Cal­houn’s 17 straight re­gion ti­tles; Apolo­get­ics; Eat­ing Crow

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To­day we will ex­am­ine the top­ics of “Eat­ing Crow,” Hal Lamb’s 17 con­sec­u­tive Re­gion Championships and Apolo­get­ics as the sub­ject re­lates to Coach Diane Smith’s Lady Jack­ets re­cently cap­tur­ing the Class AAA State Soft­ball Cham­pi­onship. That sec­tion will be more about peo­ple (mainly crit­ics) than ac­com­plish­ments which have so ad­e­quately been re­ported and de­scribed in this sec­tion of the Cal­houn Times.

Coach Hal Lamb’s and the Jack­ets’ 17 con­sec­u­tive Re­gion Foot­ball Ti­tles

Alex Far­rer has al­ready re­ported the hap­pen­ing of the Cal­houn de­feat of Mur­ray County on Fri­day night to climb to the top of con­sec­u­tive re­gion foot­ball championships in Ge­or­gia. He will of­fer more re­marks in to­day’s edi­tion. What I am about to write is a short per­sonal com­men­tary and opin­ion on this re­mark­able ac­com­plish­ment.

I want to con­grat­u­late Coach Lamb and his coach­ing staff for more than a re­mark­able job of devel­op­ing cham­pi­onship teams. The con­sis­tency of Coach Lamb and his staff is ad­mired by this old coach over all as­pects of the events of th­ese past 17 sea­sons. Young men not yet born when the first ti­tle was won played and started on this 17th cham­pi­onship. Those ba­bies and those par­ents of 17-years ago could not pos­si­bly even have dreamed of or imag­ined the ac­com­plish­ments ahead of them. ic. Then we will add the let­ter “s” to apolo­getic and what ap­pears to be a plu­ral of a word ac­tu­ally gives a new mean­ing or lim­i­ta­tion to the word as used. Maybe you have not heard the word used. The rea­son is it isn’t used preva­lently in ev­ery­day speech or ex­pe­ri­ences of most in so­ci­ety. Apolo­get­ics (from a Greek word mean­ing, “Speak­ing in de­fense”. Apolo­get­ics is the re­li­gious dis­ci­pline of de­fend­ing is the re­li­gious dis­ci­pline of de­fend­ing or prov­ing the truth of re­li­gious doc­trines through speak­ing and writ­ing

Apolo­getic is the word mean­ing de­fend­ing in writ­ing or speech an ac­tion, an idea or phi­los­o­phy.

Cheers and Jeers or “Eat­ing Crow”

Cheers: Let us no­tice the cheers first. The vast num­ber of con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sages made to Coach Diane Smith and the Cal­houn Lady Jack­ets by phone, email, so­cial me­dia and per­sonal con­tact has more than amazed this old coach. Coach Diane was touched so greatly by the out­pour­ing of con- grat­u­la­tions. The warm emo­tions of and con­grat­u­la­tions with ad­mi­ra­tion and love had to be a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for the coaches and play­ers.

They un­der­stood they have over­come the great­est of ob­sta­cles along their tough jour­ney to the state ti­tle. Each coach and ev­ery player had to feel a sense of con­tri­bu­tions by rea­son of the out­pour­ing of hap­pi­ness for them.

Coach Smith was lowkey about her de­sires and dreams be­fore the cham­pi­onship was earned. That at­ti­tude on her part dis­ap­peared af­ter the last out in Colum­bus. She did not hes­i­tate to be­ing con­scious of her de­trac­tors along the way. The coach read­ily ad­mit­ted she wanted to win this one more than any other.

That sen­ti­ment was em­braced by me more and stronger than any sen­ti­ment I have felt in times past. This writer’s sen­ti­ments were en­riched by just think­ing of the dis­com­fort of those de­trac­tors along the way.

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