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A Little Kid-related Bragging

None of you who know me would ever, EVER confuse me with a football player, right?  I mean there's just no chance of that happening.  Same with Nancy.

You ever heard of "Punt, Pass, and Kick"?  It's a program sponsored by the National Football League.  They go into schools and have kids compete by punting, throwing, and kicking a football.  The object is to get the greatest distance and accuracy in each event.  It's a national competition and at the end of the football season the winners in the various age and gender groups are honored at the Super Bowl.

Well, my youngest daughter, who to my knowledge had never thrown or kicked a football in her entire life, won her age group competition at her school.  This was last month, and this past Saturday Nancy and I drove her down to Chattanooga for the regional competition.  We thought it was pretty cool that she had done so well at her school, and we figured it would be a good experience for her.  We also figured that at the regional level she'd be overmatched by bigger, stronger kids whose parents had actually been working with them on these skills for the past several years.  (I should note here that my daughter and I did spend this last month occasionally throwing and kicking a football around.  It was mostly for fun, but she did her best to improve her skills, and I helped where I could.)

Long and short:  She did better than we thought she would in Chattanooga.  She did really well actually.  She came in second, and brought home a big honkin' trophy and a medal.  We couldn't believe it.

I have two girls, and I never played football at any level except in my yard with friends when I was a kid.  My daughters are swimmers and soccer players and we have plenty of medals and trophies.  But I never thought in a million years that we'd have a football trophy in our house.  Life is full of surprises....


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Nov. 11th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
Glad to have brought a smile. Hope you're well.
Nov. 11th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Nov. 11th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, congratulations! It's not like she's strapping on pads and mainlining steroids. At least not yet....
Nov. 11th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
All right then! Congratulations!
Nov. 11th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
Congrats Dad!

Thinking about those 50-yard line seats for the 2025 Super Bowl?

"3 seconds left. Coe lines up for a 68-yd kick and...it's good and...The Raiders win the Super Bowl!"

Hey, if I can imagine an African-American President and have that come true, I can imagine a female kicker in the NFL by 2025. Slightly less probable is the Raiders making it to the Super Bowl in this century, but what ya gonna do? :)
Nov. 11th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Sorry, my friend. But no child of mine will EVER play for the raiders. The Giants? Sure. The Bears or the Niners or the Packers? Yeah, maybe. But never the Raiders. And while we're at it, let's go ahead and rule out the Cowboys, Eagles, and Redskins as well....
Nov. 12th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Fair enough, but will those teams even have those names or be in their current cities in 2025? They might have the Fargo, ND. Cowboys by then. Why? If the NFL keeps pushing their games onto the NFL Channel the sport might be relegated to NHL status by the end of the next decade. Wait...when I started to think what to write here it wasn't a rant. Must come naturally. :)

Anyway, my 'unforgivables' are: Cowboys, Steelers, and, because of the coaches, Broncos and Patriots...but I don't think Shanahan nor Bellicheat will be coaching in 2025 so they might be off my list by then.

What about the Titans? Free season tickets to parents right?
Nov. 11th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
Why, David, I could just see you in a football uniform, dashing down the field and scattering bodies left and right..
Nov. 11th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to your daughter, though! That's wonderful!
Nov. 11th, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I think....
Nov. 11th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Congratulations!
Nov. 11th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Fi!
Nov. 13th, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
Rock on, David & Family! It must be the fresh mountain/plateau air up there. ;)

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