Picture a cool, brisk morning with the scent of old, brown grass that’s just starting to emerge. There is a thick, moist taste of morning dew in the air. Your ears pick up the subtle trickles of water flowing from what’s left of Old Man Winter’s seemingly six-month reign, like a million little rivers streaming to the closest sewer drain in proximity. Daylight has decided to bless us with more of her precious time. Yes, Friends, Spring is finally here! For residents of the Midwest, it has seemed like an endless and draining, winter long hibernation. Spring is a symbol, the start of a different way of life per se. For many of us here in the middle region, it means only one thing: flag football!
First off, I’d like to congratulate all the teams that were fortunate enough to pull out a victory at all the tournaments that were thrown last year, large or small. It was a great year for the sport of Flag Football as a whole. With over 70 teams, men’s and women’s combined, already registered with Hmoodle.com from all over the States, there will almost certainly be a surge of new teams that will try to come in and put there stamp on this young and vastly expanding sport. Some original teams have parted ways, only to re-unite with old teammates on new, revitalized squads. Remnants of old teams have merged to form alliances with those who were once considered competition to try and bolster already proven winners into perennial contenders for the crown. Finally, the youth of yesteryear who have watched from the sidelines in seasons past are finally growing into their own. Years of watching, studying, and dreaming of playing will finally commence once the season opening whistle is blown. Though all range in ages from preteens to fathers and mothers, they all have one goal: to capture a championship.
So who are this year’s favorites? Are last year’s contenders this year’s pretenders? Will the defending champs of their respective titles be able to fend off all opposition and prove their dominance? Will team chemistry be an obstacle for the rebuilt squads? Will the youth falter to inexperience or will they surprise? With such an abundance of questions, there is but one way to find these answers. So, without further ado, I’d like to ring in the upcoming season with reference to a scene from the movie Gladiator, but with a personal spin.
“Every time you step onto the battlefield, remember the moist taste of that
morning dew, listen to the trickles of sweat dripping from your pre-game warm-
ups, kiss Old Man Winter goodbye for 6 more months, bend down and swipe a
few blades of grass, freshly cut or brown with age, and take one long, deep,
breath. This is how war tastes, sounds, and smells like. You are about to
engage in an epic battle and there is only one winner. May that team, be your
team. In the words of one Michael Buffer, ‘LET’S GET READY TO
Writtern by Chuekou Vue