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Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

Bill Malchisky  September 14 2012 05:00:00 AM
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When viewing recently the European Cup (UEFA EURO 2012) with several friends in a Skype chat, we realized that many of us not only enjoy watching soccer (football, for non-Americans), but many of us also enjoy playing the sport. After a few quips regarding getting together to play... someone asked, "Why not at Lotusphere?" The idea was born. I called the Dolphin Swan immediately to learn about the possibility for a small field to play soccer with my friends and fellow Loti at IBM Connect 2013. We have a few options, stemming from a sand pitch to an artificial surface as well. The property was open to the idea as it would be with Lotusphere attendees and they know us to be a great group of people (I telephoned before the conference name change for clarity). So we will have a friendly game with a great group of people, at a stellar event, in a fantastic location. Interested?

Here are the updated particulars:
  • Date: Saturday, 26 January 2013
  • Time: 10am start, with a noon finish with cocktails afterward for recovery purposes
  • Place: Dolphin Swan hotel -- connecting beach area (where we have the Sunday night party)
  • Cost: Free

Final details will be provided here in January, 2013, before the event.

Final Details - 8 January 2013
  • Arrive before 10a, play commences as close to 10:00 am as possible; if you want to stretch before-hand, arrive accordingly
  • BONUS - For those that are interested, we will have a flag football game afterwards -- you don't have to participate in soccer to play football; some of the international attendees wanted to try playing, so I arranged it with the hotel; football starts immediately following soccer, around 11:30 am
  • Lunch - after cocktails, we can all enjoy lunch pool side on the beach; if colder, we can move indoors

Note: You are more welcome to bring your favorite tasty beverage to enjoy as well, just make sure that you leave the glass in the hotel and use paper, plastic, or metal containers on the beach. It's a hotel policy and one that I condone; no one wants to cut their feet on broken glass, buried in the sand.
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If you are interested in participating, please either append a comment to this post, or send me an e-mail with the subject, "Soccer Saturday".  We have a limited number of spaces of course, as a 30 v 30 game isn't much fun, but stop by and cheer your fellow community members if you choose. I understand of course, that some people enjoy shopping on Saturday as well. So, for those that do not or will not this year, an alternative exists to watching television in one's room, while waiting for B.A.L.D. to commence.

Note:
All I ask, is that if your availability changes, please let me know, so we can keep the participant list current , allowing those that want to play to be in attendance.

Thank you and see you in Orlando!
Comments

1Howard  9/14/12 7:58:01 AM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

Hey Bill, how about post-Lotusphere skiiing? Vail on 2/2? I am already booked.

Howard

2Mikkel Flindt Heisterberg  9/14/12 12:14:30 PM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

I'm so in!!!

3Joe Litton  9/14/12 1:07:08 PM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

It's most likely that I'll not be able to attend the conference this year, SO I will probably get a room at the Dolphin for Fri and Sat nights, and will plan not to PLAY (after torn retina, my soccer days are over), but to at least assist with perhaps a Mai Tai night on SaturDAY ...like around noonish ...just in time to prep everyone for B.A.L.D. :-D

4Simon Vaughan  9/14/12 2:16:57 PM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

Count me in :-) (If I can wear my Liverpool FC top!)

5Alan Hamilton  9/14/12 2:33:01 PM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

Count me in

6Bill Malchisky  9/14/12 3:24:17 PM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

@Simon... absolutely. If I remember to pack it, I'll have my Lotus Notes 8 soccer jersey with me. Let's have fun with the event.

Glad @Joe will be in attendance and assisting with the potent potables. To keep it friendly... hrmm, perhaps each yellow card recipient buys a round. Red card? It's an open bar til sunset.

See you on the pitch!

7Bill Malchisky  9/14/12 5:57:39 PM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

@1 Howard, send me an e-mail or DM to discuss further. Thanks.

8chris miller  9/14/12 6:06:16 PM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

Can I just referee?

9Bill Malchisky  9/14/12 6:13:26 PM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

@8 Yes, Chris, that works well. Excellent.

10Bill Malchisky  11/16/12 10:16:11 AM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

Happy to annouce that Chris Whisonant and Stuart McIntyre will also be joining us.

11Bill Malchisky  11/16/12 10:38:04 AM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

And Handly Cameron too. We have a great group. A few spots remaining, if you know anyone else interested.

12Sharon Bellamy  11/20/12 1:41:47 AM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

I too will be up for this - assuming girls are allowed to play :)

13Ray J Bilyk  11/20/12 5:42:27 AM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

DRAT! I won't be in Orlando until the end of the game... just in time for the 'recovery cocktails'... hmmm....

Maybe I'll be there just in time...

14Bill Malchisky  11/20/12 7:07:10 AM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

@Ray... perhaps you can go standby on an earlier flight? See you in IC13.

15Chris Whisonant  1/9/13 6:43:39 AM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

NICE! Can't wait - will see you there. After flailing around a bit with futbol, I'll be warmed up for football. :) This comes to mind: { Link }

16Bill Malchisky  1/16/13 1:45:24 AM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

We have two very recent openings due to a couple of changes. So if you know of anyone that would like to play, please let me know, or have them leave a comment here. Happy that Alan will be cheering on his mates this go-around and looking forward to seeing him and all of you on the beach.

17Per Henrik Lausten  1/16/13 2:45:00 AM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

I'm in! :-)

18Bill Malchisky  1/17/13 4:14:12 PM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

Excellent, Bernhard will be joining us. It is his first conference. Should be a good group. See you all on the pitch - be ready to play at 10 AM

19bernhard pirker  1/18/13 9:07:21 AM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

Yeah

i'll participate...

I 'm looking forward to the games. They will be funny.

A great start for a great show

20Chris Whisonant  1/18/13 9:48:20 AM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

Will be there as close to 10 as I can. I think my flight lands at 9:15...

21David Hablewitz  1/21/13 8:52:08 PM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

Need someone for the play-by-play? Can we get a live webcast going?

22Bill Malchisky  1/21/13 9:55:52 PM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

Hi David - If you want to help with the play-by-play, that would be great. Not sure I can get together a webcam option at this point, but open to it; would be great. Any thoughts?

23David Hablewitz  1/23/13 9:12:43 AM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

Game on!

24Frey Christian  2/14/13 12:30:32 AM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

Who won?

25Bill Malchisky  3/27/13 7:33:04 AM  Soccer Saturday Comes to IBM Connect 2013!

Hi Frey... we changed teams several times to balance out the skills and keep the play and passing changes fresh. Hope to see you next year!

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