Daddy's Pride / Sports

  • FIFA World Cup 2014

    Watching FIFA World Cup, and playing soccer is exactly what this summer has been all about. I don't know how much better it can get. Here's the little man's interpretation of Neymar....or maybe he's really been a Miroslav Klose fan? He has been kicking the German soccer ball all along.

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  • Ping Pong

    I think the little man wants to start learning how to play ping pong. My first lesson will entail teaching him to move the paddle away from his head so he can actually see the ping pong ball and his opponent. :)

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  • Super Bowl XLVII

    Congrats to the Baltimore Ravens for winning Super Bowl XLVII! I enjoyed the game, but my son missed the battle between the two teams. He was too busy eating chips and guacamole, and playing with his toys. However, once Beyonce performed the little man just sat nicely and watched intensely. It must have been all the lights and special effects.

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  • Basketball Not Boring

    A long, long, long time ago when our son was just born, I use to put him to sleep by watching basketball games. I would just hold him while watching the game, and he would easily doze off. I think basketball ball games kind of bored him. Well, I recently started to doing that again, such as last night. I tried to put him to bed while watching the New York Knicks play to get him to fall asleep, but he just stayed awake. He stared at the people running around as they were passing and shooting the orange ball. My goal of trying to bore him back fired. I guess he now might be interested in basketball.

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  • Monkey in the Middle

    We started playing soccer in the kitchen. All three of us are enjoying it. The only problem is that our son wants to pick up the ball. Our game goes from playing soccer to monkey in the middle. The little guy enjoyed running back and forth trying to get the ball. When he was able to get the ball, he held it high over his head and threw it is hard as he could. For now, it is ok, since the ball doesn't go so high. But I think we should move our game out of the kitchen so he does not knock down some glasses in the process of hurling the soccer ball.

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  • Half and Half

    Sometimes when you think you have things all figured out, you quickly realize that you still have a lot to learn. The other day we went out for breakfast, and like always we move all the table items, such as knives, forks, and plates, away from our little monster. The goal is to make sure that all the table stuff is far away from our son's reach so he doesn't break anything or spill anything. We usually do a good job in making sure no one gets messy, however on this day I can't say we were on top of our game. While my wife and I were talking, and setting up the table, our son managed to get a hold of a half and half individual creamer. He started inspecting, playing, and eating his new toy, trying to figure out the object's shape, material, and taste. Very soon, all three of us learned that half and half creamers are not toys. Our monster managed to puncture the creamer and have it explode on all three of us. Luckily, the creamer was mainly on our son's face and shirt, and not ours. :) And while asking for more napkins and cleaning the mess, the little rascal managed to get a hold of a dish, and pretended to play the winter olympic sport curling. He softly pushed the dish and made direct contact with his mom's coffee mug, spilling her daily does of caffeine. On this day our son did not show proper table manners, however we did get a good laugh. I'm also happy to say that once we finally ordered our food we had no more accidents.

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  • Escape Artist

    A long time ago when our son started crawling and walking, we redecorated our living room. We positioned our coach, ottoman, playpen, pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, etc. in a circle. I wish our new arrangement has something to do with being artistic and creative, however that's not the case. Our little explorer keeps wandering towards fun stuff like the television set, stairs, and tables with sharp edges. This method of containing our son has been working to keep our son out of harms way. He has plenty of space to run around and play with his toys while we can do our own work, cook, clean, etc. However, like most things in life, it never lasts forever. Recently, our fearless son has decided he plans to be an escape artist. He tries to boulder the coach and ottoman, or squeeze through small spaces. He uses all his energy to tackle these obstacles. I find it fun to watch because I feel like I am watching a sporting event. I always want to see a record breaking or an underdog winning, but at the end I want to see a victor and their accomplishment. So I am rooting for my son to break free from the organic cage we created. I just need to make sure he does not fall while climbing or get stuck in small spaces.

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  • Olympics

    As the 2012 Summer Olympic games came to a close last night, my wife and I could not help wondering if our son will like playing sports or dream of being part of a future Olympics. What sports will he have natural talents for and what sports will ignite his passion? As we watched the games over the last couple of weeks, he seemed to be drawn to the television when we were watching water sports, soccer,  basketball, and equestrian events. He was less interested in the track and field events and gymnastics. We wonder if he will like individual sports or team sports. As of now, we proud parents think he is a natural water baby, has herculean strength when it comes to lifting things compared to his size, and could possibly make a world record for speed crawling. We hope to give him exposure to all the different sports, so he can find out what he likes and even if he likes sports at all. I guess in time, he will tell us what he likes, and we will enjoy supporting him in his interests.

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  • Happy 4th of July!!!

    Happy 4th of July! Ironically, our morning started with watching Wimbledon. Celebrating an American holiday with a British sporting event. Our son was captivated by the green court, the sound of the ball being hit back and forth, and the roaring crowd. I wonder what he's thinking. "Why are these people running around on a green carpet with people watching them?" or "Cool...ball, noises, and lots of space to move around." He watched the match with his milk in his hand, but maybe in a few years he will be eating strawberries and cream, the traditional breakfast of Wimbledon. Happy 4th of July. However you choose to celebrate the national holiday, I hope you enjoy your time with your family and friends. Cheers!

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  • Soccer

    As I mentioned before, I love watching sports; basketball, football, baseball, and tennis. Many times my son gives me company while I watch the games. However, I wonder if I am guiding him to only watch and perhaps play sports that I watch. Maybe he likes something else? Maybe its time for me to start watching more of other sports such as soccer. I think he would really enjoy this. Let’s give it a shot. Maybe one day, he will be a professional soccer player….you never know.

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  • Sunday Football

    My son routed for the New England Patriots and the New York Giants today. All of you should have seen him. When his teams were scoring he was in a happy mood. He was smiling, laughing, and cooing. When his teams were messing up it was not a pretty sight. He was yelling at the refs and at the television set. We had to calm him down. I guess he’s very passionate about his sports. Or maybe he was yelling at me to change his diaper.

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  • Lazy Saturday

    Today was a fun and relaxing day with our son. All three of us stayed at home and watched two movies and than both NFL playoff games. I think he learned to root for Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Tomorrow he will see Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers play.

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  • Bounce Back

    Last night I twisted my ankle playing basketball. It was pretty painful, but I just sucked it up, walked it off, and continued playing. I wonder how my son will react when getting hurt. Will he have a high pain tolerance like me or be delicate like his mommy? Hopefully, he will just bounce back quickly from any cut, bruise, or injury.

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  • NBA Package

    For those that don’t know me, I am a huge basketball fan. I try to watch NBA games as much as I can. At the moment, my cable provider has given me a free 10 day taste of their sports package. This includes all NBA games! So, for the past week my son and I have been watching all the teams play until 2am every night. Thank you Comcast! I think they should start marketing their package to future fathers that need to stay up at night taking care of their babies.

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  • Fantasy Basketball

    I am happy to say that fantasy basketball has finally started. What makes it even more special is that my son attended our live draft session. I enjoyed having him around, and having him meet my friends.

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  • All-Star

    I have joined a recreational basketball league, and I look forward to my evening games. I enjoy the friendly competition and physical challenge of the game. It makes me think about what sports my son will like to play. Will he like a team sport like basketball or an individual sport like tennis? Will he like a sport that I have no experience with such as ice hockey or lacrosse? Will I be able to keep up with him in sports or will he dominate me as I get older. I look forward to playing sports with the little guy and watching his games. I know he will be an all-star in his parents eyes whatever sport he plays.

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  • Jumper Classic

    Amazing! I hope our future baby will like this.

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  • Sugar Rush

    Sugar rush for game day. All the soda that little kids can drink! I don’t think this is a good idea.

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  • NFL

    The National Football League (NFL) season will begin tomorrow. Exciting! However, I do feel that the sport is a little too violent, especially for little kids. I want my kid to like football, but the brutality that comes along with the game makes me wonder when can he start watching it…seriously?

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  • Floating Tube

    I figured I can buy this for my kid in the future. However, I might just have to get it now for Irene.

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