A new season is finally upon us as our southern neighbors pay a visit to the Hawk Saturday night. Lots of changes have occurred since the end of last season and now. New coaches, big injuries, new turf, updates to the dressing room, no more 50 yard logo and other little things.
Let’s start with the coaches. Best wishes to coach Carthel as he headed south for greener pastures and more green too. As my compadres here at the wire will tell you, I was not as “big” on Bailiff as they were. Never met him before and I really didn’t know much about him. But over the course of the last 8 months he has won me over even though we still have not met. Just the way he has handled the transition showed me he is an impeccable man and seems to be in for the long haul.
He knows that Carthel established a new culture in Commerce and seems intent on staying on that path, while doing it his own way. All reports I have gotten have been he is a traditionalist and very organized which will fly over very well with most former gridiron members.
Having injuries to key spots happen all the time but even before a game is played can be devastating. The class Bailiff brought in will add valuable and much needed depth before a snap is taken.
I hated to see the Lion head only being 10 yards instead of 50 but oh well…the field still has the same dimensions.
Defending a national title has to be one of the toughest things to do. The pressure to perform week in and week out can rip a team apart. Last year seemed to be a down year but we still won 10 games…again. It wasn’t the finish we hoped for but all things considered it truly was about as expected for what we had coming back and what we lost from a national championship team.
With a little luck we can find ourselves playing even more meaningful games this season. Luck you say? Well my definition of luck is when preparation meets opportunity. You see if you are well prepared like our new coach is prepping these young men for, then when their opportunities arrive they will be fully prepared to take advantage of them. After all…sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. #seeyouatthehawk