I'm all over the place today, so today's post is going to be a grab bag.
1) Today's Ghana vs. Uruguay game was heartbreaking. For those who didn't watch, Ghana and Uruguay were tied 1-1 going into the last minute of stoppage time during the second and final overtime period. Ghana took a free kick on the right side of the start of the offensive third, and played it into the box. The ball eluded the goalie, was cleared off the goal line by a Uruguayan player, and fell onto the head of a Ghanian player, who then headed it on net. The two Uruguayan players on the goal line could not clear it with their heads, feet, or torsos, so they decided to play volleyball; Diego Suarez threw the ball away with his hands.
He got a red card, of course, but Ghana did not receive a goal. Instead, they received a penalty shot that Gyan promptly missed. The game went to penalties and Uruguay won, 4-2.
As I said: heartbreaking. Still, it was great to see the Black Stars show such heart, grit, and determination even in defeat. Here's hoping that they'll learn from this experience and come back even stronger in four years.
2) It's always surprising to learn the details of people's lives. Someone I never pegged as an athlete turns out to have played soccer quite a bit when she was younger. This makes sense now that I know, but I never would have guessed before. Another friend is taking up piano lessons as an adult. Since he's an artist with good taste in music, I always assumed he played at least one instrument. Silly me.
3) Last thought of the day, due to emotional exhaustion from today's games: I need to restring my guitar. Only one string is broken (the high E) but now nothing sounds right.