Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Of HUDL, Friends, Food, a Lake and, of Course, American Football!


Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Another splendid day in Lombardia started with an on-line working session with the HUDL app to start breaking down our video of last Sunday's Skorpions-Crusaders game as well as a video of this Saturday's opponent, our cross-town rival Varese Gorillas.

Near midday we received a message from Skorpion players Pietro Limido (TE/DE) and Nicolas Principi (SS/FB/PR) asking if we wanted to join them for lunch.

Lunch?

Us?

SÌ!

The spot that they chose was on the shore of Lake Varese in the village of Cazzago Brabbia.

Idyllic!

Home of one of Lake Varese's
last fishermen we were told

Laurie loving our lunch spot

The view from our table

Pietro, George and Nicolas

The food was great, the company was better.

Algae is not good for the lake

A fisherman heading out

Nicolas, George and Pietro

On Lake Varese with my bride Laurie

One of three Cazzago Brabbia's
old community shared ice houses

Laurie taking a closer look
into an ice house

Located only about 100 meters from the lake, these were constructed in such a manner as to become huge refrigerators for the townspeople to store there fish, meat and vegetables.

An ingenious plan indeed!

After lunch it was back to work breaking down more of the Crusader game video until about 6:15 p.m. when it was time to leave Laurie alone in the Villa Skorpion and head out to our Skorpion U17, U15 and Senior team practices for four hours.

All three clubs had good sessions tonight but some of our Seniors are starting to show the wear and tear on their bodies from three straight weekends of playing games.

This rarely happens in EuroBall much less a fourth straight game without a bye which will happen this Saturday. We originally had a bye scheduled for last weekend but it was used to play the re-scheduled, snowed out Crusaders game from early in March.

Needless to say, our players' health is a big concern as we head down the home stretch of the 2018 regular season.

Another one of our officially licensed Skorpion Team Photographers added another 500+ artsy photos to our team's FaceBook page from the Crusaders contest.

Here are some of the ones that I liked.

The 2018 Skorpions Team

The PAT Team

The Contreras Team

 Nicolas Principe heading for
the Goal Line

 HERE COME THE SKORPIONS!

 Taking Notes

 One of WR Martino Piazzi's
many grabs on Sunday

 FIRE UP!

Laurie as we slowly took
the field for warm-ups

 DE Tomas Pedotti gets a hand up

QB Omar Passera had a GREAT day!

 As did SS Nicolas Principi!

Omar on the loose again

RB Ema Della Bosca for SIX!

#23 dodged FB Nicolas Principi's
block at the last millisecond

No problem, Ema read it and made a good cut inside.

Same play five yards later

Nice roll Nicolas!

OLB Stefano Granelli's
20 yard Scoop and Score TD

Another shot of Ema's TD

Loving our helmet decals!

QB Gianluca Arena on the prowl

Nicolas Principi timing
his SS blitz PERFECTLY!

 This was the result of his blitz

#87 NG Andrea Gorini 

Our oldest Skorpion playing his
FIRST season of American football

Andrea turns 47 this weekend and had a long career as a hockey goalie before turning to American football this year, due to Nicolas Principi's prodding.

He had an amazing performance last Sunday! 

Post-game handshake line

I dislike the post-game handshake line, too artificial.

I do want our players to be good sportsmen but much prefer the college and NFL post-game ritual of just individually seeking out the opponent that you actually competed against and/or are old friends with in these after game situations.

Entering the post-game
Skorpion huddle

Andrea Gorini . . .

. . . just got awarded . . .

. . . the coveted Game Hammer!

It's GREAT to be a Skorpion!

Meanwhile, back on the international American football front . . .

The Europe Warriors are back!

Recruiting for the Senior team that will play a game in Mexico in mid-August against the University of Chihuahua has begun.

The Europe Warriors team leaders, Bart Iaccarino and Jesús Sanchez, are still working on a possible U19 game somewhere in the New World the week following the Senior game.

Stay tuned . . .

Monday, April 23, 2018

Laurie's First Trip into Milan in Nine Years


Monday, 23 April, 2018

Happy Feast Day of St. George and/or Buona Festa di San Giorgio!

Goodness knows that there enough of us on the Skorpions.

Laurie had not been in Milan since the few days after our 2009 Catania Elephants at Milan Rhinos game. Our son Michael was also with us at that time making it a fun few days. If memory serves me correctly it was really hot that weekend.

It was blistering today in Milano too!

The typical, green Farmacia time/temperature sign at 2:00 p.m. declared that it was a toasty 33°C/92°F!

I decided to take Laurie to the typical tourist stops today.

Near the Sforza Castle

The entrance to the Sforza Castle

 Laurie wondered if we could buy
a set of six of these Sforza cups

Uh, no.

Laurie and a photo by the
Sforza Castle's main entrance

And another including the
entry fountain

The Duomo photo was a
MUST . . .

. . . as was this Galleria shot

Make that two Galleria shots
and . . .

Doing the Galleria bull spin to
irritate the entire city of Torino

 Laurie ducked into one store
and I ducked into another

Amazingly, neither one of us purchased anything.

Shocking!

 Coffee at the famed
Cova Pasticceria

 Modern art Sun

We entered the Church of the Day
that caters to Milan's Polish community

Milano has a Polish community?

Who knew?

 Nice Main Altar

Equally nice side altar

Laurie taking a moment
which I, of course, invaded

We got in some good sight-seeing today along with a fair amount of exercise but, in the end, the oppressive heat cut short our usual madcap tourist pace.

Still, it was a good start for Laurie I think.

Still no Crusaders game video on HUDL, so I have no work that I can do. If it gets uploaded soon, Tuesday will be a stay at home work day to be sure as we need to get the Crusaders victory 100% behind us and start our preparation for next Saturday's final home game of the regular season against our crosstown rivals, the Varese Gorillas.