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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Friday night football


I always loved a cool crisp October Friday night at a high school football game. It was even better if the “good guys” won.

After moving to Texas, I can still look forward to “Friday nights under the lights,” but I don’t know if cool fall nights even happen here. Freshmen games and junior varsity games are played at the school on Thursday nights, but some Varsity teams play on Friday nights in a domed practice field used by the Dallas Cowboys. This venue has a large replay screen that lets you see plays a second time. It gives a totally different feel for the game. But there is still one constant, the opportunity to see young adults work as a team.

Whatever the venue, however, it’s just as much fun seeing defense work together to successfully deny yardage to the opposing team as it is to see the offense move the ball down the field. Some of the players, especially the linemen, will never hear their name mentioned, but they know how valuable they are to the success of the team.

A good team can pull off amazing comebacks to win the game, but it can only be accomplished when everyone is working together.

While the coaches have the responsibility to develop the football team, this fall all of us registered voters will have the opportunity and the responsibility to try to put together a team that will lead our country to become a more perfect union.

This year is going to be harder for me to be an informed voter because I am not familiar yet with the credentials of the candidates. But I plan to take the time to get to know more about the candidates that want to represent me.

I hope that everyone takes the time to get to know the people who want to serve in elected offices. General Election Day is November 8 in Illinois as well as Texas and all the United States. We all need to make sure that we help elect people who will lead our nation through these perilous times.

Sue Jelinek
Sue Jelinek
Sue Jelinek welcomes story ideas from ship to shore. Contact her at jelinst@sbcglobal.net.