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Ballboys!

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In our last podcast I discussed the importance of student managers and reminded us all to not forget these guys. Well…there are many areas of the program that shouldn’t be overlooked but sometimes we do. We need to recognize statisticians, trainers, moms who cook for the team…the list goes on. Then, for whatever reason, I thought – BALLBOYS! Ballboys are usually easy to get. Your son, one of your coaches sons, one of your players little brother, there’s usually a little 10 or 11 year old who would jump at the chance to be on the sidelines and on the field and be a ballboy. Then I thought – our best ballboy when I was coaching was MY SON! I know what you’re thinkin – well, he’s your son – of course you think he was the best. But he really was. First of all, he was the typical coaches son gym rat. He loved sports and was always involved in something to do with sports. We played whiffle ball from the time he was 3, I took him to wrestling tournaments since he was 5, he went to the HS basketball camp and ran up and down the floor even though we all knew he was gonna wrestle. I bought him a Jr. membership at the local golf club cause I knew he liked golfing. He’d get on his bike in the morning with his clubs over his shoulder and take off. He loved LL baseball. He competed in summer road races and did well! My wrestling team ran the school halls in the morning during the season in the winter for extra conditioning. He’d get out of bed when he was 10 years old and run the halls with my team just cause he loved it. He would try to beat ’em all and usually did. When he was our ballboy he attacked it with the same passion. In 4 years he never missed a game, he hustled and took the job very serious. I can still remember him with his hooded sweatshirt and the team tshirt over it. Rain or shine, he was there. He rode on the bus with us, so I was able to have my son along. Another coaches son who was 2 years younger was kinda his helper. He was the same kinda kid. Before the game and at halftime they would play their own game of 1 on 1 football. They had their own rules. Neither played youth football but they both were all conference and all area in when they got to HS. They loved it. So, yeah, he was our best and I think I took him for granted. I just knew he would do a good job. And looking back, I realize that I don’t remember one time that after a game I said, “nice job tonight, you really hustled.” Or gave him a pat on the back and said “thanks for doing that”. Shame on me. In my old age I look back and do a lot of reflecting. Most of my reflecting is on mistakes I made – big and small. I could’ve done a better job with all my kids. There are a lot of lessons to be learned here in this brief story. Recognize everyone associated with the team, they’re all important. Spend time any way you can with your kids, even if they’re a ballboy. Pat your kids on the back and tell ’em “nice job. You did well.” And if a kid never played youth football, he can still be a heckuva player – AND THAT’S MY TAKE!

College football playoff is set…

I debated whether or not to get into this next topic…

One more thing…

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The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. G. Patton

Sweet 16 Countdown: 51. Alaska -9.2   50. Vermont -1.7   49. North Dakota 3.3   48. Wyoming 5.2  47. Rhode Island 8.4   46. District of Columbia 8.4   45. Delaware 14.7   44. South Dakota 15.3   43. New Hampshire 16.7   42. Montana 19.2  41. Maine 19.5   40. New Mexico 20.5  39. Oregon 24.2  38. West Virginia 26.3  37. Nevada 31.2  36. Idaho 32.2  35. Nebraska 32.6  34. New York 33.0  33. Iowa 34.4  32. Minnesota 35.9   31. Kentucky 36.3   30. Hawaii 36.5  29. Connecticut 37.3  28. Massachusetts 38.3 27. Wisconsin 39.9  26. Virginia 40.8  25. Oklahoma 41.5  24. Michigan 41.53 23. Kansas 41.8 22. Tennessee 41.9  21. Washington 42.6 20. Indiana 43.9 19. Colorado 44.4  18. South Carolina 44.61  17. New Jersey 44.63  16. Arkansa 45.0 15. Arizona 45.2 14. Mississippi 45.6 13. Alabama 45.8  12. Utah 46.0  11. North Carolina 46.7  10. Missouri 49.0  9. Pennsylvania 49.9  8. Illinois 50.3  7. Louisiana 51.9  6. Maryland 52.8  5. Georgia 57.2  4. Texas 60.8 3. Ohio 61.0  2. Florida 62.5  1. California 69.4

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Coach Albaugh coached high school football in Illinois for 28 years. During that time he coached at every level and on both sides of the ball. He was the offensive and defensive line coach for four undefeated teams and was a defensive coordinator in his last 11 years, twice reaching the semi finals of the Illinois state playoffs.