Friday, May 4, 2018

A Quiet Day at the Villa

Thursday, 3 May, 2018

The weather was still a bit off with scattered showers throughout the day.

It was a good day to stay indoors and do a lot of laundry, read a bit, prepare for the evening's practice and look at more game video of our next opponent, the Cagliari Crusaders.

We had a spirited workout in the evening

Unfortunately, only one of our starting linemen showed up. We only had him and three of our back up offensive linemen in attendance requiring our TE to play tackle for most of the practice and run a four wide receiver set tonight.

More bad news arrived after practice in talking to our Skorpion Board Members.

As is normal throughout the European American football scene, when a team has to play a game requiring long distance travel and an overnight stay there are roster problems.

It must be remembered that the Skorpions are definitely not paid professional athletes. They are, first and foremost, students, workers, husbands and fathers who all have several off the field commitments that often take precedence over playing or practicing American football. Also, finances may come into the picture as EuroBall players often have to pay for their plane or bus tickets plus the cost of a hotel room and meals on these journeys.

As for our student-players, it must be recalled that in Italy schools are in session on Saturdays for at least the mornings. Thus, a significant amount of our outstanding Kiddie Korps of players will have to miss a day of education to play next week.

Our next game will be played on Saturday, May 12th at 8:00 p.m. in Cagliari against the Crusaders on the island of Sardinia. This will require the expenses of a 90 minute plane flight to Cagliari Saturday morning, hotel rooms after the game Saturday night and a return flight to Milano early Sunday morning.

Thus, the news of which players were in our out for the Crusaders game caused us to have to reshuffle the roster deck, especially in the kicking game, as to who would be playing which positions.

This is clearly not a good situation but it is quite normal in EuroBall coaching life.

Always have a Plan B ready.

As usual . . .

It's GREAT to be a Skorpion!


David said...

Are you ready to be a player/coach on the O-line?

George said...

Ready, willing and able except for that damn Italian 47 years of age mandatory retirement rule!

But just for one Goal Line play.