The organizers of the 2014 World Cup are not happy. The world will come together in 10 days to watch long soccer matches with very low scoring on TV and they barely get a headline in the paper. On ESPN the World Cup is mentioned as an after thought. "It was just bad timing," said Chock Vendier, the scheduler for the powerful French team. We can't go up against the "Finucane Games" and expect to get any coverage.
The 2014 Finucane Games, held again in Mechanicsburg, PA, went off without a hitch. I noticed Chock Vendier was in attendance. Yeah, he was taking notes.
Before the competition began and while we were all on speaking terms, we gathered for a group photo.
While there was some "inner circle" unrest this year and some protestors holding signs that read,
"NO GAMES - NO GAMES", it was a beautiful day for some spirited competition.
This is a good one........
This one is not.
Here he lost focus.
Everyone in the photo is confused. Why is he throwing the ball straight up?
My sister has obviously been studying tape since the last Games, her form is flawless. Her concentration while tossing, has been compared to the concentration of one Lebron James. It was impressive,
But this one is much better...
As the games were coming to an end, an official protest was submitted to the "committee" stating that my hat was too big and was a distraction to the other contestants.
My blue ball, obviously the closest, was disqualified, because of the floppy hat.
Two of the most popular competitors arrived from their locker room.
Don't let those sweet smiles fool you. They're warriors I tell you.
Like all smart competitors, they fueled their bodies before the races began.
This one is visualizing her race that is to come.
Finally, the sprint races began.
Then the walking race
and the shooting competition.
But finally it was time for the most popular competition of the games.
The true spirit of the Finucane Games was on display when one competitor stopped to help a fallen athlete.
Until next year......