For weeks we practice – we meet and discuss our game plan, our strategy. We go over in minute detail what our goal is going to be for the upcoming game – how can we keep the ball moving forward and reach the end zone? Reviewing past games where things didn’t go so well, listening to excuses for why the ball was fumbled and nodding to assurances it won’t happen again. You’re prepared, the coach gave the pep talk, the players are anxious to get started.
You line up on the field – everyone on their toes ready to go. You do the hard count:
32 – 57 – Left – HUT HUT
You watch, seemingly in slow motion as the ball leaves the center and you grip it in your fingers… pull back to look downfield. Continue reading