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From the guy who did "Die Hard on A Deadline"...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by daytonadan1983, Nov 22, 2019.

  1. daytonadan1983

    daytonadan1983 Active Member

    Want some feedback from you fine folk....

    Back in September, we went to play Mississippi Valley State. I actually wanted to go, figuring if I'm a senior writer at an HBCU football team, then a visit to the Itta Benas, Gramblings and Orangeburgs of the world is a must.

    Quite an experience.

    Thing is, with now being a one-man shop, still having some block issues one month after dad passing, the passing attempts at the write all fell flat, and I tabled it.

    Then I saw Springsteen's movie. Damn. If he can try playing in a barn with a house band and 30 piece orchestra, well, why can't I try something?

    Yeah, I might be in a Chris Gaines phase, but so what?

    Here's my stab at creativity....

    I’ve been to Itta Bena
    I’ve been to Mud Creek Idaho
    Towns in Texas like Odessa
    Where no one really plans to go.

    Channeling my Springsteen
    A gridiron poet on his rounds
    Tryin' to magnify my calling
    Writers write about these towns

    Ain’t no media darling
    Spewing convenient facts to stir the pot
    Have to head to Itta Bena
    A badge of honor for my lot

    Hell yeah, I’d love to have Tuas
    Zions and Arikes on our teams
    But I thank God for the Cletrells and Ashantis
    And we go to Itta Benas chasing dreams.

    So …"Welcome to the Delta!"
    Gameday staffers greets me-they’re all nice
    And work my way to the field where
    Totten heaved all those touchdowns to Jerry Rice.

    Satellite smiles and makes it over
    A brief visit among the brotherhood
    Reminisce about days in the arena
    For a few minutes It’s all good

    Was a two-hour ride from Jackson
    Bus wifi sputtered half way out.
    Had to gaze outside the window
    To see what the last chance is all about.

    Cotton fields stretch out for miles
    Not a single word is said
    Players silently contemplating
    For ancestors long since dead

    The worn out place they gas up also
    Out back has the best damn barbecue
    Then in the hamlet called Itta Bena
    Time to do what you really came to do

    They made Sipp Jucos into a show
    One you both love and hate to see
    Sometimes what makes good reality television
    Makes for sad reality.

    We have of those kids from nearby
    Last year his team was 0-9.
    Family watches him show out
    Scores our first points with a safety on the line.

    The Game? It goes our way.
    Band at halftime plays Earth Wind and Fire.
    Another score on the ticker
    Another recap on the wire.

    Gridiron’s always a Gridiron
    Fields are lined, rules all are the same
    But away from studios and weekend palaces
    Is where real people play the game

    Yeah I’ve been to Itta Bena
    Worse ways to spend a humid early season night
    Board the bus and head back up to Jackson
    To make the midnight charter flight
     
  2. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    Really well done.
     
  3. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Very nice.
     
  4. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Well done.
    Well, all except that last verse. Having been to Itta Bena myself, I'm pretty sure there aren't many places worse to spend a Saturday night that don't involve some level of incarceration.
     
  5. daytonadan1983

    daytonadan1983 Active Member

    We won. Otherwise, I might agree...
     
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  6. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Well-Known Member

    No references to Walter Payton? Steve McNair? Doug Williams?

    For shame.

    (Seriously ... nicely done. Points regained for the Earth, Wind & Fire reference)
     
  7. daytonadan1983

    daytonadan1983 Active Member

  8. Neutral Corner

    Neutral Corner Well-Known Member

    If you have not been, you owe yourself a trip to Birmingham for the Classic. Tailgating starts four or five days before the game, and there's a traffic jam trying to get to Legion Field on Friday night before the game.

    It's a helluva scene. Hell, the Battle of the Bands is worth the trip all by itself.
     
  9. daytonadan1983

    daytonadan1983 Active Member

    Just wrapped up a Florida Classic ... We've won 9 in a row and had 56K in the stands.

    Thing is, the local paper only had a stringer there -- he did three great writes and I'm glad he got the exposure -- and I had to send photos to my old shop 50 miles away. Throw in the "media" who only show up at homecoming and classic .... oh, well.

    None of y'all commented on my Jemele Hill reference...
     
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