Don’t worry, Wake Forest football fans.
Sure it’s an issue that Sammy “One More Year Mother So Dear” Hartman is out indefinitely. We have all loved Sammy ever since he heaved 747 touchdown passes for 7,474 yards in 17 minutes – approximately — at West Point on the Hudson River last Fall against Army.
We wish him well, health-wise, and hope he gets back on the field soon. Forever he’ll be a hero of ours no matter when he returns after leading us to heavenly heights last season.
Until then, I’m here to tell you we’ve going to be just fine this season. Now I know what you’re thinking: A guy with the name Sammy Sportface should be read with suspicion.
In all matters of sports, however – hence the name Sammy Sportface – this cat knows an athletic and tough quarterback when he sees one and I saw exactly that in Mitch “Gritty” Griffis at the Wake Forest Spring game several months ago at the Truist of Football Fields. Yes, I was there. Sammy was there. Side by side we sat chomping hot dogs, studying talent, chatting it up between ourselves.
No one else on the entire field of 50+ players stood out in my eyes more than the quick and athletic maneuvering of Griffis who I was evaluating because I knew then one day Sammy So Dear will be moving on to the NFL and we’ll need another guy to be Coach Clawson’s eyes on the field and keep this historic football run rising ever higher.
Griffis is that go-to guy.
I saw him execute Wake’s mysterious and mercurial Delayed RPO Mesh (DRPOM) witches brew offense. During the Spring game, linebackers and defensive tackles were duped by the young quarterback’s sixty-second – approximately — tuck into the running back’s stomach as he kept the ball and sprinted out to the right for a real estate-devouring sweep for a handsome gain.
This season you’ll get Gritty Griffis scampering away from defensive players (not Clemson’s but a lot of guys) and that’s going to make this offense productive even without Sammy So Dear.
The elephant-in-the-room question is whether Gritty Griffis can speed read all the different simultaneous defensive scenarios while running the DPROM as Einsteinly as Sammy did last season.
I have a feeling he’ll handle this fast-twitch, muscle-memory-loaded mental-dexterity-dependent, hyper-timing-based responsibility with aplomb.
Be assuaged, also, that this legitimate college football athlete will be led by the guileful, low-key, super surreptitious offensive coordinator, Warren Ruggiero, who during this past off-season filed a patent for DPROM with the U.S. patent attorney’s office. The office is still wading through the 17,000-page patent submission but we should hear about its acceptance by mid-season at the latest.
Intellectual property rights aside, Gritty Griffis has the physical skills – especially speed in the open field – augmented with a sharp intellect tested and honed during several wicked-tough Wake Forest courses, and underpinned by a Zen-like teacher in Ruggiero of breakthrough, never-seen-before, undiagnosable offensive football.
You know and I know and Gritty knows the first game is next Thursday night. He’ll be confident and so should you.
We’ve got Gritty and DRPOM – and no one else does.
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