Monday, July 30, 2012

Dayton Dutch Lions Soccer Game Against Antigua - My First Game!

Mascots scare me.
After all the Dayton Fashion Week festivities were over, after a long day of editing images and writing posts, and trying to get organized, I took a break and went to the Dayton Dutch Lions game. Before DFW, I didn't even know there WAS a Dayton Dutch Lions team, let alone that we had a soccer (football) team. But during the week's festivities, several members of the team were ever present, so I got curious. Plus, I wanted to play with my new camera in a completely different setting.

I had a BLAST!!!

The Lions won their game against Antigua 3-1. Yay!!!  Here are some of my favorite pictures...

Not bad for my little Fujifilm F750EXR! Sometimes, the zoom was the only way I could really tell what was going on...

Nixon Dias was the DJ for Dayton Fashion Week, btw.
I work for a Dutch company and mentioned to one of my colleagues this morning that I went to the game. Their response was something like "Well I bet that was a really rowdy crowd." Really? I don't know if there's any history between the countries or teams, but I had forgotten how incredibly violent a good game of "football" can get. I used to play when I was younger - I was the only girl on an all-boys team. I was a defender and my best asset was the fact that I had very strong legs (as a runner and playing catcher on a softball team it was sort of natural). And occasionally, someone would dribble up the side I was on and hit a brick wall (that wall being me). I remember sending one boy flying one time. He landed so hard he yelled at the ref "She's a girl! She can't play!"  Well, that girl kicked his butt! Anyway, regardless, I wasn't sure if the level of violence this game had was "normal" or not - one game so I really don't know. But regardless, it did make it more interesting. In some respects, it was on par with watching NHL hockey playoffs. But enough about violence.

What a treat it was to watch! I can't wait to go again, though I can't attend the next home game on August 11th at Miami Valley South Stadium.YOU SHOULD GO!

Of course, you can't have fun at a good game without good people:

Anyway,  if you like soccer, or just want to have a good time, I really do suggest checking out the team. It was loads of fun. And, I can't think of many more places around Dayton where you'll hear several different languages being spoken at once (another treat in my opinion).

Thank you, Caressa, for convincing me I need to go to a game this year. Didn't take much. :)