The View From 32


SEPTEMBER 15, 2007  

Football in the air

Watching from the sideline as St. Ignatius plays MentorAs much as cool temperatures and leaves turning colors, football is part of the fall season.

Walking home from the West Side Market today I stopped and peered through the chain link fence to watch St.Ignatius JVs play Mentor.

The varsity teams played yesterday in front of 10,000 fans, with Mentor knocking off the always-powerful Ignatius Wildcats. Saturday morning JV games are a whole different thing.

Guy watching football game next to "stop war" signToday the JVs attracted about a hundred to the stands, plus me and a couple of other guys who watched from the street. As you can see, we had a better view than many in the stands, just nowhere to sit. Well, make that I had nowhere to sit. The other fella obviously had planned ahead and was there for the duration. He got some politics with his football, too.

I watched a couple of series of downs and continued home with my fruits, vegetables and bagels. The sounds of the game followed me all the way down the block.

While I was doing my morning errands, my grandson Xavier was on the field for the North Royalton Bears, his grade school team.

Xavier in football uniformI called my son to see how he'd done. An 80-yard touchdown run this week to add to his touchdown last week!

Maybe he'll eventually get that high school varsity letter that I always wanted.

My own high school football career ended after a three days of practice when the starting guard literally ran right over me. Several times. I think this was the coach's way of encouraging me to pursue a different extra-curricular activity.

Jim Poje was his name. He flattened me. I tried out for the track team.

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