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Hunter’s Bend Elementary Needs Soccer Nets. Please Help!

In Franklin, Tennessee on September 25, 2007 at 4:57 pm


Believe me. Playing soccer without nets is not so fun. Half the time, you can’t even tell if someone scored a goal.

And as long as I’ve been going to school at Hunter’s Bend Elementary School, we’ve never had nets for our two soccer goals. If we had soccer goal nets, a lot more kids would play soccer at recess – and that’s a lot better than climbing up and down the tether ball pole (the one without the tether ball).

Oh yeah, besides not having any nets, one of our soccer goals doesn’t have the long bar that goes on the back of the goal. I measured it, with my dad’s help, and the missing bar is about 12 feet long. My dad said we would also need a joint sleeve (I think he made up that word) to make the bar connect with the rest of the goal. One other thing we’ll need is a bunch of long plastic ties to attach the net to the goal. The name of the company on the goal is American Playground. We went to their web site and found out that they don’t sell 12 by 6 foot goals any more. But they do sell the nets that go with them. This is a link to the page where they sell them >

It looks like the nets will cost us $154.00 each – and we need two. My dad said he would call them and ask if they have spare parts for goals. I’ll update the web site and tell you what I found

Starting today, I’m going to do whatever I can to repair our soccer goal and get a couple of nets.

When I’m done with that, I’m going to see if somebody has a big machine to make our field smooth. Right now, it’s full of holes and bumps and even some hills. We need one of these things (see below) – and somebody who knows how to drive it!



Indoor Soccer in Franklin, TN

In Indoor Soccer on September 9, 2007 at 7:21 pm


I love indoor soccer. It’s fast and you never have to deal with the weather. The cool thing is that there is no out-of-bounds – unless you kick the ball over the wall or the ball hits the ceiling. The trick is to use the walls to your advantage.

There are two indoor soccer places in Williamson County – one in Franklin and a newer one in Brentwood. We go to the one in Franklin – over by the WCSA fields on Downs Boulevard.

This year I had my birthday party at the Franklin Indoor Soccer place. I invited some of the friends I knew who liked soccer and we played the First Annual Franklin Cup Tournament. My parents even had jersey’s made for each team. I played on the blue team and we won! I got REALLY lucky and scored all of the goals for my team.

I’ve played on two indoor soccer teams and both had winning seasons. We didn’t win the whole thing – but, each time, we came pretty close.


I’m on the bottom right (as you look at your screen).

Coach Henke is on the right and Coach Brown is on the left. Both are great coaches – and really nice. Coach Henke is the father of two of my team mates (they’re twins) – on my indoor soccer team and my TNFC soccer team. Coach Brown was my first indoor soccer coach – and he also has twin boys. To add to the weirdness – my TNFC coach (Coach Quittana) also has twin boys – but they’re adults now.

Tennessee Titans Football (and Soccer) Player – Rob Bironas

In Favorite Soccer Players on September 8, 2007 at 9:06 pm

You may not know it, football fans, but you can thank a ton of former soccer players for winning a lot of NFL football games. In fact, Rob Bironas, the kicker for my favorite NFL team – the Tennessee Titans – played soccer in high school for four years.

In the photo, below, Bironas is celebrating after kicking a 49-yard field goal that goes through the uprights with 11 seconds left in the fourth quarter to beat the New York Giants, 24-21, in a home game on Nov. 26, 2006.


(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Offsides: The Most Confusing Rule for Parents

In Soccer Rules, Soccer Videos on September 8, 2007 at 8:12 pm

My dad did not play soccer when he was a kid. According to him, when he was 10 year old kid, (in 1968) there were no soccer teams or leagues in his hometown and he had never met anyone who had ever played the game. Poor guy.

Anyway, he now understands most soccer rules – but he still doesn’t understand offsides. And from what he says, most “ancient parents” like him don’t have a clue either. So, parents out there, this video is for you.

Wayne Rooney Rocks! Take a Look and See Why…

In Favorite Soccer Players, Soccer Videos on September 8, 2007 at 2:54 pm

Can Your Elephant Do This?

In Soccer Videos, Weird Stuff on September 8, 2007 at 2:01 pm

Sumo Soccer Match!

In Soccer Videos, Weird Stuff on September 8, 2007 at 1:35 pm

A funny Pepsi commercial where Beckham and his buddies take on Sumo wrestlers.

Warning: This Will Make You Laugh

In Soccer Videos, Weird Stuff on September 6, 2007 at 7:37 pm

Mom, Do You Have 80 Spare Quarters in Your Purse?

In Weird Stuff on September 3, 2007 at 3:17 pm



Nike has set up a “Joga Bonito”(beautiful game) branded soccer-ball vending machine in front of the Pier 40 recreation facilities, part of Hudson River Park, in New York City. Pier 40 has a bunch of soccer fields where local amateur leagues and schools play matches. For 20 bucks (that would be 80 quarters) you can buy a special, limited-edition Nike-branded soccer ball from the machine. The money goes to purchasing new soccer nets at Pier 40. The vending machine has a photograph of Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho on the side.

We could use one of these things over at the WCSA field…

Another Tough Field to Play on…

In Weird Stuff on September 3, 2007 at 9:06 am


TNFC Fall Classic is Coming (Sept. 22-23, 2007)!

In TNFC on September 3, 2007 at 2:14 am


The TNFC 2007 Fall Classic is coming. This years tournament is certain to be the best Fall Classic ever. The tournament is scheduled for September 22-23, 2007.

The Fall Classic is a high level tournament for Girls U9-14 and Boys U9-16. The U9’s and U10’s will play 6v6. U10’s are allowed to play up to U11 to be able to play 8v8. U11’s and U12’s will play 8v8 plus we offer a special U12 11v11 division.

The tournament will be played on the 27 fields at Williamson County Soccer Complex, in Franklin, TN.

Watch for the U11 TNFC Red team!