The finest light of the day is present from just after sunrise to just before sunset. This evening was no exception. This best type of light only lasts from 10 to 15 minutes. One has to know ahead of time where to be and get set up ahead of time. I was in place this evening at a beautiful field of yellow evening primroses. Once the light began to change, I only had few minutes to capture it all. I was using a film camera and digital cameras. I would finish a roll of film, reload, grab a digital camera.....I just kept shooting. The light arrived and then.................it was gone.
The changing light on the distant thunderheads was exceptionally beautiful. A wonderful evening.
This past weekend, we witnessed a championship game of the highest caliber. The teams and their fans came into Shotwell Stadium with a great deal of anticipation. They were charged for a state championship football game. The emotions of the crowd surged and fell along with the momentum changes between the teams on the field; each turnover, each defensive stop, each score shifted momentum back and forth between each team and fans. One side of the stadium would sigh with disappointment while another side came alive with cheers. And this adrenaline, this emotional surge, ebbed and flowed from one side of the field to the other like a swift tidal current and only intensified as the clock wound down to the end of the game. After the game was over, I felt exhausted simply from being in the current of such a great collective sharing of emotion and excitement.
Homer asks in The Iliad, “What god drove them to fight with such a fury? ” I have found myself asking – as I believe others do – why do we love this game? Why do the young men on the field play so hard? Why do the fans get so “into it?” It is not necessary for our daily survival…………… Or is it? There is no gold or silver to plunder. There are, however, trophies to be won. Trophies are important. They are tangible; they are a testament to the fact that a team won a championship. More importantly, trophies are a signpost that points to something else that is much more important than the trophy itself. The trophy is a visible symbol of an invisible triumph that takes place in the heart of each young man, each coach, and each supporter; an invisible yet very tangible pride that births in the heart of each person involved. Therefore, what these young men are after is something much more enduring than the trophy. The trophy remains in the case after the games are finished, and we move on with our lives. The real triumph, the undefinable thing that the players and coaches are pursuing, remains in the heart for life. And that triumph is the one that anyone who has ever pursued a goal can understand; the understanding that staying the course is not easy, winning is not easy, finishing is not easy, and is only accomplished after much sacrifice, many hard hours of work, and yes, even enduring the disappointments that go hand-in-hand with the pursuit of accomplishment. This triumph is one of finishing the race well, completing what one sets out to do, and the final result is this – enduring satisfaction with what one has done. This satisfaction can be experienced by anyone who has given their all in pursuit of a goal. It is not reserved exclusively for those who win the ultimate prize.
2011 Texas Six Man Division One Championship Game: Throckmorton 48, Borden County 36
Congratulations to Richland Springs. Your playoff run in the past ten years is incredible. It is a testament to all the hours of hard work every one of you has put into your sport. You also have one of the most loyal fans I have ever met. Her photo is featured in this gallery.
Congratulations to Motley County. Your accomplishment in this years playoff run is recognized and respected. Your running backs made some excellent runs, some for touchdowns, against a very good Coyote defense. You never gave up in this game and that earns a tremendous amount of respect in my book.
2011 Texas Six Man Division II Championship: Richland Springs 76, Motley County 28
This game was played in thick, cold fog. Usually, I can see the field lights long before I reach the stadium. I can use those lights to find my way to a stadium even if I am not famiiar to the area. However, tonight, I could not even see the field lights until I was just a block or so from the stadium. The mist and fog seemed to come in waves over the field. However, the wet weather did not stop Borden County and Valley from playing an exciting, suspensful football game. Initially, touchdown answered touchdown from both teams. Borden County seized momentum after their goal line stand in the second quarter and increased their lead throughout the third quarter. At one point in the third quarter Valley was 27 points behind but mounted an incredible rally to pull within five points before time expired. Borden County and Valley both played with determination and heart.
What god drove them to fight with such a fury?......Homer
Final Score: Borden County 61, Valley 56