Being a good father, I bought tickets to the state championship games in San Antonio and took my son and one of his offensive lineman friends over for the day to help them project what it could be like for them next year (they are both juniors) if all goes perfectly.
I figured we'd see one great game and one blowout. I was both 100% accurate with that prediction, yet 100% wrong with it as well.
When Stratford played Cy Falls, we thought they were athletic and fast, yet I am not sure Cy Falls had even one of the top ten fastest players on the field today against Cedar Hill. It wasn't just William Cole -- who was obviously the player of the game and should be the 5A player of the year, the way he carried that team -- but damn that entire defense was just lightning fast. Reminded me of Dallas Carter in their heyday.
Too bad once again the UIL format denies us the opportunity to see two 16-0 teams play to determine on the field which is the true champion. Cedar Hill does not deserve to be known as the footnote on SLC's big threepeat day.
I had no idea Westlake would put up such an inspired performance. Their first half was a work of art -- reminiscent of Villanova's game against Georgetown in the 1985 NCAA Finals. That was a perfect first half by the Chaps. Even so, up 15-7, I think most everyone knew the Chaps had used all ten fingers to keep the dike from busting. I thought WL needed to open the second half with an onside kick, to keep SLC on their heels for another quarter. Once SLC got going, they were not going to be stopped. But kudos to WL for giving us a decent show. They made the Dragons earn it. Too bad Cy Falls didn't give us a similar good show.
We are once again left to wonder whether the larger of the two 16-0 teams (champ of the "small team" bracket) would measure up to the smaller of the two 16-0 teams (champ of the "large team" bracket). Silly UIL. We can find a place for 32 fourth place teams but we can't determine who is the champion of 5A.
Congrats to the Longhorns and the Dragons, deserving winners today, both.
Now, enough of football.... let's talk sociology. The people watching at the Alamodome was really great. The most interesting vignette was watching the perfectly coiffed, decked to the nines, Desperate Housewives of Southlake, Texas give a wide berth to the delirious, victorious Rappin' Mamas from Cedar Hill in between games as one group filed out and the other waited patiently to file in. Sort of like the one day of the year that "the help" gets to use the Country Club. Some really funny looks exchanged. It was a scene that Spike Lee would have loved.
Finally, I wasn't sure whether to root for Southlake Carroll or Austin Westlake in game two, but when I saw all 100 blond clones hit the field in green and black, I had a Boys from Brazil flashback. We couldn't bring ourselves to hang with that crowd. That's when we headed over to the Westlake side of the stadium, and where we noticed the big difference: far fewer, uhmmm, how should I put it?, cosmetic surgeries per capita. The Austin women looked like they were born beautiful, woke up this morning beautiful, and hardly needed to check themselves in the mirror.