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Greatness: A Tale of True Brotherhood


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As the sun began to set and the hum of the giant lights at either end of the field mixed with the steady thump of the rap music playing in the background, the goose bumps began to crawl along my arm and up my skin. The newly cut and painted grass sent an aroma of freshness up into my nostrils and shot adrenaline through my veins. As I sat in the front with the captains leading stretches, a familiar hand patted my helmet. 'You've been waiting for this for three years', Coach Muehlberger's steady voice said, pausing for a second. 'Go take it.' This was the scene before the second ever district football game in school history.A game which had so much emotion and meaning built up behind it, against the one team that we had been gunning for since they had mocked us for thinking we could play at their level just one short year ago. This was the Piper game.

As I strapped on my pads and smoothed out all the wrinkles in my proudly dawned silver jersey, the electricity of what was about to unfold crept up my spine and into my brain. From there it flowed throughout me. The clash and relentlessness of competition pulsed throughout me as if I had been injected with a vaccine. A vaccine meant to change a calm man of seventeen years old into a hitting machine. An unstoppable force that would go through walls to win a single game of high school football. Especially this game. As we bowed our heads to pray, my voice was gruff and sharp. I spoke the words, but only with my mouth. My heart was already out there. My mind was already going over every possible piece of information I would utilize within the next few hours. God would understand. It was all for him in the end anyway.

As the other three captains and myself held hands and confidently strode to the middle of the field for the coin toss, the look on one of the Pirates captains faces when I shook his hand told me all I needed to get a jolt He seemed to be amused, even laughing internally, at the thought of playing us. One short quarter later, I would put a powerful, bone crushing cease to that grin worn by the quarterback. And I would do it all night long. After opening kickoff, our defense shut down the Pirates three-and-out. Then we went to work, scoring on a long run by Ben Reynoldson that first drive. The euphoria of that first score was something I will never forget. As I looked around at people, I said to myself, 'this ones ours. All ours.' And then we just kept going. By the end of the first quarter, the score was 20-0. In the second, one of my most defining moments occurred. As the undeservedly over-jubilant quarterback of the purple wearing Pirates dropped back to pass, he got an unexpected present. A 240-pound, resentment driven linemen who had been waiting to remove that smirk all night long. That was one of my three sacks that night, and it was one of my most defining moments that season.

At halftime, the energy in the locker room was off the wall. Jeers were thrown around about the Pirates, and it was truly an experience to remember. And yet in the midst of that entire time, the one thing I remember is Coach coming up to me and saying 'Lead them well, don't let them think we have this without a fight.' Sure enough, after going up 23-0 on a field goal in the opening drive, things started to deteriorate. We had gotten far too comfortable, and the Pirates took control, bringing the score all the way to a 23-20 game in the final minute, even down to the very last second. And who was chosen to try and make the kick to send it to overtime? That smirking jerk from the coin toss, the same one I had laid the wood too just a few short quarters ago. When his kick didn't leave the ground, I was overcome with such euphoric emotion, it was almost more than I could take. We had beaten them and we had a shot at State.

As I looked around me and ran to hug all my teammates, I realized that they had become much more than a couple of guys I played a game with. We had bonded, and we were part of something much more significant now. From time to time I watch the film from that game. I see a lot of mistakes, a lot of missed opportunities, but mostly I see something I will never forget. When you actually acquire something you have striven after for such a long period of time, after so much effort and pain put into it'truly there nothing better. I will always remember the Piper game.



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prairiebell said...
Apr. 20, 2009 at 1:50 am
Very descriptive writing. Don't give up, very well composed.
 
SallySunshine said...
Apr. 19, 2009 at 11:46 pm
It was alright I guess. I mean, besides the kindergarten vocabulary, a story line that doesn't follow the rules of time and space, and a feeling that I get that reminds me of the time I stabbed myself in the eye with a fork, I guess it was pretty good.
 
Miguelito said...
Apr. 19, 2009 at 11:01 pm
The University Daily Kansan needs this kind of writing and Sports Illustrated could benefit too!!
 
Grace W. said...
Apr. 19, 2009 at 10:24 pm
That was a good story, if you like sports.
 
momncharge said...
Apr. 19, 2009 at 9:33 pm
Great job, Chris. I'm anxious to see what's to come.
 
paige said...
Apr. 19, 2009 at 9:22 pm
This is really good!
 
Kristen said...
Apr. 19, 2009 at 8:25 pm
This is really great, Chris! Job well done!
 
SrMMercedes said...
Apr. 19, 2009 at 2:53 pm
You write with the same passion you played with that night!
 
sewnsew said...
Apr. 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm
Chris,

Great job. I am really proud of you!
 
M Hurd said...
Apr. 17, 2009 at 5:44 pm
Your story kept my interest! Keep writing :)
 
Mary said...
Apr. 16, 2009 at 12:27 pm
Great job!
 
AppleJunkie said...
Apr. 15, 2009 at 4:04 pm
Chris, great job. I love the emotion and sentiment in the article. Your dedication to your teammates and coach in awesome!
 
Mrs. Ish said...
Apr. 14, 2009 at 10:48 pm
I love this! I am looking forward to future articles.
 
SciFiGuy said...
Apr. 14, 2009 at 2:57 pm
Chris your story was inspirational! It was very well written and kept my interest throughout. Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr. H
 
Daniel Kindel said...
Apr. 14, 2009 at 2:14 am
i was there and it's almost better than the actual game...almost
 
SarahBeth said...
Apr. 13, 2009 at 8:40 pm
Awesome!

I love this paper!
 
Haley Nicole said...
Apr. 13, 2009 at 2:06 pm
Awesome job Chris! I was in the stands for that game, but reading your article actually made me feel like I was on the field. Good Luck!
 
ses23 said...
Apr. 13, 2009 at 6:44 am
Chris this is definitely worth reading and you got some skills as a writer. Good job man
 
taylor17 said...
Apr. 9, 2009 at 4:50 am
I've heard your work in classes before, but this is literally awesome! It made me feel like I was actually at the game. Nice work Christopher!
 
Chris L. said...
Apr. 7, 2009 at 3:55 am
thanks
 
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