PRIME MOVER: An Open Letter to The Spartanburg Vikings 2.0

“Prime Mover”

Basic elemental instinct to survive
Stirs the higher passions
Thrill to be aliveAlternating currents in a tidewater surge
Rational resistance to an unwise urge

Anything can happen…

From the point of conception
To the moment of truth
At the point of surrender
To the burden of proof

From the point of ignition
To the final drive
The point of the journey is not to arrive

Anything can happen…

Basic temperamental filters on our eyes
Alter our perceptions
Lenses polarize

Alternating currents force a show of hands
Rational responses force a change of plans

Anything can happen…

From a point on the compass
To magnetic north
The point of the needle moving back and forth

From the point of entry
Until the candle is burned
The point of departure is not to return

Anything can happen…

I set the wheels in motion
Turn up all the machines
Activate the programs
And run behind the scene

I set the clouds in motion
Turn up light and sound
Activate the window
And watch the world go ’round

From the point of conception
To the moment of truth
At the point of surrender
To the burden of proof

From the point of ignition
To the final drive
The point of a journey
Is not to arrive

Anything can happen..

The above words were written by Neil Peart of the Progressive Rock Band RUSH I could go on and on about the band,that mans journey but that’s not what I am here for,Nor you. What I have asked you here for is to talk football. The Spartanburg Vikings Football season will start as the sun rises Monday morning. Miller will get fired up. The Offense will be strategic by the offensive minds of Scott, Harris and Thomas. All the equipment will be checked over by Farmer. The season begins . “the thrill to be alive” like the words say above.
Prime Mover. Thats what I see myself as. We as fans of the greatest football team and the greatest high school in the state of South Carolina are the Prime Mover. It’s on our backs,not the young men,not the girls who put in the work on cheer. It’s not on the band.
It most certainly rests upon you and I. We move it along. We “activate the window and watch the world go ’round”. 
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We claim our throne in the stands on Friday Nights.We drive the miles,tailgate. We buy the hot dogs. We sit like a Monarch demanding a lot of all the people involved. WE WANT VICTORY!
Yea, I said it above.The best High School In The State. I believe that. I’m not just talking about football.I’m talking about Blue and Gold. I’m talking about being a Viking. People don’t know what it’s like to be you. How it is to have met your best friends in life because of that school.You may meet the girl or boy of your dreams in those hallways. It’s not just tucked away behind the words “school spirit”,It’s in the eyes of Principal Jeff Stevens when he shakes your hand and looks you in the eye and says,” Thank You.”  It’s a mindset that come hell or high water… We are the best.
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I don’t know what its like to go to Dorman, nor do I ever want to. Sure,I have friends that went there. But it’s Dorman. BEAT DORMAN is all I know. Boiling Springs? I could care less,it was left on the field. Byrnes? Gaffney? It’s all the same…I respect what you got,but you ain’t got what I got. I got the privilege, and yes it is our privilege of knowing what it means to be a Viking. I know Summerville with all the history. Etowah with that Georgia swagger. Northwestern with that Football City,USA. Hanna,Westside,Union and around the state. They all have something. But again..they don’t have what we do…and we don’t want what they have.
I can’t even think of wearing powder blue..blah.
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“I’m looking forward to chasing a dream with my brothers, to finish something we started together and to be the best leader I possibly can for this team. I want to lead in many ways on and off the field.” That’s Damyjai (THE WEAPON) Foster. That’s what he’s thinking about. (Yea,I totally just made that nickname up,but I’m truly not sure of a better position title,so The Weapon works for me)
It’s an exciting time to be a Viking. There’s a new school and stadium on the way. Great well coached kids on the field. What more could we ask for? I could always ask for victory and championships. But I don’t need to. We don’t need to. We have already won.
BURN THE SHIPS. End of Discussion. We use our Past to only look forward.
yhdu8p8o“I’m really looking forward to knowing the season is here. Everyday is a day closer to August 18th. Once we start practice and get everything in place,I really know we’re going to be dangerous.” That’s what Defensive Back Jay Girdner is thinking.
and if I’m a betting man, Thompson Rudolph can’t wait for somebody to sleep on him,either.
These kids give us their all. We take it for granted. It’s somewhere in our nature. That’s why us as Viking Fans must support unconditionally. We must grow. We must make sure that Viking Football and academics continue to gain momentum.
We must be the standard by which others are envious to a degree. If we are going to excel as a community and people are going to look…well we might as well make them stare. I’m not trying to come off as a pompous fan who “thinks I’m better than someone”. I hope every school in our wonderful state believes they are the best school in the state. It’s a good thing for everyone. Everyone needs a Prime Mover,to be driven.
Can I predict the season? No. I do however realize that I will be part of something.Something that will only happen once with this group of kids.Something that the dry hands of time can never take away from me.They can never take it away from us.
We are The Spartanburg High School Vikings. We are The Best.
…and for all you players,cheerleaders,coaches and staff of Spartanburg High School..to all of you who bleed Blue and Gold..I thank you for reading my “blog” or whatever I ramble about. I had over 10,000 reads by people from 13 countries around the world. It’s not like I’m selling 60 Million like RUSH but if you continue to spread the word about us as Vikings,that number can grow. Tell your friends in the hallways.Tell your friends at work. Let that kid in your classroom know it’s ok to hold his head up. He’s a Viking. The next time you order the marinated chicken fingers from Sugar ‘n Spice,say “thank you very much and Go Vikings!”. Support Ryan Clary and all at Spartanburg Sports Radio Jed Blackwell at Spartanburg Sports Report and everyone at GOUPSTATE 
SUPPORT HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL!! We as Fans deserve it.The Kids across this State deserve it.The Game deserves it…I know the game sure gives me a lot,what about you?
So we will kick this off with these scrimmages against Dutch Fork,Irmo,Hillcrest and finish up with Chapman at the Woodruff Jamboree on August The 10th.We will get better as a team.We will get better as fans if we want it bad enough. I know the players and coaches want it.They tell me all the time. The question is Do you want it? Do you want to regret not driving to Summerville to show the Green Wave that they are not the only “HISTORY” on the block? Every week of this season we are stacked.Every team we face is legit…and everyone of them know who we are.
“OUR BULLS EYE IS PERMANENT.” Never forget that. Our bullseye is permanent.
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It’s on our backs.It’s time we stepped it up a bit. Try and get to the away games a little more.Don’t be so quick to get to the parking lot. Sit down,stay awhile enjoy the show…
They will be some Good-Byes said after this season. I for one think we need to take it all in,show it some respect and shine it up for others ask about. What was that journey like?
after all..don’t you wanna be able to say,
“The Point of The Journey is Not to Arrive…”
anything can happen..

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