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Jason P. Skoda is the sports writer at the Ahwatukee Foothills News. Contact him at (480) 898-7915 or

Posted: Saturday, November 26, 2011 10:38 am

What a feeling it must be to wake up on game day knowing the most important game of your life awaits.

I have nothing to compare to it so I can only speculate.

Whether it is playing in the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry this a.m. or being a member of the Desert Vista-Hamilton game this afternoon it has to be a one of a kind feeling.

The Thunder players have a chance to do something special. They should be able to play free and easy because everyone expects them to crumble under against the mighty Huskies.

It is understandable considering all that the Hamilton program stands for and has accomplished.

But it is also a slight against what Desert Vista has accomplished, although the 35-10 loss is pretty hard evidence.

The coaching staff and players for the Thunder all feel they picked up enough knowledge from the first game to keep the game close.

And that's all Desert Vista has to do early. Keep it close. Gain confidence as the game goes on that they can pull off the upset. Give themselves a shot.

Then who knows.

It wasn't all that long ago that a team came into the University of Phoenix Stadium on an impressive winning streak like Hamilton and everyone said it would continue.

It looked like it would.

Then David Tyree caught a ball pressed against his helmet.

Shortly after that the New York Giants finished off the previously undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

So as game time approaches I wonder who is going to have that Tyree moment?

Contact writer: (480) 898-7915 or Follow him on Twitter @JSkodaAFN.

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