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August 20, 2010 - B.J. Lisko
So it's only Friday. Just now all the advertisements purchased for our annual high school football preview are done, meaning it's gonna be overdrive mode throughout the weekend and early Monday to finish it on time.
We're personally excited about this year's season, and we're excited about our preview section which will be available Thursday, Aug. 27. We'll have previews and pics of 15 area teams along with complete schedules, rosters and a boatload of statistics for all you number crunchers.
Most people in the journalism field dread this time of year, not because fall sports are starting (believe me, summer is so boring sometimes with the lack of things going on, and sitting around waiting for Associated Press copy can sometimes be pretty unbearable), but many dread it because things go from zero to 100 mph in the blink of an eye. It takes a few days to adjust, and the buildup to the preview section usually has a lot of us juggling schedules to make sure we can get to as many team photo shoots as possible. Going to a 9 a.m. photo shoot when you usually don't go to bed until about 4 hours prior can be a little rough.
But personally, aside from the occassional morning that I rarely see otherwise and seeing double from staring at the computer screen for hours on end, I actually like it. For a lot of sports editors/writers, we thrive on deadlines or else we wouldn't be in this business. So even though it's a little painful, it's not nearly as painful as boredom. Ask any good multi-tasker and they'll tell you, boredom is about the most horrendous thing on the planet. Sitting still just isn't possible.
Summer is great for golfing and being outdoors and all, but I'll take football season over any other always. And this year with expectations high in Salem after going 9-3 last season and returning most of their key players, the Quakers are going to make it even moroe exciting. College and pro football are back obviously, too, and I think we've all seen enough baseball by the time August rolls around. Christmas isn't the most wonderful time of the year (although it is very nice), football season is.
Enjoy the preview section when it comes out Thursday, and enjoy the season. See you on the sidelines.
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