I enjoyed watching the Olympics, especially the water sports. Below is a pic of Chay Lapin, the backup goalie for the U.S. Men's Olympic Water Polo Team. He's a coach for the younger kids at my sons' club water polo team and had a question and answer session at our end of the season party last weekend. (Hmm, could be a romance cover model, don't you think?)
I love watching almost all sports. I can walk by a TV where two teams I don't even know are playing some sport I don't really care about, and I'll stop for a minute and start screaming for one or the other team to score a goal/basket/touchdown/homerun/whatever. Then I'll walk on by. I live in a household of males and yet I'm the only one in the family who yells and jumps up and down when I'm watching sports on TV--must be the former high school cheerleader in me.
My favorite sport to watch live is...soccer. L.A. doesn't have a football team, and the Lakers have too many games to follow and the tickets are really expensive. Although the L.A. Kings won the Stanley Cup this year, I've been to only one of their games. I've been to a few Dodger games but ever since my husband got some tickets through work for one of the hospitality suites where you get free Dodger dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos, beer and wine and a dessert cart in the 7th inning, I just can't bring myself to sit in the cheap seats out in right field anymore!
So, I go to L.A. Galaxy games at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. This year I had the opportunity to go in with a group on season tickets. My share gets me 20 tickets, so I can go to all 20 games by myself or snag 4 tickets for 5 games, which is what I opt to do. Lucky for me, the guy who runs the group has been going to Galaxy games since before they moved from the Rose Bowl, so our tickets are prime seats - in the first row, almost behind the Galaxy bench. Yes, I'm thisclose to David Beckham on the field! (This picture was taken during warm-ups before the game with the telephoto lens on my little camera, but we do have a clear view of the field.)
When Becks first moved to L.A. to play for the Galaxy, I read an article about his security detail in the U.K. and how most of them weren't coming with him because they couldn't get work visas. The article then went on to state that Beckham probably wouldn't need as much security here anyway because he wasn't as well known in the U.S. as he was in Europe. That one statement inspired me to write a romantic comedy, KICK IT UP, about an English soccer player who comes to the U.S. to play for a failing Major League Soccer team. My hero is not at all like Becks, who is happily married with four adorable children. My soccer-playing hero is randy and rowdy, although deep down he's a sensitive soul. I had so much fun writing that book, I'm planning on a follow-up involving the same fictional soccer team, the L.A. Waves.
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