[June 19, 2019] My son played on the local High School football team and found that the team played with a style that earned them a nickname; the scrappers. American High School football is a favorite of mine, and it was great to see so many games. I loved the fact that the small-town team played with their heart, but not so much with an effective strategy.
Blue and Gold were their colors (as you can see in the thumbnail to this article) and were called the Hurricanes. I assume the hurricane team name came from a history of rough and tumble football play. These young boys were tough, playing hard and keeping to simple plays that made it easy to follow their style. Each game was a toss-up win or lose, regardless of the opponent.
I would often stand in the end zone area to great the team after another hard-fought game. If they won, they were jubilant but respectful to the other team; lots of glad-handing, high fives, and whoops of joy. In a loss, their heads would hang low, and they would walk the gate of someone who had just lost everything of importance.
Often, I look back on those games; now almost 20 years ago, with fondness and time that heals and fades the game losses. Their playing season rarely resulted in a championship. If they finished better than 50-50 win/loss, most of us were happy.
What the team had was plenty of motivation. They also had unexpected leadership. It was up to the players themselves (without the football coach’s input) to call all the plays. This resulted in an unpredictable offense and defense. Opposing teams had trouble reading them before a play could get off, and movement began.
Their unexpected leadership (from the players and not the coach) was a thrill to watch. Long-gone are those days. We were all much younger and stronger. Those players have mostly taken jobs locally. A small number, like my son, went to college. They all settle down, married, and had children of their own.
Unexpected leadership is out there just waiting to happen. Be ready for your opportunity to lead!