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Not A Normal Night (Week 8 Video)

There was something in the air.  And, no, it wasn’t JUST the smoke from the BBQ grill down by the Eastbrook bell. Last Friday night, there was a chance for the 2017 Eastbrook Panthers to be a part of history. Coach Adamson was in line for his 250th victory as a head football coach.  When […]

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“Aim Small, Miss Small” (Week 7 video)

To a movie buff, this quote from Mel Gibson’s, “The Patriot”, is one that sticks with you.  Teaching his young sons to defend their home, he offers this piece of advice if they ever find themselves in a spot where they need to do something horrific.  Despite the context of the reference, this phrase is […]

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A Storm’s a’ Comin’

I’ve lived the vast majority of my life in the midwest.  If you’re from here, you know the saying, “If you don’t like the weather, give it a few minutes and it will change.”  When storms would come in, they’d be relatively quick and if SERIOUS weather was forecast, it was usually preceded with, “the […]

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Respect (Week 5 Video)

We’ve heard the term. Some have watched the movie and/or TV series. But last Friday night, Grant County was a proud host of its own “Friday Night Lights.”  Two schools separated by fewer miles than you have fingers. Two strong programs. Two rivals. It was the makings of an exciting night and ever since fans […]

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Pressing On (Week 4 Video)

Though these articles and videos are devoted to football, let me take a brief detour and look at another sport. For the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of watching my kids run cross country.  Outside of being completely impressed and humbled by their hard work, perseverance, and growth, I’ve noticed something.  It’s easier […]

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“Steam Train!”

If you haven’t hopped on board yet, now would be a great time.  For those of you who haven’t taken the opportunity to experience the 2017 Eastbrook Panther Football Team, you’ve been missing out. The past three games have served as great times of growth for a team that lost a lot of leadership over […]

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“Exceed Expectations” (Week 1 & 2 Videos!)

We’ve seen the shirts and heard the lingo, this year’s ‘tagline’ for Eastbrook Football is “EXCEED EXPECTATIONS!” That’s quite a tall order – even taller if the entire Eastbrook Football community embraces it. Everyone KNOWS the expectations of a team that made it to the state finals last year, one that, yet again, is packed […]

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Let’s Get It Started Again! (Scrimmage Video)

Looking back on the last time the Eastbrook Panthers played a football game, it isn’t hard to remember the vivid colors of the field, the stands, the teams, or the fans at Lucas Oil Stadium.  For Indiana football, our team carried a school and a community to ‘the promised land.’  If you close your eyes, […]

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More than “just a game”

Admit it, we’ve all said those words at some time.  To that five year old who throws a tantrum after losing at Go-Fish, “Hey, kiddo, it’s just a game.” To the ten year old whose team finds itself on the losing side of the soccer game, “It’s okay. It’s just a game.”  To try and […]

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The Finish Line (Football Video)

At the start of every season, every team, every player, every coach dreams of playing on Thanksgiving weekend, in the State Finals.  Everyone spends an entire season trying to prepare for that ‘win or go home’ time known as “tournament.”  Yes, there are many lessons learned throughout the year, there are many ups and downs […]

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