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.
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.
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.