MAMMA I CAN’T TAKE ANY MORE HEAT!! At a time when both NFL players and owners are trying to squeeze more dollars out of their fans and media outlets one of the best values in sports today is semi-pro football.
I covered one of the finest football games I’ve seen in a 33 year career as a photographer prep, college or pro last night.
Two semi-pro football teams, the Redding Heat and the Solano Chiefs took the field last night to battle like no other I’ve seen before. The HEAT was down 34-33 with thirty-five seconds on the clock the slammed a 40 yard touchdown to take the win and remain undefeated for the season.
The characters were rich on both sides of the line and ran three strings deep. Half of these guys you would not want to meet in a dark ally. By the same token, there is not one of them you would not want watching your back in that ally.
They are a crusty bunch too be sure and at this point in the season there might be more walking injured on the sidelines than limp to the field for the kickoff.
I can’t even say these “young men” have heart. Hell, you would have to toss the ball boy on the field to use the word young, and field in the same description.
The United States Football Association had the Heat ranked 12th before their last two wins and a forfeit. It will be interesting to see where they land after last night’s game.
They will be looking atYuba City next Saturday, May 14th on their home field with the gates opening at 6p.m.
At a time when folks don’t know if their next pay check is going to land or if their health insurance is going to last through the next month; it’s a bit of a heart-lifter seeing folks putting it on the line doing what they love to do. Enough to make your mommy proud!