OFF AND RUNNING
Well, after making a few phone calls to some local sports editors in Louisiana, we’re off and rolling. Thanks to all of you who are supporting Gridiron Alumni. We couldn’t do it without you.
There are a lot of things to do to prepare for a game. We’ve gotten a lot of questions in the last 3 or 4 days. I’ve put up a FAQ’s section. Take a look when you get a chance. If you see a question that we don’t have on there, please let us know. We’ll answer it and get it on there.
Let’s talk about the 3 “L’s” of Alumni Football success from Tracy Cavender:
1) Location: Well, this sounds all too familiar, but it means something different when it comes to Alumni Football. We look for communities that support football, no matter how big or small. We did a game in California with a population of 2,480. We had at least 1200 people at that game. Those people love football. Those are the locations we look for. That’s why we are concentrating so hard on the South this year. Those people flat out love football. It’s like a religion.
We also look for fields that are artificial turf. Since we play football all year round, we need fields that are already lined and ready to go. Sometimes, the schools will set up the field for us. Sometimes they won’t. Either way, with a artificial turf field, we’ve got lines.
2) Leaders: These games just don’t happen without your help. We need good team leaders to help organize their team’s practices. Countless hours are poured into texting, emailing, and making phone calls. The truly successful teams have a system down where they call, text, and email themselves. Without it, these games just don’t happen.
3) Luck: Hey! We’ll admit it; you need a little luck, too. Some would call it blessing, but it doesn’t start with an “L”. Sometimes, you can have it all right and then, poof, the school pulls the field. You have to scramble and get another one. Or what if it’s a torrential downpour? Well, we play in those, but we prefer that it’s about 60 degrees and sunny. We have been very blessed in this business. We believe that if you bless others, the blessing will make it back. Some people call it Karma. We’ll take it, whatever you call it.
See you at the game.