After Further Review: Cole Young 8/19
By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
After almost nine months away, it’s finally here, actual football.
So with that, I’ve come up with my list of things I’m looking forward to and not looking forward to in the first week of football.
I am looking forward to:
The surprise team. Some team that everyone has been sleeping on is going to jump up and beat one of the established big boys this week. A great start in Week 1 can be what leads to a three or four win improvement over the season before. Who will it be this week? I’m thinking it’s going to be a home team. Tweet me your upset pick @ColeYoung.
The 10 minutes right before kickoff. Standing on the sidelines you can sense the nerves from everyone. The band starts playing, the cheerleaders line up with a banner for the starters to run through. For the guys making their first starts and the coaches taking the top spot for the first time, it’s a big blur. Then finally, it all gets underway and the months of anticipation have arrived.
The new looks. This is probably two fold. Occasionally you’ll see a team that’s been a perennial run-based offense mixes it up and starts throwing more or vice versa. Alternatively, in the day and age of new uniforms, we’ll see what teams hit a home run with their new uniforms and which ones elicit a puzzling look.
Having actual football to write about. Enough said.
I am not looking forward to:
Cramps. I’m guessing a lot of up-tempo offenses aren’t looking forward to these either. Nothing can spoil late game momentum quite like your opponents getting cramps in the fourth quarter. As someone who isn’t on quite as tight of a deadline as I was in a past life, they still tend to drag out games well past the two hour mark. Push the fluids this week.
Incomplete passes. To go along with the long games, if a spread offense gets off balance and starts throwing incomplete passes, there aren’t many things worse than controlling a whole 45 seconds of possession before having to give it right back.
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