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Just a game? Not so in Bismarck: Way of life

September 20, 2013

“Is he going to do it?” I prayed.
“He’s at the 30, the 20, the 10, touchdown Bismarck!” screamed the announcer.
Roaring from the Lion fans, stomping in the stands and the band coming to life set the whole stadium on fire.
Nate Asher, Shelby Orr and the Bismarck football team had made the play of the night and the first home game touchdown was in the books.
Thank you, Bismarck for giving me and my best friend another great moment in your community.
We were jumping up and down, grinning like kids and celebrating with our adopted town.
“Did you get it?” asked my best friend. I was stunned from the excitement and was finally brought back to the reality of why I was there, which was to cover the game for the Malvern Daily Record. I quickly checked the camera and scanned back through the shots... I did!
Completely new to sports coverage, my biggest fear is not getting the shot. Providence has a way of smiling and when I looked closer at the camera screen I saw the perfect shot.
Last Friday, there were so many perfect shots, but I had nothing to do with them. It was a good subject. Do we give enough thanks for all the parents, kids, teachers, coaches, boosters and students who take the time to live up to their roles?
We all feel the energy as football season approaches and the air cools, and I know it’s just a game... but it’s something more than just a game. First, it’s about boys being shaped into men through teamwork. My best friend was keeping some stats and early in the game he showed me the tally marks concerning Dierks.
“Look,” he said, holding them up to me... “I’ve already counted seven penalties against Dierks and none from Bismarck.” I smiled because I knew what he was inferring. Bismarck was not only being taught ethics on the field, they were also demonstrating them. Playing the game properly. Sure, sometimes you get frustrated or too excited and next thing you’re being flagged by the ref. That is a sign of inexperience but mostly immaturity.
I am still learning and I hope I will always have that privilege.
Dear Bismarck, as I learn more about juggling a camera on a busy field and watching it through a half inch lens (as opposed to a big screen TV) I want to say, “Thank you.” Thank you for welcoming us and letting us celebrate with you. Thank you for asking more of your next generation and thank you for something deeper than just a game.
By the way, we get to go to Cutter... yup, an away game! Also, we have homecoming coming up on the 27th, so when y’all get the homecoming court assembled I will need a pic and anything else y’all want to include... there will be two pages covering the upcoming game and the deadline is Monday, Sept. 23. So let’s remember everybody who makes those Friday nights come alive; the band, cheerleaders, dance team, even Mr. Dunn cooking the burgers.
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