I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
And I’ve been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
Can you feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord
The lyrics wafted across the parking lot from the football field. As I glanced over at the stadium, I saw boys running formations, or huddled with coaches, or deep in concentration. Because tomorrow night is THE big game. It’s the game they wait their whole lives for, the moment Phil Collins must have been speaking of back in 1981 when he penned his lyrics to In The Air Tonight.
Or maybe not, as far as the Phil Collins thing is concerned. But the eerie feel of that song is perfect for the eve of the game, the last practice. The players are girding their loins, readying themselves physically and mentally, preparing themselves for the competition they’ve been looking forward to since they donned their respective school colors and strapped on a football helmet back in first or second grade. Yes. It’s high school football. Tomorrow there will be a pep rally, tailgating, and body painting. And by ten o’clock it’s likely we’ll know who the winner of this year’s big game is…at least until December when it’s likely these two teams will meet again in the state championship game.
While I’ve left my position as a principal at All-American High, fortunately my new position still allows me ready access to all the excitement surrounding this game. Adventure Guy and I will be setting out tomorrow evening, sideline passes in hand, to view all the action up close and personal.
And like the boys, I can feel a great game coming on the wind.