The RTI Glossary
A defensive term meaning to rush the passer. In our early days, the safety blitz, three-man blitz, and the all-out blitz (where everyone on defense rushes the passer, usually called when the offense is expected to throw farther than 5 yards) were strategically part of our game but once we stopped running passes more than 5 yards, the blitz was in limited use. We eventually required defensive rushers to count to three, eliminating the blitz all together.
A football play where the center snaps the ball to the quarterback who then laterals to one of his teammates who is either flanked out to the right or left; usually right for right-handed quarterback and left for the left-hander. The flanker will fake moving forward to get the defender to back up, and then “come back” to receive the lateral pass. We usually designed the play for the quarterback to be the receiving target, running down field as the defense is focused on the flanker. This works about 70 percent of the time.
Entertain Your Man
On offensive plays when the playmaker says, “entertain your man,” he’s telling you that you are not in the play, you are only to keep your defender out of the play. Usually, you go to the far side of the line of scrimmage and do nothing, which is really doing something.
An offensive player lined up outside all teammates, left or right, either on the line of scrimmage or behind the line of scrimmage. Flanker is usually out wide as a decoy, with the purpose of tying up a defender. When you are asked to flank-out and entertain it means you’re really not in the play.
A made-up word, but an easy one to understand; football kingdom, football domain, football world, and so on.
This term is referenced nearly two dozen times in our book, but it has nothing to do with a footscraper. Most people know a footscraper is an engineered post to scrape mud and gunk off your shoes. Every school we attended had footscrapers near their entrances. Our footscraper is only a point of direction. It is in play and when referenced in a call you would hear the phrase “go to the footscraper.”
A fictitious person we made up in high school.
“Galvinator” and “Doctor J”
Nicknames for Dr. Jim Galbraith.
A lateral is a pass that cannot travel forward, it must be perpendicular or behind the passer. In our all pass games, someone uses the lateral to fake who the passer will be.
The center, instead of centering the ball to the quarterback, laterals to another teammate, again, to fake the defense as to who is the passer. The quarterback is the usual receiver target. This works maybe 75 percent of the time.
Martha Turner Reilly or MTR
The namesake for the elementary school where the RTI was played. We searched but couldn’t find any information on Martha so, evidently, she wasn’t that important. Reilly was misspelled multiple times in our Invitations.
P for K
In our younger days, faced with a fourth-and-long situation, we would punt. In later years, we determined that hamstrings were very susceptible to painful pulls, so “Passing for Kicking” or “P for K” became the rule.
The Rain Kings
The Rain Kings were an improvisational band created by Richard in our high school years. The Rain Kings performed at Bryan Adams’ 1966 student assembly extravaganza, where Brent played the electric antlers. The Rain Kings recorded several tongue-in-cheek songs, such as “Gorilla” (a parody of the group Them’s hit song “Gloria”) and “Everybody out of the Pool,” that never had airplay, thank God.
Richard Parker’s production company for all the silly movies we made in the 60s and 70s.
Reilly Thanksgiving Invitational.
Sammy Banno and Gary Norton
Sammy and Gary were two Bryan Adams ’66 class bullies, and evidently Jim Galbraith was planning on using them as “muscle.”
Nickname for Mark Tunstall.
When we stopped playing tackle, finally realizing someone was going to get seriously injured, we went to “Two Below,” but this only lasted a few Thanksgivings. Two Below means the defender has placed both hands below the offensive player’s waist to indicate he has been “tackled.” After a few games playing with Two Below rules, we realized it was almost as bad as tackling; we had nothing but arguments. Can you imagine any of us not saying, “You didn’t get me with two hands!!” “You didn’t get me below the waist!!” “You only got me with one hand!!” We spent more time arguing than playing football. So, we went from Two Below to “Two Anywhere” (which was almost as bad), to “One Hand Anywhere.”
60 years later, the footscraper is still in place at Marther T. Reilly Elementary School.
“Aging Pals” Article
The continuation of the article in the Dallas Morning News by Curtis Rist, November 1986. Buy the book to see the entire clipping!
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