July 11, 2018

Pigskin drills and skills

THE SCENE: 76 degrees with a crescent moon hanging over the Morg.


This was going to be tough from start to finish. That’s the way football is. its also the way life is.  A “game of inches” or so says Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday. But it started well with a Pre-ruck led by Choker. BAM was back in action along with Woodpecker and Commie. (Thanks Commie for taking a detour to set out the cones.)
Daisy Pickers IC 15
High Knees IC 15
Crossovers IC 15
The professor showed up at this time, SEC, easily fitting in for this obsession over an 11-inch piece of leather.

The importance of working together, playing as a team, functioning in harmony can never be understated. We had to hold onto the football, and not let it hit the ground. If the football hits the ground 2 burpees for all PAX. Because football, like life, is not played in solitude.

1 mosey lap around the parking lot tossing the football from PAX to PAX. Lots of burpees.

Burpee Punts
1 PAX punts the football. If the football is not caught, then 10 burpees. We worked our way down allowing for each PAX an opportunity to punt the football. Also, worked our way down the penalty burpee with 1 less burpee with each PAX. Ended up to be ~50 burpees.

This consumed more time than YHC suspected. Time to speed things up with a running game.

Barry Sanders
Pax split into 2 groups about 80 yards apart. 1 Pax sprints with the football to the other end then hands off the football. The PAX on the receiving end then runs back in the opposite direction. Complete 2 sprints for each PAX. If there was a fumble there would have been more  burpees but none were needed.

For half-time we moseyed to the pavilion.
10 dips
10 incline merkins
10 derkins
10 BBS

YHC had planned some more drills but we called an Omaha and split into two teams for 4-down football. No run, no rush, just hike it and throw. Stoppage when caught and then line set. A turnover meant 2 burpees for the team on offense. Lots of sprinting, little scoring. Green-Monster may have been the only one to haul in a TD. Hamburgler had an uncanny knack of getting open deep but alas, YHC under threw him. Flobee and O’Reilly have clearly spent more than a Saturday afternoon on a football field. Part-timer (in his zeal to avoid overtime) pointed to his watch. But the ever calm, cool and collected Carport said there was still time for a…

BBS IC 25.

Today we played American Football a game dearly loved by YHC. Much of what is fascinating is the Head Coaches. In the 1980s Bill Walsh won multiple Superbowls with a high-throwing offense, tormenting defenses in ways that had never been seen before. Tom Landry used analytics and numbers long before sabermetrics became popular. Bill Cowher fashioned very tough, defensive-minded teams that outperformed what the players individual abilities would have suggested.

However, one of the all-time greats is Marv Levy, head coach of the Buffalo Bills. He demonstrated an amazing moment of not just resiliency but also of true leadership to his players the evening of the devastating loss to the NY Giants in Superbowl 25. This was a game that came down to the final seconds. With the score 20 to 19 in the Giants favor, the Bills had the ball on the Giants 29-yard line the field goal sailed infamously wide-right.

Marv Levy would later recount the words he discussed with his dejected team afterwards. He recited an old poem from which read:

“Fight on, my men,” Sir Andrew said “A little I’m hurt but not yet slain.
“I’ll just lie down and bleed a while, “And then I’ll rise and fight again.”

This poem helped him get through some of the life’s toughest defeats. Instead of getting upset at other people, he challenged himself every time to improve, and while he never won a Superbowl, and the his team saw an unprecedented 4 straight defeats, Marv Levy would consistently demonstrate defiance in the face of defeat and resiliency in the face of set backs. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and continuing to move forward.


Prayer Request

 Pastor Phil Newton  and his family of Southwoods Baptist. Church He has been diagnosed with inoperable cancer. 


12 PAX no FNGs. Soulja Boy, Choker, Green Monster, O’Reilly, Hamburgler, Flobee, Orange Julius, Commie, Woodpecker, Carport, SEC, Part Timer

Growruck 12 September 21-23rd.