Thomas Campbell Blog #8: A little R and R
Thomas Campbell is a senior forward on the UNC Greensboro men's soccer team. This year will be different for the three-year starter, however. Campbell, UNCG's leading scorer last season, will be sitting out his redshirt season while recovering from a knee injury he suffered last spring. Each Friday, Campbell will blog about the Spartans' soccer season, his teammates, his classes and his journey back to the soccer pitch in the rehab process. Today is the eighth installment.
This past week was Fall Break so it was a nice relaxing time without any school. The team left on Friday for Charleston. I did not travel with the team and stayed back in Greensboro. On Saturday evening I sat on my couch with my two roommates and watched the game on the computer thanks to Spartan All Access. It is a great thing to have if you're a parent or fan of the team and can't make it to the game.
I was jumping up and down throughout the game whenever we scored. It was nice to be able to watch the game and chill on my couch. We ended up beating College of Charleston 2-1 on a great goal by Corey Maret. It was a great conference win for the team and a great momentum builder as we head into the last three and most important games of the year.
Sunday was a gorgeous day. I got to sleep in for the first time in a while. I woke up and took my puppy to the park and let him run around the baseball field for a little while, then I came home and cleaned up. I gave the house a pretty good cleaning and then relaxed for the rest of the day watching football on my wonderful HDTV that I have back.
Monday was another relaxing day. It was nice to wake up knowing I had no class or no practice. Sometime last week my roommate and fellow teammate bought FIFA 09 so we started our lounge. The lounge is a feature on the game so that whenever you play someone it records everything. We have 3 players in our lounge for the 3 people that live in the house. Right now I am in dead last because I don't play nearly as much as they do and they beat up on me pretty bad. But I will pick my game up when I have some time to sit down and play.
The games get pretty intense and controllers go flying every once in a while. We are planning on buying one of our roommates his own controller so whenever he gets angry at the game, he can go ahead and throw it against the wall all he wants.
Tuesday was another day off from class but we had training in the morning. It was a decent session. The guys got in a good sweat on and the team's moral was high coming off a great win the previous weekend. I took Tuesday as a day to catch up on my school work and get some paperwork done. I had a good amount of work to do for a couple of my marketing classes that are pretty intense.
Wednesday was back to class. It wasn't fun after a couple days off – it felt like a Monday but worse. It was back to my normal schedule of rehab in the morning, class during the day, and practice and weights in the afternoon. It was busy but it was nice to get back into the routine.
Thursday was another busy day as school was back in full swing. Like I said before, my marketing classes are getting pretty intense and requiring a lot of work. My one class is consumer behavior and our final project is a real-life situation. We are given a real life customer who came in and spoke to the class. We do research and conduct surveys, focus groups, and interviews for this company to see if the product they plan to start making would sell in the market. It is going to be a very cool experience that will require a lot of time, but I am looking forward to the challenge.
This weekend is a big weekend for the team. We play Elon on Saturday night. After coming off a huge win in Charleston the expectations are high. We did very well on the road now we need to do well at home. Elon has done very well in the conference this year (unbeaten in their first five matches) and it's always a tough game because there head coach is our old assistant Darren Powell. He played at UNCG a while back (the early 90's) before becoming an assistant coach, so he knows our style, our players, and our game. It's going to be a great game and hopefully we can add another win to the record.
Till next time... Tot ziens
Thomas Campbell, #7
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