Team runs on positive energy with Italy up next
TRAINING (yesterday) was very intense and everyone appeared to be preparing for tomorrow. There was a game-like pace to all of the drills we did and you could sense the urgency in everybody's play, it was great.
Everyone seemed to be focused on the task ahead of us. It is not going to be easy to beat one of the best teams in the world, but I really like the attitude and character of our team. Despite what some of the media have written, we are a tight group and continue to be that way. I really feel that due to the loss people are trying to find a problem with the team or look for negative things to write. I guess a story about rifts in the team makes for better news. When it comes down to it we know we made a few mistakes and were beaten by a good team, but it happens.
On a positive note my stitches were removed today. All week I was wearing a beanie around town or a bandage on my head at training. I was quite surprised that some of the guys did not give me a hard time about the way I looked. There were a few wisecracks here and there, but I presume my black eye intimidated the rest. Ha ha. Sometimes people would stare when I forgot to wear something over my cut. This makes me a little uneasy, so I always try to keep it hidden. You would think this would get easier with time.
Well it has been another day of travel and that takes a lot out of me, so until tomorrow, aloha.
Kamehameha graduate Brian Ching is playing for the U.S. in the World Cup.