Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Waiting Game... It's Worth It

Savage Indeed
Originally uploaded by mdt1960
Maybe it’s the excitement related to teams who have never battled one another or maybe it’s the opportunity to attend a daytime game where I’ve never been, but I find the height of the Montana Class C (both eight-man and six-man) season comes during those first two weeks of the playoffs—the first round and the quarterfinals. It’s a “rich” time in that there are still so many venues to choose from and often the outcomes are very uncertain.

With the title games on the docket this coming weekend, and the available games are now whittled down to the bare minimum (even if they are the title games), I found myself reflecting on this juncture of the football season while attending the semifinal game at Big Sandy this past weekend.

It seems with each passing year, the ongoings of the other playoff games (i.e., those that are happening at the same time) become more available—even the other classes. For example, during the Big Sandy-Savage six-man shoot-out, we were updated several times by the announcer on the progress of the eight-man game at Chinook with Power-Dutton-Brady. Later we heard updates on the score in the other six-man semifinal game between Denton and Hysham. I suppose we can credit the infusion of cell phones for this effortless flow of scores between the obscure towns of Montana and other western states.

Oddly, there came no word from the showdown at Wibaux with Drummond nor was there anything mentioned about the other class games around the state. I wondered, was this simply because the games that were reported were fairly close by? It seemed reasonable that there might be someone from Big Sandy attending the game in Chinook because their nephew was playing, or something like that. And, wouldn’t Big Sandy have sent a scout to the Denton game should the Pioneers emerge victorious, allowing the scout to call in scores while working up a fresh scouting report on the victor from that game?

Elevator Stage
Originally uploaded by mdt1960
Maybe I read too much into this little sidebar of an event. Even so, with improved and more ubiquitous technology and communications, I wonder if the day will come when we will see the scores from other six-man and eight-man games around the state posted on the scoreboards like they’ve been doing for years in the professional stadiums. It seems like a stretch here in 2010, but few of us probably thought cell phones would be so prolific a mere twenty years ago.

As the Big Sandy-Savage game was drawing to its exciting close, we were informed that Chinook had overtaken Power-Dutton-Brady in the fourth quarter and Denton was still in control of their game with Hysham. Despite all of this, after the Warriors of Savage were crowned the victors at Big Sandy, there was never another word on those other games. Walking to my truck afterwards, I kept my ears perked for that one last announcement, but it never came.

Into the Montana darkness and on to Eddie’s Corner, I remained in the metaphorical darkness as well regarding the outcome of those other games. At first I considered checking on-line via my phone to see if the scores were posted, but decided I would wait and hear about the outcomes via the old-fashioned method—reading about them in the next day’s newspapers.

I half expected to hear about one of the other games while eating my dinner at the Eddie's Corner café—given it is such a central junction in the state. If that had been the case, I would have welcomed the news.

Nevertheless, after dinner I walked out into the darkest outlying areas of the truck stop’s parking area—beyond the parked semis—climbed into my cold sleeping bag in the bed of my pickup and wondered if Chinook had indeed held their lead after claiming it late in the game. “And what about Drummond and Wibaux,” I asked myself as I set the alarm on the cell phone? Was the Rainbow Club in Wibaux jumping with delight or were they drowning their sorrows again, almost a year later after losing to Drummond at home in the title game?

In an era that is being defined for its instant gratification, I fell asleep at Eddie’s Corner content with the idea of waiting to read about the scores in the Sunday newspapers, and therefore in synch with the rhythms of small town high school football.

Going Deep
Originally uploaded by mdt1960
Here’s to the Big Sandy football team in giving the undefeated Warriors of Savage all they could handle. I’d especially like to salute the savvy play of sophomore quarterback Trevor Lackner. He may have thrown three interceptions in battling a swift Savage defense but he also connected two of his four touchdown passes to his “big men.” The Pioneers’ first touchdown came on a 36-yard pass to Dallas Briese—a five-foot, ten-inch, 220-pound junior and later in the game he found sophomore Kaden Beck on a 34-yard strike who stands at six-foot and tips the scales at 260 pounds. It’s doubtful that Briese and Beck could outrun any of the Warriors on the field, but it was Lackner who saw them open and had the confidence to throw in their direction.


TESS... not Tessa said...

How appropriate of you to disable comments. Needed to get the last word in right? Its difficult being the one attacked isn't it? Exactly how our boys felt all year. And my name is TESS not TESSA!!! And you're preaching to others about rudeness and the need for an english class. Maybe you should learn to read! Thanks for your wonderful input, but it wasn't wanted or needed. For future State Championships please stay home. We don't want your negativity here. And nothing you said was taken out of context, you just wrote it to be taken that way. Like I said you're an instigator. I've read all your blogs and that seems to be the general theme.
I hope you can live with yourself everyday. YOU'RE the one who made something out of nothing! Why don't you go read what you wrote again, but change your "ever wise" perspective to the team that won. THEN tell me what you think! For an adult you have very ignorant!

Morgan said...

Sorry, I was away and didn't feel confident to leave it wide open without a bit of monitoring. There have been several totally lewd and inappropriate comments that have been posted here already. Carry on, it has been reopened.

Anonymous said...

Morgan, I tried to post earlier also and you "screened my comment out". I agree with Tess, YOU are the one that made something out of nothing. If you felt very bad, you would removed both articles from your archives. I can't believe you open a blog, but then don't post comments that don't agree with you. Just stop your blog. So far as I'm concerned, you need to just stay away from Chinook. You should be ashamed of what you have created. Then you write ANOTHER article--digging up jabs at us again. You just won't stop!!!! LEAVE US ALONE!!!

Morgan said...

Jab? All I stated was I wasn't welcome in Chinook and you confirmed it here like many others before you.

I only disable comments if they resort to name calling or nothing worth contributing in an honest discussion/debate. You'll note that there are plenty comments in these posts. Few have been deleted. I believe I've removed two or three only because they were inappropriate and added nothing to the discussion.