September 28, 2013

Thoughts from the Seidlines…

  • Hats off to Parchment athletic director Jason Misner, a good sport who not only gave Olivet principal Rob Bobeda and our Eagle mascot access to the Parchment campus last Wednesday but also participated in a unique photo shoot. Photos surfaced Wednesday night of the Eagle mascot lying next to the Parchment marquee, riding with Misner on a golf cart, and standing behind a glass door somewhere in Parchment High School. The mascot was allegedly missing from Olivet all week before being found and eventually carried into Friday’s pep assembly by a handful of Eagle football players. So, now that you know the story behind the story, can you guess who was wearing the mascot costume during the photos at Parchment?
  • My first Homecoming at Olivet High School was a memorable one, to say the least. I have been an educator for 18 years and a coach for more than 30, yet I do not remember seeing this type of school spirit at any time during my career. The students’ participation in the daily themes and their energy at the pep assembly were refreshing, and they even turned it up a little bit at the post-game dance. Student Council advisor Whitney Male has assembled a strong group of student leaders and they are having a huge impact at OHS. I also want to congratulate Queen Lena Peak, King Ryzer Zaremba, and the rest of the Homecoming court. All of these young people represented themselves, their families and their community with tremendous class.
  • While Friday’s Homecoming crowd was pretty impressive, it will be interesting to see if it is surpassed on October 11 when Battle Creek Pennfield comes to town. This game may go a long way in determining the Kalamazoo Valley Association champion, especially if Pennfield can knock off Schoolcraft this coming week. Pennfield is currently 5-0 and has allowed only 19 points on the season. Olivet, also 5-0, is a heavy favorite against Galesburg Augusta this week.
  • After the Olivet soccer players defeated Maple Valley last Wednesday and learned the next morning that Delton-Kellogg had forfeited an earlier game to them, I wrote in an article that they were “off the schneid.” I meant, of course, that they had ended their losing streak – which is what the phrase means in the sports world. I then started pondering the fact that even though I have used the expression many times, I have no idea what the word “schneid” means. So, in case you were wondering, here is what I found out via  “Schneid” is actually short for “schneider,” a term originally used in the card game of gin to prevent an opponent from scoring any points. “Schneider” entered the vocabulary of gin from German (probably via Yiddish), where it means “tailor.” Apparently the original sense was that if you were “schneidered” in gin you were “cut” (as if by a tailor) from contention in the game.