Life is strange.
You scratch off a 50-dollar winner and race out to collect only for your foot to discover Fido from next door has left another steaming surprise in your front yard. The insignificance of this turn of events is soon brought to light when your wallet is forced to come to terms with the fact the service engine soon light has just come on in your car.
Sundays are the closest thing we have to the days of the Roman Gladiator. Men larger than life, some for weighing over three bills and others for doing seemingly impossible things, all running into each other with enough force to break bones and jar the brain matter of the strongest men history has known.
They appear superhuman to the guy who lounges his Sundays away in the Lazy Boy lamenting the junior high coach who elected to hand the ball to Jimmy instead of him.
And while we perceive those in the NFL as leaders of charmed lives, the recent news of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano’s impending battle with Leukemia should serve as a clear indicator these men are in fact human beings not unlike you and I. There is no transcendental message here other than life is short and often has a way of surprising us when we least expect it.
This holds true whether you’re paid to knock the paint off Jay Cutler’s helmet or scrape the grease out of the fryer at McDonalds.
The battle Pagano and so many others are forced to wage should serve as inspiration for those struggling to face another day with their overbearing boss or obnoxious cube mate. Lost in the hectic nature of a 21st century life and holiday traffic is the fact that every day you put your feet on the floor with a clear mind and good health is worth far more than any winning lottery ticket.
Now is not the time to critique the forces of nature or probe for hidden meaning; that is best left to someone with a much more impressive resume and an eternity to work on it. Your time is better spent sharing a smile with the people in your life.
Cast aside the jaded predilections Coach Wannaputuonthebench fostered in you and stop to look at the moon or bask in the happiness your dog gets from peeing on a tree.
Of course the Colts have no choice but try and move on. And though the boys in blue will have had much to process in seven days, Green Bay is still going to try to put 100 points on the scoreboard Sunday no matter how shattered Indy’s spirit is. After all, given the events of two weeks ago, the Pack can’t afford to lose another game they should have won.
The Hollywood in all of us expects to see the Colts use Pagano’s situation as fuel for a ride to the front but the cold hard truth remains Indianapolis won’t win every game left on their schedule or play for a Super Bowl this year. Interim coach Bruce Arians made it clear the Colts need to keep their focus and can’t afford to be “over-hyped about trying to do something extra”; but he never said they can’t go out and play with the heart, guts and toughness Pagano will no doubt display during his biggest battle.
Stay “Chuckstrong” Coach.
Life is strange.
Tigers win defensive battle with Mooresville
The Lebanon Tigers opened their 2014 football season at home Friday night by defeating the Mooresville Pioneers 7-0. The Tigers defense faced a challenge in stopping the Pioneers aerial attack led by junior quarterback Alex Fabert.
Stars shut down Sheridan Blackhawks 26-3
First game jitters were evident on both sides in Friday night's opening week showdown between Western Boone and Sheridan. But in the end, it was the visiting Stars that controlled a vast majority of the game in a 26-3 victory.
Stars comeback bid falls short
Things didn't look good for the Western Boone boys soccer team Thursday afternoon against Frankfort. With 5:29 remaining in the game and trailing 3-0, senior forward Michael Noonan had just missed a penalty kick and junior Daniel Collins missed a close range shot 30 seconds later, seemingly ending any last gasp Western Boone hopes.
Defense, balanced attack to lead Lebanon
The Lebanon Tigers will have a new look on the offensive side of the ball this season. Gone are three-year starting quarterback Isaac Harker and workhorse Jamason Wright, who combined for a majority of the Tigers offensive in 2013.
Western Boone expects good results
The Western Boone football team is eager to get the regular season started on Friday night. After eight months of off-season work, the Stars turned it into overdrive since the start of official practice on Aug. 1 preparing for the season opener at Sheridan.
High expectations for Western Boone tennis
The goal for the Western Boone boys tennis team is simple in 2014 — win the conference title. With six of their seven starters returning from a successful season a year ago, head coach Dustin Cunningham believes this is the team that can win the school's first conference title since 1988.
Tiger tennis looks to defend conference crown
The Lebanon tennis team lost four key players from last year's team. But the Tigers coach Brad Mustin said that things have been going well for the Tigers as they look to replicate past successes.
Lady Tigers win Ben Davis Invite
The Lebanon Lady Tigers golf team put it all together Saturday. The team shot a season-best 330 and won the Ben Davis Invitational at South Grove Golf Course.
Tigers look to build off late season success
Last season, the Lebanon Tigers girls soccer team showed how far the program has come in recent years, battling Westfield to the final minutes in the sectional. Lebanon head coach Rachel Becker said the confidence from that game, plus hard work in the off-season, have created high hopes for the Tigers in the fall of 2014.
Lady Stars ready to take another step forward this fall
After a record-breaking season in 2013, the Western Boone girls soccer team is ready to take another step forward this fall. So far things like good toward making that happen, according to head coach Jen Foxworthy.
- Tigers win defensive battle with Mooresville