Archive for May, 2015

It’s Saturday and it is state cup quarterfinals and I finally get a good game


What makes a good soccer game when your referee?

You want the match to mean something to the players.

The players have to be good enough to try things to gain advantage so that they will push the limits of the game.

And this process must create some conflict on the field that the referee helps moderate.

This U15 boys match between two Latino teens met all of these criteria.

Steve and Bob were part of my referee team and they gave me just a little support that I needed.

The highlights of the match:
A tactical file called early on when the player raised his arms for handling on the cross in the box. This early misconduct became important later in the match.

There was lots of touching and sliding in contacts and the boys didn’t like when they felt contact.

This is typical Latin style and it is difficult to manage.

Foul calls and cautions start to appear for contact with the keeper and at both ends.

Shenanigans occur in the middle of the field and on ceremonial restarts. Resulting in more cautions.

I receive reports of players changing jersey numbers during the match.

I disallow a penalty kick take because of too long a stop on a stutterstep kick.  I had to check if I got the resort right on that one.

There is lots of contact off the ball.

It’s near the end of the game with a one to nothing score.

The player goes in hard and contacts the opponent of the ball, the classic contact for misconduct.

It’s the same player that had the tactical handling at the beginning of the game.

His team now please down and scored to tie the match.

The match goes to kicks from the Mark and the team with 10 players prevails.

It was a great game.

This photo is Alex and Oscar from the previous match are you 19 girls middle.  It’s own story. But not as good.

Laura Carlota 20 years later pretending she still in college


we tried paper airplane in downtown San Jose.

Downtown San Jose is changed a lot in the last 10 years.

Downtown San Jose is changed a lot in the last 10 years.

It has a sleaze factor, however there are new college type place and paper airplane looked like something to try.

I’ll go back again as it was a fun place with accessible atmosphere.

As a young teenager 20 years ago Laura stayed in Medford with Marina and Doug to continue her education, learn English and get that foreign, American style culture exposure.

Sushi in Turlock 


saw this sushi place this day and decided to try it this day.

The only non-Asian employee in the place convinced me to have my favorite flying fish roe and quail egg sushi.

The sushi was okay but it sure taste good after those three soccer games.

Sometimes you get a great game, NorCal state cup in Turlock


Some NorCal matches are uneven components like the ones I had yesterday. 

Today’s match meant something. It was boys. And it was a great match. 

Allen and Oscar were just enough team help. 

With a 1-2 score there was a comeback 3-2 final score. 

The next u19 girls match went to penalties however it was a less interesting match. 


Los Banos pulled pork sandwich


i took The long way home on Saturday from Turlock.

Went through the San Luis reservoir through the town of Los Banos. 

Found this cute little BBQ place call the hot city barbecue and bistro. The pork sandwich was excellent!


State cup quarterfinals in Turlock


oscar and Matt were great help on a testy but easy u15 girls match. 

The match was fun.