The 80-Yard Run. A Twenty-Week, Coast-to-Coast Quest for the by Theron Hopkins
By Theron Hopkins
Over the process a unmarried soccer season, writer Theron Hopkins travels from summer time perform to a row of kingdom championships, culminating within the Texas 5A nation name video game in San Antonio's Alamodome. at the method, he discovers a global wreathed with Friday evening lighting that gives a awesome spectacle of wish and drama in such far-flung locales as Hillsborough, North Carolina, Valentine, Nebraska, and Sutter, California. He additionally reveals that the blinding halogen glare is just a part—and perhaps no longer even the simplest part—of what makes highschool soccer so impossible to resist and so very important to the folk who watch it, trainer it, and play it.
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All so that Bumper can return to the equipment room to continue handing out helmets, and so that these boys can continue to learn what it means to be a Warren Central Viking football player. ABOUT THREE MILES away from Bumper’s Nordic indoctrinations, past the Battlefield Inn and the Beechwood Lounge and just off Highway 27, Mr. Joe stands inside the wide-open fieldhouse back doors to greet the Warren Central Football Varsity as they filter into the locker room from their morning of academic classes across campus.
Or about what he’ll say to the banished player’s parents when they call, or about the laundry or the shoe pile, or “Wild Bill,” or the new kid. If he makes his way through these things and anything else the last few hours of this August Monday might bring his way, then, hey, he might be ready to face tomorrow and whatever it has in store for him and his team. BUT HE HASN’T seen tomorrow yet. He hasn’t heard Pepe’s ankle “pop” from across the practice field or seen him crumple to the ground at defensive cornerback.
I need to be able to say, ‘Choke,’ and know that you know what I’m sayin’. ” When the team heads out for its second practice session of the day, they are greeted by Linscomb, whose official vocation is to keep the Panthers and a number of other Central Texas teams supplied with equipment, and whose unofficial vocation is to supply an overly generous quantity and debatable quality of his idea of wit and wisdom on a bi-weekly basis as he makes his rounds across the Hill Country. Linscomb is a sixtyish fellow, stylishly attired in pleated shorts and a polo shirt with tasseled loafers and no socks.