Gut Rumbles

July 02, 2004

my first supervisory act

As long as I'm pontificating on the subject of football, I want to tell a story. I don't remember who we were playing at the time, but they had a fourth and one on our thirty yard-line. I was defensive captain and I called the signals. We huddled and I announced ""6-5 spread."

I got a protest from that asshole Billy Holland, who always thought that he should be team captain. "6-5 SPREAD? That's crazy! We oughta to run the pinch. They need less than a yard."

I said, "Billy, shut up in my huddle or I'm getting you out of this game. We're gonna run a 6-5 spread."

"You can't get me out of this game. Only coach can do that."

I stepped from the huddle and called a time out. I jogged to the sidelines and told my coach, "Either you take Billy out of the game right now, or you take ME out. He's causing dissention in my huddle and I'm not gonna put up with that."

Coach took Billy out of the game. I still remember the stunned look on his face when that happened.

I went back to the huddle and called a 6-5 spread again. "Anybody got any questions?" I asked. Nobody did.

We ran the spread, the other team tried a sweep, the way I expected, and I tackled their all-state 230-pound tailback for a three-yard loss. Billy Holland never lined up in my huddle again after that.

That was my first act as a supervisor.


Thirty-some years later I'll bet Billy Holland is STILL an asshole.

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on July 2, 2004 07:25 AM

the things we learn as youngins pave the way for what we become in the future. That was one great call! By the way...get my pics I sent you??? ~Chelle

Posted by: Chelle on July 2, 2004 07:25 AM

Yeah Ralph,
The asshole we knew as kids are still the assholes of today!! Believe me...I know my share!!

Posted by: Chelle on July 2, 2004 07:26 AM

who runs a sweep on 4th and 1? you run off tackle or waggle and pass to the tight end.

Posted by: BigAl on July 2, 2004 10:12 AM

Billy Holland probably is still whimpering in a corner about the unfairness of it all. Check for him.

Posted by: Walter E. Wallis on July 2, 2004 10:43 AM

That team ran a sweep on fourth and one because the sweep had been working all night long. I got the shit beat out of me that night, because in a split-five defense I took the brunt of every attack.

I figured they would dance with the one what brung 'em on that play and I was correct. I just called a defense that loaded up some reinforcements for ME.

Posted by: Acidman on July 2, 2004 11:49 AM

That's what leadership is about -- you put yourself on the line for your decision, and you take the consequences. Obviously if the decision had been wrong the outcome between you and Billy would have been -- well, not different, him being an asshole and all, but ... delayed. He'd have gotten his chance as captain, maybe, and screwed it up.

Posted by: McGehee on July 2, 2004 02:40 PM

Don't you see? That's why people read you, rob-man.
That's a tail-kickin' tale, and you should be proud.

Posted by: Joel F. on July 3, 2004 03:48 PM
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