Why is it that so often we take for granted the most valuable aspects of our lives? Relationships, families, our health, our employment, our time? It seems so easy to gloss over these important aspects of our lives sometimes. And it is not that we necessarily intend to minimize their importance all of the time. However, sometimes conscious decisions are made to put more emphasis on the trivial, the fleeting, the self gratifying. When this is done it devalues what is important.
In football there are three basic tenets. Block well, tackle well and above all else secure the football. To be successful at this game those three must have the greatest value. They are the core of success. Other important aspects have a factor in being successful; throwing, catching, camaraderie but in the “hierarchic of value” of football, those three rein supreme especially protecting the football. And I can hear the argument now..”but Coach, shouldn’t effort be the most important?” My response would simply be that effort without direction is mostly pointless. One could be the best snow shoveler in Florida but what purpose does that really serve.
Last week your Colonels faced a very solid St. Paul Lutheran squad out of Concordia, Mo. While our boys played most of the game with great effort, we did not value the football and ended up with far-far too many turnovers. A young team such as ours cannot expect to have success without retaining the ball against such a good opponent.
This week we will face an undefeated California, Mo team that is ranked #1 in our district. It should pose a formidable challenge but it also a tremendous opportunity This will be the first playoff game, on the road, and with it being against a #1 seed, will truly be a test of our character. I am anxious to see our boys approach the game with focus, confidence and knowing what to value. Thursday nights game can be another positive step in the direction of this program.
Lastly, I wanted to share some thoughts that were shared with your boys this week from MMA Alumnus Paul Petit ’85:
“At the end of the day, when you are about to close your eyes, ask yourself, these two simple questions:
· Did I do my best….. ?
· Could I have done it better…. ?”
If we can answer that in the affirmative then we will know we have been a success.