by Staff Sgt. Patrice Clarke
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Look up in the sky! … It’s a bird! …It’s a plane! … No, it’s the pigskin! That’s right Schriever sports fanatics. The pigskin is flying high in the sky signaling the return of Intramural Flag Football.
Any base fitness center visitor can see the different squadrons working on their offense and perfecting their defense on the field throughout the day. With the season opener less than a week away every last practice helps.
It’s the strengths and talents on the field that have many of the coaches excited about the upcoming season.
“The majority of our players have many years of experience in flag football,” said Bob Black, 50th Force Support Squadron coach. “Flag football is a different game then tackle. That experience is key.”
The main strength most Schriever teams boast about is speed.
“Our strength is speed,” said Michael Hoggard, 2nd Space Operations Squadron coach. “It showed in softball and it’s going to show on the football field.”
The 50th Space Communications Squadron coach only had three words when it came to talking about his team’s strength.
“Speed, speed, speed,” said John “Jason” Austin, a 50 SCS coach.
“In all honesty, I have yet to see who the other teams have as far as past players and newcomers,” added Bernard Baum, a 50 SCS coach. “We have the athletes to compete and the knowledge to dissect what our opponents are doing. That will be a lethal combination for the upcoming season.”
With strengths abound, most of the teams feel that they have the fast track to the championship.
“It’s going to be the 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron [in the championship game],” said Fernando Santos, 3 SES coach. “Why you ask? I’ve seen stranger things happen. The Saints won the Super Bowl.”
“I haven’t really been able to see other squadron’s practice, but I’m willing to bet if all of the pieces come together for our team we can snag the championship game with ease,” said Christopher Taylor, 1st Space Operations Squadron.
There are teams who feel that there are definite teams to beat out there.
“The 11th Space Warning Squadron is the two-time defending champions, so they are always the team to beat,” said Black. “I would also watch out for the Missile Defense Integration Operations Center team because they play in a league downtown.”
Many people can predict what might happen in the championship game but all have to wait for the season to progress. Either way the Schriever Flag Football season is sure to be exciting.