LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron is Pretty Excited About His New LSU RPO Offense!

LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron is Pretty Excited About His New LSU RPO Offense!

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LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron (In Photo) has made it Pretty Obvious that he is Unbelievably Excited About His New LSU Offense. There has been A Lot Of Exciting News About This New Offense in Interviews and now on His LSU Coaches Caravan.

On Tuesday, My Longtime Friend, Coach Orgeron, was at His Second Stop in West Monroe on His LSU Coaches Caravan and he could hardly wait To Enlighten All of The LSU Fans in West Monroe about how Excited he was about His New RPO Spread Offense and how Excited he was over what This New Offense did in LSU Spring Training and How Potent This New Offense Will Be in The Fall.

This New LSU Offense Will Transition from a Run/Pass Offense to an Explosive  Run/Pass Option Offense with as many as Four Wide Receivers in The Game at The Same Time. It is also interesting to see The Retirement of Passing Game Coordinator Jerry Sullivan and The Hiring of an Incredible, Young Replacement Named Joe Brady, who is a 28-Year Old Who is a Brilliant Expert of The Run/Pass Option, from The Penn State Offense.

Although Brady Learned The RPO Offense at Penn State, when he was a Graduate Assistant Coach Under Coach Joe Morehead, Brady Spent the Last Two Seasons on The New Orleans Saints Coaching Staff. Brady had a Wide-Ranging Staff Role with The New Orleans Saints, working under The Saints Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael.

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Although he Was Named as The LSU Passing Game Coordinator, Coach Joe Brady (In Photo) will also be Working with Coach Mickey Joseph in Coaching The Tiger Wide Receivers.

Brady is a Very Energetic and Innovative Young Football Coach,” Orgeron said. “He spent the past two seasons working with Head Coach Sean Payton with The New Orleans Saints and he brings to our LSU Coaching Staff an Extensive Knowledge of The RPO Spread Offense. Brady is an Outstanding Young Coach that will be a Tremendous Asset to our LSU Football Offense.”

In his first year with The New Orleans Saints in 2017, The Saints finished #2 in The NFL in Total Offense and they were the only team in The NFL to finish the year ranked in The Top Five in Both Passing and Rushing. The Saints were also #4 in The NFL in Scoring on Offense.

Then, in 2018, The Saints Ranked among The Top 10 in The NFL in Both Total Offense as they Finished #8 in Passing Offense and #6 in Rushing Offense. The Saints also Finished #3 in Scoring.

In 2015 and 2016, and Prior to his Two Years with The Saints, Coach Brady spent Two Years as a Graduate Assistant at Penn State where he Learned This Special RPO Offense from Former Mississippi State Coach Joe Moorehead. In 2014, The Nittany Lions Averaged 335.3-Yards of Total Offense and then in 2015, they Averaged 348.4-Yards of Total Offense.

Then, Coach Joe Morehead took over as The PSU Offensive Coordinator in 2016 and Implemented The Run/Pass Option Offense and The Penn State Offense  Averaged 432.6-Yards of Total Offense. Then, after The 2017 Season, The Nittany Lions Offensive Coordinator was Named as The #1 Rising Assistant College Coach by Sports Illustrated and Brady was his Graduate Assistant.

As a College Football Player, Brady played Wide Receiver for William & Mary from 2009-2012, and he was Selected to The All-Academic Team Twice.

With The Offensive Genius, Brady on Board, What About My Long-Time Friend and 1018 Current LSU Offensive Coordinator Steve Ensminger? The Absolute Great News is that Coach Brady and Coach Ensminger are both Great Offensive-Minded Experts and they are Working Together in Great Partnership and Making Coach Orgeron Drooling Over The Thoughts About His New RPO Offense in The SEC Conference Games in 2019.

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The New RPO LSU Offense will use as many as Four Wide Receivers on The Outside and Also even using a Fullback Flanked on the Outside. Then, With all of these Great Outside Receivers, While LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow (#9) will be Utilizing Some Various Quick Slant Pass Patterns off of Run/Pass Option Plays that Make This RPO Offense So Effective.

In 2018, LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow Passed for 2,894-Yards and 16 Touchdowns and was The Most Impressive LSU Quarterback in a Few Years, after Playing in a Poorly Controlled Offense. It is also Interesting to Note that Burrow is Basically Running The New RPO Spread Offense in This Photo, as he is “Out of The Pocket” and Looking for a Wide Receiver.

I am Very Comfortable With This New RPO Offense,” said Burrow. “I have been Running This Type of Offense ever since my High School Days at Athens High School and my Days at Ohio State.” At Athens, Burrow Passed for 11,416-Yards and 157 Passing Touchdowns and Rushed for 2,067-Yards and 27 Rushing Touchdowns.

Coach Orgeron Said That There is a Great Trust Between Burrow and The LSU Coaching Staff, during This Offensive Transition. There are Some Special Audibles That We Will Let Burrow Call At The Line of Scrimmage and Some of Them, we Also Allowed Him To-Call Them in The 2018 Season.

This New RPO Spread Passing Offense is Already an “Unbelievable Recruiting Tool” For The LSU Tigers Football Team. The Tigers Have Just Signed Four Of The Top Super Offensive Skill Players In The Country To Play in The New RPO Spread Offense and To Prepare for The NFL. The Tigers also Were Able To Sign Four of The Most Incredible Offensive Linemen in The Country.

Tigers Sign Five Incredible Offensive Skill Players!

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One of The Top Running Backs in The Country was a Local Player from Destrehan, Louisiana Named John Emery, Jr. He was a Long-Time Verbal Commitment To Georgia, but he Changed his Mind and Signed with The LSU Tigers, so he could play in The New RPO Spread Offense, Catch Passes Out of The Backfield, and Get Prepared to Play in a Similar Offense in The NFL.

Emery (5-11, 206, 4.32, 40.5) (#4) is an Unbelievable Super Freak on His Highlight Film. My Friend, Leonard Fournette Weighed Around 220 and Would Run-Around, Run-Over, and/or Run-Though Defenders. Fournette was an Incredible Power-Back, but Emery has The Incredible Speed that may be Even More Impressive. On His Highlight Film, Emery Caught a Pass and Ran About 60-Yards For a Touchdown. Emery Received Over 30 Offers, Including Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Pittsburgh, Michigan, Arizona, and TexasAs The #2 Ranked Running Back in The Country, Emery is an Obvious Threat To Start for The Tigers as a True Freshman.

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LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow Will Be The 2019 LSU Quarterback, and Operating The New RPO Spread Offense, but The Tigers have Just Signed His Possible 2020 LSU Replacement in Super Phenix City Central, Alabama All-American Dual-Threat Quarterback Peter Parrish, In The Photo, With Coach Orgeron. In 2019, The LSU Coaching Staff Offered Only a Handful Of Super Elite Quarterback Prospects and Parrish Was The One Selected. Athletically, Parrish is Compared to Clemson Super Quarterback, Kelly Bryant, but Parrish is More Gifted as a Passing Quarterback. Parrish is also a Track Guy with a 20-6 Long Jump and a 22.4 in The 200-Meters.

SIDEBAR: Take a Look at The Right Bicep on Peter Parris!

In 2018, Parrish Led His Team To The Alabama 7A State Championship With a 52-7 Victory Over ThompsonHe Passed for 1,454-Yards and 17 Touchdowns in The State Championship Season. As a Junior, Parrish Passed for 697-Yards and 14 Touchdowns Rushing. His Career Stats Included a 26-1 Record as a Starting Quarterback. Obviously, Joe Burrow Will Be The LSU Starting Quarterback in 2019, but Parrish Will Probably Take-Over in 2020.

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In The 2019 Recruiting Class, The LSU Tigers also were able To Keep Amite, Louisiana Super Two-Way Wide Receiver/Free Safety Devonta Lee (6-3, 212, 4.41, 38) (#7) in State after He Received 19 Scholarship Offers. Lee also Played in The Under-Armor All-American Football Game. Lee Was a Super Athletic Two-Way Player and Specializing as a Wide Receiver When He Began his Football Career, But  as he got Bigger and Stronger, he Became a “Super Freak” on Defense.

SIDEBAR: Take a Look at The Left Arm of Devonta Lee!

On His Senior Highlight Film, Lee is an Unbelievable Freak. On his First Play, He Returned an Interception 95-Yards For a Touchdown and Then on His Second Play, He Returned a Kickoff, 85-Yards for Another Touchdown. Then, On his Third Play, He Caught a Touchdown Pass in the Back of The End-Zone and on His Fourth Play, He Returned Another Interception, 75-Yards for a Touchdown. I had Seen Enough!

Lee Played All Over The Football Field for The Louisiana 2A State Championship Team as a Safety, Kick Return Man, and Wide Receiver. In The State Championship Game, Lee Caught 3 Passes for 118-Yards and a Touchdown in a 47-20 victory over The Defending State Championship, Welsh. Lee Could Play on Either Side of The Football For The LSU Tigers, But The LSU Coaches Think That He Can Become an All-American Wide Receiver and he Will Team With One of His Best Friends On Offense in Trey Palmer (#9) of Nearby Kentwood, Louisiana.

Trey Palmer (6-1, 186, 4.37, 40, 4.27) has Good Height and Great Athletic Ability to Become a Great Outside Receiver or a Great Slot Receiver. He also has Outstanding Speed and He Has Also Recorded a 10.58 in The 100-Meters. On his Highlight Film, Palmer is Another Outstanding Freak in Making The “Big-Play” as a Great Pass-Catcher and Incredible Kick-Return Man.

Palmer Has s a Very Impressive Quick Burst and Able to Become a Great and Elusive Wide Receiver With an Outstanding Screen Pass If He is in The Slot. He Also has Demonstrated Outstanding Yards After The Catch. Palmer Will Join His Good Friend, Devonta Lee, in Catching Passes from Quarterback Joe Burrow in 2019.

Palmer Received Scholarship Offers from Most All of The SEC, including Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Ole Miss, Georgia, Mississippi State, and Tennessee. He also had Offers from Texas, Texas A&M, and Michigan.

The Last Unbelievable Super Offensive Skill Player For The LSU Tigers is Baton Rouge Southern Lab Super Running Back Tyrion Davis (6-1, 230, 4.47, 35, 20 Reps) and Although He May Not Be As Well-Known As Emery, Davis Had over 20 Offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi State Georgia Tech,  Clemson, Texas, Texas A&M, and Penn State. Unlike Emery, Davis is a Huge and Powerful Running Back with Really Good Speed with a 10.5 in The 100-Meters.

Image result for Tyrion Davis PhotosDavis (In Photo) as He Joined His Fellow Southern Lab Teammate and LSU Offensive Guard Recruit, Kardell Thomas (6-3, 335) as an All-American Bowl Game Player, and Another Incredible LSU Recruit, who Will Be Blocking for all of These Offensive Skill Players.

Davis is Another Incredible Offensive Player on His Highlight Film. On his First Five Plays, Davis Raced 60-Yards, 50-Yards, 60-Yards, 60-Yards, and 50-Yards, and all Were For Touchdowns.

Davis is a Big Running Back, but He He Also Has Legitimate Track Speed. Davis is Hoping That His Skills Will Eventually Put Him in Talks With Other Former LSU Great Running Backs, Including Leonard Fournette, Kevin Faulk, and Derrius Guice“I just can’t wait to get up there and show them what I’m all about,” Davis said.

Davis Will Definitely Give The LSU Tigers another Huge and More Physical Running Back in The Backfield.

SIDEBAR: On Valentines Day, I had Robotic Knee Surgery on My Right Knee and I Have Been Doing Really Well and On May 23, I Will Have The Same Surgery On my Left Knee.

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Chapter 7 – The Incredible Gordon Wood Story!

CHAPTER SEVEN

THE INCREDIBLE
GORDON WOOD STORY!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger

An Autobiography by The Incredible and Legendary Brownwood High School Head Football Coach Gordon Wood is An Inspirational Story about a “Dirt-Poor Farm Boy” who never played a down of High School Football and how he became The Most Winning High School Football Coach of all time. His Very First Head Coaching Job was at Rule High School, Texas in 1940.

The Gordon Wood Journey included stops In Texas at Roscoe, Seminole, Winters, Stamford, and Victoria before The Universe Helped him To-Land The Brownwood High School Head Football Coaching Job in 1960. The Incredible Gordon Wood Coaching Record includes Nine Texas State Football Championships.

My Biggest Blessing in High School!

One of My Biggest Blessings and One of My Most Incredible Blessings, Which Includes My Wife Ginger, My Son Eric, and My Grand-Son “Little Max” that I have ever had in my Entire Lifetime of Unbelievable Blessings was when Coach Gordon Wood was “Turned-Down” by San Angelo Central for The Head Coaching Job in 1960 and Consequently, became the New Brownwood High School Head Football Coach. Then, in the Spring of 1960, he “Put-In” The New Gordon Wood Wing-T Offense with the 1-4 Cutback and 2-8 Cutback being The Most Valuable and Most Important Play In The Entire Offense.

Randy Allen, left, and Gordon Wood in 1987.Brownwood Coaches Randy Allen and Coach Gordon Wood in 1987.

Everyone who has ever played for Coach Gordon Wood, knows that those Two Plays are the Tailback Running Right and Running Left with Seven Blockers Leading the Way Through The Hole and I was The Tailback in 1960 and 1961. As a Sophomore, I Rushed for 177-Yards and so if you Subtract the 177-Yards from My 2,214 Career Total Rushing Yards, Basically, with the Total Rushing Yards with the 1-4 Cutback and 2-8 Cutback gave the Brownwood Lions 2,037-Yards Rushing in The 1960 and 1961 Seasons.

Coach Wood set a State and National Record with an Unbelievable Record of 396-91-15 in 43 Seasons as a Head Football Coach in Texas High School Football with an Incredible 80% Winning Record. Over those 502 Games, Coach Wood Coached at Eight Different High Schools and Won “Mind-Boggling” Eleven Texas State Championships, including Nine Football State Championships.

His First State Championship was the 1948 Seminole Track State Championship and his Second was the 1954 Stamford Golf State Championship. He then Won the 1955 and 1956 Stamford State Football Championships.  At Brownwood High School, Coach Wood Won Seven State Championships in 1960, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1978, and 1981. Coach Wood also Won or Shared 25 District Championships.

Coach Gordon Wood was also The First Football Coach on The Planet To Win 400 Games, but they Found-Out Later that he was given some Victories for some Forfeited Games in 2001 and they took the Victories away from him.

When Coach Wood Retired in 1983, However, his Original Record had him with a 405-88-12 Record and with an 81% Win/Loss PercentageHe was also Awarded for that Same Win-Loss Record at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, which had inducted him in 1983. At that TimeCoach Wood was Believed to be The Only Football Coach on The Planet to ever Achieve Four-Hundred Wins.

When a Team, in any Sport, Forfeits a Game; They are Given A Loss. Period!!

Since his retirement, four other High School Football Coaches in the United States, including Coach G.A. Moore from Sherman, Texas, have broken The 396 Wins by Coach Wood.

Coach Wood Was a Mentor To Hundreds Of Coaches!

Coach Gordon Wood Won Nine Texas Football State Championships, in a Time-Period, when there were Fewer Classifications and only One State Championship Per Classification, and Coach Wood Coached at Eight Different High Schools in Compiling a 396-91-15 Record, but he is mostly Identified with Brownwood High School, where He Won Seven State Championships, in a 26 Year Brownwood Career.

“We lost the greatest coach that we have ever had,” said Pilot Point and Sherman Head Football Coach G.A. Moore, who had just Passed Coach Wood as The Most Winning Head Football Coach in Texas. The Brownwood Newly Renovated Sports Complex was named in Coach Wood’s Honor. At The Entrance to The Brownwood Lions Football Stadium, which has long carried his name, a Bronze Statue Depicts Coach Wood on the sideline, in his oft-seen crouch, surrounded by Seven Football Helmets; One for each Brownwood State Championship For The Brownwood Lions.

Hundreds of High School, College, and NFL Coaches have been Influenced by Coach Gordon Wood, including Former Dallas Cowboys Coach Bill Parcells. Coach Wood used to drive to Lubbock, Texas to watch The Texas Tech Red Raiders Football Team Practice, when Coach Parcells was The Red Raiders Defensive Coordinator.

Coach Wood was very much “An-Inspiration” to me when I was a Young Coach, only because of something he was doing that I could not Fathom,” said Coach Parcells. “Why would some Coach be driving five hours a day to watch me Coach Linebackers for Texas Tech Spring Practice?”

Coach Wood Was A Member of both The Texas High School Football Hall of Fame and The National High School Football Hall of Fame, and he was Named as The National High School Football Coach of the Year in 1979.

Coach Wood was also Named as The Runner-Up to Former University of Texas Head Football Coach Darrell Royal as “Coach of the Century” in The December 1999 Issue of The Texas Monthly.

Coach Wood was thought to have surpassed 400 Career Victories during his final season in 1985. He even received a letter from Former United States President Ronald Reagan Congratulating him on The Unbelievable Milestone.

Of all The Incredible Honors that Coach Gordon Wood Received, his Personal Favorite Honor was having The New Brownwood Lion Football Stadium  Named for Him in 1980. Coach Wood had also been Very Involved In-Building The New Brownwood Lion Football Stadium.

Coach Wood lived most of his life in West Texas, Near Abilene, Texas, where I also Grew-Up, and he Attended Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. He spent two years at Rule High School and then joined The United States Navy during World War II.

When Coach Wood was at Victoria High School, in South Texas, in 1959, He Desperately Wanted To-Get Back to West Texas and so he Applied for The San Angelo Central Head Football Coaching Job, which was Probably The Best High School Head Coaching Job in The State of Texas in 1960. The Unbelievable Irony was that Breckenridge Head Coach Emory Bellard also wanted The Same San Angelo Central Head Coaching Job.

Bellard then arrived at San Angelo Central in 1960 after leading The Breckenridge Buckaroos to a 1958 State Championship and also a 1959 State Co-Championship. His next Challenge was To-End The San Angelo Central 10-Year Playoff Drought.

Later, I became a Great Friend with Coach Bellard and I had a 1-1 Win-Loss Record Against Him, as he Recorded an Incredible 177-59-9 Win-Loss Record in 21 Seasons in High School Football, including Two State Championships at Breckenridge and one State Championship at San Angelo CentralHis impact in San Angelo was Great, but not as Great as Coach Gordon Wood at Brownwood High School. Coach Gordon Wood Won Nine State Football Championships, including Seven Football State Championships at Brownwood High School.

MY FIRST MOMENT WITH GORDON WOOD!

There were Three Classic Unique Moments That I Spent With Coach Gordon Wood and Those Three Moments were My Very First and Second Meetings and My Very Last Moment That I Spent with The Greatest Football Coach Ever on This PlanetCoach Gordon Wood.

There have been a lot of Different Stories about My First Meeting with Coach Gordon Wood. Remember, it was in The Spring of 1960 and We had Just Finished our 1959 Football Season with a District Championship Loss to Coach Emory Bellard and his Breckenridge Buckaroos.

Our 1959 Brownwood Football Coach, Coach Roland Warren, had just been Fired and Two Of My Best Friends, TE Lawrence Elkins and QB Ben Elledge and I were Working-Out on The Brownwood Lion Practice Field, right behind The Old Lion Football Stadium, just before Track Practice.

Ben had just thrown a Real Deep Pass Pattern to Lawrence and he was bringing the Football back to Ben. We had been Really Careful, because one of the Maintenance Men had left a Water Hose on the Practice Field and we wanted to be Really Careful, and not To-Get Tangled-Up and maybe Sprain an Ankle by Running-Over One of the Hoses.

Then, at about the same time, We all Three Looked-Up and we saw this “Old Man” that we thought was The New Maintenance Man, and he was coming toward us. I will Never Forget that we were getting ready to ask him if he would please Remove the Hoses and then he said: “How are you guys doing?” And we said we were doing fine. Then he said, “Are there any good Football Players in Brownwood and are you guys Football Players?”

“Yes Sir, we are, I  said. “What do you do?”

“I’m The New Brownwood High School Football Coach,” The Old Man” Said.

Of Course, By this time, we knew Something Strange Was Going-On and we All Three Realized that as he had Just Introduced Himself as Head Football Coach Gordon Wood; and he was going to be our New Brownwood Head Football Coach.

The Real Funny Thing Was that we had Never Heard of a Coach Gordon Wood, but we were Super Excited, and also because Coach Wood Was Also Super Excited to be there and then to “Just-So-Happen” to Meet Three of his Future Super-Stars.

SIDEBAR: Some of The Other Reports on how Lawrence, Ben, and I Met For The First Time was either “A Made-Up Story” about that First Meeting or were Given Wrong Information, because This First Meeting with the Four of Us was an “Incredible and Exciting Meeting” and All Three Brownwood Football Players were “Exciting” and “Looking Forward” To Their First Official Meeting with Their New Head Football Coach, Gordon Wood.

Several Days Later, we had a “Big Football Meeting” and we got Even More Excited when we were Presented with our New Brownwood Play Book and we Already Knew that Our Team was Going To Be Great.

Unknowing to These Three Brownwood Football Players, that would later be Called “The Three E’s” of The 1960 State Championship Brownwood Lionsthis Old Man” Was Sent to Them by The Universe” for A Very Special Mission and that The Life of This Old Man” and The Lives Of These Three Brownwood Football Players Would Be Changed Forever.

1960 Season-Opener Against San Angelo Central!

So in The 1960 Opening-Game For Coach Gordon Wood, Against The Same San Angelo Central Bobcats and Coach Emory Bellard Against Coach Gordon Wood and His Brownwood Lions; The 1960 UPSET of The Season Might Have Happened in Old Brownwood Lion Football Stadium.

After a Fumble Recovery, The Lions Scored their Very First Touchdown of The 1960 Football Season! Future 2006 Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Quarterback Ben Elledge hit another Future 2000 Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Strong End Lawrence Elkins with a Beautiful “Over-The-Shoulder” 56-Yard Touchdown Pass, on The Second Play of The Season to give The Brownwood Lions a Quick 6-0 Lead.

The Impressive Lions Defense was Led by Two Senior Linemen, Future 2003 Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Offensive and Defensive Tackle Ronney Moore and Defensive Lineman Mike Greer as they helped cause Three Fumbles and Put Great Pressure on The Bobcats Quarterback, Larry Mullins, as he Threw an Unbelievable Six Interceptions. One of my Best Friends in High School was Quick End Eddie Daniel and he Caught a 26-Yard Touchdown Pass from Ben Elledge, in the Fourth Quarter, to End The Lions Scoring as we Shocked All of The Texas Sportswriters and The Entire Sports World with a Phenomenal 34-6 Upset Victory.

In that Game, “The Universe” was also With Me as I had Four Interceptions, for 133-Yards, including one for a 65-Yard Touchdown, and Another Interception for a 37-Yard Return down to the Two-Yard Line, and Still Another Interception Return for a 29-Yard Return; I also Rushed for 43-Yards on 15 Carries, and threw a 26-Yard Touchdown Pass to Future 2000 Gordon Wood Hall Of Champions End Lawrence Elkins.

Also, in The San Angelo Game, one of my Interceptions was a One-Handed Catch for Two-Yards,  just before going Out-Of-Bounds. With Four Interceptions for 133-Yards, 43-Yards Rushing, and a 26-Yards Touchdown Pass to Elkins, I Finished the Game with 202-Yards of Total Offense, Two Touchdowns, and a 10.1 Yards Per Touch Average.

“The Universe” Had Already Planned-For a 34-6 Opening-Game Victory For The Brownwood Lions Football Team and They Were On Their Way To The 1960 Texas State 3A Football Championship.

SIDEBAR: One of My Best Friends in High School was Wide Receiver, Eddie Daniel, who Caught a Touchdown Pass in The Opening Game Against San Angelo. On Monday, September 10, 2018Ed had a Three-Hour Surgery to Remove a Brain Tumor and The Surgeon was able to Remove Most of The Tumor, without Damaging The Good Tissue.

Second Game Victory Against Killeen!

Brownwood Bulletin
By Bill Stovall

The Lions Completely Dominated this Game after Intermission, although the Kangaroos went ahead in The Fourth Quarter, but The Lions Scored the Winning Touchdown with 44 Seconds Left in the Game for Their 26-20 Victory.

Ben Elledge started the Winning Drive with an 11-Yard Pass to Speedy Wingback John Cadenhead, down to the 25-Yard Line. Following an Incomplete Pass, Max Emfinger Circled left-end and ran Five-Yards, down to the 20-Yard Line, before purposely Running-Out of bounds to stop the clock, on The Left Sideline. Facing a Fourth and Five,  from the 20-Yard Line, Elledge called on Cadenhead again and he ran-down to the 12-Yard Line. Elledge, then Rolled-Out and Sprinted into the End-Zone for the Winning Touchdown with 44-Seconds Left in the Game and a 26-20 Victory.

Although the Final Score was close, The Brownwood Lions were Clearly The Superior Team. The Lions had 13 First Downs to 8 for Killeen and Out-gained The Kangaroos in Rushing by a 263-Yards to 136-Yards.

The Lions Defense was led by Senior Lawrence Elkins; Sophomore  Doug Young; Senior Ronney Moore; Junior David Smith; Senior Mike Greer; Senior Gerald Pitts; Junior Terry Dummer; Junior Bobby Staudt; Sophomore Dale Wheelis; Junior Jesse Hernandez; and Junior Eddie Daniel. – End of Stovall

In the Second Game in 1960, against Killeen High School, I Rushed for 147-Yards on 16 Carries and Returned The Opening Kickoff 90-Yards for a Touchdown and another Kickoff Return for 46-Yards, and I then Finished With 283-Yards of All-Purpose Yards of Total Offense, One Touchdown, and a 15.72-Yards Per Touch Average.

Third Game Win Over Waco University!

Brownwood Bulletin
By Bill Stovall

SEPTEMBER 24, 1960 – “This Game was played on a Very Muddy Football Field in Old Lion Football Stadium after an Inch of Rain just before the game. The Trojans Scored First and went ahead by a 6-0 lead and an Upset Appeared in the Making, but The Lions Stormed-Back, late in the First Quarter as Max Emfinger Returned a Beautiful Punt Return for 25-Yards to Set-Up the Lions at the Waco 41-Yard Line.

After a Change of Punts, The Lions Zoomed into the lead for good, late in the Second Quarter on a Beautiful 57-Yard Pass and run play from Ben Elledge to Lawrence Elkins.

Facing a First Down and 10 situation on the 43-Yard Line, Elledge Drifted-back and hit Elkins with a Line-Shot, just behind the Waco Safety on the 25-Yard Line. Elkins Out-Legged The Trojans into the End-Zone. It marked Elkins Third Touchdown Pass in the First Three Brownwood Games. Elledge Kicked the Extra Point and The Lions went ahead 13-6 with only 2:50 Left in The First Half.

In the Fourth Quarter, Emfinger Swiped a Duane Hale Pass and Returned it 22-Yards to their 46-Yard Line. The Lions then Marched 54-Yards for its Final Touchdown midway through the Fourth Quarter. Elledge and Cadenhead had some great runs in this drive, but two of their big runs were called-back, because of penalties. Emfinger Capped the Drive by Diving-Over from the Two-Yard Line. The Extra-Point was missed again, but the 19-6 was the Final Score in The Brownwood Lions Victory.

Emfinger, a Jack-of-all-Trades, Rushed for 155-Yards in 13 tries; while Elledge had 43-Yards in 8 tries; Cadenhead had 71-Yards on 3 tries; and A.D. Carnes, who turned-in another unusual Superb All-Around Game, had 47-Yards on 13 tries.” – End of Stovall

In this Third Game Against Waco University, I Rushed for 155-Yards on 13 Carries and Two Touchdowns; had Two Kickoffs for 65-Yards, including a 47-Yard Kickoff Return, had another Interception-Return for 22-Yards, and a 25-Yard Punt-Return, giving me 267-Yards of Total Offense, Two Touchdowns, and a 15.7  Yards Per Touch.

1960 Game Four Against Temple

Brownwood Bulletin
By Bill Stovall

“In the Fourth Game of the Season, The Brownwood Lions lost their First Game in 1960 to The Temple Wildcats by a 26-22 Score.

In this Game, the Brownwood Offensive and Defensive Lines were Outweighed as much as 50-Pounds Per Man, but Ben Elledge had a Great Game as he Completed 14 of 30 Passes for 228-Yards in the Game. The Lions took the Opening Kick-Off and Stormed 73-Yards for their First Touchdown on the Pin-Point Passing of Elledge and the Drive took nine plays. The “Big-Plays” were 24 and 12-Yard Elledge passes to Eddie Daniel and Lawrence Elkins. Max Emfinger also had a Nifty 12-Yard Run in the Drive.

The “Pay-Off Play” was an Unbelievable and Incredible Play on Second and 10-Yards to go at the Temple 25-Yard Line. Elledge hit Eddie Daniel “Over the Middle” and he turned and lateraled to Lawrence Elkins, who was “Trailing-Him” and he raced into the End-Zone, untouched, for the Touchdown. Both Super-Star EndsDaniel and Elkins had some Fabulous Catches in the Game.

A.D. Carnes was again a Fabulous Blocker and a Dominating Defensive Player, but one of the Biggest and Most Exciting Plays of the Night came with 11:05 Left in the Game as Emfinger received a Pitch-Out from Elledge, cut-in just before reaching the sideline and raced 44-Yards Untouched, To-End the scoring for the night and then Emfinger Blasted-Over, behind Right Tackle Ronnie Moore for the Two-Point Conversion, to make the Score 26-22, but it was not enough.

The “Ring-Leaders” on Defense included Seniors: Ronnie Moore, Mike Greer, A.D. Carnes, Lawrence Elkins, and Gerald Pitts; Juniors: Eddie Daniel, David Smith, Terry Dummer, and Bobby Staudt; Plus Super Sophomores: James Crow, Dale Wheelis, and Doug Young

Wingbacks, Charles Coffey and John Cadenhead, were Great-Blockers at Blocking Wingback, on Offense with Blocking Fullback Carnes, but they were also Outstanding on Defense.” – End of Stovall

Against Temple, I Rushed for 183-Yards on 21 Carries; had a 45-Yard Catch; had a 44-Yard Touchdown Run; had 32 and 38-Yard Kickoff Returns and Scored a Two Point Conversion, giving me 298-Yards of  All-Purpose Yardage, 8 Points Scored, and a 12.42-Yards Per Touch Average

After The Temple Game, The Brownwood Lions Breezed-To Ten Straight Victories on their Journey To Winning the Texas 3A State Football Championship. On Offense, In Those First Four Games, of  The State Championship  Season, I Rushed for 528-Yards; Recorded 1,050-Yards of All-Purpose Yardage; Scored 30 Points; and Threw One Touchdown Pass. On Defense, I Had 5 Interceptions for 155-Yards and One Defensive Touchdown.

“The Universe” Already Had Plans For Coach Gordon Wood And His Players!

Coach Gordon Wood Really Wanted The San Angelo Central Head Coaching Job, but The Incredible “Thing” was That “The Universe” Had Already Had Plans For Him To-Get The Brownwood Lions Head Coaching Job and Play The San Angelo Central Bobcats in The 1960 Opening Game in Old Brownwood Lion Football Stadium.

Coach Wood Was Not Aware That “The Universe” Already Had “The Three-E’s and Moore” Waiting For Him In Brownwood, Texas and Just Up The Road and Further West, San Angelo, Texas Did Not Have “The Three-E’s and Moore” Waiting For Him In San Angelo, Texas

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Chapters 1 – 6 – Preface And Introduction

SUPER SCOUT MAX EMFINGER –POLITICS IN ATHLETICS AND SHADOWBANNED BY TWITTER AND FACEBOOK
By Super Scout Max Emfinger

2013 ABG Max Emfinger with teamRoyal Ambassadors, Baseball State Champs, 1958 and 1959, Brownwood, TX
VP, Brownwood High School Student Body, 1959, Brownwood, TX
President, Sophomore A Cappella Choir, 1959, Brownwood, TX

Top Rusher and Scorer, Texas Football State Champs, 1960, Brownwood, TX
Athletic Director, American Legion Boys State, 1961, Brownwood, TX
Wigwam Wisemen Football All-American, 1961, Brownwood, TX
State Meet High Point Man, Texas Track State Champs, 1962, Brownwood, TX
Top Rusher, Freshman All-SWC Team, Baylor University, 1962, Waco, TX
VP, Baylor Freshman Class, Spring, 1963, Waco, TX
VP, Baylor Freshman A Cappella Choir, 1963, Waco, TX
VP, Baylor A Cappella Choir Performing In Carnegie Hall, 1967, New York, NY
Player/Coach/MVP, Military Rice Bowl Football Champs, 1967, Guam, MI
Player/Coach/MVP, Greater Navy PAC Football Champs, 1967, Tokyo, Japan
All-Greater Military Softball Champs, 1967, Guam MI
All-Greater Navy Volleyball Pacific Champs, 1968, Honolulu, Hawaii
Graduate Assistant Coach, North Texas, 1972, Denton, TX
Recruiting Coordinator, North Texas, 1973, Denton, TX
Super Salesman, Lanier Business Products, 1974, Dallas, TX

Football Super Scout, Dallas Cowboys, 1975-76, Dallas, TX
District Manager, Lanier Business Products, 1977-79, Midland, TX

Texas Jaycees State Director, The Midland Jaycees, 1977-78, Midland, TX
United States Presidential Jaycees Award of Honor, 1978, Midland, TX
Texas Jaycees District Director, 1979, Midland, TX
Founder of MEARS PLAYER RATING SYSTEM, 1979, Dallas, TX

Founder of First HS Football Recruiting Service, 1979, Houston, TX
Six-Time Houston Chronicle City Softball Champs, 1987-1992, Houston, TX

Founder of First Super Select Baseball Team, 1990, Houston, TX
Founder of First 7 on 7 National Championship, 2001, Houston, TX
Founder of HS All-American Bowl Game, 2005, Shreveport, LA
Founder of Super Elite Top Gun Combine, 2007, Honolulu, HI
Super Scout, Lestini Free Agent Super Combine, 2013, Mobile, AL

PREFACE

“The Universe has a Plan for you Max! It is still your Great Talent that is in High Demand. There will be many others who will be Jealous and Covetous of your Great Talent and “Gift” but Remember The Prime Directive: “Keep your Motives Pure” and “The Universe” will Serve, Protect, and Guide You. You Have Already Been Chosen By “The Universe”,  so just follow where it takes you. You and your dreams are still there and Always Available for You and Your Endeavors! – Words of Wisdom – Ben-U

So, just what does all of these words really mean? I believe that it means that each and every Human Being on the Planet Earth is here for aReason” and Every Person is here for a Reason” and Nothing is By-Chance. Every Action has a Consequence and a Reaction. Ever since I was Ole-Enough to Know about Good and Evil, I have believed that I was Put-Here on this Planet Earth for a “Special-Reason” and that I was “Put-Here” to Help People. For many years, I have been led by a Higher Force of Good in The Universe and in the last few years, my LifePlan has constantly Changed and a Great-Deal of Spiritually has been Laid-Out for Me!

ALSO

Life Is A Journey of Crossing Paths!

“Life is a Journey of Crossing Paths as we Take Different Steps each moment in our life, on our Journey. Sometime when we Cross-Paths with a Person, we will Change their life forever and sometime they will change our life forever! Everyone has their own path to Seek!”Emfinger

I have had Four Facebook Pages for about 15-Years and Everything Seemed to be Fine and then in 2009, one of my Best Friends, Greg Schulte, called me from Houston one day and asked me if I was on Twitter and I asked him: “What is Twitter?” Then when I realized that I might be able to Contact Players and Coaches on it, I decided to get a Twitter Account.

Then, Both Liberal Social Media Accounts, Facebook and Twitter, Realized that I was a Super Conservative and that was when they Started Deleting My Facebook Likes and Then Later, My Twitter Followers.

When I asked Greg what did I need to put on my Twitter Profile and he said to put the Things” that I Really Believed-In and I put the Following:

CONSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATIVE JESUS CHRIST
GUNS DOGS VIETNAM NAVY VET PROLIFE
DALLAS COWBOYS SCOUT IN 1975-76

In 2016 I Added: TRUMP PENCE, SHADOWBANNED –

Nuff Said!

INTRODUCTION

In this Book, you will read  about Great Challenges that I “Took-On” and Prevailed. A few years ago, I finally came “To-The-Realization” that what I had “Already-Believed” and was already “Putting-Into-Practice” for my Entire Life, was The Simple Belief of The Universal Law of Attraction. The Law of Attraction is the Most Powerful Law in the Universe.

The Universal Law of Attraction States That “Like-Things” are Drawn-Together. When you say: “Birds of a Feather will Flock-Together” you are actually talking about “The Universal Law of Attraction” and when “Like-Players” on a Football Team or a Track Team or Any Team That Really and Truly Believe that they Can Win a “NEVER-BEFORE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP; Then They Will Win It.

EXAMPLE: I’m Even Amazed Myself, but I have been Associated with 41 Championship Teams in My Career and my Two “Universal Laws” were in Total-Effect in All of Them, including Seventeen Player-Only Championships; Twelve Player/Coach Championships; and Twelve Coaching-Only  Championships. In this Book, I have Included These Amazing Stories on all 41 Championships.

Another Law of the Universe that I have always “Lived-By” all throughout my life is the Universal Law of Cause and Effect. The Universal Law of Cause and Effect in the Universe goes “Hand-And-Hand” with the Universal Law of Attraction. This is a Very Simple Law. “If You do “Good Things” in your life, then “Good Things Will-Happen to You” but the Opposite is Also True and Will Automatically Be In Effect.

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Also, “Everything Happens For A Reason” forThings” That Happen to You, but Most of the Time, however, You will Not Know what the Real Reason Why these “Things” Happened to You. Sometimes, You May Not Understand What the Real Reason why these “Things” Happened Until at a Later Date.

EXAMPLE: One of the Most Incredible Tragedies Happened to My Son, Eric and his New Bride, Jennifer! Although these “Things” that Happened to Eric and Jennifer, did “Happen for an Unbelievable Reason”, and we were Able to Find-Out the Real Reason why it Happened only Six Days after it Happened. I will Share This Incredible Miracle Story that Saved Eric’s Life.

Knowing and Understanding these Two “Universal Laws” have Helped Me to Fully Understand why I have been Persecuted and Politically Victimized by Some People. Just as Ben-u Said: “There are Many People that are Jealous of My Talents and Tremendous Success and Want Me “To-Fail” and they have Tried to Make me Fail in many of my Life’s Goals of Helping People and Young High School Football Players.”

In this Book, I will also Share Some Political Stories that you will Absolutely not Believe. I still Can Not Believe Some of The Stories. Some Stories are “Heart-Breaking” but they happen in Every Single Football Recruiting Season and in Every Single Recruiting Class.

I also have Included Stories About My Career and how, in 1979, I Founded the First High School Football Recruiting Service and how the NCAA has Tried to put me out of Business on More than One Occasion. I have also been Victimized on both sides of these Politics.

ATTENTION PARENTS: In one of my Chapters, you can read exactly what you need to do to get your Son Recruited for a Football Scholarship. If you Deviate From This Plan your Son will NEVER be Recruited, because he will NEVER be able to get on a College Coaches Recruiting List.

CHAPTER ONE

Early Success On The Baseball Diamond!

I was born and raised in Brownwood, Texas. I also graduated from Brownwood High School in 1962. I was a Pretty Good Athlete in a lot of Sports and I played on a lot of Very Successful Teams, while Growing-Up in my Hometown.

In June of 1956, as a 12-Year Old in Brownwood Little League Baseball, I Played for Shaw’s Laundry as a Pitcher and a Shortstop and I realized at a Very Early Age that I was Truly Blessed. Playing for Shaw’s Laundry, Against Denman Insurance, in June 1956, I Re-Wrote the Brownwood Little League Strikeout Record, as I Struck-Out 16 Batters in a Single Six-Inning Game, as Shaw’s Laundry beat Denman Insurance 5-1.

Then in an All-Star GameI Hit The First-Pitch, Lead-off Home-Run Against The North Austin Lions All-Star Team, from Austin, Texas in a Little League All-Star Game. In that North Austin Game, I Hit the Very First Pitch of the GameOver the Center-Field Fence at Wendell Mayes Park in Brownwood, Texas.

In that All-Star Season, I also Batted .486 for the Season, as a 12-Year Old Pitcher and Shortstop.

In That Game, in 1956, and a 5-1 Victory Against The Denman Cubs Insurance, my Super Fastball was Moving and Extremely Hard to Hit and I Broke the Brownwood Little League Record of 15 Strike-Outs by Lawrence Elkins of Bradley Transfer in 1955 and Clark Murray of The Austin Braves earlier in 1956. The Biggest Reason that I was “Truly Blessed” was because my First Baseman Dropped the Baseball on a Routine Ground-Out from Shortstop to First-Base.

If he had not Dropped the Baseball, I would have only had 15 Strike-Outs. I will NEVER Forget that Play. Murray had just Tied the Elkins Record, only three nights before our Game, Against that Same Denman Insurance Team.

SIDEBAR: Then, 37-Years Later in 1993 in My Missouri City, Texas, Quail Valley Little League Team, that my Son, Eric Emfinger, was on, was in the Exact Same Situation. With his Sensational Knuckle-ball, Eric Struck-Out 16 Batters and his Second Baseman Dropped an Easy Popup. If he would have Caught the Easy Popup, Eric would have only had 15 Strike-Outs.

In this 1992 Little League Baseball Season, I was Politically Victimized by some  Disgruntled Little League Parents when I did not Select their Son on My Quail Valley Little League 1990 and 1991 All-Star Teams. It will be in a Later Chapter.

In 1956, Austin Braves Pitcher, Clark Murray led the National League with 104-Strikeouts; while I was Second with 89-Strikeouts; Eddie Daniel of The Conoco Oilers was Third with 70-Strikeouts; Jim Thompson of The Conoco Oilers was Fourth with 65-Strikeouts; and Charles Coffey of The Denman Cubs was Fifth with 61-Strikeouts.

CHAPTER TWO

1958 and 1959 Royal Ambassadors
Baseball State Championships

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In 1958, 1959, and 1960, I was an Integral-Part of Two First Baptist Church Youth Baseball State Championships. These Two State Baseball Championships were Associated with The Royal Ambassadors (RA’s) for Christ, a Baptist Youth Organization Group that met every Wednesday Night, just before our Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting.

Back in the Summer of 1958, I was 14-Years Old and I was at an RA Christian Summer Camp, at Lake Brownwood Encampment Grounds, on the Shores of Lake Brownwood. My First Baptist Baseball Teammates and I did not know that there was going to be a State Baseball Tournament and the Winner, getting a Berth to the 1957 Texas State Championship Baseball Tournament, but I Immediately helped to “Put-Together” a Pretty Outstanding Team-Together. Although we had a Great Team, we were Beaten in the Finals by another Team from Austin, which basically had the Players from a 15-Year Old State Championship Team from the Austin Area.

So, then in 1959, I was a 15-Year Old and I was able to Recruit an Unbelievable Team and we were able to Win our First Royal Ambassador Texas State Championship, and the Championship Game was Played at the RA Summer Camp.

Then in 1960, as a 16-Year Old, we won the Summer Camp Tournament, but the State Tournament had gotten a lot bigger. There were Eight Regions around the State that had an Entry into the State Baseball Championship Tournament, and the 1959 Royal Ambassador State Baseball Championship Tournament was going to just so happen to be played in Brownwood, Texas, at our Teenage Sportsman Park Baseball Stadium.

Our Second Royal Ambassador State Baseball Championship was Between The Brownwood RA Team and The Odessa RA Team and This Championship Game was for the Championship Game in the 16-and-Under Bracket. The Brownwood RA’s were Representing District 16 and the Odessa RA’s were Representing District Eight. The Game was Played in Brownwood on August 1, 1959 at the Old Brownwood Sportsman Baseball Park on the Brady Highway.

Brownwood Bulletin
By Bill Stovall

AUGUST 9, 1960 – “The Brownwood First Baptist Church RA’s won the 1959 RA State Baseball Championship Game with a 1-0 State Championship Victory over Immanuel Baptist Church RA’s of Odessa, Texas by a 7-3 Score.

Brownwood First Baptist successfully Defended Their State Royal Ambassador Teen-Age Baseball Championship and they had Little-Competition in the Tourney as they Beat a San Antonio Team by a 7-3 Score to get to the Championship Game.

Lawrence Elkins and Ronnie Davis, a Pair of Hard-Throwing First Baptist Right-Handed Pitchers, Pitched First Baptist to the Championship Game. Elkins Pitched the First Three Innings and Davis came into the Fourth Inning and Finished the Game in the 7-3 Victory.

Max Emfinger got the Brownwood First Baptist Team off to a Roaring-Start by Slapping the First Pitch of the Tournament over the Left-Field Fence for a Home-Run. Brownwood Never trailed throughout the Tourney as they Opened with a 13-3 Win over Odessa Emmanuel and then reached the Finals with an easy 19-2 Victory over Vernon.” – End

As the “Universe” had it Planned! Two of the First Baptist Starting Players, Eddie Daniel and James Bunnell, were Tied-Up in another State Baseball Tourney and were not available at the Start of the RA Tourney, leaving First Baptist without enough Players to Start the Tourney. But then, Bobby Pitts and Gerald Wolfe Stepped-In on Friday Night to Rescue the Team until Daniel and Bunnell could Return to the Team on Saturday.

The Brownwood RA Team also had Advanced to the Championship Game by beating that Pesky 1958 Austin Team by a 13-1 Score; after beating Robstown 5-3 and Blanking a Monahans Team by a 4-0 Score.

Tommy Fine, Jr Pitched a Fabulous Game for us and his Incredible Curve-Ball was Unbelievable and Grayson Wetzel got the Winning Hit to win the Game. Fine, whose Dad, Tommy Fine, Sr, Who Pitched in the Major Leagues, Struck-Out Nine Batters, in a Pitcher’s Dual with Charles Thompson of Odessa, who Struck-Out Ten. Our Only Run was Scored in the Fifth-Inning as Fine Walked, Stole Second, and Scored the Winning-Run, on a Single to Right Field by Wetzel.

Several of the Players on the Odessa RA Team were Members of the Odessa Ector High School team that Advanced to the 1960 High School 3A State Championship Game. Their Super-Star Pitcher, Thompson, was the Starting Pitcher in the 3A State Championship Game that Odessa Ector lost.

Other Members of The 1960 Brownwood RA State Baseball Championship Team, other than Tommy Fine, Jr, Grayson Wetzel, and Max Emfinger, included Ray Bledsoe, Jackson Bowers, James Bunnell, Eddie Daniel, Ronnie Davis, Lawrence Elkins, Donnie Howard, Jimmy Hutton, Tommy Womack, and of Course Bobby Pitts and Gerald Wolfe. Our RA Director, Baseball Coach, and Sponsor was Former Brownwood High School Lion Great Football Player, Grady Chastain.

How Unique was it that the Universe” and “Things” that the Pitchers on this 1960 State Championship Team were in the D, E, and F Group, including Davis, Daniel, Elkins, Emfinger, and Fine. Plus the “Universe” also only had Players on this Team that were in the B, D, E, F, H, P, and W Group.

My Senior Quartet of Eddie Daniel, Ronnie Davis, Max Emfinger, and Tommy Womack were in the Quartet and also on this RA State Championship Team. The Senior Quartet would Sing at Christian Functions and Church Services. Those Four Players, along with Donnie Howard and Jimmy Hutton were  also Brownwood All-Region Choir Members in the Brownwood A Cappella Choir. Tommy Womack was also a Brownwood HS All-State Choir Member.

CHAPTER THREE

The 1959 Brownwood Lions Football Team Was Loaded With Senior Talent!

Then, in 1959, The Fall Football Season was Just-Around-The-Corner for The Brownwood Lions and also for a Skinny Sophomore Running Back. Just as School Started, the Brownwood High School Student Council Elections took place. As a Sophomore, I was Elected as Vice President of the Brownwood High School Student Council. Senior Jeff Harrell was Elected President and Senior Sarilyn Bay was Elected Secretary.

The Brownwood A Cappella Choir, Under the Direction of One of my Favorite Teachers, Dorothy McIntosh, Elected their Officers and they Included: President – Jack Matthews; Vice President – Rowland Winn; and Secretary – Gerald Pitts.

The Brownwood Sophomore All-School A Cappella Choir also Elected their Officers for the Year and they included President – Max Emfinger – Vice President – Gene German; and Secretary – Jo Margaret Oldham.

The Brownwood National Honor Society also Elected their Officers, including President – Junior Camacho; Vice President Larry Crutsinger; and Secretary – Carol Moore. The Senior Class Officers included President – Larry Crutsinger; Vice President – Joe Laudermilk; and Secretary – Judy Hickman. The Sophomore Class Officers included President – David Smith; Vice President – George Causey; and Secretary – Myrna Faye Ford. The Ninth Grade Class Officers included President – James Crow; Vice President – Marsha Teague; and Secretary – Nancy Watson.

The High School also had their Election of Mr. and Miss Brownwood High School and the winners were Larry Crutsinger and Carolyn Piper; and then James Crow and Sharon Piper were Elected Mr. and Miss Brownwood Junior High School.

The 1959 Brownwood Lions Football Team was Loaded with Senior Talent, and in fact, had something-like 20 Senior Returning Lettermen coming back for Head Coach Roland “Slim” Warren, for their Senior Year of High School Football. The Star of the Team was a Senior Running Back by the name of Dale Smith and he was a Returning All-District Running Back who was looking to make the All-State Team as a Senior. Senior Joe Loudermilk was going to be the Starting quarterback. Loudermilk and Smith were also Two of my Longtime Childhood Heroes.

When I was a 10-Year Old Little Leaguer, Loudermilk was the Super-Star Pitcher for the American League All-Stars that nearly made it to the Little League World Series. Smith wore Jersey Number 44 and that was my Favorite Jersey Number that I had always wanted to wear when I got to the Brownwood High School Varsity. Another Brownwood Hall of Champion Running Back Ray Masters, also wore Number 44. Masters was the Brownwood Super-Star when I was Younger.

Other Senior Super-Stars, included DE Larry Crutsinger, DT/OT Robert Young, RB/DB Buster Weatherman, WR/CB Junior Camacho, DT/OT Roy Utzman, OC Joe Ellis, DE Don Foster, and OG Jackie Joe Bullion. There were also Five Seniors who would receive their Third Letter, including Smith, Loudermilk, Young, Bullion, and Crutsinger. Earning their Second Letter included Juniors Lawrence Elkins and FB A.D. Carnes. Junior Super Stars getting their First Letter, included OT/DT Ronney Moore, OT Mike Greer, and QB Jimmy Herman.

I Weighed 155-Pounds, dripping-wet. My Ninth Grade Football Teammates and I had Won Most All of our Games in 1958 and most of our Victories came against some Really Tough Junior High School Teams in Abilene, Texas, but with all of those Seniors coming back, it was going to be Very Difficult for any of us to make the Varsity and we would Probably be Playing on the “B” Team, as Sophomores.

In July and August, most of the Varsity Players would meet every afternoon, after work, at Coggin Park to start working-out on their own and start getting in shape for the upcoming Football Season. Then, All-Of-A-Sudden, the “Universe” Came Calling!

On a Very Special Day, along with one of my Best Friends, Bobby Staudt, we ran-into our Old Pal from East ElementaryRonney Moore.”Hey guys! Why aren’t you coming over to the Park for Practice?” We told him that we would come over to Coggin Park that afternoon and we did.

I knew that they were working-out at the Coggin Park, but I did not want to tell Ronney Moore that I was too Scared to go over-there and Work-Out. There were some Really Big Guys and I was afraid that I might get Beat-Up, so I originally did not want to go over-there.

After Staudt and I went over there that afternoon and found-out that it wasn’t that bad, we kept on going and I got to meet all of those Really Big Senior Football Players that I would someday, and soon, be playing with on the Varsity.

SIDEBAR: When Talking about Former Brownwood Head Coach Coach Roland Warren, I will Never Forget one of the First Days of Practice in 1959. On the School Loud-Speaker in the School, there was an Announcement for Max Emfinger and Ben Elledge to Meet with Coach Warren in his Office Before Football Practice.

Coach Warren wanted Ben and I to come to his Office to Try to get us to Change Positions on the Football Field. Ben was a Big Quarterback and about 20-Pounds Bigger than me and Coach Warren wanted him and me to Trade Positions. He wanted Ben to Start Playing Running Back and he wanted me to move to Quarterback.

Well! Needless to Say, Neither of us Wanted “Any Part Of This Position Change” and we Immediately Told Him So. Ben was a Member of the National Honor Society and he was a Very Smart Quarterback and I certainly did not want the Responsibility of having to Learn The Plays and then Call The Plays.

I had been a Star Running Back for Nine Years and Ben had been a Star Quarterback for the Same Length of Time, and we Did Not Change Positions. Coach Warren was a Little Upset, but I think that we all Will Agree that “Things” turned-out Pretty Good For Everyone by Staying at our Best Position.

Ben Signed with Texas Tech as a Quarterback and he once Threw Seven Touchdowns in one Game For The Red Raiders, while I Signed with Baylor as a Running Back/Safety and was Selected to the Freshman All-SWC Team as a Running Back/Safety.

As it turned-out, the Varsity needed another Running Back and I was Brought-Up to the Varsity on the very first day of practice. I played behind Dale Smith and of course he wore Jersey Number 44, and I had to Select another Jersey Number and Basically there were only a few Jersey Numbers available and so I chose Jersey Number 35.

I did not play in the in the First Game of the Season against the San Angelo Central Bobcats and we lost that Game, but then we won Eight Straight Games and were 8-1 and going into our Last Game of the Regular Season Against the Breckenridge Buckaroos for the District Championship.

CHAPTER FOUR

The 1959 Brownwood And Breckenridge Game Was For The District Championship!

Now remember, in 1959, the Rules were that Only The District Championship Team advanced to the First Round of the Texas High School Playoffs. The Brownwood Lions were going To-Play the Breckenridge Buckaroos and Head Coach Emory Bellard, in Breckenridge, Texas and both teams were supporting an Identical 8-1 Record.

Breckenridge was Ranked #1 in the State and Brownwood was Ranked #5 in The State in Class 3A. The Highest Division in the State, at that time, was Class 4A. Later, Class 4A moved to Class 5A and Class 3A moved to Class 4A. Also, the Texas Rules were changed to include Three or more teams in each District to be in the Football Playoffs, but in this Game, in 1959, only the District Champion would play in the Playoffs.

To Make Matters Even Worse I: Brownwood had NEVER beaten Breckenridge in 20-years, but if they did not beat Breckenridge, in this Game, they would not make the Playoffs for the 20th Straight Year. The Brownwood Head Coach was Coach Roland “Slim” Warren. He was a Good Coach, but he had NEVER led the Lions into the Playoffs. This was going to be a Very Tough Game for Brownwood and his Assistant Coaches included Gus Snodgrass, Cecil Elkins, Nelson Turnbow, and Dale Biggs.

To Make Matters Even Worse II: The Buckaroos had the Best Quarterback in The State of Texas in Jerry Gibson; one of the Best Fullbacks in the State in Dickie Rogers; and the Best Defensive Lineman in the State in Glen Dixon.

SIDEBAR: In this “Big-Game” I was on the Sideline and there was a Play, involving Glen Dixon, that I will NEVER for the Rest of my Life. The Lions had the Football and there was going to be a Play near our Sideline “And here comes Glen Dixon and he was Running Full-Speed.”  On the PlayThe Chain-Gang was Too Slow in dropping the Chains Quick Enough and Dixon plowed right-into the First Down Pole at Full Speed with his body and he bent the Pole in Half, like a “C”.  Everyone rushed-over to see him to see if he was OK and Dixon jumped-up and ran back on the field, like nothing had happened.

Breckenridge also had an All-State Offensive Guard, Jimmy Wright, who was also their Second Team Quarterback, behind Jerry Gibson. The Buckaroos had all of these Fabulous Players, but Jerry Gibson was their catalyst and the Lions were going to have to Stop-Him to Win. Also, remember all of these Names, because they are going to “Come-Up” again.

The Buckaroo Player that was Second Team Fullback, behind Dickie Rogers was Sophomore Troy Kennedy, who only a year before had lived in Brownwood at 1905 Vine Street, just behind my house at 1904 Vincent Street. Two of My Very Best Friends from Brownwood and Sadly, They Died Very Premature, were Troy Kennedy and Bobby Staudt.

Both Kennedy and Staudt and I went to East Elementary with Ronney Moore, Eddie Daniel, and David Smith until the School Boundaries Changed after our Third Grade Year and we had to change to South Elementary. Three others, including Susan Timmons, Claudette Clark, and Dawn Stephens; plus Larry Kennedy Transferred to South Elementary from East Elementary and, except for Larry Kennedy in the Second Grade with Moore, we were all in the First Grade, with Miss Velma Martin, as our First Grade Teacher in 1950-51.

After our Ninth Grade Year, the Single-MomMother of Troy and Larry Kennedy got a Great, New job in Breckenridge and their Family Mysteriously left Brownwood and moved to Breckenridge, over the weekend. Troy, later told me at Boys State, about their Incredible First Play from Scrimmage in the Brownwood Game.

The Very First Play from Scrimmage, in the “Big-Game” Was Incredible. Most People would not believe this Play, but it worked and I later found-out, from Troy Kennedy, that the Play was Called The Camacho Special.

The Lions had a Senior Left Cornerback Named Junior Camacho and he was about 5-8. He also was one of my Best Friends on the Team and then again at Baylor University. Now, Remember that the Bucks Starting Right Guard, Jimmy Wright, was their Second Team Quarterback and Sophomore Jerry Coody was their Third Team Quarterback. Coody Started the Game at Quarterback.

The Best Athlete on the Team was their #1 Quarterback Jerry Gibson and he Started the Game at Right Flanker, right in front of Camacho. Also, Remember that Their #2 Quarterback was at Offensive Right Guard and their #3 Quarterback took The First Snap From Center. After taking The First Snap from Center, Coody paused for a Second, and then dropped-back for a pass, but he then Yelled-Out-Fumble.

Meanwhile, Camacho Rushed-Up to Try to Recover the Fumble and Gibson Streaked-Past Him, as Coody Handed The Football-Off to Wright. Wright, then slowly Dropped-Back and Hit Gibson, in the Clear, for a 77-Yard Touchdown to give the Bucks a Quick 7-0 Lead and the Bucks were on their way to a 44-6 Victory and the District Championship; while the Lions Finished their season with an 8-2 Record.

In This Game, Jerry Gibson was Incredible as he Caught a 77-Yard Touchdown; completed 8 of 13 Passes for 141-Yards; and Rushed for 55-Yards, giving him 273-Yards of Total Offense and a 15.17-Yards Per Touch Average. Gibson was able to get away from Lion Defenders on Numerous Occasions when he seemed to be trapped.

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The Buckaroo Victory gave Coach Emory Bellard (In Photo) another District 4-AAA Championship and sent his Perennial Powerhouse Team into the Playoffs with an Excellent Chance of Defending their 1958 State 3A Championship, but in the 1959 State Championship Game, the Bucks Tied Cleburne and Became Co-Champs for the 1959 State Championship. Bellard was a Very Young Coach and so don’t forget his name, because it is going to “Come-Up” again and Soon.

CHAPTER FIVE

Before The Lions Could Win The 1960 State Championship, They Needed A State Championship  Head Coach!

When you Read this Chapter, it is Almost Impossible to Believe and Understand how The Universe worked-out these seemingly Impossible and Incredible “Things” for Brownwood, Texas High School Football. And Yes! Politics was the Most Important aspect in Brownwood getting their new Head Football Coach and Politics also Played one of the Most Important Parts in my Life and at that time and also for the Rest of my Life.

Coach Gordon Wood (On The Left In Photo) was Coaching at Victoria High School in Victoria, Texas, but because of some “Big-Time Politics” with Teachers in Victoria not being able to participate in their Social Security Program, Coach Wood was looking to get back to a Head Coaching job in West Texas. Coach Wood was from Abilene, Texas, a West Texas Town, and he had also already Won Two 2A State Championships in 1955 and 1956 at another West Texas Town of Stamford. His Stamford Teams both had 15-0 Records and they also had a 35-Game Winning Streak, before they lost to Sweetwater, another West Texas Team.

Right after the 1959 Football Season, Coach Gordon Wood Interviewed with San Angelo Central High School for their Head Coaching Job and since he had already won Two 2A State Championships at Stamford, just down the road from San Angelo, it seemed like the San Angelo Head Coaching Job was probably going to be a “Shoe-In” for him to get the job. The San Angelo Central Head Coaching Job was Probably the #1 Head Coaching Job in the State of Texas, but because of another Unbelievable Political Dispute, their School Board of Trustees was Split Right-Down-The-Middle with Three Trustees on each Political Side.

CHAPTER SIX

Coach Gordon Wood – My 50-Year Mentor

It was in the Spring of 1960 and we had our First Team Meeting with our New Head Football Coach, Gordon Wood and he Gave-Us a Play Book that Read FOOTBALL Brownwood Lions High School Play Book. This Play Book was Given to me about 58-Years Ago and I am Currently Looking at My Brownwood Play Book that I have Used Many Times in my Lifetime.

BROWNWOOD HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAY BOOK
THE FORWARD
By Gordon Wood

Football is a Game of Life played on The Gridiron. It can very well be a Reflection of What Life Holds for You in The Future. Your Reactions, Desire, Intent, and Attitude displayed in Football also displays The Type of Person That you Are and How You Will React Down the Road of Life.

RememberAnything Worthwhile Requires A Price. It must be Given a 100% Effort. Think in Terms of Success, Pay the Price, and Be A Success. Form Good Habits and You Will Be Rewarded.

On The First Page, Below THE FORWARD, The Following Poem Was included as Coach Gordon Wood Said;  “No Words can Express Our Philosophy Better than The Following Poem:

IF YOU THINK YOU CAN, YOU CAN!
(I Have Used This Poem For All Of My Many
Life Successes)

THE MAN WHO THINKS HE CAN!

If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you would like to win, but you think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
It’s as true as the Stars in the skies
That out in the World you’ll find
Success begins in a fellows thoughts
It’s ALL IN A STATE OF MIND!

Full many a race is lost
Ere ever a step is run,
And many a Task has failed
Before it was ever begun
Think Big and Your Deeds will grow
Think small and you’ll fall behind
Think that you can and you will,
It’s ALL IN A STATE OF MIND!

If you think you are out-classed, you are,
If you’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to think well of yourself
Before you can win a prize
Life’s battles doesn’t always go
To the Stronger or Faster man,
But sooner or later, the man who wins
Is the Fellow who THINKS HE CAN!

The Incredible Gordon Wood Story Is Next!

In 2003, just before Coach Wood went to Heaven in December, he is Sitting in the Stands (On the Right) with Coach Emory Bellard (In Photo) at the San Angelo Central game Against Brownwood in San Angelo Stadium.

Remember, I told you not to forget Coach Emory Bellard?

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The Two New “K’s” At Arizona Are Going To Shock The NFL! By Super Scout Max Emfinger

The Two New “K’s” At Arizona Are Going To-Shock The NFL!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger

Kyler Murray

The Observers Who Thought That Kyler Murray (#1) Was Too Short or Too Small, To Play in The NFL, Never Saw Him Play or Probably Would Not Know An Unbelievably Talented Player, With Incredibly Gifted Quarterback Skills, if They Saw One. Murray is Also One Of The Most Gifted and Talented Athletes In History To Play Two Sports In High School and College.

Kyler Murray is Also one of The Best Athletic Dual-Threat College Quarterbacks that I Have Ever Seen, In My 47 Years Of Scouting and Evaluating Football Players in High School, College, and The NFL. Murray Just Has The Unbelievable Athleticism, and there is a reason that he was one of The Most Sought-After Quarterback Recruits in The Country Coming-Out of High School, but he is more than just a Great Athletic Dual-Threat Quarterback, because He has an Incredibly Quick-Release and He Throws Really Impressive Darts past Defensive Backs.

At First, Everyone Thought That The Oklahoma Sooners Quarterback Kyler Murray (5-10, 207, 4.32) was Probably Not Going To Play in The NFL, because he had Already Signed a Multi-Million Dollar Contract Multi-Million Dollar Contract ($4.66M) To-Play Major League Baseball with The Baseball Oakland Athletics, who Drafted him #9 in The 2018 Major League Draft.

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“The Baseball Career for Kyler Murray had always had a “Very Defined Path” which included playing Football for The Oklahoma Sooners in 2018, but for only in That 2018 Football Season,” Said his Agent Scott Boras.

The Problem with This “Very Defined Path” for Kyler Murray was that he Was Destined To Become One of The Greatest Quarterbacks To Ever Play Quarterback in College and The Same Might Also be said in The NFL.

When Murray Signed With The Oakland Athletics about a week after The Major League Baseball Draft, he Signed with The Strict Understanding that he was Definitely going to play One More Football Season for The Oklahoma Sooners as The Replacement for The 2017 Heisman Trophy Oklahoma Quarterback Baker Mayfield.

The Kyler Murray Selections also Created a Couple of Firsts as he Became The First Athlete To Get Selected in The First Round in Both The NFL Football Draft and Also The MLB Baseball Draft. The Oklahoma Sooners Also Became The First College To Have Two Players From The Same Position Selected As The First Overall Selection in Back-To-Back NFL Drafts.

Cardinals Might Be Open to Draft Kyler Murray with 1st Overall Pick and Trading Last Year’s First Round Pick QB Josh Rosen

What was Really Interesting was that The Arizona Cardinals Held The NFL #1 Draft Choice and their New Head Football Coach, Kliff Kingsbury (In Photo), Had Already Been Quoted In October as Saying that he would Draft Kyler Murray (#1, In Photo) as His #1 Overall Selection in The 2019 Draft, if he had the Chance. They Had Already Drafted a Super Quarterback In Josh Rosen in The #10 Overall Selection Of The 2018 NFL Draft, but After Drafting Murray, they Traded Rosen To The Miami Dolphins.

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After Trading Josh Rosen, to The Miami Dolphins, The Cardinals Got Super Slot Wide Receiver Andy Isabella (#5) of U-Mass, As The #62 Selection in The NFL Draft. The #62 Selection Originally Belonged to The New Orleans Saints, but Miami Made a Trade Down from #48. Isabella (5-10, 190, 4.31, 36.5, 4.15, 121, 15) Led All NCAA Receivers in 2018 With 1,698-Yards Receiving and 13 Touchdowns, and His 13 Touchdowns Tied For Fifth.

The CardinalsAlso Got Another Wide Receiver in The #103 Selection in Iowa State Super-Star Hakeem Butler (6-5, 227, 4.48, 36, 4.28, 128). Butler is Another Great Deep Threat for The Two “K’s” in The “Air Raid Offense” For The Cardinals. Butler Led The Country in Receiving Yards With 1,318-Yards and an Unbelievable 22.0 Yards Per Catch.

Butler Is The Second Wide Receiver That The Cardinals Drafted In The First Four Rounds, as They Entered The 2019 NFL Draft and Targeting Super Talented Players To Play In “The Kingsbury Air Raid Offense” System. With Murray, Isabella, and Butler, They Began To Build an Incredible Offense.

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Coach Kingsbury has Made a Fabulous Reputation in Coaching Great Quarterbacks to Stardom as he has Already Coached Two Such Super-Stars in Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M and Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech. He also Has Incredible Ties To Super Head Coach and Good Friend, Mike Leach of Washington State, Who is The Creator of The “Air Raid Offense” and Who Kingsbury Played-For at Texas Tech. 

 

Incredible Kliff Kingsbury College Football Player Stats

Following The 2002 Football Season, Kingsbury Received The Sammy Baugh Award Trophy as The Best College Passer. He Also Was Selected as an  Academic All-American and Player of the Year. Kingsbury Also Was Selected as a Unanimous All-Big 12 Conference and The Associated Press Offensive Player of The Year, and 9th in Heisman Trophy Voting. These Incredible Awards Were After Kingsbury Broke His Own Texas Tech Single-Season Passing Records by Completing 479 of 712 Passes, For 5,017-Yards, 45 Touchdowns, and a Tremendous 67.3 Passing Completion Rate. 

Kingsbury Was Only The Third College Football Player In Football History To Throw For Over 10,000-Yards, Gain over 10,000-Yards of Total Offense, and Complete Over 1,000 Passes in His Career. Kingsbury Also Became Only The Fourth Player In College Football History To Pass For Over 3,000-Yards In Three Football Seasons.

It is also Pretty Obvious that Coach Kingsbury Will Love to Coach Heisman Trophy Award Winning Quarterback Kyler Murray in his First Football Season with The Arizona Cardinals And Then Getting Super Slotback Receiver Andy Isabella in Round #2.

Kingsbury Has Known Kyler Murray Ever Since He Was 15 Years Old and He Tried To-Recruit Him To Play at Texas Tech, But He Was not Able To Get Him To Become a Red Raider, But On Thursday Night, The First “K” (Kliff) Was Able To Get The Second “K” (Kyler) To Be His quarterback, as The Arizona Cardinals Selected Murray As The Overall #1 Selection In The 2019 NFL Draft. These Two “K’s” Will Absolutely Shock The NFL in 2019.

“It’s something that We Have Talked About for a Long Time,” Murray said. “God Works In Mysterious Ways” For Me To Play for Coach Kingsbury and Now It Is a Surreal Feeling.”

Coach Kingsbury was Unbelievably Ecstatic in Getting The Most Perfect Quarterback For The Kingsbury “Air-Raid” Offense Despite Being Only 5-10 and 207 Pounds. Many NFL Scouts Have Compared Murray To The Seattle Seahawks All-Pro Quarterback Russell Wilson, But Coach Kingsbury Believes That Murray Has Absolutely A Much More Greater Potential.

SIDEBAR I: With The Two “K’s” and Isabella, The NFL Is In For A Shock in 2019. Coach Kingsbury Will Be Able To Implement His “Old College” And Current “Kingsbury Air Raid Offense” For The Arizona Cardinals. Heisman Trophy Winner Kyler Murray Will Shock The NFL With His Passing. Super Slotback Wide Receiver Andy Isabella Will Become His “Go To” Receiver andSuper Large Wide Receiver Hakeem Butler Will Become Another“Go To” Receiver In “The Kingsbury Air Raid Passing Offense” Agenda.

In Addition To Getting Heisman Quarterback Murray In The First NFL Selection and Super Slot Receiver Isabella In Round #2, The Arizona Cardinals Are Going To Implement “The Kingsbury Air Raid Offense.”

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SIDEBAR II: My Guess Is That Murray Will Pass For 4,000-Yards And Become Rookie Of The Year And Pro-Bowl; While Isabella Will Catch 100 Passes and Butler Will Catch Over 50 Passes. Murray and Isabella Will Both Be In The Running For Rookie Of The Year Honors Which Is Similar To My Two Friends Robert Griffin (Rookie of The Year) and Alfred Morris (In The Finals) For The 2012 Rookie Of The Year Award Honors For The Washington Redskins.

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Six Incredible Miracles That Just Saved My Life After My Robotic Knee Replacement. By Super Scout Max Emfinger!

Six Incredible Miracles That Just Saved My Life After My Robotic Knee Replacement.
By Super Scout Max Emfinger!

For 47 Years, I have been a Football Talent Super Scout and I have always been looking for The Unbelievable “Under The Recruiting Radar Football Talent” For The NFL or For College Football Coaches. When you are a Football Talent Scout, you rarely go to an Office, for work, every day, like most other Business Men, but most of the time, I would be going To Another Football Stadium To Try and find Another Super-Star That is Currently “Under The Recruiting Radar” and then Evaluate Him and Rate and Rank Him.

So on most every Thursday and Friday Night, I would Find The Best High School Football Game, Irregardless of Distance from my Home, and then I would be on The Sideline at The Start of The Game and Searching for That “Under The Radar Super-Star” in that Game.

In Searching for That “Under The Radar Super-Star” I might Walk-Around that Football Stadium Five or Six Times on a Thursday and Friday Night and Some Times on Saturday. While Walking-Around A Stadium for 1,000 or More Times, My Knees Took Really “Hard-Work” Toward Serious Arthritis.

After 44-Years, I was having a really “Hard-Time” Even-Walking, much less Walking Around a Stadium on a Thursday or Friday Night and all of my All-American Bowl Game Coaches wanted me to have a Couple Knee Replacements. I always knew that The Knee Replacements Might be able To-Help me walk, but I was always afraid that it might “Go-Wrong” and I would not be able to “Even-Walk” and so I kept “Putting-It-Off” Until Later.

Then, after 45-Years, I decided to “Go-Ahead” and have a Knee-Replacement on my Right Knee. I was Supposed to have my Surgery on February 12, but one of my Doctors forgot To Mail his Approval Info to Doctor Jared L. Braud, my Knee Replacement Doctor and it caused me to have To Have My Surgery on February 14 which was St Valentines Day.

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SIDEBAR: Although My Stryker Mako Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement Surgery Was on February 14, I Was Not Able to Send an Email Until April 14. This Robotic System Gave Dr. Braud (In Photo) More Accuracy When He Placed My Knee Implant and Was Able To Customize His Surgical Plans On Me, Based on My Bone Anatomy and Diagnosis. Oh Yeah! After Two Months, I had 4,807 Emails To Answer or Delete.

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First Miracle

My Son Eric and I were Very Excited when The Covington St Paul Baseball Team Declared That They would Honor Their 1999 Louisiana 4A State Baseball Championship With a 20-Year Reunion on Saturday, March 16, in Covington, Louisiana. Eric Got “The Winning Walk-Off Double” in The Bottom of The Seventh Inning To-Win The 1999 Louisiana State Baseball Championship.

In the Bottom of The Seventh Inning, of The Louisiana 4A State Baseball Championship Game, Andrew Mauldin, Head Coach Rick Mauldin’s Son, Doubled with two outs, bringing-up our #3 Batter Chuck Hickman. Instead of pitching to Hickman, who was also The Louisiana All-State Shortstop, Baton Rouge Woodlawn Head Coach Dru Nettles decided to Intentionally Walk him and pitch to Eric, who was The #4 Cleanup Batter And The Louisiana All-State First Basemen.

Hickman is one of the best players in The State of Louisiana and I felt that we needed to Intentionally Walk him and pitch to Emfinger,” said Coach Dru Nettles. “It would also give us a chance for a force-out at any base.”

So Eric came to the plate in the bottom of The Seventh Inning with the game tied at 3-3 and The Game-Winning Run on Second Base with two outs. Before Eric got to the plate, Woodlawn changed Pitchers, and two or three of his St Paul’s Teammates had a little break in-time and they embraced Eric and collectively said: “This is the reason that you came here to St Paul’s and you know exactly what to do!”

The Woodlawn Pitcher tried to throw Eric some outside pitches, but he definitely did not want to give Eric anything good to hit. Then, on a 2-2 count, the Woodlawn Pitcher threw a ball way-outside, trying to get Eric to go for it, but Eric reached out and hit a double to the Opposite Left-Field that brought in Garrett Acquistapace, who was a Pinch-Runner for Andrew Mauldin, with “The Game-Winning-Walkoff Run” and a 4-3 victory and The Louisiana 4A State Baseball Championship.

As Coach Rick Mauldin said: “This was The Dream and Miracle of a Lifetime, but for Eric Emfinger, It Was Ever So Very, Very Special.”

Eric (In Photo) With Three Trophies After Helping Lead The Houma Southland Hogs To The 1999 NABF National World Series Championship. His Two Trophies and MVP Plaque Included The World Series Most Valuable Player, Best Batting Average, and Most RBI’s.

I was Really Excited and I thought that I would be Walking Around After my February 14 Right Knee Replacement. My Son, Eric, Lives just outside of Oklahoma City, in Moore, Oklahoma, but His Wife, Jennifer and 2-Year Old Son, “Little Max” Would be Driving To Plaquemine on Friday March 15 and then We-All would be Driving to Covington on Saturday For The Reunion.

SIDEBAR: This First Miracle Will Be Obvious and It Will Be Explained In The Third Miracle!

Second Miracle

Being Able To Use Dr. Jared L. Braud As My Surgeon And Able To Use The Stryker Mako Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement System In My Surgery Was an Obvious Miracle. Dr. Braud did a Fabulous Job in Replacing my Right Knee and He Found-Out that my Old Knee was one of The Worst Arthritic Knees that he had ever Seen, But Dr. Braud Was Able To Customize His Surgical Plans On Me, Based on My Bone Anatomy and Diagnosis.

After about 45 Days, I Am Walking-Around with a Brand-New Stryker Mako Robotic Right Knee, But I Am Not Looking Forward To Replacing My Left Knee, Next Year. 

Third Miracle

My First 30 Days After My Ninth Major Surgery!

After My Knee Replacement Surgery and While I Was Still in The Hospital, My Current Pain Medicine Was Not Working and so My Pain Medicine Was Up-Graded. So Then, when we got Home, it Was Very Difficult For My Wife Ginger (In Photo) and Me To-Know Exactly Which Medicines To-Give Me. Consequently, For About Three or Four Days, I Was In a Fog and Out of It. I Could Hardly Get-Up Out Of Bed and I Missed My First Weekly of Therapy.

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SIDEBAR: After The First Few Days, Ginger Was Unbelievable In-Taking-Care Of Me. She Also Took Care Of Me In Other Surgeries, Including A Double Lung Surgery, Open-Heart Surgery, Prostate Cancer Surgery, and Double Kidney Stone Surgery, but none of These Surgeries were as Bad To Take-Care of as This Knee Replacement and Ginger Was Just Incredible.

Then, In Exactly 30 Days from my Surgery, I was able to go to my Moreau Therapy Workout, but after a Very Rough Night, I Nearly Passed-Out as I Started my Workout, but My Two Great Physical Therapists, Colleen Wilbert and Amanda Sanchez, Along with Their Three Great Assistants Paige Chustz, Jeralyn LeJeune, and Randi Seneca, Immediately Rushed Me To The Nearby Ochsner’s Medical Center Emergency Room.

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After Spending About Six Hours and After Running All of These Tests, Several Emergency Room Doctors Did Not Find Anything Wrong Except An “Over-Zealous” Activity in My Rehab. And so, My Wife Ginger (In Photo),  and I Were Sent Home. This Was On Thursday, March 14 and Ironically, Exactly 30 Days After My Right Knee Surgery, and This Day is Really Important To Remember!

The Next Day, on Friday March 15, Everything Seemed To Go Great, Until I Went To Bed At Midnight. Oh Yes. Eric, Jennifer, and  “Little Max” Arrived From Moore, Oklahoma at Around 10:00, Just Before We All Went To Bed.

As Ginger Helped Me Get Into Bed, I Turned-Over and I Experienced The Most Escruciating Pain in My Stomach That I Had Ever Had and I Experienced This Severe Pain, All Night. This Severe Pain Was in The Lower-Right Side of My Abdomen. I Got-Up Saturday Morning and I Was Still Hurting Really Bad and So I Was Unable To-Go To The Covington St Paul 1999 Louisiana State Championship 20-Year Reunion.

When Eric Got Back Home From The Covington St Paul 20-Year Reunion, Ginger and I Had An Unbelievably Great Time, Playing With “Little Max” but I Was Still Hurting With Severe Pain and The Strange Thing Was That We Had Absolutely No Clue As To What Was Causing This Pain.

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Eric and Jennifer Had Planned To-Go To New Orleans, For The Day, On Sunday, But Eric Decided Instead, To Take His Dad To The Ochsner’s Medical Center Emergency Room And Try To Find Out What Was Causing The Severe Pain To His Dad and This Was The Third Miracle, Because Since Ginger and I Had Just Been To The Ochsner’s Medical Center Emergency Room Only Three Days Before, We Probably Would Have Never Gone Back.

Fourth Miracle

So Eric and I Got To Ochsner’s Medical Center Emergency Room Around 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 17. As we Checked-In, We Were Given The Same Emergency Room That I Had on The Previous Thursday, All Of The Nurses and Doctor Aids Started Saying: Are You Back Here Again?

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The Unique Thing Was That I Got The Same Exact Emergency Room That I Had On The Previous Thursday and I Went Through The Same Exact Tests, Including Another CT /CAT Scan Which Allows The Doctors to see Inside My Body. The CT/CAT Scan Uses a Combination of X-rays and Computers to Help Create “A Look-See” To The Inside Of My Body For Information.

This Time, However, There Was One Difference In The CT /CAT Scan. Before I Did My CT/CAT Scan, I Drank About A Gallon of Water, With A Special Liquid Inside, So As To Enable The Doctors To See During The X-Rays.

This CT/CAT Scan Started Around 4:00 And It Was Going To take About Two Hours For The Results To Be Ready. The Only Difference In The Tests on Thursday and The Tests on Sunday Was The Special Liquid In The Water, But Eric and I were Preparing To Go Home At Around 7:00.

Eric and I Were Shocked When One Of The Doctors Came Back Into My Room and Announced To Us: “You Guys Are Not Going Home Tonight, Because You Are Having an Emergency Appendicitis Attack.

Oh Yes! My Tenth Major Surgery Is Coming!

SIDEBAR: There Is No Mistaking That This Appendicitis Type of Escruciating Pain Is a Very Intensifying Pain and If Left Untreated, This Pain Will Quickly Become So Severe That You Will Not Be Able To Participate in Normal Activities. This Was Definitely A Medical Emergency and Should Seek Immediate Medical Treatment.

“We Need To Operate Tonight, If Possible, But If Not, Then, Tomorrow Morning. We Do Not Have a Doctor at Ochsner’s Medical Center Emergency Room Tonight, But Baton Rouge General Hospital Has a Doctor, On Call, Tonight and He Might Be Able To Operate Tonight.”

So I Was Put Into An Ambulance and Rushed To The Baton Rouge General Hospital, About 10 Miles Away. Finding-Out That My Severe Pain Was Because of A Pending Emergency Appendicitis Attack Was The Fourth Miracle.  A Burst Appendix Could Be Life Threatening and Doctors Must Remove it Immediately to Avoid Toxicity. The Most Obvious Sign of an Appendicitis Attack is Severe Pain in The Lower-Right Side of The Abdomen.

Since I Still Was Recovering From A Right Knee Replacement, If The Appendix Burst, It Would Damage My Whole Body With Infections and Especially Sending Some Damaging Infections To My Right Knee.

Fifth Miracle

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An Emergency Appendectomy (In Photo) is The Surgical Removal of The Appendix. It Is a Common Emergency Surgery That Is Performed to Treat Emergency Appendicitis, An Inflammatory Condition of The Appendix.

The Appendix is a Small, Tube-Shaped Pouch Attached to The Large Intestine. It Is Located in The Lower Right Side of The Abdomen. The Exact Purpose of The Appendix Is Not Known. 

When The Appendix Becomes Inflamed and Swollen, A Lot of Bacteria Can Quickly Multiply Inside The Appendix and Will Lead to The Formation Of Dangerous Pus. This Buildup of Bacteria and Pus Can Cause Severe Pain Around The Belly-Button That Will Spreads to The Lower Right Section of The Abdomen.

It Is Extremely Important to Seek Treatment Immediately If You Are having These Symptoms of Appendicitis and When These Conditions Go Untreated, The Appendix Can Burst and Release Dangerous Bacteria Throughout The Body. This Can Be Life-Threatening.

When The Ambulance Got To The Baton Rouge General Hospital Emergency Room and I Was Carried Through The Emergency Door, Several Emergency Room Nurses and Aids Were Asking Me: “Are You Back Again?”

There Was A Doctor At The Baton Rouge General Hospital who was On Call, but We Did Not Know Who It Was and we Also Did Not Know Whether He Could Do An Emergency Appendectomy!

After Waiting In The Emergency Room For About An Hour, Ginger and I Were Escorted To The Operating Prep Room For Me To Receive An Emergency Appendectomy! This Was The Fifth Miracle.

Sixth Miracle

As Ginger and I Got To The Baton Rouge General Hospital Operating Room, We Still Did Not Know Who My Surgeon Was Going To Be and Then, All of a Sudden, This Familiar Looking Doctor Entered The Prep Room. This Doctor Looked Really Familiar, But He Had On His Operating Clothes-On and Both Ginger and I Did Not Immediately Recognize him. I Also Had On A Hospital Gown and Hospital Cap and He Also Did Not Initially Recognize Me.

Then, After a Few Minutes, We Both Recognized Each Other. It Was Doctor Dhaval Adhvaryu. Dr. Adhvaryu (In Photo) and My Son Eric Were Both Groomsmen In The Wedding of My Nephew Pat Huesmann and His New Wife, Samantha Adams Huesmann. Also, The Wedding Was At The Dr. Adhvaryu Mansion/Ranch/Home In Baton Rouge.

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So Having A Personal Friend To Perform My Emergency Appendectomy Was An Unbelievable Sixth Miracle.

Eric Had Spent Sunday Night At Our House In Plaquemine, After Being With Me At The Ochsner’s Medical Center Emergency Room For Most Of The Day, on Sunday And He Had Planned To Go Back Home on Monday.

Dr. Adhvaryu Had Told Ginger After the Surgery That He Would Check-In On Me At Around 11:00 A.M. On Monday Morning. I Was Hoping That Eric And Dhaval Would Get To See Each Other Again, but I Was Not Sure When Both Of Them Would Get To My Hospital Room.

Another Miracle Happened When Dr Adhvaryu Knocked On My Hospital Door At 11:10 and Eric Came-In at 11:20, Followed By Jennifer and “Little Max” at Around 11:30.

 

 

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Eric Maxwell Emfinger Four-Time All-American Baseball Player And Miracle Man! By Super Scout Max Emfinger – Short Version

Eric Maxwell Emfinger
Four-Time All-American Baseball Player
And On Eight State Championships And Four National Championships!

By His Mentor Max Emfinger

In The Photo, Eric (#13) Gets The Game-Winning Walk-Off Double For Covington St Paul, Louisiana in the Bottom of the Seventh Inning To Win The 1999 Louisiana 4A State Baseball Championship.

Eric Maxwell Emfinger was born in 1980 to Max and Ginger Emfinger. That was the year after I Founded The First High School Football Recruiting Service, so I was pretty busy around that time when he got started playing Baseball at Five, but I still became his Baseball Mentor.

Also about that same time, I changed his Batting Stance from Batting Right-Handed to Batting Left-Handed. All of the Little League Umpires would tell him to move to the other side, but he would always line-up on the left side of the plate, hit the plate with his bat, and then tell them that “My Dad says that I bat on this side.

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Eric Gets His Baseball Mentor At Age Nine!

I also will never forget bringing Eric home when he was Nine, after his last Little League Baseball Game. “Dad, when are you going to start coaching me,” he asked and I will never forget saying: “Today!”

Eric is Seven in the Photo to the Left. In Back is Greg Schulte, my High School Football Game Film-Man and Robert Williams, my Assistant Scout.

SIDEBAR I: Greg Schulte Was a Member on My Super Scouts Softball Team that Won Six Straight Houston Chronicle City Softball Championships from 1987-1992 and Ended a Six-Season Record with a 68-0.

The next year, I became his Little League Baseball Coach and I then became his Mentor for about the next fifteen years. In that same year, I also took his 10-Year Old All-Star Team to The Regional State Baseball Championship Tournament and this was One of Our Our First Miracles that we shared together as We Won that Regional 10-Year Old  Baseball Championship.

Eric played a lot of different positions in Little League, but he was also a very dominant Pitcher. I taught Eric how to throw a Knuckle-Ball Pitch and it became one of his best pitches as a Pitcher. One night, in Quail Valley Little League, his Knuckle-Ball Pitch was so dominant, Eric Struck-Out 16 Batters. I Still think Eric holds that Quail Valley Pitching Record.

SIDEBAR Note II: In 1956, His Dad Struck-Out 16 Batters in Brownwood Little League and his Best Pitch was his Fastball.

From this point on, it’s pretty difficult to believe what happened next. When Eric was a 12-Year Old Little League All-Star, Coach Willie Hill and I took his Quail Valley Little League All-Star Team to The Texas Little League State Baseball Tournament in Waco, Texas where we came in Third-Place.

SIDEBAR III: In 1993, while we were in Waco, Texas for The State Little League Baseball Championship, our Quail Valley Little League Team was housed on the Baylor University Campus in the Athletic Dormitory, Martin Hall. I was at Baylor University from 1962-1967 and I lived in Room 333. Then, in 1970, I went back to Baylor to work on my Masters Degree and I became the Assistant Athletic Dorm Director of Martin Hall and I lived in Room 333. So what Room do you think that Eric and I lived in for the Week that we were in Waco for the Little League State Baseball Championship. If you guessed Room 333, you would be correct.

We had a great Little League Baseball Season in 1993, when Eric was 12, but we really thought that we could win that Little League State Championship! We did finish Third which was still a great Feat. After we got back home, from Waco, Eric and I sat down and had a long talk and we both decided that we would try to make it to an Age-Group World Series and we set that as our Goal.

So then, when Eric was 13, I decided to start a Super Select Baseball Team. These Super Select Baseball Teams are pretty common now, but back in 1994, there were no such things like this anywhere until I started The First Super Select Baseball Team in Houston, Texas. We were called The Texas Lone Wolves. In 1995 and 1996, The Texas Lone Wolves won over Forty Games. This, in itself was a Miracle, because we did not start playing until the weekends after the High School Baseball Season was over. You have got to win a lot of Tournaments in May, June, and July to win 40 games in each Summer. The Biggest Miracle Ever was that The Texas Lone Wolves Never Lost a Baseball Tournament in The State of Texas!

I took Eric and his 13-Year Old Super Select Team to The Continental Amateur Baseball Congress (CABA) World Series in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma in 1994; then his 14-Year Old (CABA) World Series in Columbus, Ohio in 1995; and finally his 15-Year Old (CABA) World Series in Chicago, Illinois in 1996.

The Miracles, in these three years, that we Qualified for all of those World Series Berths. We Qualified for only One World Series in 1994; but in 1995 and 1996, we Qualified for Three World Series in each Year.  There were so many Miracles happening, with our Baseball Team, it would take another Story to tell all of them, but there were a couple times that we scored The Winning Run in the bottom of the last inning. We always Chose to play in The CABA World Series, because they would guarantee us to be able to play more games than in the other World Series.

So Eric and I achieved our original goal of going to an Age-Group World Series as we participated in three of them. So after participating in those three Age-Group World Series before he turned 16, Eric and I decided to Re-Set our Goals again. This time, we Set our Goals to win an Age-Group World Series and also to make All-American. By this time, Eric had become an All-Star First Baseman, but he was also a Pitcher sometimes in relief.

We moved to Louisiana in 1997 and missed participating in an Age-Group World Series, that year, but you won’t believe what happened next in 1998, just before his Senior Year in Baseball at Covington Saint Paul’s High School. Another Incredible Miracle happened!

Eric was playing on a Super Select Baseball Team in Hammond, Louisiana called Bill Hood and they won The Louisiana Summer State Baseball Championship and qualified for a World Series Berth to the National Association Baseball Federation (NABF) World Series in Evansville, Indiana.

Then, at the first of August, Eric participated in The Rick Jones Tulane Baseball Camp and he won the Rick Jones Camp MVP Trophy. The Camp MVP Award gave Eric an invitation to play with The Brooklyn Dodgers Super Select Team in the CABA High School World Series in Euclid, OhioAnd so Eric was able to participate in two 1998 Age Group World Series in The Same Summer and I drove him to both World Series Championship Tournaments.

SIDEBAR IV: I might add that The Right Fielder on the Brooklyn Dodger Super Select Team was a player by the name of Josh Hamilton. Hamilton led The Brooklyn Dodger Super Select Team in Home-Runs and RBI’s as The Brooklyn Dodgers Super Select Team went undefeated with an 8-0 Record and became The 1998 CABA High School World Series Champions.

After the last game, I drove Eric, Cross-The-Country to Evansville, Indiana where he joined his Bill Hood Teammates and helped them to finish in Third Place, but don’t forget this 1998 Bill Hood Team, because they were just warming up for their 1999 NABF World Series Championship.

So, right after The 1998 CABA World Series Championship and 1998 NABF World Series, Eric played his Senior Baseball Season in High Schooland his Covington St Paul’s Team Won The Louisiana 4A High School State Baseball Championship.

The Defensive Play of the Game for St Paul’s in that State Championship Game and also The Defensive Play of the Year took place in the top of The Seventh Inning in a 3-3 tie game. Baton Rouge Woodlawn had The Winning Run on second base with two outs and their batter hit The Winning Single to right field, but wait. Another Miracle Happened!

Our Right Fielder, Ron Allen, quickly came up with the ball and fired a perfect strike to Eric at First Base and Eric then turned and fired another perfect strike to our Catcher, Evan Gremillion, who tagged out the runner before he could score The Winning Run. St Paul’s Winning Head Coach, Rick Mauldin, said, “That play at the plate in the top of The Seventh Inning was definitely The Play of The Game and of the Year. It was truly a Miracle!”

Then, in the bottom of The Seventh Inning, of The 4A State Baseball Championship Game, Andrew Mauldin, Coach Mauldin’s Son, Doubled with two outs, bringing-up our #3 Batter Chuck Hickman. Instead of pitching to Hickman, who was also our All-State Shortstop, Woodlawn decided to Intentionally Walk him and pitch to Eric, who was our #4 Cleanup Batter.

Hickman is one of the best players in The State of Louisiana and I felt that we needed to Intentionally Walk him and pitch to Emfinger,” said Woodlawn Head Coach Dru Nettles. “It would also give us a chance for a force-out at any base.”

So Eric came to the plate in the bottom of The Seventh Inning with the game tied at 3-3 and The Game-Winning Run on Second Base with two outs. Before Eric got to the plate, Woodlawn changed Pitchers, and two or three of his St Paul’s Teammates had a little break in-time and they embraced Eric and collectively said: “This is the reason that you came here to St Paul’s and you know exactly what to do!”

The Woodlawn Pitcher tried to throw Eric some outside pitches, but he definitely did not want to give Eric anything good to hit. Then, on a 2-2 count, the Woodlawn Pitcher threw a ball way-outside, trying to get Eric to go for it, but Eric reached out and hit a double to the Opposite Left-Field that brought in Garrett Acquistapace, who was a Pinch-Runner for Andrew Mauldin, with “The Game-Winning-Walkoff Run” and a 4-3 victory and The Louisiana4A State Baseball Championship.

As Coach Rick Mauldin said: “This was The Dream and The Miracle of a Lifetime that we had always talked about, but for Eric Emfinger, it was ever so very, very Special.”

When Eric was a Junior, everyone needs to know how his Baseball Coach Steve Driscol, at Hammond High School had told him before he transferred to St Paul’s for his Senior Season that he would never become a great player. Coach Driscol ragged on Eric all of the time, and then started cutting his playing time, and so Eric and I decided that it would be in his best interest To Transfer for his Senior Season and so we did. Eric also really wanted to prove to him and any other doubters that he was Great Player and that they were wrong. Driscol also said that it was not his job to help players to get College Scholarships.

Incredible Baseball Story

One of the most interesting and most intriguing things, of all time, happened at our house, or away from it, on the night before The State Championship Game on Friday Night. Also remember that Eric did this without his Mom or Dad knowing about it and we did not find out about it until St Paul Parents started coming-up to us at Eric’s Graduation on Sunday. These Parents were congratulating us on such a great article in The Newspaper about Eric leaving our house on Thursday Night before The Game on Friday.

The article read that Eric had Sneaked-Out of our house on Thursday Night and went over to The St Paul’s Baseball Field at 11:30 P.M., in the dark by himself, and stood at Home Plate and dreamed of hitting a Home-run to win the game for St Paul on Friday Night and then walked the bases, in the dark. Eric didn’t hit a Home-run, to win the game, but his Dream really, really came true for him and for The Whole St Paul’s Baseball Team. Eric will definitely, most definitely remember that moment for the rest of his life. It was another Miracle in The Top of the Seventh Inning and again in The Bottom of the Seventh Inning.

“This is the best that it could ever be, said Coach Mauldin. “It was My 300th Victory, at home, for The State Baseball Championship and my son Andrew Mauldin was the pitcher. I also remember that it was 20-years, almost to the day that I was an Assistant Coach at New Orleans Jesuit when they won The Louisiana 5A State Championship and I found out that I was coming to St Paul’s.”

In 13 Month Span, Eric Was On Three State Championships And One World Series Championship!

In that 13 month span, Eric Emfinger was on Three Louisiana Baseball State Championships (1999 St Paul’s High School and 1998 and 1999 Bill Hood) and Two World Series National Championships (1998 CABA and 1999 NABF). Eric was The 1999 All-State First Baseman for St Paul’s and 1999 All-American First Baseman for Bill Hood.

After The St Paul’s State Championship and The NABF World Series Championship, Eric enrolled at Bossier Parish Community College. Bossier Head Coach, Jay Artigues, put together one of the greatest Junior College Baseball Recruiting Classes in the Country.

The Bossier Parish Baseball Team had never participated in a Regional Baseball Tournament in the history of the school. Eric was a member of a very Special group of baseball players that not only participated in The Regional XXIII Baseball Tournament for two years, but They Won 87 Games in those two years. They also nearly made it to The Junior College World Series in both 2000 and 2001. Eric also started at First Base in every single game in that two year period.

SIDEBAR V: I might add that Bossier Parish had never participated in another Regional XXIII Baseball Tournament since The 2001 Baseball Season. In one of The Regional Tournament Games in Mississippi, Eric hit a Home-Run over The Right Field Fence that was measured to have traveled over 450-Feet and The Baseball Was Never Found.

It actually gets better. In 2001, Eric was the Youngest member, at 21, of The Houma Semi-Pro Baseball Southland Hogs who were The United States Baseball Congress (USBC) World Series Runners-Up and in that World Series, Eric had The Most Hits and The Most RBI’s in The World Series Tournament and he was Voted All-American First Team First Baseman.

In the Photo, Eric is holding his 2001 USBC Trophies for Most Hits and Most RBI’s; plus his 2001 World Series All-American Plaque. The Houma Southland Hogs finished as Runners-Up again in 2002, and Eric made The All-American Team Again, but then in 2003, The Hogs were The USBC World Series Champions and Eric again was Voted to The USBC All-American Team. In 2004, Eric Participated with The Hattiesburg Heat out of Hattiesburg, Mississippi in The National Baseball Congress (NBC) World Series in Wichita, Kansas.

Eric was A Member Of Four World Championships And Was Selected To Four All-American Teams!

As his Mentor, from 1994 until 2004, Eric Participated in 10 Age-Group World Series and Was a Member of Four World Championship Teams, including CABA in 1998; NABF in 1999; and USBC in 2002 and 2003. Eric was also Selected to Four All-American Teams, including NABF in 1999; USBC in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

 We need to put these World Series Baseball Stats into Perspective. Millions of Baseball Players NEVER get a chance to play in a Single Age-Group World Series, much-less Ten. Also, one out of a Million Baseball Players will get a chance to play in One and One out of 100M might get a chance to play in Two Age-Group World Series.

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This Famous Photo of Eric Emfinger at League Stadium in Evansville, Indiana is in 2001. The situation is in The Top of The Ninth Inning For The Houma Hogs with Two Out and the Bases Loaded, as Eric hit another Winning Walkoff Double off The Right Field Wall, bringing in All Three Runs.

SIDEBAR VI: This Famous League Stadium was only built in 1992, but League Stadium looks much older than this. The reason for this is simple; it was built as a Movie Set for The Famous Movie “A League Of Their Own” and Eric participated in Four World Series in this Stadium, including 1998 NABF; plus 2001, 2002, and 2003 USBC.

Sometimes, Eric and I were not always on the same page at first, but we were always able to get on the same page together. All of his Baseball Success and his Baseball Miracles did not come without a lot of hard work and dedication to our Baseball Goals not only in our Baseball Life, but also in The Lord. Our Motto Was Always: “Expect A Miracle!” We Always Expected Miracle and many timesMiracle would happen.

Little Max Emfinger With Paw Paw, Big Max Emfinger Sitting In Front Of  His Dad’s 44 Tournament Baseball Trophies!

 

 

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In 1976, Some of The Dallas Cowboys Wives Were in Charge of The Dallas Cowboys Socials and Parties.  The Two Ladies in The Middle Are Mary Ann Staubach, The Wife of NFL Hall of Fame Roger Staubach and Ginger Emfinger, The Wife of Super Scout Max Emfinger.

 

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Dr. Jared Braud And The Stryker Mako Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement Surgical System! By Super Scout Max Emfinger

Dr. Jared L. Braud And The Stryker Mako Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement
Surgical System!

By Super Scout Max Emfinger

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For 47 Years, I have been a Football Talent Super Scout and I have always been looking for The Unbelievable “Under The Recruiting Radar Football Talent” For The NFL or For College Football Coaches. When you are a Football Talent Scout, you rarely go to an Office, for work, every day, like most other Business Men, but most of the time, I would be going To Another Football Stadium To Try and find Another Super-Star That is Currently “Under The Recruiting Radar” and then Evaluate Him and Rate and Rank Him.

So on most every Thursday and Friday Night, I would Find The Best High School Football Game, Irregardless of Distance from my Home, and then I would be on The Sideline at The Start of The Game and Searching for That “Under The Radar Super-Star” in that Game.

In Searching for That “Under The Radar Super-Star” I might Walk-Around that Football Stadium Five or Six Times on a Thursday and Friday Night and Some Times on Saturday. While Walking-Around That Stadium for maybe 1,000 or More Times, My Knees got some really “Hard-Work” Toward Some Serious Arthritis.

After 44-Years, I was having a really “Hard-Time” Even-Walking, much less Walking Around a Stadium on a Thursday or Friday Night and all of my All-American Bowl Game Coaches wanted me to have a Couple Knee Replacements. I always knew that The Knee Replacements Might be able To-Help me walk, but I was always afraid that it might “Go-Wrong” and I would not be able to “Even-Walk” and so I kept “Putting-It-Off” Until Later.

Then, after 45-Years, I decided to “Go-Ahead” and have a Knee-Replacement on my Right Knee. I was supposed to have my Surgery on February 12, but one of my Doctors forgot to mail his Approval Info to Doctor Jared Braud, my Knee Replacement Doctor and it caused me to have To Have my Surgery on February 14 which was St Valentines Day.

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Dr. Jared L. Braud (In Photo) is an Orthopedic Surgeon at The Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic.  He completed a Fellowship in Adult Reconstructive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic and specializes in both primary and revision Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Surgery.

Dr. Braud Completed his Undergraduate Education at LSU Baton Rouge with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering.  He went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine and completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans.

During this time he was recognized as the LSU Orthopedic Program Intern of the Year in 2010-2011, LSU Orthopedic Program Resident of the year in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015Dr. Braud also received recognition for his Orthopedic in Training Exam scores and for his research during this residency.  He was also active in Resident and Medical Student Education.  He served as an Instructor of an Orthopedic Critical Concepts Course for The LSU 4th Year Medical Students as well as a guest lecturer for The LSU Emergency Medicine Intern Orientation and Skills Day.

After Completion of his Orthopedic Surgery Residency he was accepted into a Fellowship Position at The Cleveland Clinic.  Here he Specialized in Adult Reconstruction with a Focus on Revision Surgery.  During this Fellowship Year, his Research Project was Accepted as a Podium Presentation at The American Academy of Hip and Knee Surgeons Annual Meeting.  At the completion of The fellowship, he accepted a position with Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic.

Dr. Braud is currently accepting new patients at The BROC Office located on The Baton Rouge General Campus on Bluebonnet Blvd. Dr. Braud is trained on The Stryker Mako Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement Surgical System. Dr. Braud is also one of The First Physicians in Baton Rouge to use this technology to perform The Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery at The Baton Rouge General Hospital.

The Stryker Mako Robotic Assisted Knee Replacement Surgical System gives Surgeons More Accuracy when placing Implants and Customizes Surgical Plans based on a patient’s bone anatomy and diagnosis.

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“The Stryker Mako Robotic System creates a 3D Model of The Patient’s Knee, said Dr. Braud,” allowing us to Personalize each Surgical Plan.” This technology gives us a Higher Degree of Accuracy And Precision while we guide the Robotic Arm, and at the same time Offers The Patient a Customized Knee Replacement.”

Knee Replacements are one of the most common procedures in The United States and are expected to increase by nearly 700 percent by 2030, said in a news release.

Dr. Braud did a Fabulous Job in Replacing my Right Knee and He Found-Out that my Old Knee was one of The Worst Arthritic Knees that he had ever Seen, but after about 45 Days, I Am Walking with a Brand-New Stryker Mako Robotic Right Knee, But I Am Not Looking Forward To Replacing My Left Knee, Next Year.

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