a friend passing in the hallway told me i looked way too serious for the first week of classes. why the game face? this is my third year as department chair and second year co-editing contexts and, despite all efforts to the contrary, i sometimes get wallopped by a confluence of administrative and editorial deadlines.
as i start the second week of the academic year, i owe my kids some serious time, my collaborators some serious work, and everybody else some serious correspondence. hence the game face.
with a bit more discipline, determination, and focus, however, i'll be back on top of my workload. after friday night, i can take a cue from my favorite football team. every mounds view player wore his best game face against stillwater, from the moment they lined up for the national anthem (above). more importantly, of course, the lads played with discipline, determination, and focus -- and they kept those game faces on until they'd built a four-touchdown lead.