Soccer Dad: A Father, a Son, and a Magic Season

Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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From a writer with “a sharp, fresh eye,” comes his reflection on parenting, empty-nest syndrome, and the joy of watching a son reach his goals (The New York Times).
When Matt enters his senior year of high school, his father can’t help but feel some mixed emotions. What is his role in shaping his son’s future? What will life be like when Matt is away at college? And what about soccer? Matt’s success on the soccer team is a cause for celebration—but is it just setting him up for disappointment later in life?
In this candid memoir, W. D. Wetherell—a devoted dad, a diehard soccer fan, and a prize-winning author—follows his son’s team from field to field and win to win, and ruminates on topics ranging from the sport’s esoteric appeal in America to the conflicting feelings of a parent sending his youngest child out into the world. Reflecting on his own experiences both as a participant and a spectator, Wetherell offers a thoughtful tribute to both the game of soccer and the rewards of fatherhood.
“He details the season’s ups and downs, while describing the culture surrounding competitive youth soccer and saying good-bye to his son’s childhood. Wetherell writes with energy and light humor . . . Astute observations on soccer and the accompanying lifestyle.” —Publishers Weekly
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About the author

W. D. Wetherell has written numerous books, including Vermont River and The Wisest Man in America. The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him the prestigious Strauss Living Award in 1998. He lives in Lyme, New Hampshire.
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Sep 17, 2008
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In the beginning, there was sorrow and loneliness. Darrell Royals mother, Katy, died three months after he was born, in 1924, leaving him in the hands of an inattentive father of six children and a veritable string of evil stepmothers. Darrell found his father figure and mentor in Bud Wilkinson, the courtly head coach of the mighty Oklahoma Sooners. In Norman, Darrell emulated Bud and for the first time, knew glory as an All-American player with a fiercely competitive spirit.

By the early 1960s, Royals job-hopping had landed him in Austin where the possibilities of gridiron glories remained unrealized. Royal was a perfect fit to change that. Television was bringing college football into the homes of Americans nationwide. Bryant, Wilkinson and Royal had an advantage. Each was telegenic, articulate and charismatic. The celebrity football coaches were earning their places in history by winning games but also by evolving into actors on a national stage.

The fall of 1963 changed the lives of all Americans. Royals Longhorns, ranked number two in the Associated Press, defeated Oklahoma, ranked number one, and went on to an undefeated season and Texas first ever national championship. Scarcely a month later, also in Dallas, President Kennedy was assassinated. His successor was a Texan Lyndon Baines Johnson. Royals life was going to be influenced in ways he could scarcely imagine and certainly couldnt control.

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Bryant, Wilkinson and Royal are gone now. There are statues and street names and even campus stadiums named after them. The game they knew and coached is gone as well. As a result, we are left with the historical perspective they gave us, punctuated by the agonizing undercurrents that changed the game and changed a nation.

An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States

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In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.
Growing up in the sixties was bad enough, but to grow up in the sixties as an inter-racial kid
was really bad. Th e blacks, who were already being openly hated for being black, didnt accept me
because I was half white and the whites didnt accept me because I was black. No one seemed
to accept me except a few from either side; and this was inside my own family. I didnt meet my
mothers father until I was fourteen. I was being prepared for the real world that was all too ready
to jump right in line and pick up where my family left off or may have missed a lesson or two.
Why did these and more, much more happen to me?
Because if youre going through hell right now or been through it; been abused; thinking of
hurting yourself or someone else; thinking of suicide; thinking no one loves you or ever could;
thinking no one cares; this is why I went through what you have to read in this book to believe.
It was for you.
Blessed be GOD, even the Father of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, the Father of mercies, and the
GOD of all comfort;
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any
trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of GOD.
For as the suff erings of CHRIST abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by CHRIST.
And whether we be affl icted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is eff ectual in the
enduring of the same suff erings which we also suff er: or whether we be comforted, it is for your
consolation and salvation. 2 Corinthians 1:3-6 KJV.
Th erefore being justifi ed by faith, we have peace with GOD through our Lord JESUS CHRIST:
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of
the glory of GOD.
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience:
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of GOD is shed abroad in our hearts by the
Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
For when we were yet without strength, in due time CHRIST died for the ungodly.
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even
dare to die.
But GOD commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, CHRIST died
for us. Romans 5: 1-8 KJV.
And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in CHRIST JESUS.
Th is is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that CHRIST JESUS came into the world
to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me fi rst JESUS CHRIST might show forth all longsuff
ering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting.
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever
and ever. Amen. 1 Timothy 1: 14-17 KJV.
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