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WF Veteran reveals Vietnam through football Analysis
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- There are some exceptions, such those students who are not physically fit to play football, and those students who are smart and are going to college, and those students who are the children of administration, school board, or other important citizens of the community.
- Your high school is a big 4A school.
- Your father and your older brothers were all on state championship teams from your high school.
- Your opponent in this game is a small, weak school, barely a 1A school. They are poorly equipped and enjoy little support from their fans. This should be an easy VICTORY.
- We will be playing with a different set of rules than our opponents. We will not be allowed to pass! All of our running plays must be up the middle, no running around the end!
- Also we will only be allowed to play between the hash marks on the field. This means breaks to the outside the hash marks, we can’t pursue them. Now go out there and play your hearts out for a TIE!!
- Your team fights hard for 9 yards in three downs. Many of your players are injured getting those 9 yards. The coach calls a time out! The coach says that the school board has sent word that your team has to give those 9 yards back and start fourth and 10 on the original line of scrimmage.
- Near halftime, you notice a lot of your school’s fans and fellow students are moving to the other team’s side of the field and they start to cheer for the other team. Even some of the school’s administrators and school board members start to cheer for the other team.
- Your girlfriend yells to you from the stand, “Dear John, I don’t like the way that are treating that other poor team! By the way I am going to ride home with Jody from the band.”
- The head cheerleader for your team, Jane, goes to the other side of the field and starts to cheer for the other team. She yells for you to quit playing for your team and to help the other team. You see her posing for pictures with the other team. (hint – look up “Hanoi Jane”)
- During the game some of your fellow players are knocked out of bounds on the other team’s side of the field. Instead of letting them come back into the game, the other team locks them in their locker room.
- When the team gets back on the bus to return to your school, you ask the coach about your fellow teammates who have not returned from the other team’s locker room. Your coach demands the return of all of his players by the other coach. The other coach says that he has returned all of your players and if he has a problem with that, talk to his school board.
- You are told that the best thing you can do is to forget about them.
- When you return to school, some of your fellow students and teachers say bad things about you, or worse they ignore you. When you ask why…they tell you that it’s because you tried to WIN the football game instead of trying to TIE it. No one will sit with you in the lunch room, your fellow students act as if you may go crazy and hurt them. The only friends you have that understand how you feel are your fellow teammates.