Friday, October 17, 2008

Are You Ready For Some Football...

So I thought it was about time Ava experienced her first live football game. It was an area high school football game, and hopefully we will be making a trip to Champaign next season to watch the Fighting Illini. :) Anyway onto the game we watched from the stands. The Home Team: Central A&M Raiders Visiting Team: Maroa-Forsyth Trojans. A little background here...Central A&M usually is a dominating force in area high school football. This season though they have struggled to make their mark. Maroa-Forsyth is also a dominating force in area high school football and they have continued dominating the grid iron this season as well. This game was extremely important to Central A&M if they had hopes of making it into the playoffs this season. Would this be the game that Central A&M would rise up and let the other area high schools know they are back with a vengeance and they are still a team to be reckoned with this season? I have two cousins who go to Central A&M and one of them plays on the freshman football team, but this was not the freshman team playing, so I had no real vested interest in who won or who lost in this game. Now with that we go!

Okay let's kick off more commentary with the Central A&M High School Marching Band. Let me just say right here a few years ago I had some other cousins who played for Central A&M and so I did attend those games and if memory serves me correctly, that era of the marching band was much better. I hate to say this, but this marching band was just sad. I mean maybe if they played more enthusiastically that would motivate their team. I don't know...I am just saying! Seriously this marching band played with very little heart and if that was them playing with enthusiasm I would hate to see them play with no interest at all.
Ava enjoyed the excitement of the game. Watching the fans. And she got a huge kick out of some of the more "animated" fans who would get all upset and irate over certain calls of the game. I couldn't help but laugh either, because some people are such idiots! ;) Ava wanted to make sure that "baby" didn't miss out on any of the excitement of the football game either!

The team behind Ava in this picture is the Central A&M Raiders. As the clock wound down in the first half against the Raiders & Trojans, the Trojans led the game 41 -0. At every turn the Raiders got smacked down by the Trojans! I mean if I was a Raider fan I would have been one unhappy fan, but honestly the mistakes they made in the game were just laughable. For a team that was such a force to be reckoned with in previous years, this team looks nothing like the unstoppable Raiders of the past.

Half-Time Thank Goodness!!!

With half-time now underway Ava enjoyed some hot chocolate that had been allowed to cool to just being warm by this time. What would a football game be without a cup of hot chocolate? She had never had hot chocolate before, and I must say she thoroughly enjoyed her delicious treat.

The most exciting part of the night had to be the Central A&M Pom Pom girls! Ava was completely enamored by them. She watched with such an intensity at the girls performing their routine. It was just so cute watching her take in this whole experience.

Once half-time was over it was back to watching the game. And hoping the Raiders could pull out a touchdown or at least a field goal. I mean come on...get on the board for the love of Peter! In High School football they have a new rule this year that in the second half they have a continuous running clock unless a timeout is called or a player is injured on the field. That is the only time the clock stops. Personally I think it is a stupid rule, but what does my opinion matter?!?! Yeah it doesn't! Okay so onto the second half and hoping the coaches were able to get the Raiders pumped up to give it all they've got.

With the clock quickly winding down the Raiders still failed to get on the board with a field goal or a touch down. However, they were able to keep the Trojans from scoring at all in the second half...or maybe the Trojans just felt sorry for them and kept from scoring on their own. Regardless, the Trojans went on to take the game 41-0 and increase their winning lead in the division. Next week the Raiders play Meridian. Another team this season who is almost unstoppable. Meridian isn't usually a tough school to beat, but it looks like the roles have reversed this year. Here is to hoping the Raiders at least get on the board next week!

And a final picture of Ava at the game! She was so well behaved and just about perfect I must say! I look forward to taking her to more football games in the future! :)

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