What Would You Have Done?
Monday, September 14, 2009
I love being a soccer referee. I love being in perfect position to make the right call. I love seeing the excitement on a goalie’s face when he or she blocks a shot or when a striker makes a fantastic shot into the back of the net. I love the extreme heat I find myself in sometimes and the extreme cold I also find myself in at other times. It is an emotional sport and I love being able to keep a calm collected head in the midst of madness. And all that came to an end Wednesday night.
The season opened up and on only the 2nd night of soccer in the 2009 season I blew the whistle and started my U16 match. Within a few minutes of play it looked like the ball was going long so I started my sprint to be close to play but a defender got her foot up and knocked it down. I planted my right foot to stop my sprint and heard a loud pop followed by immediate and excruciating pain in my right knee. I stopped for a moment and felt the pain radiate into my calf and into my upper leg. And this is where I made a critical decision.
It was only 7 minutes into an 80 minute game that I had been looking forward to for weeks. When I heard the pop and felt the pain I knew my season was over so I decided to go ahead and finish the game. The pain was intense but I wanted to enjoy my game especially because I had a feeling it was my last. Half of my friends said they were shocked I pushed through the pain and finished the game and the other half fully understood what I did and why I did it. So the question is; what would you have done?