by Jeff Fisher
I guess I'm getting old.
I'm beginnig to take great pleasure in talking like my grandfather with that “back in the good ole' days” stuff.
Well, yesterday, I got a big smile on my face and got nostalgic when I heard that Mike Pettine, Jr. - yes I said Junior - was named head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
Well, Mike's dad, Mike Sr. (now you understand the junior thing) is one of the best head football coaches and molders of men that I've had the pleasure to know in my 40+ years of covering high school football.
Coach Pettine...and I'd never call him Mike...built one of the best high school football programs I've ever had the pleasure to cover, the Central Bucks West Bucks - CB West for short. West is located in the Borough of Doylestown, 27 miles north of Philadelphia in beautiful Bucks County.
In 33 years as the head coach of the Bucks, Coach Pettine amassed an incredible record of 326-42-4 with four Pennsylvania Class AAAA titles. When he retired in 1999, he was the state's winningest coach, handing over a 45 game win streak to his assistant Mike Carey, who then extended it to a then state-record 59 straight during the 2000 season. Coach Pettine was no stranger to streaks, from 1984 to 1989 his Bucks won 55 straight that was then one-game shy of the state record.