Sideline Pass: Jim Bradford 2/19

Jim Bradford

By Jim Bradford PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: February 19, 2014 - 8:32 AM

Those loveable losers from the north side of Chicago made the phrase popular.
Sort of.
Yep, the Chicago Cubs are the king of, “Wait ‘til next year.”
That’s been their battle cry for nearly a century. Sad, but true.
But everyone borrows the phrase. After all, the Cubs don’t have a monopoly on those famous four words.
All but a handful of high school football teams in the metro area scream those four words form the hallways. Heck, saying it’s a handful might be pushing it. There are only a few that ended the season on their terms last year — with a state title.
So, now that February is rolled to a close, the time has arrived.
Next year has arrived.
The calendar has turned, the final letters of intent have been signed sealed and delivered, and it’s time to focus all of our attention on next year.
I mean, come on. We’re only six months away from opening day.
Oh, there may be a few stragglers, a few players from last year’s versions looking to find that perfect home for the next level, but the real focus is on the teams that will take the field in 2014. Not the teams that left the field back in 2013.
Offseason weights become a bit more important. The focus is cranked up. The players can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
That’s what makes the late winter, early spring tolerable for a lot of football players — that light at the end of the tunnel.
Sure, there are still those players who double up with track or baseball in the spring, but for those who are hanging their hats on just football, their spring sport is the weight room.
Players, coaches and fans have been told to wait until next year. Well, it’s here.
Let’s hope everyone has better luck than the Cubbies.