Just home from the first Varsity game of our local high school football team. Last night it was a JV game. Our oldest sons play on each team, respectively. Up north you drive to these football fields and you can literally see and hear (or smell) the nearby farms. You are much more likely to be looking at trees and hills than any type of structure, excepting maybe a grain silo. Tonight the weather was about as perfect as one could ask for: low humidity, no clouds, about 68 degrees at kick off, full moon after sunset. The communities come together and the bands play. Young men learn so much playing a game, and most will never play again after their last game senior year. My oldest son was literally beaming tonight after a thrilling, come-from-behind win, scoring with under 3 minutes left but with a roller coaster ride left to seal the win. Were you that way when you were in high school?
My oldest brother played at Northwestern and he was in attendance at last night's game. One of our boys is his godson and brother was in town to see the game . Brother lives a pretty fancy, sophisticated life these days but he was taking pictures last night and enjoying what slice of life it was to be at a football game up north.
Many of you played football as younger folks, and I'd suspect a fairly large percentage into high school. I'd guess that there are more than a few marching band types (Read: Bando, MMB, and others) who played in high school or college. I, Like many of you, played a bunch of sports as a younger person and was lucky enough to play some in college, and into my later years. This is a special time of the year and a special time in your communities.
With all that said, tonight's questions are these:
1. Will you attend any high school football games this year? If so, where, when, and more importantly, why? Your kids playing? Your alma mater? A great way to spend a Friday night?
2. What is your favorite high school football memory? - and this is an expansive question in that the question isn't limited to a game that you played in. Maybe the favorite was watching your buddies win a big game, or the local school finally make the playoffs, or just marinating in the fall weather, the band, the kids, the whole atmosphere of it all.
8 days and a wake-up to ND, but high school ball is here. Hope you are all well and getting psyched for football. I think Michigan is going to torch some people this year.