Fall is here, and football season is in high gear.
Went to the Science Hill game last night. I think it was my first high school game since I was in high school. I was impressed at how many people showed up (the home side was packed…almost standing room only). I was slightly surprised at how many people left after halftime. Yeah, it was getting cold. And yes, the ‘Toppers were getting their teeth kicked in. But this is east Tennessee! I thought east Tennesseeans were supposed to be crazy about their high school teams. Guess that’s not the case. Maybe it’s just the city folk. They seemed a little fickle, to say the least.
Anyway, Aiden had a blast! He kept telling us all the things the players were doing wrong (i.e. – tuck the ball when you run), and Aly tried to mimic the chearleaders’ every move. Leslie from our Community Group sat with us. Her son is a Wide Receiver for the ‘Toppers. Every time he was out on the field, Alyson would cheer the loudest for him. It was pretty cool when he caught a pass right in front of us. Not so cool when he fumbled said pass in front of us, too.
We wound up leaving at the end of the third quarter. Just a little too chilly and the game was a little too lopsided.
Saturday was Aiden’s second flag football game, my first one as a coach (I was fishing last week). It was fun sitting on the bench with the kids and getting to know them a little better. Towards the end, I helped the head coach on the field. It felt a little odd standing on the field while the game was going on. I felt like I should have run after the guy with the ball or blocked for my guys or something. That would have been some story, huh? “Overzealous Parent Knocks out Kindergartener while Reaching for his Flag.” Good thing I kept to my senses.
We’re having ribs for dinner tonight. Time for me to put them on the grill.