PUT THE GREENVILLE PEDAL TO THE MEDAL

Thursday, 5/17/12 1:03:04 PM

THE GREENING OF GREENVILLE

With Michigan State, Cal Poly, Oregon, and us (CSU) there has been a process of green elimination going on here in Greenville.

ON BLUE BYU  (Linda Rondstadt)

Our game with BYU tonight follows the other bracket final, Arizona State vs. Cal Poly. The two survivors live to play tomorrow at 9:00 p.m.

FAMILY GUYS

We had a very soothing and useful ‘day off’ Wednesday before tonight’s Cougar hunt which begins at 7:00. Our parents have really stepped up this year (every year) with feeding the boys after and around games as well as doing that ‘booster’ thing and raising actual dollars for the program. Once again these wonderful parents are coming up huge on this ‘roadie’. If our team puts in the effort that their families do all the time, we will be just fine tonight.

This morning was a somewhat lethargic pre-gamer. The cobwebs don’t need to clear too fast. There are plenty of hours prior to the first face-off whistle.

OH SAY CAN YOU SEE?

The last 3 games of the MCLA season now move to a new venue, the very intimate, very old Greenville High School football stadium. The ‘Red Raiders’ have a new, modern home somewhere else, but this one is very, well, cool. Like art Deco it is a product of the ‘thirties’ I would say. It is sunk down below the parking lot area like a bunker. The seats are concrete benches. Half the fans sit on one side and half on the other. Beyond the end zone and goal posts is the woods on one side and something that looks more like a clubhouse than a locker room on the other end. There are ramped sidewalk walkways and its all flavored with gazebos and that sort of ‘quaint’ architecture. The field is grass with a few area patches above the creases that are filled in or replaced with some kind of ancient, Miami Dolphin colored Astroturf looking stuff.

I pronounce field as well as us ready to play. Nuthin’ to it, but to just do it and all that. If each one of them prepares well individually, we cannot fail. If the coaches are good at putting them in places where they can succeed, then we will succeed.

I do not feel nervous. I do not sense tension in this team. Focus and Family are our watchwords for this day (every day).

KEEPING YOUR HEAD WHILE THOSE AROUND YOU LOSE THEIRS……

I feel good about us and where we are. We don’t need to reinvent anything between now and 5 hours from now. They have shifted through their standard paces and they all know at all times what their roles are in a game and or with the team. I am comfortable and confident that we will act with poise and play with pride. For me it is not, “What CSU lax team will show up”. That is not who this team is. Sure, we have had good games and some not so good ones this season, but truthfully one of the hallmarks for this group is the consistency they have displayed day in and day out, cold weather or hot, night or day, good opponent or great. It is so important (karmacally and otherwise) to respect your opponent, and we do that every game (almost).

Do not confuse this ‘respect’ concept with any kind of fraternizing with the guys wearing the other color, at least not on ‘my’ time.

One or more of the great things about this team is the leadership (#26, #2, #9 and others) and the overall maturity and self-determination they have displayed as fifty boys to men (+Lee). That investment has paid us dividends all season. Why would this day be different?

The panic button is pretty far down on the list of our knee jerk, in game responses, and I think we have great team awareness of situations and moments, something that gives us the ability to stay live and alive inside the critical game moments. This can ‘play’ well for us. You never know when or maybe even what for, but you always better be ready

HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK

Yesterday was indeed a trip to the Greenville City Park, a picnic/barbeque there with some great on the fly cooking by Kevin Taggart (#8, #41 dad) and Bill Regan (#7 dad). We went from charcoal in the bag to 60-70 people eating burgers and dogs pretty dang quick. After ‘lunch’ we went over to have a peek and get a moment or two of Sirrine Stadium where we will play tonight.

YEAH BUDDY

I know a two-hour time change is nothing, but just the same, by the time my 60-year-old-ass ‘acclimates’ to E.D.T., I will just be returning to Colorado’s MDT, and then what shall I do?

YOU KNOW I DANCED TIL A QUARTER TO THREE (Gary U.S. Bonds)

After Tuesday night’s game it got late quick. I wanted to write, mostly because of the parents and alumni I want to stay current, and that’s what I hope I’m doing now. It comes out faster than normal. Anyway, before I knew it, it was almost 4, er two in Colorado, but my old body was already a little dazed and confused (Led Zeppelin) as it was, and I slept cleanly through the ‘breakfast’ (over at 9:30) here at the hotel. It was 10:00 when I arose (8:00 at home), and I had no clue if I was hungry, but Dylan and I went out for a bite anyway. So, I ate when I wasn’t hungry, and I felt ready for a nap by noon even though I had just gotten up.

WAKE UP THE ECHOES (Notre Dame football)

I was somewhere in blood sugar Never Never Land by the time we got to Sirrine. The sun was getting ready to get ready to set. The place had a very strong vibe. It felt like the ghost of Knute Rockne  should be or maybe even was running around in there somewhere.

LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO MY RED NECK FRIEND (Jackson Browne)

Meanwhile, time-wise that is, it’s right back to 6:00 a.m. and middle school Monday morning for me. Well, I don’t actually attend Webber middle school, but I do feel really close to our bus driver, who groundhogs for me daily when he picks up Jordan at 7:20, and pretty much right before he picks up George for his different, elementary school ride at 8:29, and who (bus driver) I am quite sure packs a 38 (gun) under the old driver’s seat. Needless to say, he got a nice Christmas bonus from the Naumburg family.

I just want to know why, except for the driver, school buses don’t have seat belts. What is that?!

THE YOU P. S. WAY

I (body) will be alright I suppose. It’s not exactly like coming home from Russia or China, so after we get home Sunday I should be all shimmied back into body cycle shape by at least late next week.