Keeping Score

"Remember kid, there's heroes and there's legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die, follow your heart kid, and you'll never go wrong." -

The Sandlot

I would like to believe my interests are pretty diverse seeing as I am just plain curious about everything. Even though I have confessed to catching the girly girl fashion bug from time to time, I also must admit I have a tomboy side to me that absolutely loves sports. I always watched sports as a kid; My dad owned a bar and grill for about fifteen years, which was constantly filled with an intense audience ready to put money on anything. It was not until my college years that I

really

harnessed my infatuation with professional team sports. With ESPN and Sports Center constantly filling my ears (having a 12 year old jock as a brother does that to you), I have been able to acquire a good amount of sports knowledge, allowing me to actually understand some of the athletic jargon my guy friends throw around.

*Note: if you are not a New York Giants fan, kindly leave this site now.

Jussst kidding.

During my mere twenty-two years of life, I have been blessed with some pretty incredible worldly opportunities. Last summer, I was fortunate to be able to go to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  I also appreciate the fact that I could attend the 2010 Billabong Pro, along the beautiful coast of South Africa. Admist the one month span, I learned more about soccer than I ever imagined I could. I think one of the most fascinating things about soccer is that it serves as a universal language. People in over 200 countries play, making it the most popular sport in the world. It is a passionate, challenging and graceful sport that takes a lot of heart; it continues to mesmerize me. I am currently charging up the piggy bank for Brazil 2014 and the countdown has begun.

In the spirit of the NFL draft (NY Giants got a Prince!) and the lifting of the lockout, I figured I would include my best sporting event photos. Sports are a beautiful thing and they bring people together to laugh, cheer and cry through the ups and downs. I will definitely be a sports fan forever. If you don't believe me, I'll bet you five bucks.

My hero is an incredible Pole Vaulting Coach, Jerry Cahill. He has inspired me in so many ways.

Take me out to the ball game...

Last night's game: Yankees vs. White Sox. Row 12 -- can't believe how close we were!

Melanie Mitchell. Multi-talented track star. A legend at Loyola.

Just before the gun goes off.

Steeplechase: Essentially, a horserace for humans.  Miss Gibney is a fantastic steeplechaser.

Mind over matter. Running takes guts, sweat, and tears.

{Dan McDevitt}

The beginning of the game sets the tone.

Stars and Stripes.

{Giants Stadium}

Round 16: Spain vs. Portugal

{Cape Town, South Africa}

Although they placed 3rd, the Germany National Team made a

 legendary mark on this year's World Cup.

Every victory deserves celebration.

Greece vs. Nigeria

{Bloemfontein, South Africa}

France vs. Uruguay

{Cape Town, South Africa}

Slovakia vs. Paraguay

{Bloemfontein, South Africa}

What would we do without sports? The unity is priceless.

Horse race at Churchill Downs, Kentucky

Exhausted after a hard race.

{Churchill Downs, Kentucky}

Sports would be nothing without the fans.

{Chelsea, Travis, Brian, Kelly}

Thanking the fans for their presence.

{Thai National Team vs. Japan}

Yes, even cheerleading is a sport. Can

you

do six flips in a row into a split?

Like fans, sports couldn't exist without gear.

Sick playing field, huh?

{Burton US Open 2011}

Impressive.

Swoosh.

{Nets vs. Celtics}

Billabong Pro

{Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa}

Supertubes!

{Billabong Pro}

Blood, sweat, tears.

Love and Laughter, Kelsey