I realized something the other day that I thought I would share in here.
I'm a football fan. I love watching football. It's my favorite game to watch.
I used to really enjoy watching NFL football. Those guys are incredible; the best football players in the world. Their skills are out of this world. Then there was a long period of time when I was a huge college football fan. I still really enjoy college football. I love the rivalries, the intensity of the home crowd on Saturday afternoon, the incredible skill level of these young men demonstrating their prowess and skills. I love to watch them play.
But, the other day I realized that I love watching local high school and local youth football games even more than the NFL and even more than college football. I love to watch the little guys and high school kids play their hearts out for all the town to see. I know they aren't as proficient in their game as the college and pro athletes. I know that the vast majority of these kids will never play at a level above high school. But, I also understand that they DO have talent and they DO have skills and that it's very enjoyable to watch them give it their all in a football contest on Friday night or Saturday morning.
So, to all the AZ HS and younger football players who have entertained me this year... Thank you.
Thank you very much. I've enjoyed watching you do your stuff.
And thanks as well to the coaches who have given these kids their time and efforts to help them learn a game, learn life skills, play as a team, and become better people.
In a perfect world, every team would have a perfect season. In my mind, a perfect season would be one in which you won some games so you learn what it feels like to win, lose at least one game so you learn how to handle defeat, and come back from being down so you know how to overcome adversity. A perfect season would have ups and downs that mirror real life, with a coach to teach strategies for handling these waves while keeping afloat and moving forward. A perfect season would weld bonds so strong they continue for a lifetime. A perfect season would have fans talking about games for decades later. Many teams have had perfect seasons... but they probably didn't know it at the time.