The past couple weeks the weather has been perfect. The nights have been cool, the mornings brisk, and the day time temperatures have lingered around that point where you wonder if you need something more than a t-shirt. It’s the perfect weather for a sportsman. Deer season opened here September first. With any luck the weather will stay this way. The water temperature will start dropping, the fish will start biting and once again be good to eat. All of this is fine except…. I am a teacher and a football coach. This time of year, this most wonderful time of year for sportsmen, is all consumed by football. Sunday through Friday teaching and coaching eat up my day light hours.
I wake up in the mornings tired. I see my children off on the school bus just before I leave the house, not long after day break. I teach History from 7:45 am to 3:15 pm. I practice football from 4:30 until we get everything right. I usually get home just in time to kiss the children good night right before their 9:00 pm bedtime, then I eat, wash, and go to bed so I can get up the next morning and do it all again.
Then there are Friday nights, when I usually get home between 11:00 pm and 12:30 am depending on where we played. When I get home on Friday nights I am usually so keyed up from the game that I can’t go to sleep before 3:00 to 4:00 am.
Saturdays are a drag. I am so tired from the long week that it is a true struggle to do anything.
Sundays I feel a little better, sometimes, but after church we have a coaches meeting that lasts from 2:30pm until. Sometimes I make it home in time to go to church Sunday night, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I don’t feel like doing anything when we finish.
Monday morning it all starts back over again.
I love writing blogs, but lately I haven’t had the time to do anything that sportsmen would enjoy hearing about. Football is life this time of year. This is my seventeenth year of coaching football. The last two seasons we have gone 23-3. We have won 40 ball games over the last four seasons. We have started this season out 4-0. Offensively we have the best team we have ever coached. Over all, this may be the best team we have ever coached. We have fell in the lower state championship the past two seasons. We have been knocking on the door of the state championship, it’s time we kick the door in.
After years of hard work it would seem that a goal that I set for myself twenty years ago in college is within reach. You would think I would be exceedingly happy, but the weather is fine, Deer season is open. All these years of long hours are grinding me down. The weather is fine. Deer season is open and the surf temperature is getting right. Right now we are on top, but I would walk away from football tomorrow if I felt I could, The Weather is Fine.