We never get tired of new faces.
Some folks find us online. Some get cornered by a coworker who can’t stop talking about the game. And some might even be walking through the park and get reeled in to play.
They all have one thing in common: They never leave.
This week, we had two new gents on the pitch with us. Sean Coyle used to play in New York before moving to Arkansas, where there is (ahem) zero Irish football. He arrived in the DC area recently, did a Google search and found us. He hadn’t touched a ball in four years, but we couldn’t tell. The guy was a beast.
Bobby McCormick, another newcomer and a local (Oakton High grad), said after today’s match, “I have no idea how I got on your email list, but I’m glad I did.” Bobby was also money on the pitch, and, yes, he managed to play in the hat (can’t say we’ve seen that before), which provided its own kind of Sunday-afternoon magic. Keep on playing, dude.
It was a great match today, graced (and refereed) by Andrew Healy, the ambassador of Irish football in the area; he’s a brilliant and funny mashup of PT Barnum, Don King and your favorite uncle who may or may not be invited back to Thanksgiving dinner. We love the guy.