Yessiree, it’s that time of year!
It’s still a little too hot outside, but, gosh, even with the heat, I’m excited for football season. I love being on the sidelines of our local high school team, photographing the action.
And, this year, I’ve been given the green light to join the coaches on the sidelines of our intermediate school, as well! I’m very, very excited to have the opportunity!
You see, our youngest is playing football for the first time. Like his older brother, when he reached 7th grade, he has chosen to join the ranks of stinky, sweaty, grunting football players.
(All photos taken with a shaky iPhone camera.)
Yesterday was his first day at practice. (No, ThrillCam and I were not there to help him with his gear–these were taken at the equipment distribution night.)
To say he was exhausted after his 1st practice is an understatement.
To say he has hit his first real challenge is not quite adequate enough.
To say he smelled, well, let’s just say there are no adjectives that describe the stench that wafted from his freakishly tall, filthy body.
That smell that permeates every crevice of a boys’ locker room and then some…
That smell that soaks itself into socks and jock straps and shoulder pads and knee pads and refuses to let go…
It burns the hair out of your nostrils and eats into your sinuses, leading to the attack on your brain and your lungs with the voracity of a million piranha!
Truly, it’s something I will never, ever, ever get used to.
Nor, will I ever want to get used to it.
I also never, ever want tire of watching my sons, and so many other’s sons, play the game of football (and baseball). I just enjoy the heck out of it.
Smells and all.
Happy Football Season, y’all, whether it’s junior high, high school, college, or pro!
Are ya ready??