If you've never seen the Connell Eagles play football, do yourself a favor Saturday at 4 p.m. and watch them play Omak.
For one thing, you'll get to see the best small-school player in Washington in Connell running back/linebacker Matt Hadley. The guy's a rock, and he's a difference-maker on both sides of the ball.
You'll also get to see Eagles coach Wayne Riner, who is one of the great characters of the game. He runs a great program and his players seem to love playing for him.
I've always wondered why he always wears shorts on the sidelines, however. Since I began covering football for the Herald ten years ago, I've never seen him wear anything but shorts, no matter how cold it is.
So I asked him if he was going to be wearing shorts on Saturday amid a stadium that, up until a few days ago, was filled with snow and ice.
Guess what he said.
"The shorts will be on. It's kind of a tradition," he said. "The coldest I've ever done is a game at East Valley, where it was 7 degrees."
He also told me where the tradition started.
"One time in 1999, (Othello coach Roger) Hoell wore shorts in a game, and my kids told me he's a lot tougher than I was. I've worn them ever since."