Sunday, September 4, 2016

QB Perry Plucked Out Stands To Play

Texas A & M is famous for its 12th  man in the stands
Thousand of standing and yelling fans joined by stirring nots of its band
The 12th  man at A&M only noise does it display
No one charges out onto the field to actually play
When the Navy decides to take a ship out of service but not decommission
It is put into the  Mothball Fleet and moored at Suisun Bay
Waiting silently to be recalled and sent sailing back into harm’s way
Only fitting  that for athletes not ships the Navy would be able to mothball
Playing Fordham Navy’s starting quarterback hit the game ending injury wall
Only one QB now on the field is like going into combat with only one propeller or only one 5 inch shell
An into harm’s way visit would quickly turn into a fatal Hell
The only other QB due to illness most of the week was in mothball in the stands in dress whites
To be plucked from stands during halftime to be inserted into the game in the third quarter to keep the Navy team floating upright
Malcom Perry, a true freshman but no relation to the Navy’s hallowed Perry line
Ready to use in his heart the “don’t give up the ship” Oliver Perry slogan yet another time
No passes thrown but 30 yards rushing and  a ninety yard scoring drive
Fordham’s dream of upset on this Saturday did not survive
On this day young Perry was able to his fellow Midshipman proudly proclaim
“We have met the enemy and they are ours a first step to postseason bowl fame.’’
And a lesson to be learned for us all
Always even if in the stands of life, as opposed to the bench, be prepared to take the call
© September 4, 2016, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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