The more the season wears on, the better we are able to nail down our daily routine of classes, practices, meetings, and homework. But it is not just this routine that we have mastered; by now we have also fully gelled as a team, establishing both on and off the field roles for each person. Certain off-the-field roles can be found on any team really. For instance, there’s the team DJ, responsible for any and all musically related duties. Then there is the team mom, who never fails to have Advil, plastic bags, and Icy Hot on hand at any given moment. Of course there is the comedian, but don’t forget about the other kid, the one who was quiet at first, but when provoked turns out to be hilarious. Without these roles being filled, things just wouldn’t click off the field or on the field. It can take a couple of weeks to find a rhythm, but now that we are over a month into this thing, we have learned a lot about each other, and we have a lot to look forward to.
Just five games left in non-conference play remain to prepare us for what really counts – the conference. I tend to think of the conference portion of our season as an eight-game long version of the Hunger Games. There is one priority and one priority only – earning a post-season bid. That being said, I will be busy channeling my inner Katniss over the next three weeks in preparation. For now, we will continue to make the most out of the remainder of our nonconference schedule, and as for tonight, we’ll sit back, relax, and enjoy the road trip.