Wednesday, September 26, 2012

First Days of Practice


Monday and Tuesday were my first to chances to meet with the players on our three teams in a practice situation.

But first . . . 

The Dessert Case
at the Casino Supermaket

Literally just around the corner from The Villa.

I was strong.

Today.

U-17 Team Warming Up

First up on Monday night at 6:00 p.m. was a two hour workout with about 30 hard working Falcon Cadet team players.

Block Protection Drill

We spent most of this practice on conditioning and agility drills with a few football specific drills like this one sprinkled in as well.

I loved this group's work attitude!

U-20 Team Warm Up

At 8:00 p.m. Monday night, the Cadets were finishing as our Junior team started a very intense two hour workout.

I was truly amazed that none of these 30 players threw up, it was that grueling.

This Junior had great feet
in agility drills

And the pink shoes to match!

These two Falcon teams are definitely not afraid to put it all on the line.

If "Hard Work Works," as I believe it does, then these young men will be hard to beat.

Our Stadium is named after
another WWII hero of the Resistance

The first order of business on Tuesday was to try out my new transportation pass that I received on Monday to head via the #25 bus in front of the Casino Supermarket to the Part-Dieu Train Station.

I had been informed that I might be able to find manly sized clothing at a shop in a mall across the street from the Part-Dieu.

C & A = EUREKA!!!

XXL heaven!!!

I'm saved.

Very disppointed to see this
poster for our cross town rivals

Les Gones were trying to drum up sign-ups for their flag football team.

After shopping successfully, I boarded the underground Metro system to head to the bohemian La Croix-Rousse district.

I love Euro Statuary

Street of Crime?

I hope that I am not translating this correctly.

La Croix-Rousse Street Market

Open six mornings a week until 12:30 p.m., this traditional open air market goes for several blocks.

On this side of the street, only food items are sold. On the other side of the street, literally everything else in the known universe is on sale.

A City Government Building

The Lyon Café Scene is everywhere

A CHURCH!!!

In a major upset, I did not go in. As a matter of fact, I have been in France for five days and have not entered one single religious building.

This will change soon I think.

A quiet Park in La Croix-Rousse

Brightly Colored Café

A Comedy Tonight!

A Traboule

I used a series of traboules or passageways through the inner core of several buildings to snake my way down the hill that has La Croix-Rousse sitting atop it.

Very interesting.

I Love This Guy!

The French Flag atop . . .

The Hotel de Ville

This is a high security government building across the street from . . .

The Lyon Opera House

At 8:00 p.m., it was time for a two hour workout, my first one, with our Senior team.

Over 60 Seniors Warming up

A little scrimmage work
was in order

GREAT WORK ETHIC!!! 

I am so very blessed to be working with over 120 men who value the great game of American football and are willing to pay the price that victory demands.

This is going to yet another fun EuroBall experience!

Next up, two more Cadet/Junior practices on Wednesday.

IT'S GREAT TO BE A FALCON!!! 

3 comments:

Michael said...

Sea to me that you are off to a great start!

Ryan Bolland said...

60 Euroball players on the same field? At once? ON THE SAME TEAM???

You must've photoshopped that picture.

Olivier R said...

Rue de Crimée is for the russian, in fact now ukrenian région of Crimea where the French fought in the 1860ies...