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Freedom To Sound Stupid: An Inalienable Right

Freedom To Sound Stupid: An Inalienable Right

This weekend, as always, I spent most every second at my children’s soccer games or driving to their soccer games or racing to the store to get the team snack that no one told me it was our turn to bring to the soccer games.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Inalienable Rights Freedom Of Speech Soccer Game Snack Stupid Things To YellIn the midst of all of this soccer-liciousness my mind dwelt upon inalienable rights. Specifically, Freedom of Speech, which is an awesome thing.

After all, it’s not just a soccer game.  It’s also a chance for people to sound like morons.

Case in point – the less than thoroughly thought out comments and suggestions I heard hurled at youth soccer players by their well-meaning, spectating fans this weekend.

Stay open! – To what?  These are 11 year olds.  What does that mean?  Is this a philosophical suggestion?  To playing in the game?  ‘Cause I’m pretty sure your daughter being on the field, dressed like everyone else is a sign that she’s interested in participating.

Get the ball! – Get the ball? Seriously?  Did you stay up all night thinking of that one? Good you mentioned it. I’m pretty sure most of the kids had no idea a ball was central to why they are dressed alike and running around at this ungodly hour on a Saturday. Get the ball! Now it all makes sense. How about this, Lady? WAIT IN THE CAR!!! Signed every other person of the field. Get the ball! – really? Like they didn’t know that.

Shoot for the goal – Well, duh. Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Inalienable Rights Freedom Of Speech Soccer Game Snack Stupid Things To YellThanks for the tip. I’m pretty sure your kid thought he was supposed to shoot for the parking lot until you mentioned it.  Thank goodness you are here.  Do you remind him to cook on the stove and to drink liquids while you are at home?

Kick it! – Really? You want your kid to kick the ball?  What do you think this is?  Soccer?  Good  thing you brought it up, because I’m pretty sure your kid was about to set and spike the ball like in volleyball.

Move the ball up the field! – Oh, now you tell them.  They thought they were supposed to go backwards and try to score on their own goal.  Whoa – dodged a bullet there.

Spread out, Timmy! Spread out! –  How is Timmy supposed to spread out? And, if he did, let’s face it, everyone would freak out.  Remember The X-Men? No one appreciates it when someone can, in fact, spread out.

Dribble! – Nothing really wrong with that.  It’s just a fun word to say.  Unless you have a kid in diapers.  Then, it’s not fun at all.

Don’t let them get the ball! – Really?  Our team should try to keep possession of the ball? So, they shouldn’t share?  Wow, has anyone mentioned this to the coaches?  I’m gonna write that down before I forget.

Humor Funny Humorous Family Life Love Laugh Laughter Parenting Mom Moms Dad Dads Child Kid Kids Children Son Sons Daughter Daughters Brother Brothers Sister Sisters Grandparent Grandma Grandpa Grandparents Grandfather Grandmother Gina Valley Inalienable Rights Freedom Of Speech Soccer Game Snack Stupid Things To YellBring me my cigarettes! – Oh wait, that’s a dumb thing to yell while working with gasoline.  Wrong topic.

Run.  RUN! – Good reminder.   I’m sure it didn’t occur to the kids that skipping, for example, might not be the best, most intimidating mode of locomotion in the midst of the game.  Personally, I don’t feel right screaming at my kids to “run” when it’s 100’F and I’m sitting on my rear in the shade while they race up and down the field.   But, that’s just me.

You know, just ‘cause you can say something, doesn’t mean you should.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

Have you hung out with any interesting spectators?  Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it.

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4 Responses
  • ViolaFury (@ViolaFury)
    September 17, 2012

    You crack me up! How ludicrous, but really, when I used to go to Da Tampa Bucs games and they were horrible… wait, they still are, we’d sit there and our form of “entertainment,” was to yell, “kick…t he… ball… ” just as the kicker was going to kick the ball, or, “run… with… the… ball… ” just as the runner was tearing up the field, or “look out, Dilfer, don’t fall down!” just as Trent Dilfer fell down. Boy, did he suck. The point being, it pissed off all the already angry drunks sitting around us, who were already hollering convoluted versions of the same thing we were hollering. The idiots. So, yeah. Those other soccer parents need to have a few brain cells injected or whatever. Oh wait, they can’t cure stupid, yet, can they? Thanks, Gina. You’re always swell!

    • gina valley
      September 18, 2012

      Thank you for the compliment. I am so glad I gave you a giggle. People really do seem to be on their worst behavior at sporting events sometimes, don’t they? Thanks again!