August 25, 2013

Thoughts from the Seidlines…

  • I cannot tell you how exciting it is to be associated with a legitimate football program that plays the right way. Watching the Eagles at Thursday’s scrimmage was a breath of fresh air for someone who attended Lincoln High School and Eastern Michigan University, worked at Willow Run, lives in Dexter, and is a life-long Detroit Lions’ fan. Let’s just say that successes have been few and far between.
  • Also refreshing is the Olivet community’s willingness to support its high school athletic programs. I ask veteran scorekeeper John Collins to stop by and tutor some less-experienced parents in the press box and he doesn’t hesitate. When boys’ soccer coach Steve Peak asks his parent group if anyone would like to keep score or announce Olivet’s home games, Dana Higgins and Scott Smith step right up. I call Steve Martin and Todd Turner to see if they will help in the press box during varsity and junior varsity football games and they are happy to assist. These are just a few of the volunteers who make this athletic program so successful.
  • Consideration is under way for my “All-Name Team.” What are the requirements to be on this team, you might ask? Well, you simply have to have a cool name. I apologize in advance to anyone who is not selected, but, hey, there are some things in this world you simply cannot control. Early candidates include Ryzer Zaremba, a receiver/defensive back on the football team, and Kane “Mikey” Spotts, a soccer midfielder. Those are big-time names! They definitely make Matthew Dean Seidl seem kind of boring.
  • Speaking of soccer, Friday’s home opener against Jonesville was a quality game. The crowd was solid, the weather was beautiful, and the right team won. We even had a 1-on-1 youth hockey game break out in the tunnel during the second half. Something for everyone!
  • It was a pleasure meeting the Class of 2017 as it toured the high school Thursday as part of Freshmen Orientation. Some of the themes that the Link Crew leaders designed were quite creative – so much, in fact, that we should borrow a few as Student Section themes on various game nights. When I say a few, however, I was not referring to the “Toddler” theme that one Link Crew group displayed. It was amusing to see 10-15 freshmen walking around with binkies in their mouths, but I’m not sure how that would work in a student section.