This time of year always has a special meaning for me. As a former athlete, (football, baseball, soccer and hockey player) you are taught to have a short term memory, so for the regular season, watching teams win and lose, do not necessarily have special meaning, because that comes with the territory.
But also, as a former athlete, the post season means so much more, because I realize that the season can come to an end in an instant. But here is the difference for me now. Back when I played, you got that feeling maybe once a year if you did not win a championship, which I had the luxury of doing that once on the football field. But now that I am no longer playing the game, but covering it, I am no longer reminded of that feeling once a sports season, I am reminded of that feeling every time one of out coverage area teams lose.
The reason being is because there are athletes on every team that I become close to as the season progresses, and I know what is going on in their head and their hearts the moment they realize their season is about to come an end. That feeling is hard to get rid of, and I feel it every single loss from now until the state tournaments in March.
For the athletes who play the games, they know the feeling that I speak of, and if you are a parent of any of these kids, you also know what I am talking about.
It is even more so for every single senior that prepares to take the floor tonight and the rest of the year. Knowing that any day could be your final game at the HS level or even in your playing career is hard to sink you teeth in to, but it is also those seniors you will see step up like they have never before, because of the realization of the fact it could be their final game.
So for all of the athletes in our coverage area, and for all the seniors getting ready for their games, remember that these are some of the best days you will have in your playing career. Make the best of the final month of the season. Play your hearts out and leave nothing on the court. It sounds so cliche, but hindsight is 20/20 right?
Take it from someone who most definitely left all he had on the football field, baseball diamond, ice and pitch in his final days. You do not want to have an regrets, you don't want to look back and think what if. Play your hearts out, but remember to have fun.
Remember it is still a game and make memories that will last a lifetime!!!