Hi there. 3 1/2 months since my last post which was on the eve of the high school football season. So much has happened since them and it was like a tornado! Leading off is the remarkable season that the Glens Falls Indians football team had that ended by them winning a state title. The one person I haven’t had a chance to talk with and congratulate is the person I was most happy for, coach Pat Lilac, who was born with the coaching genes from his dad Mike a heck of basketball coach in his own right.
One more thing about high school football and that is John Irion moving on to coach at Granville after 20 years in Queensbury. He leaves the Spartans in better shape than when he got there. In this age of spread option, read option, pistol/shotgun formations, he did it the old fashioned way. Running the football behind a line that reminds you of driving on an interstate in snowy weather and there is a plow truck in each lane clearing the way. I feel sorry for Brandon Linnett, Jeff Bennett, and Chris Doody. Now you have to worry about 2 teams that run the tightly packed version of the double wing offense. John happens to be a really good person and I experienced it first hand at a practice one day and I wanted to learn more about the double wing. He brought me over to stand with his assistants and he was teaching me like I was one of his players.
If you don’t want to read about politics, now is the time to leave this entry. I’m warning you now! I was pleased with the outcome of the election. The thing that I was upset about the most was reading and listening to talk radio and hearing about fathers trying to explain to their daughters why the former first lady lost. There were newspaper and magazine columns written drying tears of sorrow and disappointment. Let me try to explain it in a soft, comforting tone as best I can. I am being serious for a change. No sarcastic remarks this time. The electoral college system worked the way our founding fathers created it. Some people don’t vote in the state they live in because they know about how it works. That’s the beauty of it. The other thing I would say is, “Yes I understand the glass ceiling was supposed to be shattered this time. It will be someday, but for a number of reasons it wasn’t going to be this candidate who did.” I’m not looking to get into a heated political discussion with my readers but I ask in kindness to give the President elect a chance. I’ve been willing to give the, “not my president” a chance when my choice didn’t win and so should you.
Time to be funny now. Let’s play a game know as, “You make the call!” The most annoying holiday commercial on television this year. Your choices are the Food Network Holiday Baking Contest promo with the worst cover of the Madonna’s song, “Holiday” ever, or the car commercial that features the couple and the sales rep that smells like nutmeg and he has Christmas music for a ringtone. Honorable mention goes to Hasbro for the “Let the games begin” ad. What the heck are those people singing anyway? Brutal.
Even though I’m not a fan of , “Domonick the Christmas Donkey,” “Snoopy’s Christmas” by the Royal Guardsman is far worse and more painful to listen to.
Yesterday I ran some errands and guess what? Every person I spoke with said to me, “Merry Christmas” and I said it back to them and no one was the least bit offended!
My New Years’ resolutions are the usual. I call them the “more and less” resolutions. Working out more, eating less and healthier. Spending less and saving more money. Also trying to not let things that I have no control over drive me insane or annoy the heck out of me. I really worry that one and the stress from it which I think will eventually kill me.
Finally, back in 1988 when George H.W Bush accepted his party’s nomination for President of the United States, he called for a “kinder, gentler America.” We should consider those words as we head into 2017. We seem to have a lot angry Americans right now who could use a good laugh and a smile instead of going for the jugular and taking out their frustrations on anyone who disagrees.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you in 2017.
Who’s got cookies in the oven? Leccese out