Somewhere on A1A...

Friday, September 12, 2003

Hah' skoo Football

What do these guys have in common?

Brian Dawkins, Laveranues Coles, Sam Cowart, Dez White, Cha-ron Dorsey, Lito Sheppard, Travis Taylor, Jabbar Gaffney, Jeff Chandler, Fred Weary, Rod Garnder, Harold Carmichael, Corey Harris, Roosevelt Wiliams, Travis Carroll, Dwayne Carswell, Shawn Jefferson, Marvin Minnis, LeRoy Butler, Bob Hayes... and more
Football fans will know the names... These guys all played hah skoo 'ball Somewhere near here, off of A1A. The Local High School football season is in full swing tonight. That is, the team I support begins its season defending a State Championship after having last week's opening game postponed for Tropical Storm Henri.

Tonight, after Friday Evening Services, I'll be sitting under a beautiful full moon on a clear warm night, relaxing and enjoying a game. Those of you outside Florida, and maybe Texas, won't understand the scope of the experience, and only a few others will, but that's OK.

There was a time I would have thought it a waste of time at best. But the more time goes on the more I enjoy the relative innocence and purity of the games on Friday night. And a warm, late summer night in Florida is almost a perfect setting. It's not just the game either. It's the way a group of people come together, to play, coach, watch, work the concessions stands, listen to the bands, or just chat with friends... they become a community. It's a uniquely American experience and it only happens a few days every year.

If you've never done it, or haven't been to a game in a long while, try it. Sometime in the next few weeks, find a nearby game and go with a friend or two. Go... Go and watch the people, experience the event.

Shabbat Shalom


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