Posts tagged: football coaches
If you click on the link below and scroll down to the capsule preview for Central Michigan, you will see a reference to a guard named Ken Bickel. He would be my ninth grade football coach.
He used to yell “Put a hat on him!” Which meant use your helmet as a battering ram.
That advice notwithstanding, I think he knew what he was doing. And though he could be intense, he was not a humorless hardass 24/7.
I still resent being pulled out of a game after my pass for a two-point conversion was off the mark. There was a penalty, so we got a do-over. My replacement, a guy who would have a brief career in the NBA, ran the same exact play and zipped a completion.
Anyway, I expect to get over that any day now.
I think about Ken Bickel for a moment each August, when I briefly savor not having to sweat out two-a-days.
Hope he had a happy life.
(This all sounded a bit familiar. So I checked the archives and was reminded that I had written about Coach Bickel in 2008. Seems like I would have remembered that. But maybe I followed his orders to “put a hat on him” too many times.)