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August 29, 2013

October Chills

(Continued)

Knoxville —

When you get home from school everyone has their own traditions. Some players watch motivational movies like "Friday Night Lights" or "Varsity Blues." Others have certain meals they eat while some just take a nap or play video games. Eventually though, you reach the time where you need to drive to the school. I always had a routine where I'd watch a certain segment from a WWII movie. Then to be honest, I'd pray before leaving. I'd pray for the safety of both teams, but that was about it. I know He doesn't make one team win or lose, but I do pray for all athletes and coaches to stay safe. Then I have another routine I got from my high school baseball coach. 

We'd all be sitting on the bus waiting to leave when he'd slip into the press box which also happened to be the concession stand and get a Mountain Dew and Snickers. When I first started coaching, for some reason I remembered that. So before each game I always have a Cherry Pepsi and Snickers.

One by one players would show up and they too had their own routines. Some show up with their huge "Beats" headphones blaring all types of music. Some years one of the upperclassmen would bring in a big radio and they'd play a CD someone had burned. Every once in a while someone would come out and ask if we had an extra ear pad or if one of us could tighten a strap on their shoulder pads, but most of the time it was calm, stoic and surprisingly quiet. Some coaches sit in the training room, others in the hallway; maybe a few watch a few last-minute clips of game film. One of those visions you can literally see as if you were right there is sitting in the hallway of our high school before my first varsity game here. 

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