I’m an old (and getting older!) Griffin grad, but is it really all that exciting to have a championship football team year after year after year? For the kids involved, sure, it’s their time and they have earned it. But somehow SHG’s awesomeness is getting a little redundant for me. I imagine most other schools can look back to a few very successful years and take pride, but when it’s almost every year for decades, a specialness deficit starts to pervade.
Some of my attitude here probably comes from how each SHG march to the state title indirectly, but inevitably, makes me revisit one of the more horrific memories I have of high school. It involves watching a friend of mine’s head being beat on my desk in class by a man who coached the Cyclones to second place in the state that same year. And nothing was done about it. It still makes me pretty angry. The 1970s: Life on Mars indeed. Maybe I’ll write more on that incident later. I just don’t want any repercussions now for telling the truth about what happened then.