Markâ€™s football banquet was last night and a bunch of packed the two banquet rooms of Smileyâ€™s and honoured the team, the coaches, and the manger. It was a really successful season and I have never seen a team improve that much. After going over a season without scoring a touchdown, they scored 55 points in their final game and had four different players score a touchdown. Their coach said last night that if they had another 8 games they would have won at least 7. Iâ€™m a pessimist but they would have won 6 at least. They were a good team at the end of the season.
I was doing the math and I paid $240 for Mark to play and in the end he got his games, practices, some socks, a KFL t-shirt, a Babineau Warriors long sleeved shirt, a really nice Babineau Warriors jacket and we tossed in $11 extra for a toque. It was a lot of value for the money we paid. Iâ€™d do it again in a heartbeat.
While they didnâ€™t win a lot, the coaches did an amazing job of motivating those players day in and day out. I donâ€™t think I ever heard a nasty comment come out of their mouths, something that couldnâ€™t be said for other coaches on other teams. Even when they did get on a player, they joked, talked about their own weaknesses when they played and were always positive. The funniest line I heard all year was when they gave up a touchdown and just tackled horribly, the defensive coordinator yelled out, â€œI can run over and try to hug that guy, I need you to tackle him.â€
For Mark the turning point in the season was a practice they had with the Saskatoon Hilltops. They spent 90 minutes on the field with the Hilltops and for Mark he learned the intensity the game needs to be played at. From then on the light went on and his blocks were crisper, his routes were faster, and he played with more intensity. The added success on the field made it a lot more fun for him. Of course this was noted by the coaches who told him this at a high volume, â€œWay to go Cooper!â€ which made it even better. Mark told me that the only thing he didnâ€™t like about the season was that it wasnâ€™t long enough and I am okay with that complaint.
Oliver hated every practice and every game. He did not see any reason why three year olds could not be out there hitting and playing alongside either the Warriors or even the Hilltops. Itâ€™s going to be a long season next year with him as well.