Damn! I love football!

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  1. iliketrafficlights

    iliketrafficlights Well-Known Member
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    This is my 3rd season away from coaching and my internal clock has gone off. Really miss being that close to the game. I like all of the time that has been freed up not having to coach 25-30 hours a week but there are still things I miss.

    I miss a good old fashioned half line team run game period in summer camp. Just grabbing a center guard tackle working against a DT DE and LB. Watching something click for a young player and him taking that next step in his development, there’s nothing quite like it.

    What do you miss most from your experiences as a player, coach, parent watching your kid play, or just as a fan?
     
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    I think this song really captures the experience of playing football. Most have already heard it but I think this will get us in the mood to discuss some football experiences.
     
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    I miss the smell of freshly cut grass, and the first feelings of fall in the air on Friday nights.

    What I do NOT miss are August practices when it just rained (and rising water vapor is all around) and it’s 95 degrees with 3 hours of practice ahead of you in those smelly hot pads.
     
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    Agreed! That’s the stuff I hated when I played but looking back, it was the center of our team building. Just shooting the shit, bitching about how hot it was, laughing about our 60 year old over weight coach deciding to wear a half shirt to practice that day. But man as soon as that whistle would sound to gather us up you’d hear the audible groan and start that internal pep talk about denied gratification and it’s benefits.

    I’m 42 now but I would give anything to have one more 10-14 play drive with my boys putting that thing in the end zone. After that drive though...I’m done. A massive coronary on the field would put a damper on Shit.
     
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    And let's not forget the odoriferous locker room.
     
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    No matter how often they’d clean that place it still smelled like sweat and balls.
     
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    Part of it is perspective. At 17, you’re just wired a bit differently.

    We had a depression by our field, and if it rained a decent amount it would create a puddle. One of my teammates and I would take dives into the puddle before practice. The 52-year old me is asking “WTH was I thinking?”

    Laughing
     
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    In the off season my weekends are free......but starting soon Sat/Sun will be booked solid for me with football. No more catching a matinee Saturday afternoon then Sunday doing the same thing, I have been doing that for months.


    Now its waking up super early on sat/sun to get ready for these games. Only time I might get to see a movie now is late on a weekday.
     
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    Haha! Right? We used to love when it got cold in November finding the guy who didn’t wear his girdle pads to practice and giving him a rousing slap in the ass. What compelled us to get such a kick out of slapping another man’s ass? 17.
     
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    This is one of the benefits to me not coaching anymore. I work a half day Saturday Sunday mornings but then it’s a retreat to the man cave for College football Saturday and NFL Sunday.

    When I was coaching, Saturday and Sunday were all about grading our film and preparing game plan for next week. That meant I’d only catch ND and the Eagles games. Now I get to see everybody.
     
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    When I was an intern many years ago, our manager one time brought up crap they used to do to each other. I remember we all gave him funny looks when he started telling the stories. He looked at us incredulously and asked, "What? So you guys never peed on your buddy's leg when you were showering? So you guys never went up to someone who was tying their shoes and stuck your dick in their ear?"

    We were all like

    [​IMG]
     
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    Haha! Another locker room favorite was when somebody was getting ready to head to the shower or just returning and they’d be bare ass naked you’d say to your buddy, “Yo, So and So is calling you.” Then you get them to look at man ass. Never ceased to be funny.
     
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    I loved practice. I loved the games, too. But I miss practices the most
     
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    We had a dude that transferred in our junior year. Anyhow, after practice while showering, our starting middle linebacker just hauls off and KO's this dude. I mean knocks his ass down with an overhand right to the nose. Duder is sitting there bleeding. Pretty good bloody nose.

    Everybody is like " what the ****, man?"

    "Mother****er pissed on my leg!"

    Shit like that didnt fly where I played.
     
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    My high school's old football field was two miles from the school, we would get geared up then ride a bus to the field. Half time was spent sitting in the end zone if the weather was decent or packed like sardines on the bus. The center of the field between the 40's was a mud hole by the end of the second game of the season and there was usually standing water on both sidelines, and we played at least one game a year in a snow storm
    I loved every second of every game that I played there...To me that is how football was meant to be played.
     
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    Games

    In particular, the first snap count of a new QB. I hate practice by about the 3rd day of camp. I was tired of hitting the same guys, the same plays, I thrived on the new. New face, new sound, new count. That's what I miss the most. That's football in it's purest.
     
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    I had to stop early because of my knee. What I miss the most, along with the games, is the team itself and the camaraderie you have with the guys. The time you spend hanging out in the locker room, team meals on weeknights, going to the local diner and getting burgers on the house after a game. Nothing quite like it.
     
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    I miss all of it
     
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    I remember when that song first came out & the memories that came back. My heartbeat sped up & got a little sweat going. It's been 25 yrs this season since I last played & I still have dreams about playing, maybe 4-5 a yr.
    My wife or family will ask me what I miss the most from playing & the first thing that always comes to mind is the practices. Also enjoyed watching game film w/ the guys. Will always look at myself as an o-lineman.
     
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    I remember the organized chaos of diverse activity exploding out of serene stillness at the snap of the ball just because someone yelled the secret word.
     
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    WOW!! I'm glad I coach Jr. Pee-Wee, LOL!! the 8-11 year old kids aren't quite that bad... yet.
     
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    That’s me! Don’t need the fanfare. Would rather sink into the back when it comes time to pass out credit. More cerebral in attacking a problem. All day level work ethic. O Line is a state of mind.
     
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    Damn! That’s well-worded. Pretty much poetically captures the essence of it all.
     
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    ****ing the cheerleaders.
     
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    The thick ones were most likely to put out.

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    What I don't miss is being so nervous that I would puke my guts out in the locker room before every game I played.
     
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    I played center. To this day I think of myself as a square. No shit.
     
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    they would do other things the skinnys wouldnt, too.
     
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    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    First games of the season were great. You would be so amped up you would run through a brick wall. It wouldn't calm down until at least the 2nd quarter. Playing Linebacker was great to let it out too. I remember my Senior year asking Coach to let me blitz the entire first quarter because I just wanted to hit someone else repeatedly haha.
     
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    Same. Would do it all again if I could.
     
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    I miss the brutality in which the sport can be played. Just getting up and seeing the snot bubble you just knocked out of this other person. Is the reason I played. No lessons, no better understanding of anything, just the urge to hit somebody.

    I was a horrible sportsman. I am still working on that now in my regular life. How I treat people.
     
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    I wish I would of got to play for a team where practice was fun. Every coach I had thought they were Bear Bryant and tried to kill us before practice was over with unlimited suicides, bear crawls, updowns, etc.
     
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    As a fan, being in your home stadium...its 3rd and 5..your team is on D and hearing 100,000 plus of the loudest fans in the country getting louder and louder, right up til the ball is snapped.

    Good lord I'm ready!!
     
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    Even though it was the last game I ever played in and we lost, the greatest rush that I ever got from football was playing for the state championship at Autzen Stadium in front of 3x more people then was in the entire county where I grew up.
     
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    It sounds like your manager was gay and used football locker pranks as a way to get his kicks.
     

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