In the new movie "Friday Night Lights," based on a best-selling book from several years ago, Billy Bob Thornton plays Gary Gaines, head football coach for Odessa Permian. As many of you know, Gary is currently the head football coach for ACU and is a member of Highland. I have no idea how he's being portrayed in this film. But this I do know: the real Gary Gaines is a wonderful Christian man, husband, father, and grandfather. He's the kind of coach that I want influencing athletes at ACU. Several years ago, I thought he would be Matt's coach at Abilene High, but he moved to San Angelo after Matt's freshman year. (And Matt ended up with another incredible man for a head coach, Steve Warren.) It must be strange knowing that you are being "played" in a major motion picture. But much more important to me is the real guy. The one I know. - - - - I've mentioned before that one of my elders, Joey Cope (no relation), writes a column called "Distinct Impressions." Don't miss this week's! - - - - From Antoine de Saint-Exupery: "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea." What do you think? Does that ring true?