If I had waited until tomorrow, it would have been a whole month since the last time I posted, but I’ve never been one to leave something that neat. As well, it’s the sanctified birthday of our buddy, our pal, Greg Miller. I’m sure we’ll all give a synchronized finger wag to that.March and April (or Mapril, as I like to call it) has been busy with baseball and work. Fortunately, the Grove’s very own JV baseball team has turned their season around, cracking the .500 barrier with their win over Pleasant Hill. On the year, we’re 7-6, in the Sky Em league, we’re 6-0. We usually put up our ten-plus points by the third inning and wait through the fifth inning to let the ten run rule take effect. Today we take on the LaPine Hawks, hopefully, we can send them back on a three hour sour bus ride.
This weekend, I’ll be at the U of O football coaching camp with the other coaches. We’ll get to see the likes of Mike Bellotti and Nick Aliotti, but I’m sure that they will be behind velvet ropes with security guards and cameras.
Other than that, 40 days left in the school year. Nobody counts down like teachers do.
Well, my first football season has come and gone. The Varsity team ends 4-6, effectively doubling their record from last year. An interesting stat is that we out numbered our opponents in first downs in all but one game. Our main running back ran for 323 yards in the last game, putting him not only at 1188 rushing yards on the year, but also almost 100 yards longer than the school record–which has been in place since 1992. We had two or three 2nd team All-league titles handed out, and a bunch of honorable mentions.
The JV team had a good year with a 7-2 record. For the freshman team it was a rebuilding year (seeing as there was no freshman team last year.) They went 2-5, but in their defense, 4 of those schools were 4A teams, and 2 of the teams even played some juniors against us.
In other news: I spent the weekend up in the north country of Oregon. Hung out with the fellas, doing a little Old Chicago followed by some NCAA Football 2006. Created a new team: Salt Lake State Shakers, who played in Morton Stadium. For the last half of the evening we all endured our horrible jokes of, “the defense looks shaken,” and, of course, the inevitable jokes about the Shaker religion and their furniture.
Anyways, since this week is civil war week (Oregon Ducks vs. Oregon State Beavers–not Union vs. Confederacy) here is a little graphic I made for my dad in celebration of the eventual trouncing of the Beavs:
It’s been a couple days since I’ve made a post. I’m sorry, I’ll try to be better next time. Please believe me, I swear I’ll change.Yesterday was a long day, not only was it the first day back after a three-day weekend, but it was also the first day of football practice. As some of you may or may not know, I have signed on to help coach freshman football for next year–which means I’m learning plays and formations during Spring and Summer. It’s nice being out on the field with a football team again, it reminds me of how much I enjoyed playing football. I really wish I could have kept it up for a longer amount of time.
The one thing I don’t miss from football was the 240’s (ie, running the entire field) which out guys are running 11 of on Mondays. That means up and back counts as one. Ten more to go.
All of this makes for a long day, but it is a lot of fun. Where else can I act as a runningback or a quarterback without look completely stupid? Today’s practice looks a little soggy, but my complimentary coach’s gear will keep me at least a little bit dry.