Happy Holidays to everyone.
I wish everybody a happy and fun and safe holiday season. I will keep it short since it is the holiday season and I don’t want to take up everybody’s time.
Hopefully you’ll be able to spend it with your family making good holiday memories. I have a lot of great holiday memories myself. I remember being a kid trying to sneak down to open the presents before Christmas and always getting caught. Those were the good old days. Christmas doesn’t quite have the same excitement as it did back then but it’s still a lot of fun. I still enjoy the season.
One of the nice things about the holiday season is most people are in a good mood and feeling kind most of the time. It’s cool that everybody’s jovial and taking on the Christmas spirit.
This time of year’s a great time, but last year, New Year’s, we lost D-Will which I can’t help but think about this year as New Year’s approaches and as this season comes to an end. That’s something that is at the forefront of my mind — just a year ago at the end of last season, I lost one of my better friends. It was on New Year’s, so I guess this year’s New Year’s celebration at least for me will be a lot more mild. Not as much of a celebration as I’ll kind of be remembering what happened a year ago.
On the bright side, teen center construction is moving right along. I think that should be up and ready around mid-March or maybe April, which is something I’m really, really looking forward to.
I guess it’ll be Christmas when we land, so I guess I’ll go home — I feel like I should do something because it’s Christmas. I can’t open my presents because I live alone. It’s boring. You can’t open presents alone. I’ll wait ’til my parents come over and then it is present time and that’ll be fun. Definitely should go to church, although I don’t go that consistently like I’m supposed to on Christmas or Easter. It’s kind of bad.
I know Maryland plays in their bowl game sometime this week, so I look forward to watching Maryland. Hopefully they can close out the season on a good note. I look forward to getting back around that way at some point and imparting some wisdom on the young Terrapins.
I don’t have a hard time preparing for the games even given that these last two games won’t affect our season in any way. It’s really hard for me personally and I like to think that some people on the team feel the same way — it’s hard for me just to go out and go through the motions during a game. People are watching you and you want to represent yourself well. You can’t make all the plays, obviously, and this past game there were a few plays that I wish I had back and I’m sure that goes for a lot of people on the team.
But still, it’s your job and not only is it your job, it’s something that we enjoy doing. I enjoy playing even when we’re out of contention. It’s not a chore for me; it’s something I like to do and it’s something that’s important to me to play well and fulfill my responsibility not to the coaches and not even necessarily to the fans, but to my teammates and the guys that are depending on me.
Unfortunately, we haven’t always filled our responsibilities to one another throughout the course of the season. That’s why it’s turned out the way that it has. It’s been a frustrating year and it’s disappointing and it’s I think the most difficult thing about going into this last game is the season will be over and there’s nothing we can do. It will be in the record books as whatever our record’s going to be and it’s already been a disappointment, so I guess that’s slightly frustrating, but it’s also exciting to be able to get this season over with seeing as it hasn’t gone how we planned. It’s exciting to get it over with and get into the offseason and prepare for next year.
I still believe in the talent that we have here and I believe in the coaches that we have here. While I’m not overlooking this game, I am looking forward to starting the offseason program and getting ready for next year.
I think the most frustrating thing at least for me is I felt like we had the talent to be a lot better than we are. I respect and admire what Coach Shanahan has accomplished in his career so I think we definitely have the right head coach. He’s won two Super Bowls which is more than a large percentage of coaches in this league. And on defense, at least in the secondary, I really love the guys that I play with. We get along and we work well together, and Coach Slowik is the only coach I’ve had in this league, but just from talking to other guys around the league I feel really fortunate to have a coach as talented and smart as he is. He’s open-minded too which has really helped us in adapting our secondary to allow us to do what we do best which has been a tremendous blessing.
I look forward to next season and I look forward to hopefully getting as many guys in the secondary back as we can and playing for Coach Slowik and Coach Shanahan and putting together a much better product and living up to or surpassing our potential next year rather than falling short like we did so many times this year.
In the offseason I’m definitely looking forward to traveling and seeing some friends and family and taking a more active role in the Boys & Girls Club as I have been since Darrent’s death.
Well, that is more than enough. All ready!