View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 10/30

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: October 30, 2013 - 9:34 PM



I don’t know if there is a specific time when you crossover and become an old reporter. I don’t know when it happened or where but I have transitioned from young guy to part of the old guard.
I’m not part of the old guard because of my age. I think I am part of the old guard because of how I view the game. I’ve already talked about the uniforms. I know that ship has sailed so I won’t bring it up again.
I think my final move to the old side of the equation came sometime in the last few years. While I don’t know when, I know why and I know that the transition is complete.
What makes me part of the old guard? Well it is my screaming at the television during Missouri’s impressive win over Florida to run the ball. I used to love the passing game. It’s exciting the ball moves but you know what I love even more, a grind it out rushing attack that demoralizes an opponent.
The only thing better than that rushing attack is a defense that is fast and physical and shuts down the other team and keeps them from getting to the end zone. The ultimate is to field a team that does both along with some solid special teams and you’ve put together the perfect combination in my mind.
Football has changed. I get that. At every level the spread and quick passing games are a part of almost every team. Even a team like Rockhurst will lineup with three and four wide with the quarterback in the shotgun. While they may not throw it around they give that look just to keep everyone honest.
There are a lot of talented quarterbacks in the Metro that are putting up big numbers. All you have to do is look back at the Simone Award winners from the past and see that offense, especially passing games, has exploded over the last decade.
It’s fun, exciting and teams also feel like they are never out of a game. While that is fun for the casual fan, for someone who’s seen a ton of football in the last 20 years, fun is watching that 10-play 80-yard drive that takes the heart out of an opposing team. There is nothing worse than not being able to stop a team when you know what’s coming.
Ok, I’ve admitted I’m old. So what does it mean? Not much really. The one thing I will tell everyone as they watch the postseason unfold over the next month is to pay close attention to the teams that win and how they do it. The majority of the state champs will probably run the ball and play defense and look a little boring at times. Just remember that boring team will likely be holding a trophy at the end of the season.