Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A Mixed Night of American Football Practices

Tuesday, 12 March, 2019

It was mostly a stay at home Tuesday as I had some laundry to do and, as always, the Villa Skorpion II was in needed of some light cleaning.

I also dug into my latest read, another James Patterson mystery, before heading over to the Esselunga Supermarket for some much needed provisions.

It was there that I discovered the inspiration for . . . 

 . . . Rodin's "The Thinker"

I love a good cup of coffee as much as the next person and have spent the last two months slowly depleting the seemingly endless mountain of Laurie's extremely strong Nero Espresso coffee pods for our LavAzza coffee machine. All of her pods were, obviously, leftovers from last spring.

LavAzza, one of Italy's premier coffee producers, makes great coffee but they are limited in their coffee pod options to different levels of potency ranging from extremely strong to mind numbing.

Laurie's choice of coffee pods was definitely on the mind numbing end of the scale which is not my favorite day in and day out choice.

I was down to my last five of Laurie's pods and did not want to buy more of LavAzza's official pods but still wanted my morning brew.

What to do?

I have a car now and I know a spot in Tradate somewhat near Skorpion Field that sells coffee pods that work in our LavAzza machine but are not made by LavAzza. They offer a wide variety of flavors and strengths.

Thus, on the way to practice I detoured to Tradate's Capsule Caffé Outlet store. There is probably one of these shops closer to the Villa Skorpion II, I just do not know where it would be located.

 YAHOO! They were open

Their pods, compatible with our machine, come in packages of 16 pods. The cost is 4.90 Euros/package, but if you buy five packages you get a sixth one for free.

Six it was in the flavors of cappuccino, crème brûlèe, nocciolino and chocolate. This purchase gives me 96 wonderful taste treats to start my mornings.

Just across the street from the Capsule Caffé Outlet is a sushi restaurant. I wonder how . . .

. . . the restaurant's name
would go over in America?

On to tonight's editions of Skorpion American football practices . . .

It was a BEAUTIFUL night for
American football!

Our Women's Flag team started
out doing footwork drills

Then they moved on to some
plyometric drills

There was lots of effort
and learning going on tonight

Sofia had a little trouble
on this trip over the bags

The phrase "Sofia to Tanya" strikes
the same fear in Italian flag football
circles that "Unitas to Berry" did in
the NFL in the 1950s and 1960s

The U17 flag team had a
lively scrimmage tonight

What are the U15s ups to?

Ah, they are working on
"tackling" the flag

The 90 minute flag practices were behind us when the Prima Squadra took the field for the first of our two bye week practices.

Traditionally, European bye week workouts are problematic due to iffy attendance.

Who were we to buck with tradition?

Our overall numbers were not bad except that we only had three offensive linemen suited out. This created havoc with our team periods needless to say.

I can not complain about the effort given tonight leading to positive individual improvement but I don't think that we took a step forward from a team execution standpoint.

RBs Ema, Dylan and
RBs Coach Bumba

We like to run a lot of two back sets and Ema and Dylan are our two best running backs.

Unfortunately, neither one has played a down in our first two games due to injuries while Bumba has come out of retirement to fill in as a fullback in the Blue Storms and Rhinos games.

Hopefully, at least one of them will be back for our home game against the Palermo Sharks on March 23rd.

Avanti, sempre AVANTI!

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