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Sunday, October 9, 2011
KISS: At Cadillac High School In 1975 (Video)
printed on June 27, 1996
The Cadillac High School Vikings
began the 1974 football season with big cleats to fill. The previous
year's squad had gone 9-0, running the team's consecutive-game
victory streak to 16. But the pressure to win proved too overwhelming
and the gridders dropped their first two games.
Dave Brines knew his players needed a mental boost. He passed,
however, on a win-one-for-the-Gipper speech, and handed off to
assistant coach and avid rock 'n' roll fan Jim Neff.
had seen Kiss open for the New York Dolls in Flint, probably in
1973," says Neff, an English teacher at Cadillac High in
northwest Michigan since 1971. "They were so dynamic and so
different. They were a band you had to see."
also a saying in football called 'K-I-S-S.' It stands for 'Keep it
simple, stupid' and means coming up with a game plan that's easy for
the players to learn and execute. It just all fell together."