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Sunday, September 01, 2013 12:00 AM

By JIM METCALFE

Sports Editor

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It’s here!

The high school football season is upon us.

It seems as if the “off-season” — truthfully, is there really such a thing anymore outside a couple of weeks or a month but I digress — gets shorter and shorter.

It’s kind of interesting that this summer, the weather hasn’t been the topic of conversation as in years past — that is, until the last couple of weeks.

I for one have found this summer’s weather a refreshing respite from some of the hot ones we have had. Heck, I’ve only had to use my central air conditioning a total of three or four days in the middle of July.

I digress again.

With football starting officially Friday — I believe there will be a few games throughout the state today — the annual Delphos Herald Fall Sports Tab is also coming out today.

Allow me a moment for my shameless hucksterism of promoting our product — mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. (It’s one of the few Latin phrases I know by heart!)

Get extra copies for your family members, friends, even perfect strangers — heck, even imperfect ones!

You’ll be glad you did.

Back to the item up for discussion.

The fall sports season will generally run the gamut of weather: from the searing heat of early August to the chillier temperatures of early December, with rain, snow, wind and a little bit of everything in between.

I remember reading or hearing of an old tale about the Minnesota Vikings legendary coach, Bud Grant, telling his players that they were to wear the same apparel at practice whether it was 90 degrees out of minus 2 (and he did believe in practicing outdoors in cold weather).

This was in the days of the old Metropolitan Stadium and the Purple People Eaters.

I don’t know if it’s true or not — it’s hard to track it down after so many years but he came from the old school, so I give it some credence. It was his idea of discipline.

Of course, you probably couldn’t do so today.

What I did not know was that he coached in the Canadian Football League for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

He also postponed a professional football career to play for the Minneapolis Lakers, who won titles both years, and then retired to play for the Philadelphia Eagles in the National Football League.

To show you how much the NFL has changed, he was the second-leading receiver in the league with 56 catches in 1952.

An amusing note here for all you Vikings’ fans, there is a competition on the Daily Norseman as to who is the greatest Viking of all time and he is in the final two with another legendary player, Hall-of-Famer Alan Page.

He actually beat out Adrian Peterson to get to the finals!

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The NFL is only a week away as I write this.

There is always hope for fans, even us Dallas Cowboys’ fans!

You just never know when things will actually go right — what are the odds that this ridiculousness will continue (unless one believes that Jerry Jones is purposely trying to short-circuit his beloved “product”.)

Same thing with some other owners of apparently snake-bitten teams — you know who you are — but I don’t believe that, either.

It just seems they couldn’t do a worse job if they actually tried.

Again, hope springs eternal — until about week four!

 

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