Are You Ready for Some Football?

If you live in-town and you’ve driven by Piedmont (on the 10th Street side) on a Friday night, you might know what I’m about to say. You’ve seen and wondered about the traffic congestion, the throngs of folks in red shirts and the heavy pedestrian traffic heading…the wrong way? It’s entirely possible you’ve never stopped to attend a Grady High School football game, and in doing so, have committed a crime, robbing yourself of an incredible experience.

A friend of mine and I took in a game the Friday night vs. Decatur, strategically positioning ourselves next to the band so the thump-thump-thump of the big drums could shake us to the core. We were there to watch those kids play their hearts out on the field, and they did, but I admit I was more fascinated with the four distinctly different cheering squads and the kids in the band. We’ve subsequently decided that each time one sits or stands they should do so with an individualized flourish. Go to a game, you’ll see what I mean and you’ll understand why this would make the world a better place if acted upon in offices across the globe. Oh, aren’t I a horrible tease?!

Over the course of the evening under the blinding stadium lights I was transported back to my youth. Beyond the realization that I never once attended a school sporting event I was suddenly filled with regret that I wasn’t a “band geek”. The fact that I have no musical ability is of little consequence, these kids rocked it and I envy them. Their energy, their passion, their skills.

$7 is all it will run you to support the team, watch a kicking sunset with a midtown backdrop and potentially recapture a fragment of the youth you never had.

1 Comment so far

  1. mrpbody33 (unregistered) on September 25th, 2005 @ 10:00 am

    Well being a “band geek” is usually not all it is cracked up to be. For those four hours playing at the game you are united with the rest of the student body. Anytime other than that you were a second class citizen. Even with that being said, I wouldn’t trade my band experience for anything.

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