by Sparta Live | July 30, 2009 12:00 am
Monday was a busy day for me, but it was one of those kinds of days that a sports writer has to love – lots of things to watch.
My day began in the morning at football practice. That’s right I said – morning. I am not a morning person at all, but if I wanted to get a glimpse of the 2009 Warrior football team and snap some pictures of their first practice, I had to drag myself out of bed for practice. I, of course, didn’t quite make it at 7 a.m., but I was there a little after eight. (Actually on Tuesday, I was there by 7:30.)
During a break at football, I made my way to the gym to snap a few pictures at the youth volleyball camp that the high school coaches and players are conducting. After watching the rest of football practice, I will be honest. I went home and took a nap trying to regroup from my four hours of sleep. After my nap, it was off to the golf course for the season opening golf match. Roggie Haston chauffeured me around in a golf cart so I could snap pictures. After golf was over, I went back to the gym to watch the high school volleyball team practice. After that, I went over and snapped a few pictures at Warriorette soccer practice.
After doing some work at the office, I decided I needed to make a trip to Wal-Mart on my home. Only in a small town could you run into several people you know at midnight. I’m glad to know I’m not the only late-night Wal-Mart shopper. I actually spent several minutes talking to a good friend from high school, Jennifer Sampley, and her two daughters. Oh yeah, and I did run into one of our basketball coaches making a late night run for cereal. Not sure whether it was a midnight snack or just making sure he had breakfast. You’ve got to love living in Sparta.
I’m not complaining about all the practices and yes, I realize that is what my job is all about – sports. I am just writing to say that I am blessed to get to do things I enjoy for my job. Not everyone loves his or her job. I do. There are things that can get annoying and I won’t get into them. I will just say I enjoy being a sports writer.
Do you want me to tell you how much I actually enjoy what I do? I’m leaving for another week of my vacation this Friday. I’m going to the beach, which is a place I love. There is a part of me that is disappointed that I will miss football scrimmages while I am gone. Even though, I am on vacation, I will be calling and checking in to see how the scrimmage goes. When I get back, it will be games until long about the end of baseball season.
I have read a lot of sports columns who were excited to be back out on the football field covering practices. There’s just something special about this time of year whether it’s high school, college and professional football. We’re just a little over three weeks away from the first high school football game, a month away from the start of college and five weeks away from the NFL opener.
You know, now that I think about it, I do need this vacation.