Saturday, May 05, 2007

Raleigh Railhawks

Correction: It has come to my attention that they're actually called the Carolina Railhawks. Doesn't have quite the same ring to it, but accuracy trumps euphony.

Last night I went to my first professional soccer game. My coworker got free tickets from one of the players (apparently most of them live in her apartment complex) and she asked me to join her. I'm not all that familiar with the rules, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. It was cold and dreary all day, and rainy in the late afternoon, but it stopped just in time for the game. Of course, the grass was still wet so the players were slippin' and slidin' all night. We scored a goal in the first half, and I was so proud that I actually saw it, but they ended up calling off sides so it didn't count. The final score was 0-0, which is so bizarre. Here are a few shots. More at Flickr.

At the south end of the field, there was some sort of pep squad cheering section.
They were ridiculously spirited. Several people had flags, the poles of which
they banged rhythmically on the bleacher floor nonstop. I don't know how they
had the energy to keep it up for the entire game.

Nice camera, dude.


  1. Hi Melissa. Nice photos. I'm actually the leader of that ridiculously spirited pep group you mentioned! :)

    We are the Triangle Soccer Fanatics ( and are an independent supporters club of the RailHawks, and soccer in general in the Raleigh-Durham area.

    Next time you come to RailHawks game, come over and join us for a few chants and we'll teach you a few more rules of the game so you can enjoy it even more.

    BTW, your photos on flickr are "all rights reserved". Would it be possible for me to use a couple on my website and link back to your blog or Flickr set?


    Jarrett Campbell

  2. Hi Jarrett! You do an awesome job at the games. The whole time my friend and I were like, "Man, how do they have the energy??" Thanks for asking re: my photos. You absolutely have my permission to use them and link back. Next time I go to a game, I'll definitely come on over and ask for you.

  3. Thanks. Done. See the article here:

  4. BTW, I'm the one in the orange T-shirt and the pirate hat in the photo of the section you posted :)

  5. Glad you enjoyed the non-stop cheering. To answer the question about the energy. I don't really know, it just comes, and then I go sleep for 12 hours or so.