BURNFIN: Don't look back, yet
I look back and think of my sophomore season of high school football fondly.
We were awful. Just terrible. I remind myself that it was a brand new school so we only had freshmen through a junior class competing against seniors at other schools.
But at the time, it didn't matter. We wanted to win, like any competitors.
We didn't do much winning.
We started out 0-4 and had been outscored, well, a lot to not very much. But we were still competing.
On homecoming night, we got our first win, edging another winless team, 24-20. We finished the season 1-9 with that lone triumph.
It was a sweet, sweet victory. And I look back on that win, that season proudly. Now.
There wasn't much to be proud of, and I was pretty ashamed at the time, but now I am proud.
We never know how we're going to look back and remember something until some time has past — months, years, maybe decades.
That's why I'll always argue that the Academy Awards should have a re-do five years later. "The King's Speech" won Best Picture? Please. "The Social Network" is obviously the better movie, and that's just three years later.
The point is, how you remember something, and how it affects your life, can shock you. It most likely will.
Who knows how this season's Broncbuster football season will be remembered by those who lived it.
They are assuredly disappointed now. Head coach Matt Miller said as much about how the season ultimately ended. As many on the outside did too.
The potential for this team was great.
Many, many things derailed it. Penalties on the field. Sanctions off the field. Turnovers at bad times in numerous big games.
But I'm guessing it won't only be remembered for those negatives.
Tyreek Hill was a blur to watch when he broke free. Brandon Snell established himself as a dynamic receiver who can get open at will. Dontavius Blair showed its highly difficult to move a mountain, let alone run around it.
D'vonta Derricott and Errol Clarke put opposing running backs and wide receivers on notice that the middle of the defense was not open for business. Tim Hill and Wonderful Terry purchased their own islands where receivers were stranded, without even a Wilson volleyball to keep them company.
And the entire team showed flashes of what could be — what might be in the seasons to come.
There's definitely room to grow. And there's several questions that need to be answered before the Busters put out their A+ team.
But they're also not starting from scratch. The foundation was set, and it could be built into something much more.
Sports Reporter J. Levi Burnfin can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org