OLWG #238- The Influence of Football on Junkyard Theology  

This week’s prompts are at the bottom. Feel free to seize the prompts, twist them, form them, play with them as you will. All comers are welcome. The words below are just practice for me. I had a lot of fun writing them, and you know what I always say, “Practice makes perfect.”

Here’s how to play along, if you are unsure.


Tackle Redpenning had always had a knack for being in the right place at the right time, an intuitive defenseman. Everyone assumed that he would go pro after school. When he got hurt during his senior year, it changed his life. He wound up getting a teaching certificate and a job as a defensive coach at Desert Winds, one of the top schools in Division 2 of the Permian Conference. As such, he coached and taught players who would go on to succeed in the career he had only dreamed of. Tackle never took a wife. It seemed that football was all he needed in his life, and he capitalized on his name and who he might have been if not for the injury.

Desert Winds biggest rival was Darwin Tech. The long term head coach at Darwin was Jet Epperson. Jet had spent three years as Quarterback of the St. Johns Seals in the now-defunct CFL. Epperson was an excellent coach and had brought Darwin Tech to the championship five times in the last seven years.

The first season that Coach Redpenning took the Desert Winds Warriors to White Horse County to play Darwin, he and Coach Epperson agreed to meet for a late-night meal after the game. Dinner turned into drinks, and Redpenning never made it back to his hotel room. He woke the next day in bed with his rival, Coach Epperson.

Mutual respect combined with satisfying sex lead to a whirlwind courtship and rapid marriage. Two rival schools, two rival coaches, and two rival teams – now joined by the love of the two successful coaches. The newlyweds bought a ranch on the northern edge of Clear Fork County, about midway between the two schools.

Jet and Tackle both continued to coach for a few years, but when they decided to start a family, Tackle resigned from his position at Desert Winds to become a full-time Dad. They adopted two boys, Archer, four years old and Walker, three. The boys took the Redpenning name and did not play football. Archer eventually married Olivia Gallu, from town, and joined the Army when he was eighteen. He survived three years in the Central American Wars and returned home shortly after Jet Epperson died. He reunited with Olivia but missed his father by literally only a couple of days.

At the same time, Archer went to Central America, Walker took over management of the ranch and cared for Tackle, who never really recovered from the loss of his partner, husband, and friend.

In his latter days, Tackle wrote extensively about the inexplicable parable that is life; his life, Jet’s life, and the lives of their two sons.

Tackle Redpenning’s writings form the basis of today’s understanding of life and how we assign spiritual value to those things we deal with daily and often take for granted.


This week’s prompts are:

  1. a place of bones
  2. the broken, the beaten, and the damned
  3. stronger than gratitude

You can start writing whenever you want, just write, get the words down – and have fun!

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