I had to do a double-take when I was looking at the photos from BG football practice taken Monday. In particular there was a photo that made me laugh, and I've found out the rest of the story behind it.
Everyone knows the drill called "Up-Downs," right? It's the drill where a player stands on the goal line, and runs down the field -- only to stop every five yards, drop to the ground, then get back up, run to the next line and prepare to repeat the exercise.
It's not uncommon to see "Up-Downs" during football drills at this time of year, especially as a post-practice punishment for a mistake a player makes.
Well, click here to look at the photo gallery from Monday's practice, and focus on Photo 22. As I was looking at that photo, I realized the photo was backwards: The person doing the drill was a coach, and the person leading the drill was a player.
I asked LB Paul Swan, the player who was leading the drill, and all he would tell me was this: "Coach Mike Elko messed up with something, and he got punished just like any of us would, and I got to run him through his Up-Downs. That was fun for me."
BG football insiders said this is the rest of the story: As you may know, BG is an Adidas program, meaning the Falcons wear Adidas clothing. On Monday Elko, the Falcons defensive coordinator, was spotted wearing clothes that had a familiar "swoosh" on it, thus earning the post-practice punishment.
And you thought fall practices were nothing but hard work!