Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Top Ten things about the Autobiography "Wayne Rooney: My Story So Far

1. The amazing talent of Wayne Rooney
In this book he describes how talented he is. Like when he scored a goal in the toughest soccer league in the world. He also described how he scored 14 goals in one game when he was a kid. He was also the youngest player to play for the England national team at just 18 years old. These are among the many things that describe Wayne Rooney's talent in the book. For me these parts are the most interesting in the book.

2. Wayne Rooney's modesty
Wayne Rooney is a very modest guy. In the book he keeps going on about how amazed he was to be a professional soccer player. He truly felt that he wasn't good enough to play professionally and he turned out to be one of the best players in the world. Whenever he scores a goal he doesn't claim it himself but gives the credit to his team.

3. Wayne Rooney's Generosity
Wayne Rooney has given millions of pounds to all sorts of charities. He spends alot of time outside of soccer helping at food shelfs, children's hospitals, and other charitable places. He says in the book that money goes to way better use to help the poor and sick of the world than buying expensive cars and designer clothes.

4. Wayne Rooney's hard work
Wayne Rooney is an extremely hard worker. He trains very hard every day and that is why he is so good. He makes it clear in the book that nobody can make it to the Premiership with just natural talent, you need to work very hard.

5.Wayne Rooney's family
Wayne Rooney comes from a very respectable. When he became wealthy from playing soccer his parents refused to accept any money he offered them and they still live in the same house and have the same jobs as they always. They refuse to do nothing and live off their son and support themselves which I think is very respectable.

6. Wayne Rooney's team
Wayne Rooney plays for Manchester United which is one of the best teams in the world and is supported by millions of fans. His team plays with him so well and he describes a lot of the players in his autobiography very well.

7. Wayne Rooney's anger
Sometimes when Wayne Rooney is on the field his anger gets the better of him and he lashes out and it usually ends up in a red card. He describes in detail his anger problems in detail in the book and they are all very entertaining.

8. How normal Wayne Rooney is
Wayne Rooney is a regular guy. He doesn't have an fancy life outside of soccer like many other players but usually just stays home and watches television with his fiancee or mows the lawn of his house.

9. Wayne Rooney's goals
Wayne Rooney has scored some incredible goals. In the autobiography he describes each of his better goals and how it felt to score each of these goals. Reading how he felt
when scoring these goals was very inspiring.

10. Wayne Rooney's coach
Sir Alex Ferguson is a very influential person in Wayne Rooney's life. He basically controls everything he does that involves soccer. Since Wayne Rooney is still very young (just 21)Alex Ferguson keeps an eye on Wayne Rooney to protect him from people who would hurt his soccer career.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Section 7 Post


Review Of My Book
I really enjoyed this book. I loved that it was done by a simple guy who didn't (although he easily could of)talk about all his sports cars and millionaire lifestyle but about soccer. I really found it interesting how even though Wayne Rooney is a millionaire and a very busy man, he still often goes back to the same street where he used to play soccer as a 9 year old and play a pick-up soccer game with his friends. I learned in this book that Wayne Rooney comes a family that deserves a lot of respect. For example, Wayne Rooney has millions pounds to spare for his parents but they refuse to take it. They still live in the same house and his mother still works the same job as a lunch lady and I am amazed by this and really respect that they are not corrupted by their son's wealth. Another thing I really enjoyed about the book is how good at soccer Wayne Rooney actually is. For example, he scored his first goal in
the toughest soccer league in the world at the age of 16 and when he was 13 he scored 19 goals in one game! Although I would definitely recommend this book to soccer players or supporters, I am not so sure I would recommend it to people who don't. To be honest, I don't it would interest them very much.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Section 6 Post A and Post B

Section 6 Post A

. obscene(261)- offensive to morality or decency; indecent; depraved: obscene language.

. deliberations(270)-Discussion and consideration of all sides of an issue: the deliberations of a jury.

One emerging theme I found in this final section was that you shouldn't do stupid things. Wayne Rooney blew his World Cup dreams good bye by doing something very stupid (getting sent off for purposely injuring another player) and it has changed his life.

Section 6 Post B
In this final section Rooney talks about probably the darkest chapter of his life. In what would turn out to be England's last game of the World Cup Rooney seemed to intentionally stamp on the groin of a Portuguese player in the dieing minutes of the second half. In the book, Rooney keeps on saying in this section that the whole ting was accidental. "It turned out to be Ricardo Carvalho of Chelsea. And I was aware my foot had landed between his legs, which of coarse is about the nastiest place to get hurt, but it was an accident."(270). I have seen the clip of the foul many times and to me it obviously was not an accident. Rooney clearly stamped on his groin on purpose and his angry face while he was doing it makes me even more convinced. I just feel that this is a bad way to end the book with dishonesty. I would have respected him much more if he just owned up to it. It also suprised me that he would do something so stupid in such a big game with billions of people including children watching this game from all over the world. It didn't make feel so good about the sport of soccer when I watched last summer and I am sure it had the same effect on millions of other children too.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Wayne Rooney

Outside Reading Section 5 Post B

In this section Wayne Rooney talks about his metatarsal injury right before the World Cup, his first trophy and his World Cup dreams might coming true. It was amazing to me that the Carling Cup (not a very top class professional trophy)was his first ever serious trophy and that he was delighted with himself about it. The most important part of this section is where you learn about his metatarsal he got in a game against Chelsea right before the World Cup. "It was in Whalley Range Hospital,back in Manchester after the Chelsea game, that it was officially confirmed my metatarsal had gone."(223)He thought he was out of the World Cup for sue but amazingly after being given a "gel boot" to make it heal faster he found that he would be able to play in the World Cup after a scan on his foot. "Eventually, I got called back, and I was told that my foot had fully healed. It was absolutely brilliant news. I could now start full training."(246)The last chapter is basically about him being in a German hotel preparing for the World Cup and being delighted to be with his England teammates. He is so happy because he knows that he will be able to play in the World Cup. Only a few weeks ago he couldn't have dreamed it was possible but his foot healed and he couldn't wait to play in his first World Cup match. This for me, was the best section so far because it had such happy ending.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Outside Reading Section 5 Post A

1. deliberate(217)-carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional

2. psychology(221)-
1.the science of the mind or of mental states and processes.
2.the science of human and animal behavior.
3.the sum or characteristics of the mental states and processes of a person or class of persons, or of the mental states and processes involved in a field of activity.

One emerging theme in this section is the more you have the more you have to lose. Wayne Rooney looked like he had it all and was going to lead England to their first World Cup victory in forty years. But that summer he fractured his metatarsal and all his World Cup hopes and dreams went down the drain.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Section 4 Post B

In this section Wayne Rooney talks about things like his thirty million pound deal with Manchester United, his relationship with his teammates and coaches, personal life, his gambling problem and his average day as a superstar.

One of my favorite parts of the section is the part when he talks about his personal life. He talks about himself as a regular person and not some kind of superhero. I learned that Wayne Rooney is not a big tough guy like he is potrayed and is actually scared of the dark and is very lonely at times. You also learn that he comes from a very humble family. His mother, for example, still works as a lunch lady because she refuses to live off her son. "Despite having moved into their new house , my mum still enjoys her work at my old school as a dinner lady and earns 287 pounds a month, insisting that she doesn't live off her son." (pg. 174). I think this very respectable and it shows that Wayne Rooney comes from a good family backround.

One of the sad parts in this section is that you learn how viscious the paparazzi has been to Wayne Rooney and his fiancee Colleen."On that trip, one paper bribed a young man to follow Colleen down the street and at a certain moment, run up and kiss her. It was a total set-up, just to make it look as if she was going out with some lad."(pg. 175)This is just awful. It makes you feel very bad for the Rooney family because they don't have alot of privacy at all.