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From the Desk of Mike Wyatt, Head Football Coach/Director of Football Operations

November 15, 2006 - United Indoor Football Association (UIF) - RiverCity Rage News Release

COACHES SPEAKING IN STEALTH MODE

Have you noticed all the coaches on TV, college or pro, use their play call sheets to cover their mouths when they call their plays? Even the baseball pitchers and catchers do the same when they are talking on the mound during a game.

Is this typical coaches paranoia or are there lip readers out there, hired to steal the calls? I vote for paranoia.

There could be something to it, I suppose, in baseball, since they play a hundred more games, but I just don't see it in football. Even if so, on the gridiron, the lip reader would have to know the terminology of the team being spied on to be of any benefit.

If coaches really wanted to do a service to the public, they might want to cover their mouths when they complain about referee calls. If you saw USC coach Pete Carroll in prime time last Saturday night, you didn't have to be a lip reader to see him drop the "f bomb" three times in a row.

I don't mean to come off "Holier than thou", but the older I get the more I realize that the people who are really watching are not spies by children and teenagers and maybe we should hold ourselves to a higher standard for their benefit.

RAGE DISCOVERING OPTIONS

Members of the Rage players and coaches will be on hand at the Edward Jones Dome on Saturday, November 18 as a part of "Discovering Options" Field Day in the Dome.

Discovering Options is a program designed to mentor "at risk" students. Many students in St. Louis Public Schools live with multiple risk factors that are predictors for drug abuse: poverty, family conflict, a lack of commitment to school, behavior problems, and neighborhoods where drugs are easily accessible. These all make a child more likely to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. Discovering Options provides at- risk students with supportive and life-enriching programs to prevent drug abuse.

The event is open to the public and begins at 1 PM on Saturday.

PARITY IN FOOTBALL

There seems to be much more parity in the sport at all levels than in the past. Of course, we know that teams cycle, but it is interesting to see a Louisville or Rutgers or Boise State being mentioned in the same breath with a Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame.

I suspect that parity comes from the fact that there is more and better coaching going on at the high school and junior high levels. I also think that weight training and conditioning programs being run at those levels also creates a broader field of quality players to choose from. It could also be that younger players are specializing in one particular sport,

Some may not like it, but I think that the "any given" game scenario is the best for the sport.

A SPECIAL REQUEST

We have been asked by one of Rage owners, Scott Wilson and one of our players, QB, Josh Lamberson to ask Rage fans to support Northwest Missouri State Coach Mel Tjeerdsma's bid to become the Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year.

Coach Tjeerdsma is one of ten finalist that includes: Oklahoma's Bob Stoops, Texas' Mack Brown, Michigan's Lloyd Carr, and Louisville's Bobby Petrino, to name a few. When one considers the turnaround that Coach Tjeerdsma has made in the Northwest Missouri State program, having them perennially in the national championship game, he is well deserving.

I had the privilege of coaching against Coach Tjeerdsma when he was an assistant at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, and I was an assistant at Oklahoma Panhandle State. His AC team ended the best season in OPSU history at 9-1 in the NAIA playoffs that we hosted at OPSU in 1981.

To vote for Coach Tjeerdsma, go to http://www.coachoftheyear.com/index.aspx When you arrive at the site click on Coach Tjeerdsma's photo and then cast your vote.

Voting ends on November 20.

Both Scott Wilson and Josh Lamberson are football alumni of Northwest Missouri State where Josh is currently serving as a graduate assistant coach and where as QB, he led the Bearcats to the NCAA II title game in 2005.

RAGE MERCHANDISE SPECIAL

While supplies last, Rage replica game jerseys are on sale for only $25 through the rest of the week. Of course, we have a wide variety of t-shirts caps and additional Rage fan wear available, as well.

Kill two birds with one stone and pick up your 2007 Rage season tickets at the same time.

DON'T FORGET

The next Rage Open Player Tryout is on December 3 in the Family Arena. Kickers begin at 9 AM, with the remainder of the team registering at 10 AM and beginning their workout at 11 AM. The cost is $50, if pre-registered and $65 for walk-ups.

We will also host a Cheerleader Audition with registration beginning at 1 PM. The cost is $20

Go to ragefootball.com to pre-register and to find out more information.

CONDOLENCES

Former Rage player Robert Reeves, an All Ivy League offensive lineman from Dartmouth who played for the Rage in 2005 passed away in his home in Garden City, New York, on Sunday. Robert was a two year veteran of the NIFL have previously played for the Carolina Stingrays and the Tri Cities Diesel. The Rage family is deeply saddened by this loss.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good. ." - JOE PATERNO

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