The Beauty of the Football Practice Field
Imagine a small town with green trees and windy roads slowly fading into the "dobes" of the desert that surround its southern border. Along with the desert is a vast mountain range that snuggles against its northern and eastern borders. The heart of this small town is its high school, which resides on the outer edge of the town where the green stops and the dry "dobes" begin. The school is completely surrounded by dry plains that stretch as far as you can see except for a small oasis of green grass. This small oasis of grass is known to many as the practice field. To those who are merely passing by, it looks like a dying piece of land that has been forgotten. What they don't know is the reason behind its dreadful appearance. The abuse it takes is from the pounding of hard spikes and heavy bodies that fall on it day in and day out. These, along with the pungent pools of water, have contributed to the field's downfall.
Although it is a great sight seeing a patch of green amongst such dry plains and rolling "dobes", the most exciting view is that of the entrance to the great field. To enter the field, I have to pass through the two red posts that form the gate through the chain link fence which protects this unique place. These are not just two red posts, these are posts that represent hard work and intensity. Also, they remind the team that we have no friends on this menacing field, only opponents and teammates. The odor that accompanies the red post is that of rank water that has been cultivating insects for days. In the midst of the dreadful water and the symbolic posts are the mystic mountains that are the backdrop of the field. They stand tall over the pitch and gaze down on the athletes that prepare for battle every day.
The sight of the mountains and the surrounding desert are a sight worth seeing, these are not the field's greatest attractions. The first thing that is notice when walking past the red posts is the field's worsening conditions: the worn down patches of grass that have seen more action than the rest, the prairie-dog holes that are a threat to every player's mobility, and the bumps and...