Coming Home!! Back to the ATL with the BEAT!!

Hey gang, if you haven’t heard yet I was traded to the ATL Beat from the FC Gold Pride yesterday! I am super pumped but wanted to do a little mini post to share the joy! Check out the article below or posted at http://www.womensprosoccer.com/atlanta .

Atlanta, GA (Oct. 21, 2009) – Atlanta Beat General Manager Shawn McGee announced Allison Whitworth as the newest player to join the expansion team’s roster. Whitworth is a goalkeeper from Birmingham, Alabama who spent a year with the Atlanta Silverbacks in the W-League before she was drafted to FC Gold Pride (Bay Area) for the inaugural season of Women’s Pro Soccer.

“We are absolutely delighted to have signed Allison Whitworth,” said Beat Head Coach Gareth O’Sullivan. “She is very athletic, and outside of her playing ability, she is a tremendous person.”

As a member of the Atlanta Silverbacks, she held a perfect 8-0-0 record with five shutouts and maintained a .5 goals against average. The 23 year-old is a proud Auburn alumna who not only earned 22 shutouts and set a school record for saves in her final college season, but she was also named SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2007.

“Gareth and I have seen Allison play on numerous occasions, and she is an outstanding goalkeeper,” said Beat General Manager Shawn McGee. “We have been watching her for a long time, and we believe that she will be one of the best goalkeepers in the league next year. To be honest, we didn’t think would have the opportunity to get her, but we were very fortunate to work a trade with FC Gold Pride.”

In that trade, the Atlanta Beat sends two 2010 WPS Draft picks (numbers 10 and 12) to the Bay Area in exchange for Whitworth and the 23rd overall selection.

“I’m excited to be back in Atlanta because it feels like I’m coming home” said Whitworth. “It’s a great opportunity to be with a new team in the beginning stages, and it’s really close to all my friends and family. The Beat organization has been very welcoming, and it seems like it’s about more than just soccer here; the Atlanta Beat is all about community, and that’s really important.”

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Cincinnati Bengals have a Whitworth!

The Cincinnati Bengals are my favorite NFL team.

Why? You may ask… It is not because of the theatrics of Chad Ochocinco, the skill of Carson Palmer, or the interesting stat of having a tie in the record books. No no, its about the family bond. My cousin, Andrew Whitworth, is the starting left tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals. He played his college career in the great southeastern conference at the Louisiana State University. I am extremely proud of Andrew. He was voted by his teammates to be a team captain this year with the Bengals. While linemen rarely get praise for their performance, the coaches and team leaders repeatedly praise Andrew in the media. Because of the Bengals excellent start to the season I wanted to bring attention to another Whitworth in the ranks of professional sports. (You can see his bio and current stats here http://www.bengals.com/team/roster/Andrew-Whitworth/3a81696e-e6b3-4abd-8dd0-85e8748fa086 )

 

So Bengals fans, get your cheering on. I hope it will be a great year (we need to stay healthy!). Any fans out there give me a shout out!! Who Dey! Go Tigers!


been a little while…

I know its been a while since I have posted consistently. I have been swamped!! But shout out to my girls 3-1 Auburn Soccer over Tennessee!! I traveled with the team this weekend and realized how much I’d forgotten (or blocked out) about bus trips on only a few short months.

1. It is FREEZING! I did bring a blanket, sweats, and spare socks, but dang.

2. The are silly girls on the bus that like to spaz out and make noise… a lot.

3. Movies are obnoxious to sleep through even at 2 AM. I did manage to miss Uncle Buck and some other action movie, but it was difficult.

4. Some one always has a light on near you that shines in such away that you cannot avoid it.

5. I do get to spend lots of time reading and listening to music and podcasts on my sermons. YAY!!

6. I get to catch up on the movies I missed seeing over the summer.

7. Staying in really nice hotels is always fun. I like the free breakfasts. I had an omelet with tons of stuff in it.

8. Seeing friends in different cities. I am beginning to have friends spread out across the country, and it is so fun to get to have coffee with good friends.

9. Getting a win on the road makes EVERYTHING better.

10. War Eagle.

mail

I love mail. Getting mail is like one of the best things ever. I’m talking about real mail… not the cable bill (cause they always get the amount wrong), or credit card applications, or even though coupon and advertisement pages. Real mail. Like letters, catalogs, magazines,  or birthday cards, cards in general, money…gotta love money, presents or packages with unknowable goodies packed inside. Surprise packages. Those are the best. I have a few friends that are card writers, every few months or weeks (depending on their whims) you get an unannounced card in the mail. Yay, fun.

This week I had two notices posted on my door about a package waiting for me at the post office. I was thrilled because a good friend of mine was sending me a care package with goodies to help me recover from a month long study session for my Master’s Degree comprehensive exam. I was so excited about it I decided to brave the elements (not chromium and magnesium, but the wind and pouring rain) to head to the post office. I waiting in the line (there always seems to be a really long slow moving line) and took my package. I got it out to my car and drove off the lot by the time I realized it wasn’t from my friend. It was from my Aunt, Uncle, and cousins in Texas! I had talked with my uncle about coffee (you all have to know by now that I LOVE coffee), and he found an awesome flavor he wanted to send me. The first clue that the package was from my family not my friends was the wonderful aroma of Banana’s Foster coffee. I mean who would not want to try that flavor. That was an awesome surprise.

So after finding that the package I’d retrieved was not from my friend, I wondered what had become of it. So later today I headed back to the post office to do some investigating. I waited in line again (I am not the biggest fan of waiting) and asked them to search for my second package. They quickly found it and I rushed home to open my box full of fun!

Well it was definitely a fun box. There were 3 large bags of homemade cookies made with dark chocolate m&m’s, a bag of gummy peach rings, a bag of red vines, some instant caffeine, some sleepytime tea, a bag of dark chocolate m&m’s, some Bible software, a really fun  scrabble-like game called Bananagrams that I left at my friend’s place, and a really nice card. It has only been a short time, but I am on a huge sugar overload and had to cut myself off from the candy and cookies.

Moral of the story… send mail to people you love. It can make their week.

Thanks family and friends!!!

announcers

In the good ol’ south football is king. Everyone spends their week talking about the previous triumphs or failures and debating the outcome of the coming weekend. Friends and family become enemies on Saturday if you made the mistake of  aligning your allegiance to the wrong team. Much of the hype is propagated by ESPN and other tv personalities. All the tension that build is finally released on game day.

Many games  are televised and anticipated by the majority of fans that cannot travel and attend. This experience of being able to enjoy the game from afar is wonderful until the announcers open their mouths. Seriously, they ruin the game for me. All of them, every single one. I am no the only fan or casual observer to experience the as I like to term it “announcer effect.” As difficult as it is to watch sporting events on mute, the pain of hearing uneducated, poorly spoken, ignorant, unobservant, obnoxious, biased,  or incorrect commentary is too much to bear. My brothers’ had to endure apparently frustrating announcers this weekend while cheering their football team to a win.

Some sports tend to have worse reputations regarding their announcers or commentators. Football, soccer, and basketball tend to have poorly commentated games. It is essential in sports like cycling and track to have educated proficient people explaining to the masses the intricacies of the complicated and relatively misunderstood  competition.

Soccer is BY FAR the worst announced sport. Typically at the international level or for European games they tend to be educated and experienced, making the overall event enjoyable. In my opinion announcers like refs should not be noticed. Currently this minute I am flipping between three soccer games. Two of them are women’s college game in the SEC. I am watching them both on mute. The other game is the France/ Faroe Islands World Cup Qualifier. No muting necessary. I am pleased by the amount of soccer on TV (4 women’s collegiate games currently on, multiple men’s professional and international games weekly), but seriously isn’t technology at the point where we should be able to mute announcers but still get the game noise? Thats my request.

*disclaimer*

This is a generalization. Some announcers are fine, but please strive to be unremembered.

*edit*

The ESPNU first team soccer announcers are the pretty decent.

this day and that day

There are only two days that matter… this day and that day. I want to live my life in this day in a way that I will not have regrets on that day.

-Martin Luther-

How are you living your life?

I was listening to a speaker today and that was a quote he used in the message. I want to live my life this way. Too often, people (especially young people, myself included) wish away the time and place they are in. They miss the importance of where they are wanting to be another place. The whole grass is greener on the other side philosophy. A friend of mine always says in response to that, “well, you gotta mow the other side too.”

My life is in a slight holding pattern. I am finishing school and training waiting for next season. I do not need to wish away the time here though. As much as I would rather live in a nicer place, see my friends a bit more, spend time with family, or get to play soccer somewhere else, I will be living in the present and investing here. So I am headed to study for my comprehensive exam, work for the soccer team, watch film in the office, train, lift, run, go to class, teach my class, do my group project, and know that someday in the distant future I’ll have time to sleep.

over and out

favorite junk foods

I like healthy foods, thanks to my parents for raising us right. I really enjoy a nice all veggie meal with a salad and maybe some bread. Or my Dad’s soups… they are incredible. I love when it starts to get cold and the soup pot gets used a few times a week. Yumm… Anyways, despite my enjoyment of healthy stuff, I also love a good  junk food splurge.

Something to the likes of a giant burger with all the toppings… cheese, onion rings, mustard, pickles, tomato, no mayo…. oh yeah.

Or a really large banana split with extra hot fudge.

Pizza… hands down best food ever. God definitely created that before the fall cause there is no wrong in it.

Chocolate cake with hot fudge oozing out of the middle. Oh shoot, now I am getting hungry.

Fresh cookies… I have 2 favorite kinds chocolate chip with extra chunks of chocolate and peanut butter cookies with 3 M&Ms &on top.

Comfort food… homemade mac and cheese, or meatloaf (My Dad’s is the best)

Nachos with melted cheese, and salsa, sour cream, guacamole, peppers, meat, onion, and everything else.

Root Beer Float

Any holiday food… turkey, ham, potato casserole, pumpkin pie, sweet tea, green bean casserole, anything with cheese on it, stuffing, banana pudding, 7 layer cookies, pralines, traditional Christmas sugar cookies, monkey bread, coffee…

This whole train of thought started when I had a really good burger the other day. I went to Buffalo Wild Wings with my roommate (who is a vegetarian) where there is only meat. I got the Jack Daddy Burger with the regular patty, pulled pork BBQ, tomato, onion, onion rings, cheese, and honey BBQ sauce. It was so messy I tried to eat it as fast as I could to keep it from getting all over me. It was really enough food for 2 meals. Oh and fries came with it. I think I am still full from it.

*random comment*

Coffee has essentially zero calories. The way to make it not the best for you is to get the specialty drinks with all the milk and sugar in them. However, if you are like me and drink drop coffee with just half and half then you are set. Drink away! I think my coffee preference is one of the ways I justify my junk food cravings, at least I don’t get a ton of junk from coffee.

*digression done*

One of my best friends and I always tried to make cookies in college. But we were somehow lacking the ability to bake. One time someone, ahem not me, put a tablespoon of salt instead of a teaspoon… yes that makes a HUGE difference. There was always something wrong with us. So now we buy the pre-mixed dough; its harder to mess up.

The cookies are making me think of pazookies (I think thats what they are called?) that my teammates introduced me to in San Jose, delish.

So what are your favorite junk foods? Anyone?

*disclaimer*

I believe I am actually a pretty good cook, with the exception of when one friend and I try to make cookies. So don’t be afraid of my food if I do cook please. I make a mean pot of chili and a nice chicken pot pie. Steak. Fried Chicken. Fried Green Tomatoes. Bean Soup. Veggie Soup. Black Bean Soup. Tacos. Chicken Pesto Pasta. Breakfast… I love cooking breakfast. Ok done. Enjoy being hungry! hahaha