Rah, Rah, Rah!

The girls huddled near the bleachers not wanting to remove their sweat suits, but this was a home game and the coach told them if they kept moving, they would be warm.  So, the sweat suits went on the bench and the girls went into their first cheer.

The crowd was less than enthusiastic as the girls jumped and yelled, clapping right into the next cheer without missing a beat.  The coach sat stoic on the bench watching them, inwardly shaming the crowd for not noticing the spirit her girls had.

The team took the football field and the crowd showed signs of life.  The cheerleaders were getting the crowd more into the game with some participation cheers.  By half-time the team was behind, but only by four points.

As the band entertained the crowd the girls had rushed into their sweat suits for some warmth.  The coach said, “You have all done really well.  Now for the second half I want to see more pyramids and use the megaphone.  The crowd is really getting loud now that we are so close in points.”

The teams returned to the field and the girls reluctantly shed the layer of warmth once again.  Bridget picked up the megaphone and began the next cheer.  The girls then moved towards each other to form a human pyramid.  The crowd cheered for them.  Donna was on top and she jumped down into the arms of Mary and Nancy.  Another round of applause and cheers from the crowd.  Just then an audible gasp came from the crowd.

More cheers and yells shouted by the crowd that was not for the cheerleaders as they disassembled their pyramid.  The Knights were on the run and the Cubs were only 6 yards away from a touchdown that would take the lead.  The girls began to cheer, “Move that ball, move that ball!”  The team snapped the ball and faked a hand-off.  The quarterback drew back for a pass and it sailed right into the receiver’s hands.  “Touchdown! Touchdown!  Touchdown!” Bridget shouted through the megaphone as the other girls jumped and did the splits in mid-air.

The clock wound down and the girls kept the crowd cheering.  The Cubs won the game and the girls all rushed back into their sweat suits glad this cold night ended on a happy note.

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – megaphone

The Home Team

It was a cold rainy night. The teams took to the field in the yearly in state rivalry football game. This year the Lincoln Lions were expected to win, but I was a true fan of the underdogs, the Hudson Hurricanes. I had lived enought years in this town and had adopted the team when my son played for them.

The first half was scoreless with hard fought defense from both teams. By the time the second half began the field was a muddy mess as the rain continued. Splashing and sliding through the game both teams gave it their all.

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The game was still scoreless at the beginning of the 4th quarter. Then the Lions kicked a field goal putting them up by three. The defense was still nearly perfect for each team.
The Lions kicked the ball to the Hurricanes after third down and no progression. There was a change in the air as the rain turned to snow. Having the ball and a better chance to throw in snow than the rain, the quarterback took aim and threw. The reciever leaped in the air catching the ball on the twenty-five yard line. They were within field goal range, but they were after a win.

Moving the ball little by little the team ended up at the eight yard line on the third down. There was only forty-five seconds left. The team broke the huddle and lined up for the play. Stepping back the quarterback faked a throw, turned to the right and ran through an opening the defense held for him. The Hurricanes reached the end zone and scored a touchdown. The local crowd went wild.

Now it was a question of whether or not Hudson could hold the lead. The defense took the field and for three downs held the Lions right where they were. Fourth down and ten yards to go, the Lions quarterback fell back for a pass and threw. A Hudson player came out of nowhere and intercepted the ball. The clock showed 12 seconds. The clock was allowed to tick down to zero and the underdogs got the glory of the win.

 

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – underdog

Happy and Grateful – Day 287

The month of October is upon us.  Fall is in full swing with the leaves gathering on the lawn… maybe a pile or two to run through even.  The evenings are getting dark earlier as the days grow shorter.  And a few of us look forward to a good scare with Halloween coming this month.  Everyday has at least some small portion of good in it.  I am looking for that good with this challenge to find my happiness and gratitude every day.  Join in with the challenge by commenting or writing your own blog… let’s find some goodness today.

What a day for a football game.  My favorite team was delayed almost 45 minutes due to nearby thunderstorms.  But once the game started it was all Cyclones and it ended up 45 to nothing.  That made me happy and was a good way to start the day.

I spent the day doing a little writing and some photo editing.  It was good to stay busy as tonight my mind is wandering more and making the time barely move.  Of course since I had a very short night of sleep (maybe 4 hours only) I am also feeling out of sorts because of that.  But I am grateful that it is the end of the work week for my boyfriend and so nothing to wake up early in the morning for.

Sorry if this is a little disjointed, I am just struggling to stay awake and get it done.  I hope to read a couple more blogs and then go to sleep.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good night/day!

Happy and Grateful – Day 280

The month of October is upon us.  Fall is in full swing with the leaves gathering on the lawn… maybe a pile or two to run through even.  The evenings are getting dark earlier as the days grow shorter.  And a few of us look forward to a good scare with Halloween coming this month.  Everyday has at least some small portion of good in it.  I am looking for that good with this challenge to find my happiness and gratitude every day.  Join in with the challenge by commenting or writing your own blog… let’s find some goodness today.

Today has been a quiet day.  We had rain until late afternoon.  Then it cleared off to be a beautiful evening with cooler temperatures.  If only the grey clouds in my mind would pass now.  I have been feeling pretty alone today and I’ve not had any luck at messaging friends, so that makes me feel worse.  Just chalk it up as a bad day.  The doctor is working with me on an acceptance therapy workbook.  I am holding out positive hope for it.  So tired of all the negatives in my life.

I would have to say I am grateful for my photography today.  I was able to do a little photo editing to get ready for Monochrome Monday and seeing the flowers and outdoor shots made me feel a bit closer to nature.

The happy moment would have to be watching my favorite sports team win their football game today.  It was a good win, a great win on the road and the end of a losing streak.  So I was happy to see that this afternoon.

It is that time of night when my meds take hold and make me tired enough for sleep.  So I shall post this before my eyes close.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a good day/night.