It doesn’t matter who you are playing, where you are playing them, and how fatigued or mentally tired you may be. If you don’t bring 100 percent effort and mental focus into a game, don’t expect to win.
That was message being delivered by Paradise Bobcat coaches after their near meltdown at Sonora two weeks ago. The Bobcats led 27-7 against Sonora with 10:55 to go in the 4th quarter. And, even though the Bobcats had dominated the game to that point, it wasn’t a clean game. They weren’t sharp.
Sonora took advantage of this with quick touchdown drives and some mental mistakes by the Bobcats to take a 28-27 lead with :44 seconds left. Thankfully, for Paradise, Johnny Porter came to the rescue. His 86 yard kick-off return with some nifty blocking up front rescued the game and gave Paradise a 33-28 win.
The question entering tonight’s game…..Have the Bobcats learned their lesson ?
Chico’s Aaron Rodgers has handled the media expertly in his tenure as a professional athlete. It has made Chicoans proud to say, “Yeah, he is from my hometown….he is class personified.” For four seasons Brett Favre treated him as a nuisance rather than a teammate, yet nary a peep from Rodgers. He is the master of saying a lot, without saying anything inflammatory at all…..I believe he has handled the media with aplomb. But, every person, every athlete has their breaking point.
Monday night was that point.
Rodgers went on his weekly radio show in Milwaukee on Tuesday and took the NFL to task. He first apologized to the fans because “the NFL won’t do it.” Second, he showed support for the locked out officials and then he threw a hay-maker at the NFL again. He said NFL leaders care more about cash than they do about player safety and the integrity of the game.
They were some pointed comments and I believe necessary comments in the wake of the replacement official debacle we are now experiencing. Rodgers again making Chico fans proud, this time by saying the things that NEED to be said, and doing it in true classy Rodgers fashion.
It will be a love-fest ladies and gentleman. Never before have professional officials been as appreciated as they are at THIS VERY MOMENT. After watching replacements try and do the job for the first weeks of the NFL season, I believe fans will have a better appreciation for what the pros do. Sure, they are not always perfect, and like all of us, they have their bad days. But, it can not be disputed that they are the best out there, and they help make the product what it is.
I am sure this appreciation will last about five minutes or until the first ref calls a brutal pass interference call and then we will boo the ref, scream “bring back the replacements,” and forget about them all together. But, in the mean-time, lets bask in the referee appreciation mode and be thankful we will have quality officials for America’s most popular sport.