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A great game and a great season

I've been to a lot of Thomson High football games, but it has been a while since I've traveled out of town to see them play.

Friday night at Glenn Hills was quite an experience.

It was billed as a battle between two dominant teams that could claw and tear each other to pieces.

It didn't turn out that way.

Thomson dominated the Spartans on their home turf, crushing any "mission" the Spartans (per their public address announcer) might have been on.

I'm proud of the Dogs for a couple of reasons: The win, of course; their dedication; their ability to overcome the hype.

But here's the other side: I know there are "fans" who are dissatisfied with the game, second guessing coaching calls, botched blocks and bobbled balls.

While the game wasn't flawless, it's not supposed to be. Last time I checked, this is high school football -- a learning time for the game and for life.

(Sound familiar? It should. I wrote something similar after the Dogs lost to Burke County, but I wanted to make sure folks understood, the sentiments apply regardless of the final score.)

Miriam and I spent Friday and Saturday coordinating the pictures for The Mirror's Christmas section. It was wonderful to see all the smiling (and some not-so-smiling) faces during the day.

It's funny: we haven't even got to Halloween yet, and I can't wait for Christmas. For years, I've cursed the day that Christmas items were on shelves by this time.

This year, though, I'm looking forward to Christmas. You have to beat me out of the Christmas section at Wal-Mart, and I've wasted countless hours at home looking through holiday catalogs.

Several people mentioned in the last week how much they've enjoyed using their Thomson Middle School band cards. I especially got a kick out of Mae at Movie Gallery. She sold us our card, and didn't even know about the free apple pie at McDonald's. Guess you don't always have to know your product to sell it.

Don't forget to get your fill of chili before Friday night's Thomson High School football game. We'll be gathering in the parking lot of the board of education building with gallon upon gallon of chili. I just hope our team can cook up something edible.

The McDuffie County Educational Secretaries Association's annual chili cook-off is just the start of a special night at The Brickyard. Before the game actually starts, there will be a ceremony to honor the school's senior athletes, followed by something I'm very proud to have a very small part in.

Thomson High booster and half of The Two Old Dogs, Ralph Starling, along with long-time THS secretary Joyce Shurling will lead the ceremony to rename part of the press box after the legendary voice of the Dogs, Cecil Poss.

One final thought: this week marks a full moon and Halloween. Be careful out there -- I've already seen some signs of people acting strange and believing things that aren't true. Don't let yourself be one of those folks. Live your life by the numbers -- they don't lie.



Web posted on Thursday, October 28, 2004


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