Saturday, December 19, 2009

Short book review

Just finished reading a book that might interest high school football fans. The book is titled "Our Boys, A Perfect Season On The Plains With The Smith Center Redmen."
The book was written by New York writer Joe Drape.

A very good book about a very good high school team, the Smith Center Redmen in a small town in Kansas. The program is one of the tops in the state and carried a winning streak that drew national attention.

It's a book about a program with great tradition, a program which turns out good people and good players. Drape goes inside a season with a team that had some doubts as it entered its season, but by the end of the year, remained on top of its game.

The book reminded me of how important high school sports are and what kind of impact sports can have on people and a community. It also reminds me that high school sports can help build up people and give them confidence.

Every state has a few programs which are above others and enjoy great success. The Smith Center program is one of those and it's a program in which players current, past and future are involved in on a daily basis.

Smith Center could be like a Mayfield or Cruces High in many respects and thus I believe people reading this blog, players, coaches and parents alike, would enjoy it. THere are many great stories about the people involved in the program, so if you get a chance to read it, do so.

- Felix