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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Now This is What I Call A Panther's Game!

Matthew18 Matthew’s first football game.  A great Saturday at the Siskey YMCA!

Original Post: Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Matthew is 10 years old.  He loves science and is big on studying space.  This year he decided he wanted to try something different.  He wanted to play flag football.  So Bob and I signed him up to play with the team at our church - Southbrook Church.  His team is the Panthers and this past Saturday was his first game. 

We sat up our folding chairs on the sidelines with the other parents and had a great afternoon.  Saturdays are going to be very busy for the rest of the football season.

Here is a glimpse at the fun we had.  Matthew had the most fun of all, and loved every minute of his Saturday as a real Panther Center.


Warming up before the game - “Isn’t this Great!!!”


Dad giving Matthew a few last minute pointers before the big game.


“Ahhhh, Mom!  Did you have to kiss me in front of the guys?” 


As the coach goes over his strategy before the game I couldn’t help but think - “He may be small, my #9, but he sure is fast and powerful - and cute as a button.” (oops, I’m not supposed to say that at his football game am I?)


Matthew played Center in this past weekend’s game.  He sets up for the hike.


“Ready, Set, Hike!”


Look at that form!  A perfect beginning to his first game ever.  He’s a natural!


What a great blocker!  He knows how to protect the Quarterback during a pass.  Great Job Matthew!


“You’re not going to get away from me that easily!” 


Let’s try to hike that football a little differently this time.....


Without falling on your head.


“Ahhhh, shucks.....I was really hoping to get thru this without having to wear this mouthpiece. It’s twice as big as my mouth!”


“This is worse than going to the dentist.”


“I feel for you buddy, I want to spit mine out too.”


“I feel like a dork.  Mom, please don’t take another picture.  I look like I just swallowed a toad.”

Great game Matthew!  Time to go home and collapse after a long day.


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