For months now, I've tried to remain dispassionate and unbiased while watching the 2011 Mason Punchers. Obviously, I've been supportive, I've been enthusiastic, and I've been there all along the way.However, I tried to never let myself look further than the next opponent. I tried to focus only on the next immediate goal. Even when we won the district title and entered the playoffs, I refused to look further than one week ahead, and I definitely never looked at December 15th with anything but a passing hope.After Friday night's game, as Coach Kade Burns spoke to his team down on the field, I realized that I must have learned the same lesson he did, from the same man he did, Melvin Burns. Kade looked at his players, flushed with their victory, and reminded them, "We're still in our season, and we still have one more game to play."And now, we are there.This Thursday, Mason will empty. Many of the stores and businesses will be closed. Houses will be locked tightly. The streets will have little local traffic, freeing the traffic lanes to all those passing through our town. Sheriff Buster Nixon and I talked about the vulnerability of the town this week, and he urged everyone to make sure they take every precaution before leaving town. He also noted that he and his deputies will be on full alert for anything suspicious, protecting our homes and belongings while we are all away with our Punchers.The exodus will start on Wednesday afternoon. A great many folks, myself included, plan to head up early to spend the night in the Metroplex so that we can get up early to head out to Cowboy Stadium on Thursday morning. Some people, many actually, plan on wearing their Mason letterjackets from over the years. Everyone is wearing some form of purple. There will be signs and noisemakers and more.And there will be the Mason Punchers. There are the players. The coaches. The trainers and ball boys. There are the band members, the cheerleaders and the flag corps. And there are all the other students who will be on hand to see a historic moment in Mason football. Actually, it's a historic moment in Mason history!The Punchers have given this community an incredible Christmas gift. They have given us all a sense of belonging and of unity that we have needed for a very long time. The least that we can do is to be there for them. Whether it's on Wednesday as they prepare to exit the town and we wave goodbye on the highway, or on Thursday at the game, or on Friday when they return home and we can tell all of them personally how much their efforts have meant.Congratulations. Good luck. And, God bless you all for the gifts this year!
It’s all just my opinion.