For two years I’ve been trying to get a tackle out of my boy in practice-let alone in a game. He spends most plays that he’s able to be out on the field for backpedaling. No matter how much I talk to him.
Last season he pretty much only played on offense. In fact, the coaches last year even set up a pass play for him. I wrote about it too. I videotaped it, put it in slow motion and highlighted the exact flight of the ball. If I’d had better tools, I’d have used a telestrator…but that’s not the point of this blog.
No, the point is that it’s very hard to get “The Bruiser” his plays on the field, let alone have him actually make a play when he’s out there.
Which brings me to this Saturday… I made a deal with “The Bruiser,” if he could make a tackle in the game, we’d go to GameStop and buy a used Wii game. Like I said, for two years I’d been trying to get a tackle out of him…
So…you probably can see what’s going to happen here…
In the beginning of the second quarter of a tight, tight game (at the time) while the Cheerleader and I were turned around talking to his old coach…the announcer says “Barnsdale in on the tackle.”
“What?” I exclaimed and looked out at the field, not believing, my pricey camera that can take video sitting uselessly in my lap. Now, the first thing that jumped into my head was, “Bruiser talked to somebody and got the announcer to say his name…” I didn’t even really believe he was out there on the field at all.
But there he was, running off the field with a spring in his step. The Cheerleader and I jumped up out of our seats, screaming at the top of our lungs, “Go Bruiser!” I felt this completely unexpected moment of pure elation. He’d done it!
And neither of us had seen a second of it.
I guess you’ve always got to keep your eyes on the prize?
Afterward, I asked him, “What was it like? Tell me what happened.”
He gave me a blank look. “I don’t know. I can’t really explain it. I just got a tackle. That’s all.”
So, now I’ve got to take him to GameStop…and I’ve got to find somebody with video of that play.