For 14 years, from 2008’s “Iron Man” to “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” released last weekend, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has made the credits scenes a staple.
As a reward for cheering on the 500 visual effects artists and dozens of caterers and gaffers who made the previous two hours possible, viewers are treated to a bonus scene that serves as a teaser for the next film in the series.
Spring football, in all its forms, serves much the same purpose.
For college teams, it’s the first look at potential replacements for deceased stars and the first look at how the new roster will work. As much as anything, it makes us think of spending fall Saturdays watching football.
Among the pros, the NFL Draft serves much the same purpose as college spring practice. The various professional leagues in the spring – currently the USFL and next year the third version of the XFL – give us a dose of competition even if the talent is not up to NFL standards. These games are like the MCU credits scenes that don’t tease another movie but instead provide a joke to go home happy.
The high school version of spring football is a mix of the two. It’s important that coaches and players get valuable reps from practices and games, and give everyone an idea of what needs fixing before next season.
Spring football also leads us directly into next season. Besides schools lucky enough to play deep in the baseball and softball playoffs, spring football games are the last events on the school year’s sports schedule. They provide a teaser for fall – or indeed the end of summer, since half the program is played before the seasons actually change – that gets us excited for the possibilities of a new year.
Porter’s Chapel Academy didn’t do a spring training stint since most of its players were busy with a deep run in the BUT baseball playoffs, but the other three Warren County High School teams all did. played their spring games Friday night.
Warren Central took on Lafayette, St. Aloysius visited Central Hinds, and Vicksburg High hosted Terry.
I hope you had the chance to come out and support your favorite teams. It was an end credits scene for the 2021-22 sports year and an upcoming attraction for the 2022-23 year, all rolled into one.
It might not be as mind-blowing as Nick Fury stepping into Tony Stark’s life for the first time, but it’s still a lot of fun.