Tonight at the Georgia Dome, Creekside and Tucker will meet for the Class AAAAA football title but the game will not just be about bringing a trophy back to Creekside High for the Seminoles.
Hopefully, many haven’t forgotten but on Aug. 16, De’Antre Turman died while making a tackle (This was one of the hardest stories I ever had to write.) during a scrimmage.
Due to this very unfortunate occurrence, the football team dedicated this season to its fallen teammate better known as ‘Tre Tre’ and what a way to honor his life so far with a perfect regular season and four dominant playoff wins.
“As a team we have gone through a lot,” said Bricen Terry earlier this season. “We already have a chip on our shoulder since we lost Tre. That made it important that we needed to do something good this season. Our goal is to do it for ‘Deuce.’ That is what we say everyday after practice.”
And if the Seminoles get past the No. 1 ranked team in Class AAAAA, then they will not only tell the world that this 2013 state championship is just for the school but for No. 2 as well.
Which gets me back to the point of perspective, and tragedy always puts things in the proper perspective.
So if Creekside becomes the first south Fulton team to win a state title since Palmetto in 1983, can Tucker fans truly be upset? I totally understand being disappointed about the matter because competitors want to win.
Aside from just sportsmanship this time, Tucker parents and coaches would have to be proud of what the Creekside players and coaches had to overcome, right?
Could Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondback fans really have been upset if the Yankees had one the 2001 World Series after the September 11 terrorist attacks?
Could UNLV fans really have been upset if Loyola Marymount defeated the Runnin’ Rebels after the death of Hank Gathers?
They probably would’ve been and understandably so but hopefully some perspective would have come their way like it did for me.
Earlier this year, I wasn’t too happy about Louisville beating Michigan for the NCAA basketball championship even though I’m not a Michigan fan and I witnessed Kevin Ware‘s gruesome leg injury live. But when I spoke to my dad about it, he said how could you not root for them--that boy (Ware) may never be able to play basketball again.
At that moment, those words made me look at the situation in a totally different way.
Tonight, I want the best team to win. I will view the game from an objective standpoint and be proud of whoever triumphs but if Creekside wins, there will not be a better way to cap a tragic start to a football season because that is the mature perspective.