Friday, September 25, 2009

Is The Home Team Still On Fire?

Thanks to my amazing sons,
I have finally learned
a thing or two about football --
such as what the kicker does!
And the meaning of P.A.T.

Ben McCartney, #22 Varsity Kicker, Fall 2007

Sam McCartney, #23 Varsity Kicker, Fall 2009

Ben McCartney, Fall 2007 (Senior Year)

Sam McCartney, Fall 2009 (Junior Year)

from "Did She Mention My Name"
It's so nice to meet an old friend and pass the time of day
And talk about the home town a million miles away
Is the ice still on the river, are the old folks still the same
And by the way, did she mention my name

Did she mention my name just in passing
And when the morning came,
Do you remember if she dropped a name or two
Is the home team still on fire,
Do they still win all the games

And by the way, did she mention my name

lyrics by Gordon Lightfoot
Canadian Singer & Songwriter (b. 1938)

1 comment:

  1. Friday, October 2, 2009, 4:42 PM

    Dearest Cate,

    49 degrees tonight -- just hope it doesn't rain on the football game! It's Senior Night at the highschool game and tomorrow homecoming at Purdue (against Northwestern).

    A couple of weeks ago, our highschool (the West Lafayette RED Devils) were playing another good team (believe it or not, the Tipton BLUE Devils). Both teams had records of 4 & 0, so someone was going to lose for the first time of the season. The Blue Devils scored first and looked very good for about 8 minutes, but then they rather inexplicably started losing steam, and we pulled ahead to win 42 - 20. Sam had a little triumph when our team received a 15 yard penalty due to so-called "excessive celebrating" after the touchdown (a totally mean - spirited call by the refs -- all the kids did was shake hands -- nothing even remotely rude or taunting to the other team).

    The penalty was that Sam had to kick the extra point from the 35 yard line instead of the 20. This was an away game, so the announcer's loyalties were to the other team, and thinking Sam would not be able to make it, he said something like, "Now 15 yards can make a BIG difference to a highschool kicker." There was an older man in front of us -- we didn't recognize him, maybe the father or grandfather of someone else on the team -- and after that announcement, he called out: "Not this kicker; he can make it from anywhere!" And Sam did! Yay!

    Don't worry -- I haven't become a totally insufferable football mom; after all, I am able to admit that Sam missed a field goal the week before. He was disappointed about that, but it was good for him to be able to give it a try in a situation where the game wasn't hanging on those 3 points. We've now won six in a row, so keep your fingers crossed for tonight!


    Wow you must have been bursting when that man said that about Sam! Gosh that's great! Yes good that he does miss a few but not too many. I hope they win tonight.

    More pics please. Love that kicker. Tell him I'm convinced now that the ballet lessons have finally paid off!

    I'm on my way to Angel Fall's Coffee Shop to knit.

    Love to all, Cate