Category Archives: Football

Mike Singletary is the New Teacher

Discipline may be the most difficult aspect of a new teacher’s career, and every prospective instructor has a unique approach. Some are task masters, others are domineering, while others remain passive, and more styles are out there.

Mike Singletary, the new coach of the San Francisco 49ers, is learning what type of splash to make as the newly appointed head coach. He decided to be tough and in your face. After benching TE Vernon Davis, Singletary did not think Davis took the tongue-lashing to heart and sent him to the locker room. Later he said in a post-game interview regarding Davis, “I told him that he would do a better job for us right now taking a shower and coming back and watching the game than going out on the field.” Continue reading

How Much?

“Two Quarter Pounders with Cheese, a large fries, and a large Coke.”

“A 20 piece CHicken Nuggets, a large fries, and a Sprite.”

“Two Big Macs and a Big N Tasty meal.”

Yep. Three lineman and three massive orders. I can’t believe how much those boys can pack away! I guess that’s why they’re such big boys.  🙂

Enjoying A Day Off

I must admit that I have a lot to say today but am feeling a punchy because of a late return from a road football game. I finally got to sleep around four in the morning. I’m going to relax tonight, watch college football on TV, and hang out with my wonderful wife who patiently suffers through my love of sports.

I’ll have more to say tomorrow.  🙂

TV Mania

On the radio as I drove through heavy snows last night, the following statistic was presented:

The #1 day for TV sales in the United States is the day after Thanksgiving, and the #2 day is the day before the Super Bowl.

My first thought was “I could use a new TV, too.”

My second thought was, “I wonder if the #1 day for TV returns is the day after the Super Bowl.”

Frustration

I’m not teaching as well as I should want to right now. I’m just going to throw out my frustrations in a venting session and call it good. Catharsis time.

1. My classes are just too large! My smallest class has thirty kids, and all of my courses are literature and writing courses. I’m getting overload pay, but it doesn’t buy me more time. I can’t do as much or spend as much time with individual students as I’d like. The district doesn’t seem to be looking to help with this overcrowding any time soon.

2. I’m teaching a new class, a college in the high school class, for the first time. This requires quite a bit more of my time than I normally have to put into a course, and I know I’m not my best right now. I absolutely know I’ll do a better job with this class next year, but it doesn’t make me feel better right now.

3. I’ve put a lot on my plate outside of teaching. I have the following jobs this year: football stats guy (which is over now, thankfully), committee member for creating a new intervention system, union executive board member, Knowledge Bowl coach, regional Knowledge Bowl coordinator, and am now being asked about the department chair position. I am going to have to cut something soon. I’m getting too tired, and my attention is taken from my classes too often.

4 . My administrative team doesn’t inspire me to be better or to be more involved.  I just don’t see a big vision, a plan to improve, or a willingness to know what we (teachers) do every day. There’s a definite us vs. them and divide and conquer mentality here.

5. Meetings are killing me! We have them weekly just to have them. Almost everything in these weekly meetings could be e-mailed. Grrr. And they never start on time! I just don’t feel my time is valued.

6. Most importantly, I miss my wife! She’s about as busy as I am, and I want to be a better husband and want us to have more “us time.” We need to make this a more conscious priority.

Ok, my complaint session is over. I’m good now.  I love the kids, love what I teach, and love my colleagues, and I’m honestly excited to get back to work tomorrow.

A Good Start

School begins on Tuesday, but as everyone knows the duties begin much earlier. The opening meetings are over, but other aspects of my job are underway.

We won our first football game last night. I can’t say this is the most talented team we’ve fielded, but it is one of the most positive, industrious groups I’ve seen since moving here. This is also the first year our head coach has only kids from his own system; last year we graduated the remains of the previous coach’s system, and now we have a team united under a single philosophy. It should be a fun team to watch because the head coach wants to create positive citizens as well as players.

The best of teams create leaders and exemplary citizens, and I feel our head coach is off to an excellent start.

My wife’s cheerleaders also looked great. They sent groups of girls down the sidelines to involve parents, and they kept the (normally apathetic) crowd louder than usual. She, too, looks to be starting a great cheer season before her competition season begins.