The first game of the year was more eventful than most would have imagined. Well worth seeing a replay if anyone is able to.
I'm nursing a wound right now and don't have much time to type a recap, just to say that both teams played much more strongly than last game, and a controversal call led to an outburst by coach Kiyama, causing him to be sent out in the 22nd minute of his first game. The two goals for Osaka were taken by Kagawa, the second one while Osaka was down by one man.
After the game, I was in the locker room helping to straighten things up when I dropped a table onto my right foot. My choice of footwear for the day wasn't ideal, and looking down I could see blood seeping through the top of the sneaker. I was taken to the team doctor, who looked at it while I poored the small pool of excess blood out of the sneaker. He cleaned it up and wrapped it, and told me I should go to the hospital. Honestly, I don't have time for it, and while it's an incredibly deep cut and I'll probably lose the nail on my big toe, I can take care of it myself. It is hard to walk at the moment, though.
Sorry for a gory description, but I wanted to express great thanks to the coaches and staff who cared for me a lot more than I cared for myself, apparently. :) I also wanted to express great thanks to the Osaka fans. I worked at the away gate and met over 200 fans in pink, and they wre very considerate and respectul. After the match, over 10 of them individually asked about me, and wanted to thank me for various assistance, saying they remembered me from November, invited me to go to Nagai Stadium, ect. Moreso than the fans of any other club, they really made an impact on me. If anyone can recommend an online messageboard where I could post my gratitude directly to them, I would like to do so.
The loss was unfortunate but the play was exciting, and I have more hope for the year should Mito continue to lay like this. It's good to be back.