Our family has been involved in the sport of soccer for nearly seventeen years.
Wow…that doesn’t seem possible…
Being involved for as long as we have, it also doesn’t seem plausible that the expressions and fans’ shouts aren’t rote.
Then, again, I don’t call this segment Annah-isms for nothing…
“One coming hard!” and “A man on!” are two common expressions spectators shout from the sidelines to let a player know a challenger is hot on his trail.
It’s a rare occasion you’ll find me shouting helpful hints because, even after all of these years, I still am not sure about all of the rules and technicalities.
Mama Elizabeth, as the kids have been known to call me, considers her roles simply to be those of Cheerleader and Chief Cookie Maker.
But for some odd reason, at last week’s Senior recognition game, I shouted out to one of our top scorers, “Chris, you’ve got a hard on!”
I realized it as soon as the words tumbled from my tongue.
Warren turned to me with a grin and said, “Annah, you might want to be careful how you say that.”
The player’s mother, who was sitting in front of me, recording the game as part of a video they were producing for her son to send to colleges, turned to me with an even bigger smile on her face. “I knew what she meant,” she chuckled.
If any of those hard working boys heard my little slip, they certainly didn’t acknowledge it.
From here on out, I’m sticking to “Good work, Team!”