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He Bleeds Red, White, and Blue … and Black (???)

So it’s true. My husband is one of those closet writers that peeks his head out every once in a while. He’s actually a very good writer (okay, so I’m kind of biased), which is actually quite annoying. He whips stuff up in moments and it’s good! While I, on the other hand, slave away and THEN it’s tolerable. I know. The hardships I go through.

Anyway, he’s a soccer fanatic and his favorite soccer site was having a contest. He entered and his entry was chosen for the winner of the day and is a finalist for the grand prize. Yep, he’s cool.

So if you’re a soccer fan, have lived in Korea or overseas, gone to a World Cup game or are just terribly curious to read my hubby’s story, click HERE.

But if you’re like me and don’t want to click, here’s an excerpt:

I bleed red, white, and blue . . . and black.

“Wait,” you say. “You’re American. You mean just red, white, and blue. You are an American, right?”

Of course! Dreams of Donovan, Dempsey, and Altidore dance through my head at night.

But there are other dreams too. Of Park Chu-Young. And Lee Chung-Yong. And Park Ji-Sung. Dreams of the Taeguk Warriors strutting their stuff to the world with the red, white, and black of the Taegeukgi, or the Korean flag flapping to the beat of seventy-thousand Red Devil fans chanting, “Dae Han Min-guk!”
So, I bleed the colors of both countries. Opposite sides of the world. Allies in history. Rivals on the pitch. Both teams dominant in their own respective FIFA conferences. Both teams not taken seriously by “real” soccer nations. And my own beating heart in the middle.

13 Responses to He Bleeds Red, White, and Blue … and Black (???)

  1. I live in France. My husband is French. ‘Nuff said. Let’s just say I’m a soccer fan by force. But when the world cup comes around- at least I bleed Red White and Blue either way:)

  2. I hate people like your husband. I’m more like you when it comes to writing. I wish I was more like your husband, then writing wouldn’t take so long. 🙂

  3. Creepy Girl- France has the same colors. Of course!

    Stina- So true! Glad I’m not the only one out there.

  4. Andrea says:

    Even though I’m not a soccer fan, I appreciate good writing. Thanks for sharing!

    But Christy, I’m sure it’s much easier to write a short opinion piece than a whole novel where all the pieces have to fit together. So don’t feel too bad about his sudden bursts of writing talent!

  5. Kelly says:

    I did not realize your husband was a writer, too!
    Love the excerpt!

  6. PJ Hoover says:

    It’s awesome, Christina! How cool he writes, too.

  7. Kim Kasch says:

    Kewl . . .

    My entire family loves soccer.

    In fact, Luke, my son at UofO just sprained his ankle playing soccer – now he’s on crutches for a few days. He’s been playing since he was five and never got that hurt. Guess he’s just getting old. 😉

  8. Wow! He is good. That IS annoying 🙂

  9. Congrats to him! And I know what you mean–my husband is a talented writer/storyteller and it isn’t even his interest. Grrr….

    BTW, I got my copy of Escaping the Tiger the other day and read it last night. It was every bit as wonderful as I knew it would be. Thanks again for doing the contest!

  10. aimeestates says:

    That’s a very nice piece and it has impact. Congrats to your hubby!

  11. That is so cool! It has to be nice that your husband is a closet writer, at least he sort of gets it, you know? Great excerpt!

  12. Kim-So sorry! That’s awful. I hope your son gets better.

    Angela- So glad you got the book!

    Aimee- I’ll tell him you said that. He’s got some great stories he’s started, but he has a hard time finishing. 🙂

    Lisa and Laura- it is fun. He’s a great critiquer too for me. Tougher than my critique buddies so I only show him when it’s practically perfect.

  13. Jon says:

    Pretty good!

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