Monthly Archives: October 2017

Rankings October 31, 2017

This will be the final rankings until after the season is all over with in about four weeks. The real rankings are about to happen during the playoffs when the teams actually meet each other on the field of play. The best ranking system there is.

Tonight the 3A schools will begin the playoffs and for the final time ever will be playing in that Tuesday night playoff game. Next year none of the classes will be playing a 3 game schedule in a 10 day window of time. And to me, that is a very good thing to be rid of.

With tonight being Halloween, I have been wondering if we might have some very big upsets and it would be an awful frightening thing for a team that is expected to win tonight and instead they end up losing!

Halloween and high school football on the same night is always a tough thing to do in small town Kansas. What do you do? Take the kids trick or treating for a short while and then go to the game? Momma, a lot of the times, sees the Halloween thing as way more important than the local high school football game, unless her kid is involved in that game!

So get that trick or treating done early tonight and get to the football game. Bring a blanket because it is going to be cold tonight!

You can find this week’s rankings here.

Past History

Football glorifies the past history of great teams and players. ESPN does 30 on 30 stories from the past. High school and college programs honor past state and national champions. The media books of those programs tell the past history of these great teams and players. Telling the past history of your team helps you to recruit young players into the future.

In Christianity and our churches today are we telling our past history? Do we remember those who have gone before us and who have given everything, including their lives, in the attempt to further Christianity? Does your church have its roots in all the scripture and in the past history of the church? When I say history, I mean all the way back to the beginning of our story, Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Moses, David, Jesus and the Apostles. Also the past 2,000 years of both the good and the bad of church history.

We need to remember the past and the difficulty of being Christians. Jesus said the only way to the Father was through him. Some today have difficulty believing that statement. Because of that statement other groups want to make fun of us, persecute us and even kill us.

Maybe life in America has become too easy. Most of us have everything we need so what do we need God for? Who wants to be persecuted, made fun of or killed for being a Christian? Although, when difficulty does come to the U.S.A. such as September 11, 2001 or a great hurricane, or other weather phenomenon, people flock back to church to pray, to remember, to ask for forgiveness, to ask for God’s blessing.

Stephen was the first Christian martyr. His story is told in Acts 7. Stephen tells our early history and is stoned to death for it. Why would these men from the past die for this story?

Rankings October 24, 2017

There was not much to change in the rankings this week except for Class 4A D-II where Holcomb defeated Pratt, last week’s number one team. So we have a new number one team this week and that is the Scott City Beavers. Other than that, the number one team in each poll remains the same.

Rankings are a fun thing to look at all the way through the season. Just to see what the Kansas Media Ranking team thinks about who should be in the top 5 each week.

Back in the old days, before the playoffs began in Kansas in 1969, the rankings decided who was the state champion in each classification. Now in those days you did not have a Kansas Media Ranking team. Each newspaper in the state, if they had high school football rankings in their paper, would decide the state champions. The newspapers that had rankings, that I remember, were Salina, Hutchinson, Topeka and Wichita.

When KSHSAA started the football playoffs it was by a point system. If your team was in a league of mainly 2A schools and you were a 3A school you were never going to make the playoffs, even if you went undefeated, because you lost points for playing smaller schools. If you were a 2A school in a 3A mainly league, you could make the playoffs with a couple of losses, because you got extra points for playing bigger schools.

Many times did an undefeated team not make the playoffs in those point system playoffs.

Then KSHSAA started the district playoffs system, but only one team could make the playoffs from that district. Oh my, then if you had two great teams undefeated in a district, one of those mighty teams was going to sit at home during the playoffs after they played each other in district play.

Then KSHSAA decided to let two teams from each district make the playoffs. Ask Wellington about that. They were the first team to win a state championship by making the playoffs after taking second in their district as I recall it.

Today we have the 6A and 5A classifications having no district play, but being ranked in order after 8 games to decide who plays who in the 9th game of the year for the start of the playoffs.

And the one biggest thing we no longer have in our playoffs, starting next year, is the Tuesday night game. I personally was against that 3 games in 10 days philosophy KSHSAA had for years, because they were not thinking about the kids who actually had to play in those games.

My hope is that we continue to have leadership from the schools that belong to KSHSAA to keep tweaking the system and searching for a better way to do things in all the sports as we go into the future.

So enjoy this weeks rankings, but thank goodness they don’t decide who is the actual state champions in each classification!

You can find this weeks rankings here.

Rankings October 17, 2017

This past week we were in Topeka and when it came time to come home on I-70 we decided not to do that. We instead went into Northeast Kansas and spent some time in Lawrence and Atchison, before heading west on highway 73 and then up to highway 36.

We visited the Abbey, the Catholic Church and the Episcopal Church in Atchison. That Episcopal Church was built in 1868 and is still in use and met Father John.

As we headed west on highway 36 our destination was St. Mary’s Church in St. Benedict, Kansas. (here is a link to the church) We had heard of this church before and read about it online. It did not disappoint and the pictures online really don’t do it justice, you must see it in person to really appreciate the artwork and the paintings.

When we go to church, the idea is to worship God and catch a glimpse of heaven here on earth. The church in St. Benedict does that. You are surrounded by the saints of the past in unbelievable beauty.

When we left St. Mary’s Church in St. Benedict we decided to stop at some other big Catholic Churches in the towns as we headed west. We stopped in Hanover and Leoville. At each church we lit a candle and prayed for our children, friends that are having medical issues and high school football players across the state of Kansas, that there would be no major injuries from the football games in which they played.

Our trip home on Friday was a long one. We missed the local high school football game because of it. But we were thinking about the games and listened on the radio and that also was a nice experience.

This weeks rankings can be found here.

Your Players are not Navy Seals

Nice article written by Head Strength Coach at Texas Tech, Rusty Whitt.

Quote, “These Special Operation Force truths come to mind while watching many high school and college programs attempt to mimic Special Operations Forces training tactics. Any coach must factor in safety and efficacy elements when attempting to develop a challenging training/ indoctrination scenario.”

Here is your link to the article.

Here is a link to an article called five minutes with Rusty Whitt.

Rankings October 3, 2017

It would be nice if every able male body in the school would go out for high school football, but it never happens. High school football needs all kinds of kids on the team. Big and tall and short and thick or thin we could find a place for every kid in the school on the team. The positions on a football team are as varied as the kids themselves in the school.

This thought always hits me about half way through the high school football regular season and we hear about local kids being injured and not being able to suit up for the next weeks game or for the rest of the season. We go to play the game on Friday and on our opponents team we see they have several injuries where kids are not suited up also.

This thought takes me back to my 8th grade year of school. In gym class we had to sit on a bench in the locker room by alphabetical order. On my right side sat the best athlete in our school. On my left side sat the next best athlete in our school.

The kid on my right died during the spring of that 8th grade year of cancer. The kid on my left quit sports after that 8th grade year because he hated the coaches. Actually, he was already drinking and drugging in 8th grade and he died an early death in his 40’s.

It is a privilege to get to play sports when you are physically able to play. Football is my favorite, but most all kids could play some sport in school or be involved in extracurricular activities.

Life is short. You will most likely get out of high school and have to go to work for 40-80 hours every week of your life for the next 40 or 50 years if you live that long. Why not play and I mean play an organized team sport for a few years before the grind of work begins. Play is what some of us adults still need to do, but as we get older work gets more of our time and play is a whole lot less in our schedule.

Football is a challenge to play. When you come up against someone in a football game that is as big and as strong and tough as you are, you will have a real challenge. The things you can do in a football game physically, would get you kicked out of school if you did them in the hallways. Every young guy wants to know where he stacks up in the physical department. Do you have what it takes to go toe to toe with another guy? You can find that out in football practice and in a football game and it is all legal.

You can find this weeks rankings at this link.