Deb Soccer Game 1

Deb studies hard for the UCSD school of International Relations and Pacific Studies, commonly quoted as the IR/PS with a silent "/". This graduate program readies people to manage international affairs with the rigor of an MBA. Being a social order, though, these folk like to party and knock the ball around a bit. Today marked the first game of the co-ed soccer season packed with IR/PS'ers. Deb brought her game face:

To work in international affairs, one must be aware of cultural subtleties and political nuances whatever the environment. Body language can also be interpreted quite dramatically between cultures. Soccer, as international event, is no different. Here, the IR/PS body language demonstrates security and assuredness despite the cross that whistled over the striker's head:

IR/PS played in darks. This star performed the ritual "see-ya" greeting to the female defender who committed a bit too soon:

Green socks translated to the visiting team as dangerous game. A through-ball with pace set the IR/PS'ers flying through the flanks:

Sometimes in soccer you can't just openly approach the ball. In this foreign environment, it may get scared and bury into pitch like an armadillo. Here, we see how pacific studies helped this gentleman sneak up on the ball with zen-like grace:

Deb and her teammate practice synchronized running during a mad dash:

Body language helps non-english speaking cultures know your intentions. Using this knowledge, the player hand-signals right to fool the ball into submission before making a boot:

January 27, 2007:

Coming in a bit too hard to the goal:

This body language communicates a relaxed, laid-back posture for a short pass:

Women in many cultures are not taken seriously as figures of power. A strong leap into this headball commanded a reverence similar to shock and awe...

...particularly when she slams into the other team:

This guy helped lead the team to their ultimate tie. As leader, you have to keep a head above the rest to look out for predators and bunnies:

When policy fails, IR/PS is trained to attack!

The keeper has many deep political metaphors surrounding his use of hands, final-defense, and nuclear potential. A clever save on his part kept the score close. Those shorts sure are sheer:

A customary American open-handed greeting:

Deb, although focused in Latin-American studies, illustrates the finger-claw pass developed in upstate Vietnam:

Square in front of the goal with the keeper leaning right: any guy would salivate at such an opportunity:

Arms up in amiss for a head up and a miss:

You may remember this pairing from earlier. The defender, however, had since become fluent in his moves and greeted the attack with stick that stopped him cold:

Although an open greeting is very important to any international affair...

...a good elbow to the neck can set any unmentioned tone not already set:

Zach makes sure to pick off the weak defenders before attacking the herd:

The ball refused to yield despite her best abilities to communicate a left detour:

Even the blue skies did not seem as bright right after the other team scored their goal:

Good negotiators change their position even late in an international engagement:

Deb illustrates how a woman's delicate touch on a heated moment...

...can, well...

...lead to the first stumbling steps of retaliation. Policy by death!