Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A Sunny Spring Day Just Made for HUDL and House Cleaning!

Wednesday, 18 April, 2018

It was a truly remarkable, warm Spring day, perfect to be outdoors enjoying all that nature has to offer in Lombardia but I had to remember that I only had . . .

. . . more day to get the Villa Skorpion
ready for Laurie's arrival in Italia!

That's right,

One more day until we hit all of the clubs,
bars and nightlife in Venegono Superiore!

And the great thing is that we can do all three at just one place if we can get there before they close at 10:oo p.m.!

After finishing my morning HUDL video study of both our game last Sunday and viewing the Crusaders video one more time I was off to the Esselunga Supermarket to get some needed supplies . . .

. . . CLEANING SUPPLIES that is!

I was inspired to spruce up the Villa after the Franzini kids mowed the lawn yesterday.

One more day . . .

A Tuesday With HUDL and a GREAT Practice!

Tuesday, 17 April, 2018

Hard to believe that in a mere . . .

. . . more days . . .

. . . we can be back together at work
directing European traffic!
"To Protect and Serve"

And as if that news wasn't excitement enough about this coming Thursday . . .

. . . YOUR Los Angeles Rams
2018 Schedule will be announced
in two days as well!

You can see who the Rams will play at home at the bottom of the announcement, now we find out the dates for these games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Looks like a great home schedule to me.

Meanwhile, back in Lombardia . . .

The bulk of my day was spent at the Villa Skorpion working on HUDL to break down our Red Jackets game video which was disturbing on many levels.

Still, a teaching tool is a teaching tool, no matter how poorly we played on defense.

The Franzini Family came by the
Villa Skorpion to mow down our jungle

They did a great job!

It was the first step in a week long clean-up of the Villa for Laurie's arrival.

In the evening it was back to Skorpion Field for two hours of U17 and U15 Flag team practices followed by two more hours of Senior team improvement.

The U17s had a lively scrimmage

 As did the U15s

 Senior team pre-practice
Specialty Period

We had nearly FORTY players
at practice!

It seems that our loss in Sarzana hit a primal chord in our squad's competitive psyche. 

We had an EXCELLENT practice!

I was excited and proud of our men tonight, our focus was exactly what we needed as we prepare for the Crusaders on Sunday at home.

More Photos from Sunday's
Sarzana Red Jackets Game

Nicolas Principi in Hot Pursuit

Giacomo "Jack" Micheli
directing traffic

Maybe Laurie and I should deputize him as a member of our community safety squad.

Ema Della Bosca

#66 Marco Andreoli and
#9 Stefano Granelli to the rescue
The Pit

#22 Andrea Mora racing to the aid
of #9 Stefano Granelli and
 #58 Ivan "Swito" Raso

#4 Alessandro Brovelli

Young, strong and coming to an as yet unidentified USA high school football program this Fall

He will come back to Italy after a year in the USA an incredibly good American football player!
 Defense gearing up for another
Red Jackets assault

Loading up the Box

Being an American football
can be lonely at times

 Ema Della Bosca in the open field

DE #11 Tomas Pedotti has played
well this campaign

At LB is #57, another member of our Skorpions Kiddy Korps, 16 year old Stefano Lusuriello.

At DT is #52, Raffaele Nardi one of the Skorpions more interesting players . . . "RAFA!"

#3 DE/TE Pietro Limido
showing off his vertical jump skills

 Pietro Limbido on the tackle

 NG Andrea Gorini
at 46, our oldest player

Young pups marveling at Andrea Gorini
getting into his stance

"How does he do it?"

Tuesday's focused, well attended practice certainly bolstered all of the coaching staffs spirits.

Now, can we do it again Thursday night?

Monday, April 16, 2018

Recuperation Monday

Monday, 16 April, 2018

Surprisingly, the Sun did come up today despite our loss to the Red Jackets yesterday.


Did you realize that in only . . .

. . . more days . . .

. . . it will be like Christmas in April!

In the morning I needed to go to the Venegono Superiore Post Office to mail a couple of things. The Post Office is always an adventure in traditional Italian queuing etiquette. 

When I walked into the Post Office, about six people were scattered about waiting their turns but definitely not in any sort of line.

Like a scene out of the movie The Sting, an older woman made eye contact with me and blinked. I instantly knew that she was telling me she was the last person to enter the building and that I was to follow her . . . eventually.

Another lady entered the hall about three minutes after I did. After our mandatory eye contact, I nodded my head to let her know that she was to follow me. She gave me the correct counter sign, a nod of her own, and order was in full force.

All eight of us stepped up to an open window at the right time without a disparaging word from anyone. The System worked as usual. 

Now, you must remember that in Italy the Post Office is not just a place to mail cards, letters and parcels. Here the Post Office is also a bank, utilities payment center, a place to make payments to any and all government agencies and God only knows what else.

I once paid for a parking ticket at this very same Post Office that I got in Pavia about an hours drive from here.

 It IS Spring you know!

Alpini Soldier Tribute

The Alpine are the Italian Armed Forces that specialize in mountain fighting in this part of Italy.

Tributes and Clubs dedicated to the Alpine are scene throughout the Lombardia area.

I want a Piaggio of my own someday

I'm talking about the pick-up truck not the motorcycle of course.

Our video of yesterday's Sarzana Red Jackets game did not make it on to HUDL today so I spent much of the day breaking down our one game film of our next opponents, the Cagliari Crusaders from the island of Sardinia.

Here are some of the photos that were posted today by our crackerjack team of Skorpion photographers, hope you like them.

 The things you see riding on
the team's Pullman bus

Let's meet a few of the Skorpions as they go through the mandatory pre-game document check with the referees.

 #66 LB Marco Andreolli
18 years old

#60 OT Michael Di Losa
17 years old

#57 LB Stefano Lusuriello
16 years old

#85 WR Roberto Pelusio
17 years old

#30 SS Giulio Bonfanti
20 years old

#87 NG Andrea Gorini
46 years young

#32 LB Tony Mitrano
34 years old

 #12 QB Gianluca Arena
26 years old

#21 SS Nicolas Prinicipi
21 years old

#58 LB Ivan "Swito" Raso
33 years old

Addressing the troops before the game

Leaving the field after warming-up


Here come the Skorpions!


Skorpion Captains Out

Red Jacket Captains Out

Stefano Granelli really needs to
replace that divot after the play

#6 CB Lorenzo Pizzetti in hot pursuit
of a Sarzana RB

This happened way too often in this game.

 Nicolas Principi

 #3 Pietro Limido blocking for
Nicolas Principi on a Kickoff Return

Our tough as nails QB and leader
#19 Omar Passera

 Just out of Principi's reach

WR Matteo Mezzania

Omar Passera going DEEP
to Giacomo Micheli

QB Gianluca Arena and
LG Simone Magnarelli

Omar Passera drive for an extra yard

Defense swarming the ball 

QB/Holder surveying the PAT
defense which led to . . .

. . . an audible call and a successful
two point conversion pass

He did that twice in the game.

 WR Roberto Pelusio about to block

 Not a Form Tackle
but it worked this time

Is this formation legal?

 Alessandro Brovelli running the rock

 #11 Tomas Pedotti's TD saving
tackle on a Sarzana kickoff return

Pedotti with a flying QB Sack

Brovelli again

Principi on the tackle

TD catch by Martino Piazzi

QB Omar Passera shaking
hands with Martino after the TD

These two connected for both of the Skorpion TDs today.

Brovelli making a Red Jacket miss

Three Skorpion yards and
a cloud of dust

 Game Day Hammer Award Winner
QB Omar Passera

 Another gang tackle by the Skorpions


 Principi on a kickoff return

Ema Della Bosca leaving fallen
Red Jackets in his wake

Della Bosca again

His running, pass catching and blocking were superb today.

 CB Andrea Mara on the tackle

 Brovelli running with an attitude!

Michael Di Losa blocking

Brovelli blocking for Sergio "Rodrigo
Blankenship" Montalbetti

It took several to take "Rodrigo" down

We did do some good things on defense

Just not often enough.

brovelli, Brovelli, BROVELLI!

Three hats to the ball

Some post game scenes . . .

"So I saw that the WB was uncovered,
so of course I called the PAT audible.
It was an obvious call on my part."

Our physiotherapist found no sign
of a brain in Stefano Granelli's head

Pietro Limido checking his
stocks on the Tokyo market

For Nicolas Principi, a knee/thigh
rub down and a beer worked

 OL Coach Leo Pozzato and
DB Coach Pierangelo Aimetti

 Giorgio Nardi
Our do everything GM

Federica Nardi, Santa Barbara Tanella
and a Red Jacket document checker

Federica and Santa Barbara do our stats during the game. Santa Barbara does everything for the team that Giorgio, her mate, doesn't and more.

Pietro Caprioli

Another tireless Skorpion worker bee that is the lifeblood of our program.

Offensive Coordinator Gigi Bravin
and a fat guy

DL Coach Luca Pinto and
Defensive Coordinator Daniele Donati

The Gangs all here!

That is RB Coach Cristian "Bumba" Bianchi with the good looking beard.

We lost the game on Sunday but not the locker room, we'll be back on track soon!