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I guess I've done just about everything at a game, nowPosted Thursday, January 27, 2011, at 10:50 PM
Well, you add another item to the list of things this old sports writer has done during his tenure in the journalism business.
Prior to the start of Monday's Union (Dugger) - Shakamak girls basketball game I found myself in a rather unusual position for a sports writer -- at public address announcers microphone.
With Shane Reese assume duties at UHS as both principal and athletic director, his schedule begs for him to have one of the coaches take over the supervisory duties during games.
Monday night it was football coach Todd Gambill's turn.
For those of you who aren't award, Todd injured his foot a while back during a gym class so he's been on crutches for awhile.
Feeling the usual sympathy for a man on crutches, I decided to agree to do the starting lineup introductions when -- at the behest of my friend and assistant volleyball and softball coach and UHS cheerleader sponsor Nikki McCoy -- I accepted Todd's request that I do the line-ups.
After announcing the anthem, I must say that things went fairly smooth. I didn't mispronounce anyone's name on either team, although I did lose my place and had to look at the Shakamak bench to see who was left sitting.
While to some, this might seem like a trivial and mostly forgettable moment in the public spotlight, for me it does have some value.
When you consider that in my life I have done play-by-play on the radio for both football and basketball, I have covered and written about nearly every team sport in high school and have covered the NFL and NCAA football venues, the Indianapolis 500 and a NASCAR race, why shouldn't I be proud to add announcing at a Union (Dugger) sporting event to the resume.
Let's not forget that public speaking -- well sort of -- is currently entailed in the B.J. and Rick Sports Show on gcdailyworld.com, so it's likely a natural progression, right?
After all, don't we inform the public with what we do as journalists? Don't we give them pieces of data that are relevant to their enjoyment of a sport or contest?
I consider the announcement of starting lineups as just another service we as sports journalists can provide.
Consider this, both teams are in our realm of coverage and I feel like it was just a logical step in the progression of the story -- instead of getting just what happened after the fact, fans in attendance were able to get some input from yours truly before hand.
Again, while this might seem like a big deal to most people, I think it's pretty cool.
Rick is a sports writer for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at (812) 847-4487 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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