want my children to have the same experiences that I had. I’m glad I was able to share a little bit of this with Scott, before his exhaustion set it.