Passive or Active?

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The Head Football Coach called the team into one final team huddle as practice was coming to an end. Coach said, “I know you guys are watching football on television and that is a good thing. But instead of just passively watching the game, I want you to focus on the guys on television that are playing your position. Put yourself in that game on television and try to learn something new that you can bring back to how you play the game here.”

That weekend, for the first time in my life, I watched the position I played actively on television. One of the things I saw was a wide receiver go on a curl route. Once the receiver caught the ball he turned to the outside, towards the sideline. The defender, expecting the receiver to turn to the inside, after the catch, totally missed the tackle and the receiver went up field for a large gain before being tackled.

The following Monday in a junior varsity football game my quarterback called for me to run a curl route. I went down field seven to eight yards planted my outside foot turned to the inside and took one step back towards the quarterback. As I turned my head the ball was already in flight towards me, just like in practice. After I caught the ball, I turned quickly to the outside. I felt the defender brush off my back side and could see him go by me out of the corner of my eye. The defender had expected me to turn back to the inside and had missed the tackle. I then sprinted up field another ten to fifteen yards before being tackled by the safety. Actively watching football on television had paid off in a big way!

So when you read the Bible, do you read it passively? Or do you think active reading might help you find something that would help you in your life today? As God or Jesus speaks to the different people in the Bible insert your name in place of Moses, Joshua, Peter, Paul, John and Zaccheus. Take the Bible as God speaking directly to you, for really he is! You won’t be listening if you think God is speaking to someone else.

Luke 19:5 “When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, (insert your name) ______________ come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”

September 16, 2014 Rankings

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We have some movement this week in the rankings. First of all Shawnee Mission East takes over as the overall top team in the Super 10 and in the 6A rankings. So the biggest bulls-eye is now squarely on SME! Go Lancers!

Bishop Carroll continues to be number one in class 5A. St Thomas Aquinas and Salina South jump in to the top 5. Imagine that!

Bishop Miege continues to lead 4A D-I with same gang of 5 at the top.

Who else but Andale unanimously leads 4A DII and Holton is right behind. Columbus dropped a couple of spots and Holcomb moved up a little.

We have one member of our ranking team that keeps voting for Rossville instead of Silver Lake and that is for sure his right to do as he sees fit but the rest of the guys are picking Silver Lake to be at the top or in second place just like they have been for the past umpteen years. Collegiate drops out and Centralia moved in the top 5.

Lacrosse is still atop 2-1A after the close game with Larned 14-7. The Smith Center Redmen have moved into the number two spot after Phillipsburg went down hard last week. Meade follows P-Burg at third and Lyndon jumps in at fifth.

I still think Hanover is the best in 8-man period and so do the rest of the guys although the vote was a little closer with Osborne at number two.

8-man II is still undecided at who is going to be atop the heap at the end of the year. This is going to be one of the most competitive classifications this year. Keep tuning in each week because I got a feeling we might have a new number one each week of the voting.

 

General ‘Mad Dog’

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General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis U.S. Marine Corp

Just had to share some of the thoughts from this man. He has many more you can look up online but these today apply to football, in my opinion.

  1. The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.
  2. You cannot allow any of your people to avoid the brutal facts. If they start living in a dream world, it’s going to be bad.
  3. Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit.
  4. I don’t lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I can’t even spell the word.

 

 

 

 

The Pregame Meal

My phone rang at work and when I picked it up, on the other end was an old college friend. After a few moments of catching up, he said to me, “We are bringing our football team through your town Friday afternoon and we would like to eat there. Is there any place to feed 50 players and coaches at a sit down meal at 3:00 p.m.?” I asked him what they wanted to eat and he said, “A small hamburger patty and a baked potato.”

That Friday afternoon I went to the restaurant to meet my friend. We then sat down with the other coaches and talked about our high school football teams. Specifically, I wanted to know if they did their pregame meal like this every Friday night when traveling. My friend said, “Yes they did.” He also said, “We have to travel a long way from home on game days so we need to feed our players a pregame meal, and a post game meal.”

‘An army marches on its stomach’ is a saying that is attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte. To be able to fight well, an army must eat well. A football team is very much like an army and they must also eat well. The Christian man or woman in God’s army also needs to eat well.

In John 6:48 Jesus says, “I am the bread of life.” In the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray, the Our Father, we say, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Jesus loves to use words and phrases that can have two meanings and that is the situation with, “Give us this day our daily bread.” I used to think this meant we were to pray for our daily food and to be thankful for it. But Jesus also means for us to come to him everyday to get the bread of life in our fellowship with him while we read the Bible and pray.

New research polls show that 77% of Americans think the nation’s morality is headed downhill. But only 20 out of 100 Americans read their Bible on a regular basis. And out of those 20 who read their Bible regularly only five read their Bibles more than four times a week.

More than half of Americans think the Bible has too little influence on our society. That means that over 50% of Americans want the Bible to have more influence on our society. But only 5% read the Bible more than 4 times a week? The majority of us know the answer to our problems yet we refuse to read the answer to our problems? So instead we are hungry, for the Bread of Life.

Those pictures you see of starving people in Africa where they are so skinny you see all the bones of their bodies? God most likely sees Americans spiritually, as a starving people. We are seated at a banquet but refusing to eat from the Bread of Life!

September 9, 2014 Rankings

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Our first rankings of the season are on the new website today. Look for the rankings link button on the top of the website.

First of all, I want to thank the Kansas Media Ranking team. Many of these guys have been doing this for years. They receive nothing for doing the rankings except an occasional thank you from yours truly.

The weekly regular season rankings are the best thing that happens at www.kansasprepfootball.com in my opinion. I like to keep the team around that 20 member mark from each corner of the state and everywhere in-between. We have Eddie from Pittsburg and Brock from Liberal, Rich from Colby and Justin from Hiawatha.

Now the problem with ranking teams from all over the state is all of us media guys like to rank our local teams because we like our local guys. But when we mix all of our opinions together we get rid of that regional bias. Which makes for a great football ranking system for our state of Kansas.

Rankings are really for discussing and cussing. Over the years I have had plenty of emails basically saying, “Why did you rank them and not us?” So with that let me again list the guys below who take this ranking thing very seriously and thank them for participating for another year.

New members of the Ranking team for 2014
Brad Hallier Hutchinson News Hutchinson
Bobby Nightengale Lawrence Journal-World Lawrence
Pat Strathman WIBW Topeka
Long time Ranking team members
Joanna Chadwick Wichita Eagle Wichita
Brent Maycock Topeka Capital Journal Topeka
Eddie Lomshek KKOW Pittsburg
Rich Epp OpenSpacesSports Colby
Justin Fluke KNZA Hiawatha
Kirk Seminoff Wichita Eagle Wichita
Dusty Deines KDNS Beloit
Conor Nichol Northwest Kansas Sports Hays
Jim Misunas Great Bend Tribune Great Bend
Adam Kadavy KSKL Scott City/Garden City
Brock Kappelmann KSCB Liberal
Mike Hammett KSAL Salina
Tim McGonagle KSKL Scott City/Garden City
Tim Hostetter Prep Power Index & Salina Journal
BrettMarshall Garden City Telegram Garden City
PhilKasper KCLY Clay Center
David Steinle Main Street Media Russell
Rocky Downing KFRM 550 AM
Mike Smith KMZA Seneca

Random first thoughts

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My first thoughts on the football season are, we are finally underway. The regular season of football is of course only 9 weeks long but the wait to get to the regular season is like waiting for the ketchup to come out of the old glass bottle in the olden days. It takes to long!

Olathe North beating Rogers Heritage, Arkansas seemed like a terrific win for the state of high school football in Kansas. Salina Central losing to Lawton, Oklahoma makes it feel like a step back. So guess were even. I like it that some of our Athletic Directors like to step out of state to play these games.

Silver Lake over Holton is no surprise but the four turnovers by Holton to me was disappointing in such a big game.

Larned won Friday night over Hoisington in double overtime 21-20. Larned has had a tough road to hoe lately, although last year the Indians went 7-3. I have heard the Indians are getting more kids out for football than in the past so that is good. Lacrosse will be a tough test this Friday night.

Speaking of Lacrosse have you checked out that enrollment for the Leopards? In class 2-1A the Leopards are listed as having 60 kids in school from freshman through junior year. That is the very bottom of the classification. Actually Lacrosse could be playing 8-man division II. Got to admire Lacrosse. Maxpreps has the Lacrosse football roster with 33 kids on the team. Really gotta love a team like this. Go Leopards!

Speaking of Lacrosse makes me think of one of their old head coaches who now coaches at Hutch High, Coach C. Hutch only scored 2 points Friday night. The Salthawks almost laid an egg against Olathe South. Kind of confirms my feeling that the best football in the state is being played in the KC area, the Sunflower and EKL leagues. Hutch High will get better. New coaches, new teams there is always a learning curve.

In 8-man football the best of the best is Hanover. Anybody in 8-man going to make me eat my words?

 

Time to Clean Up!

The senior slowly took both of his football shoes off in front of his locker, stood up and approached one of the sophomores in the locker room. As the senior handed his football shoes to the sophomore he said, “Clean these shoes up and shine them before tomorrows game and bring them to me at suit up time.” The sophomore looked around to see if any of his classmates were getting shoes to clean and shine and they all were receiving shoes from the seniors.

My first thought, as a sophomore receiving a pair of football shoes from a senior, was this guy would beat me up both in and out of practice if I screw this up and didn’t clean and shine his shoes or forgot to bring them to the game the next day. As I left practice that night those shoes were the most valuable thing in my life for the next 24 hours.

Our practice field, back in those days, had plenty of dirt and very little grass. The night before our Thursday practice it had rained, so the field was muddy. So the football shoes I received were totally covered with mud. So when I got home I took the laces out of the shoes and washed the laces in the sink and then hung them up to dry. Then I went outside with a screwdriver and putty knife and slowly started to scrape away the mud on the shoes. When most of the mud was off the shoes I started in with a wet rag to get all the mud off.

Next I took a blow dryer to the shoes to dry them up some and then began to shine the shoes with black shoe polish. After I was done with the senior’s shoes, I then started cleaning my own football shoes. Coach had told all of us to clean and shine our shoes so we would look our best before the game.

Our lives at times reflect those dirty football shoes. We live in sinful ways and have mud and dirt all over us not just on our shoes. Galatians 5:19-21 says, “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

1 John 1:7 says, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Our souls are the most valuable thing about us and are much more important than a pair of dirty football shoes that need a good cleaning.

In the Beginning

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The start of www.kansasprepfootball.com had its beginnings back in 1989. That was the first year that I went on the radio as a part-time broadcaster during football and basketball games for the Scott City Beavers. I had been on the local radio station with a gardening program since 1979 (graduated from K-State in Ag majoring in horticulture.)

One summer day when I showed up at the radio station to record the gardening program, the local radio manager called me into his office and said he wanted me to start going to football games to do color broadcasting. I told him no way. I went to every football game at home or on the road with all my old football playing buddies and was not about to go on the radio calling games.

Every week I would show up at the radio station to record the gardening program and the manager would call me in to his office and ask me again to go to the games with his radio sports play by play guy. Finally, one day I asked the manager why he wanted me to do this? So he told me that his brand new play by play guy had received his third DUI just before he graduated from college and the kid had no drivers license so he was desperate for someone to drive the guy to the games that fall. Well 25 years later, I am still on the radio and have worked with at least ten different broadcast partners. Radio sports broadcasting part-time has been a very fun thing to do.

Back in 1989 Scott City was the defending champions in Class 4A. During the fall of 1989 Scott City lost a great game to Norton early in the playoffs. Then during the football seasons of 1990 and 1991 Scott City did win the state championship again in Class 4A.

As a new young sports broadcaster I wanted to be prepared for what I was talking about on the radio. So I called a good friend of mine that was an assistant coach for Scott City at that time and asked him to teach me about the Beavers offence and defense. He spent many nights training me to talk knowledgeably about the intricacies of the team.

Also, I spent many evenings in the local library pouring over the back issues of the Wichita Eagle and Hutchinson News newspapers looking for scores and box scores and articles on upcoming playoff opponents. There was no internet in those days. When the internet finally did come along there was not much online about high school football in Kansas.

So when I first conceived the idea of www.kansasprepfootball.com it was with the idea to help me find information for radio broadcasts. Scores, schedules, stories you name it, I wanted to be able to find information on opponents teams in a quicker way. In the process, I have been amazed at the number of people who have come to the website over the years.

Today, there are many websites that have  football schedules, scores and stories. So it is much easier to find information on upcoming opponents. My broadcast partner today is Adam Kadavy and he does a great job researching Scott City’s next opponent so I don’t have to do all that scouting like I used to.

But I still hope the website is useful to you today and in the future.

Trouble in paradise

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Some of you may not know the story behind the changes of the website, so we need to tell the story again. During July my web host company called to tell me that my website was toast. It was just a matter of days or weeks before the website was not going to be working anymore.

The website was built with Microsoft Front Page Works and it is now outdated. The last server that could work with Front Page, at the host site, was throwing a lot of errors, my host company said, so eventually the website would be finished.

So with that in mind, I had to decide what to do next. Quite a number of individuals contacted me and gave me advice on what to do and where to go to try to continue the website. We finally selected Word Press and I hired someone to help this computer illiterate old guy to get started.

Today, I feel like someone has tied five pound weights around each ankle and has thrown me into the deep end of the pool. I am treading water vigorously. I knew the learning curve would be steep, so you will just have to be patient with me.

There are about five pages that are the most important to the great number of visitors we get here and those five will be the pages I start to work on first: Front page, News page, New coaches page, Rankings page and Playoff scores.

Thank you for your patience with this project and thank you for letting me serve you the past ten years.