We’ve got several old Shrine Bowl programs floating around the office, and since I’m working on a Shrine Bowl side project (more on that in a later post), I started thumbing through some of the old programs we have.
When I grabbed the 1994 program and started flipping pages…. well, my heart nearly stopped.
There it was: Year-by-year results for every team in the state, from 1936 through 1993. With the record, the coach and special achievements all listed.
For some moments in life, there are no words.
This was, without a doubt, one of my top two or three moments in the history of my little project. I literally started shaking. I had trouble catching my breath.
This is simply amazing.
I don’t know who went to all this work. I don’t know why this work got done, then got buried in one year’s Shrine Bowl program. I don’t know how I missed it the first time around and I don’t know how no one brought this to my attention sooner.
But, for now, all that matters is that I have it.
Now, thanks to this mine of new information, you’ll be seeing the names of coaches posted alongside teams’ season results. Hopefully, within the next couple months, most of this effort will be complete.
Clearly, I am indebted to whoever took the time to compile these in the first place. I don’t know who did it, although the head honcho of the Shrine Bowl back then, former Natrona coach Art Hill, probably played a big part in it. I owe him, or whoever led this compilation effort, a big thanks… and probably a fancy steak dinner with all the fixings.
So here it is, almost 2 a.m. and I can’t sleep. I’m way, way, way too excited for all the good that happened today.