June 3rd- A “World” away- Chris Ritchey

June 3, 2014 at 10:43 am 3 comments

chrismeresglow1 Another June has arrived and today – the day – is like my life -brief spots of sunshine interspersed with rain, or in my case brief periods of (if not exactly happiness ) smiles breaking through the clouds of tears.

England, is heading to Brazil to play for the World Cup of – football/ soccer. We shared so much when you caught the football ( soccer) fever. I have so memories that make me smile-


The game at Columbia Station – you had just returned from England – your senior year trip where you had been playing with the “big boys of football” . There you were playing in your senior year for Lorain Catholic High School – frustrated at the level of play- when across the pitch ( field) as you ran down the touch line positioning yourself to cross the ball came your dulcet tones

Pass the fucking ball-

OH No! – thought I – the red card will be thrown for that one-

Luckily play continued- how could the ref not have heard that as we in the stands heard it quite plainly- you always did have a voice that “carried”?

LCHS went on to win- however the ref did say as he walked past me leaving the stadium –

Tell Chris to watch the language as next time I will be sure of what I heard

. – He was English, maybe that helped with understanding the passion.

You didn’t like to watch games – preferring to play- but the World Cup was different . We would watch for the draw-and watch and tape the games you had to miss. I had watched when England beat Germany in 1966 – it was a very special feeling of camaraderie – one that I felt with you during those times of the World when all was good, even if England never took the trophy home again.
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Soccer became your presentation for your BFA at Cleveland Institute of Art and in the centre of the presentation your version of the Jules Rimet Trophy crafted in opaque glass – lit from the bottom in a golden hue. wcchrisres

The trophy sits still ( without its golden glow) in my room – reminding me of another world – lost. I probably will glance at the standings, I no longer care who wins the World Cup- who the players are that get red carded- the game changers – because you have been red carded out of the game of life and with that – any hope for a great result.


I love you Chris – Ole! Ole! Ole!


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. richrob2013  |  June 3, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I miss my little buddy as well. He was a part of our lives, our family!

  • 2. Max Abrams  |  July 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I played in that game with Chris and can say with 99% certainty that it was me overdribbling in the corner as Chris waited for the cross….I loved Chris on and off the field, definitely one of my fav players to play with…. I miss him and think about him often.

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  July 3, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Thank you Max – those were good days ( and some bad) coaching left a lot to be desired 😉 Anyway I miss him so much every single moment of every day I would give the world just to hear him swear …..

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