There ARE good manners in field hockey

Dear Sassy,

Yes, I was a blubbering mess on the night that your team played a brilliant field hockey game against one of your arch rivals. And, when YOU scored the winning goal in overtime? I never knew my heart could burst with pride.

However, I was wrong. A few days later your team put forth a valiant effort against one of the best teams in the area. They shot goal after goal, and played an amazing, very physical game.

You and your team never gave up. You fought with integrity and dignity and even though it was a bloody, frustrating battle - you rallied your team play after play. You all played with all your might even until the last buzzer sounded.

And then, when you limped off the field beaten and battered, you held your head high and showed the underclassman what sportsmanship was all about.

THAT was my proudest moment.

and now I am blubbering again. dang it.


Frau said...

Love to see good sportsmanship, Sassy needs a name change!! Miss Sassy!

recipes for the life said...

Great post :)

CSY said...

See? They DOlearn manners...when we're not looking! Good for Sassy!

Notes from Noël said...

You've raised her well! What a wonderful young lady she is!

FRANNIE said...

I know just how you feel.

My son crushed a line drive into left field but it was caught by a kid easily half his size when he dove for it.

It was the third out for my sons team and while he was rounding third base he stopped and told the kid that caught the ball that it was an awesome catch.

I was so proud. :)

KC said...

It's moments like those that show us it was all worth it. Way to go Vodkamom and Sassy!

Deb Thaxton said...

-->That's awesome! You can call her Sporty instead of Sassy.


Anonymous said...

There is never any shame in losing to a better team, as long as you played with all your heart.

That's what I tell the girls I coach in softball. That's what sportsmanship is all about.

Winning is fun, but losing with grace and dignity, and the knowledge that you gave it your all? Priceless.

Cora said...

I think we should rename Sassy. How 'bout Classy?

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Homemaker Man said...

That choked me up. Just started blogging and I wanted to say that your blog is the one I've been thinking about the most when I think about "how to blog." It's really good.

Erin@TheLocalsLoveIt said...

Wow. How special.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Nothing more satisfying than pride in our children..... is there?

Sue said...

Crap, now you are going to have to change Sassy's name too.

Rick Daley said...

"showed the underclassman what sportsmanship was all about."

I'm not sure how you do it in girl's field hockey, but in boy's football this is accomplished by whipping someone's bare ass with a wet towel in the shower.

♥ Braja said...

You're having a shucksy moment, aren't you Ms Vodka? :))

Diane said...

Very sweet! :O)

Ekanthapadhikan said...

This reminds me of the saying - "You really loose only when you stop trying."

Brian Miller said...

beautiful note to sassy...in those moments our true character is uncovered..sounds like you have a winner. great job mom.

Anonymous said...

awwwwwwwwww proud momma.....:)

this post made me smile...way to go u raised her well!

Secretia Teller said...

It's part of the magic of sports, especially the ones our families participate in.


SkylersDad said...

Nice job Sassy! There are a lot of great things to learn from playing sports, lessons I keep to this day. It takes the right environment and a coach who gets it though, and it sounds like sassy has both.

Jeanne said...

Every once in a while they do something that makes it worth the stretch marks!

Sprite's Keeper said...

Gracious losing is even classier than gracious winning! Go Sassy!

Suzy said...

For the love of God, start taking a flask to the game. That will give you something to cry about.

TexasRed said...

Excellent point!

Yo is Me said...


Elenka said...

Aw, mom, job well done!

The Peach Tart said...

good girl

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Congrats to Sassy! And you're such a sap, hon. :)

Brenda Jean said...

Good Sportsmanship is very cool. When my son was in 8th grade football their team always stood until they found out an injured player was okay--even if he was on the other team. They always shook hands, and never got nasty. I was so proud--especially since football can often be lacking in good sportsmanship.

I'd be blubbering too:)

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

Very cool! I played sports all through my youth and I was a sore, sore, sore loser. I needed a little sassy in me! (But, I don't mean that as pervy as it now sounds after I typed it).

*Akilah Sakai* said...

Rock on, Sassy. Rock on!

Anna See said...

Great post and life lesson! I want to be like that, too.

adrienne said...

You can call her Classy.

Fragrant Liar said...

Don't you know it's just so awesome that after all the teenage trials and tribulations they suddenly rise to some difficult occasion with real strength of character, and you have to stand back and say, I thought she wasn't getting it. But she was. Congrats, mama.

Mrs. C. said...

Good work Sassy! Good work, Mom!

Captain Dumbass said...

Classy Sassy.

Merrily Down the Stream said...

She's a super star in my book!

phd in yogurtry said...

doing mom proud, that sassy (and bringing back a flood of memories for me)

Char said...

Blubber all you want...you deserve it! ((hugs))

Janie at Sounding Forth said...


You slay me.

Pop and Ice said...

It's rare to see good coaching which leads to a player's proper behavior on the field. Your daughter and her coaches are to be commended.

Tammy Howard said...

Oh, that IS an even prouder moment.

The Mind of a Mom said...

From one field hockey mom to another I hope your team kick butt!! Yes you saw that correctly my soccer changed to field hockey. The girl just started and we already have a tournament this weekend.

Joanie said...

May all the Sassies of the world be so gracious

LegalMist said...


It's making me smile and tear up all at once...

I'm proud of her, too!

Beth said...

I teared up reading about it. Been there, done that with my Soccer Girl. You wrote about it perfectly.

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