Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Boys of Fall

I became a fan of [Kenny Chesney] yesterday.  Yeah, I’ve really enjoyed some of his songs, but it was not until I watched him bare his soul in a documentary that he helped produce about local football that I came to truly appreciate the man.

You see, he truly is a superstar of country music, and yet, his fondest memories are of playing wide receiver on his high school football team.  Furthermore, there is not a doubt in my mind that he would gladly trade all of those platinum records, sold-out stadium concerts and industry awards to have been physically big enough to keep on playing for the [Tennessee Volunteers] and on to the [NFL].

Be assured that [The Boys of Fall] is a film for those who just don’t get sports.  For it may be about football, but the sentiment carries over to baseball, basketball and even hockey (especially in Canada).  Okay, it also goes for soccer for those who haven’t been given enough sense to know better.

Quite frankly, I don’t get people who don’t get sports.  For it does as much to define a community as anything else.  In fact, I imagine that most would mention something about the [Cowboys] if you would ask them to name something about Dallas, and I am quite sure that most would come back with something about football when asking about [Notre Dame], which is a school that rivals the [Ivy League] in academics.

On a more local level, that is even more true.  For when I think about [Mt. Vernon] and [Monett], them trading state football championships in the 60’s and 70’s comes to mind.  1972 was the year that we beat both of them while I was attending [Cassville], and we were not even close to being a perennial powerhouse in football back then.

No, I didn’t get to play.  For my parents were afraid of me getting hurt, and this has left a deep feeling of bitterness that refuses to go away.  Just another facet to the wonderful life I was given to live in this world, I am told.

P.S.: If you access to [On Demand], The Boys of Fall is currently listed on ESPN under "Films."

Note: There is around a 12-second delay before the video starts, and the song kicks in after a few minutes from the documentary.


The Boys of Fall
Kenny Chesney
When I feel that chill
Smell that fresh cut grass
I’m back in my helmet
Cleats and shoulder pads
Standin’ in the huddle
Listenin’ to the call
Fans goin’ crazy for
The boys of fall
They didn’t let just anybody
In that club
Took every ounce of heart
And sweat and blood
To get to wear those game day jerseys
Down the hall
Kings of the school man
We’re the boys of fall

Well it’s
Turn and face the Stars and Stripes
It’s
Fightin’ back them butterflies
It’s
Call it in the air
All-right
Yes sir
We want the ball
And it’s
Knockin’ heads
And talkin’ trash
It’s
Slingin’ mud
And dirt and grass
It’s
I got your number
I got your back
When back’s against the wall
You mess with one man
You got us all
The boys of fall

In little towns like mine
That’s all they got
Newspaper clippings
Fill the coffee shops
The old men will always think
They know it all
Young girls will dream about
The boys of fall

Well it’s
Turn and face the Stars and Stripes
It’s
Fightin’ back them butterflies
It’s
Call it in the air
All-right
Yes sir
We want the ball
And it’s
Knockin’ heads
And talkin’ trash
It’s
Slingin’ mud
And dirt and grass
It’s
I got your number
I got your back
When your back’s against the wall
You mess with one man
You got us all
The boys of fall

Well it’s
Turn and face the Stars and Stripes
It’s
Fightin’ back them butterflies
It’s
Call it in the air
All-right
Yes sir
We want the ball
And it’s
Knockin’ heads
And talkin’ trash
It’s
Slingin’ mud
And dirt and grass
It’s
I got your number
I got your back
When your back’s against the wall
You mess with one man
You got us all
The boys of fall

We’re the boys of fall
The boys of fall
They boys of fall

We’re the boys of fall

Lyrics From: [elyricsworld.com]

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6 comments:

Lavender Darwin said...

You don't get people who don't get sports? Well, I don't get sports, so does that mean you don't get me????? Huh!!!

To me, sports are about one thing: chronic pain from injuries. You get tackled in football: you're back is in pain for the rest of your life. You play basketball: you blow out a kneecap and live in pain. Baseball? You get clubbed in the head with a fastball and instantly lose the piano lessons and any memories of Dad.

None of that for me, no thank you. I prefer the far more manly sport of chess!

FishHawk said...

Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Lavender!!! Well, our Heavenly Father keeps insisting that He creating you too, but He does have quite a sense-of-humor.

T.R.R.R. Paisley Ledbetter said...

You shouldn't fault your parents for recognizing what a sissy you are.

G. D. Dooley said...

I am not a sports person either, but my husband is a fan of the NY Giants. And my boys are football fans as well. So I have gained some knowledge about the game from them. But for me, even though I do not get all sports, I am highly aware of the metaphoric connotation of sports in life.

In sports they do what they got to do in order to win, just like we as Christians must do what we need to do in order to win the victor's crown set before us.

So if you don't get sports at all does that mean you don't get the race that the apostle Paul talks about throughout the New Testament? What about training the way athletes do before a big race or game?

We as Christians are taught that we must exercise and train our spirits so that we may run the good race. (1 Tim. 4:7-12)

Another point to make is that if the only thing you can see is the pain and all the bad stuff about sports, then yeah, no one gets it. But if you look at all that is wrong with sports then how do we run the race and fight the good fight of faith? (1 Tim.4:7-12; Gal.5:7; Heb.12:1)

In all the different sports there are, think about the main goal of all of them. The goal is to:
1. Football is to get the ball to the goal line for a touchdown
2 Basketball get the ball in the hoop to win the most points and game.
3. Baseball, I do not like baseball at all. But know that in life, at some point, you must step up to plate and at least swing the bat.
4. Hockey is to get the puck into the net. At some point you are going to get hit---hard. And at some point 'you' are the one firing your best shot on your opponents.
5. Golf is to get the little ball into the hole. This where 'calculated risk' comes in when following the path of righteousness.
6. Tennis, again with the little ball. Get the ball over the net and don't lose it on the return. Do all that you know how to do and then stand therefore.
7. Boxing is to throw the one blow that will knock the opponent out. Once a knock out is made you automatically win that match (in so many words) How many time do 'we' get knocked out when life throws us knock-out blows? And how many times have we knocked out our enemies by delivering the blow that counts where it hurts?

So as you can see there are a lot of spiritual and life lessons to be learned through sports.

I am not a sports person either but I do know what the main goal is for each one them. Just like for us Christians we are called to run the good race, train like the athletes do before their big debut. (1 Cor. 9:25-27, 2 Timothy 2:5)

Life in itself is a game anyway. If you are still living then you are still in the game. If you are living then you still have a chance 'to run and not grow weary, to walk and not be faint'. (Isa. 40:26-31)

We do this for a crown that will last and not like the athletes who do it for a crown that will not last. This is our reward--God Himself. He is our prize. And eternal life is our goal, and destination, and championship. (1 Peter 5:4; 2Tim 4:8; James 1:12)

It would behoove us all to consider learning from the athletes of sports. It will also behoove us to learn from the many examples in the bible of how to run the 'spiritual race' of our lives.


I'm just sayin'

FishHawk said...

Thanks for stopping by again, my dear G.D.!!! Even though our Heavenly Father has personally revealed to me that we (including even those who do not want to believe that He even exists) are not nearly as much on our own as has been so widely taught in His name, you make some very good points. For even with our Heavenly Father actually fighting all of the battles (so to speak), He wants His children by faith to want to take the field, with participating in sports being a good parallel to that--especially in regards to conditioning. For as it is in sports, those who want to keep on when the going gets really tough will taste victory--regardless of who may be ahead on the scoreboard.

G. D. Dooley said...

Amen to that! Well said FishHawk.

Yes we are His children and I know with my own children participation was necessary. But not only that, it was the only way I could teach them the right and wrongs; the good and the evils of life that they will face along the way. And we are no different.

Exercising and conditioning our spirit for the sake of faith and belief in God is what we are to learn and to continue learning as time goes by.

Athletes learn all the rules of their game in order to be of any help to his team mates. So it is with us as Christian as well. We need to know what the word of God says and means so that we can teach others and help them exercise and condition their spirits as well.

Hopefully just as in sports, the more you play the better you get. Practice makes perfect---so to speak.