Tuesday’s Column: Remembering a life well-played

i-a2d5373123e3e872dda40a6b4d10affb-623227616c.jpgThe author (inexplicably wearing a D.C. United t-shirt) and younger brother, Daniel.

Regular readers of my weekly Tuesday soccer column and this blog know that both have been on hold for a couple of weeks now as I deal with family issues, specifically the unexpected death of my younger brother and last surviving sibling.

Frankly, I have had neither the time nor motivation to write recently during what has been the most difficult period I have ever experienced in my life.

I’d like to thank readers who suspected something serious was up, friends in soccer who contacted me via email and Facebook and all those who knew Dan for your expressions of support. Your words meant a great deal.

I’ve never known a life without Daniel. I’ve never known a life without soccer. I’m hoping my passion for the latter will help overcome the loss of my brother.

This week’s column is my tribute to a huge soccer fan and great person, my brother Daniel.

Regular programming will resume shortly. Thanks for reading.

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About Nick Green

South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!
  • Benny Dargle

    Touching tale. RIP Daniel.

  • Nell

    I read your blog and your column regularly.

    I don’t know you personally or your family, but you have my deepest condolences. May God bless you and your family.

  • Amberson

    I am so sorry for your loss, Nick.

    My deepest condolences to you and your family.

    Da ei pacem.

    Dona nobis pacem.

  • Studs Down

    This beautiful game that dominates our lives parallels life closely. In it we experience joy, frustration and sorrow but there is always another season to carry us on thru. And we cherish the memories even more as time goes by.

    Stay on the ball.

  • Richard

    Hi Nick,

    Please accept my sincerest condolences.

    Although I, too, do not know you personally (like Nell), I FEEL like I know you because I regularly read your great blog. Your writing helps me get through the day.

    a loyal reader,

  • John Curtis

    Nick, I’ve not lost a brother, but I did lose a very close friend, very unexpectedly, about two years ago at the age of 47. It still seems very strange that he’s gone, but we had a lot of fun together, and that’s what I focus on.

    Hang in there!


    My condolences to you and your family. It sounds like your brother was a real special person. All the best.


  • Inigo Montoya

    Thinking of you, Nick. RIP. Brothers are forever.

  • EvanZ

    Nick, although we have never met, I am a loyal reader of your blog and newspaper articles. I am so sorry for your loss. I really don’t know what to say except that my family’s thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Please accept our condolences.

    Evan Z and Family