We've already started the road trips. During the regular football season, we traveled to Eldorado and Goldthwaite. And then, the playoffs started, and the road trips got more,,, interesting.There was Harlandale Stadium in San Antonio. The stadium is great; but, the journey there involves some rather dicey neighborhoods along the way. And we won.....So, last week, it was off to New Braunfels. A city, by the way, that has no direct route from Mason in order to get there, and all of the routes involve hills, curves and deer.I rather enjoyed that journey, as we ran by the new Cooper's Barbecue in New Braunfels and had the chance to sit with Barry Cooper prior to the game. He made sure we got all the great food we could eat, and he got us out in plenty of time for the game, since he also was headed over to the Canyon High School Stadium to watch.As it turned out, people will talk about this game for years as one of the greatest, and toughest, games played by the Punchers. It had to be one of the lowest scoring games I've ever seen, and it's definitely one that had me holding my breath on more than one occasion.And then, there is this week.On Friday night, I'll be heading over to Georgetown High School to watch the Punchers take on the Shiner Indians. This journey is easier than the others, as it's basically Highway 29, then Austin Avenue, and I'm there. It's not the journey that has my concerned this week; but, rather, the weather forecast. On this Tuesday morning, still four days out, it shows a 70% chance of rain, and temperatures around 50 degrees at game time. Add in the 12 mile per hour winds, and it could be a bit uncomfortable.Of course, I'm just a sideline fan. I know that our players won't have nearly the warm coverings I can wear, and they'll be exposed out on the open field. One thing I do know that will make them warmer is the thought that they will have their fans, friends and family up in the visitor stands cheering them on to victory. It's amazing how well one can brave hardship when they hear the band, the cheerleaders and the fans urging the team onward.And, after our meeting with Shiner, only a couple more games stand between us and a state playoff at Cowboys Stadium. I don't believe in tempting fate and looking further ahead than this week's game; but, I also have to consider the possibility that is out there should we move forward.It's December football, and that's what every town dreams about early in the season. Back in August, every fan marked off the regular season games on their calendars, and then they flipped the page to December and stared at the dates with hope and optimism.And now, our Punchers have realized their, and our dreams. Each week, they have taken us further, and each week, they give us new dreams and hopes. While we travel in our cars and trucks, the players and coaches travel on the yellow buses and sway to and fro along the journey. It's a long trip to the game location, and a long trip back home late in the morning.If you haven't told the coaches and players how much you appreciate all that they've done, find the time to do it. Stop them on the street, in the stores, in the restaurants. Tell them how wonderful they've performed and how much we all believe in them.Then, climb into the car, and let's hit the road once more. Some trips are definitely worth the hassle.
It’s all just my opinion.