Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Live from Marvin Ridge...

In an episode of "Seinfeld," Jerry is bewildered by the awesome powers of newspaper staffers. "You ever notice how they always make everything fit into a newspaper?" he says.

Little did he know: It's not quite that simple. A lot gets cut from the time reporters conduct interviews and research until the story runs in the paper. A lot of good stuff, stuff that may interest readers.

It's my hope this year to consistently post some of that stuff on this blog. That way you'll come to understand it's not the reporters who get off on cutting the quotes and notes you provide us. It's the copy editors. (Just kidding guys. Please don't slash my tires).

If these segments were for an ESPN Classic "Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame...", Brian Kenny and his hair weave would call them "Best of the Rest." If they were a DVD, I'd call them deleted scenes in the "Unrated Edition."

I don't have a name yet for my filtered material. Feel free to submit your own suggestions. Winner gets absolutely nothing.

For the first installment, below are some notes and observations culled from the very first Marvin Ridge football practice Monday morning. I plan to follow up with notes from Weddington and Parkwood practices later...

-Coach Bruce Hardin attempted to set the tone early at the new school. After some of the young Mavericks failed to pay attention during semi-live drills at the end of practice, he yelled: "That’s a ragtag organization. That starts with me and that ends right now."...

-Some of the fundamentals Hardin addressed Monday: The proper depths for receivers to take on routes, how a quarterback should position his non-throwing shoulder on an out, and how to command a huddle. The Mavericks had five kids competing for the quarterback job, including one who moved here last week...

-Hardin on returning to high school coaching after three years as an Army assistant: "Friday nights -- there's nothing like it. It's like an extended family atmosphere. That's the fun part of being a high school coach. I kind of missed that."...

-The Mavericks need team managers and ballboys, Hardin said. After practice, he cleared the field, and spoke with a few parents and AD Tony Guylitto -- before meeting with a reporter and installing pads in helmets. "I need to be about six people," he joked...

The Mavericks staff, finally complete: Hardin (head coach and offensive coordinator), Mark Mennitt (defensive coordinator, LB), Frank Marcinko (OL), Kevin Hill (QB), Aaron Hammers (WR), Chris Morris (DB), Larry Shaheen (DL), Mike Mason (TE).

--Ryan Basen

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