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Here's my point of view for what it's worthPosted Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at 6:04 PM
There are very few jobs where a person can sleep most of the day, come to work in the early afternoon and then spend the majority of his workday watching sports.
Of course the above qualifications do leave some adverse things as well.
First of all to do the job we are tasked with usually means working well past the time when most of the rest of America has long since decided to draw a bath, a glass of tea or take a few minutes to catch up on the latest news.
For myself and sports editor B.J. Hargis what you take for granted we sometimes have to take advantage of.
While most of you are watching NCIS or American Idol, B.J. and I are just starting to gather the information we need to put in those small little stories that keep you, the readers of the Daily World abreast of your school's teams.
That usually involves answering a telephone call or opening an email and trying to get things done in time to have the presses rolling at a decent hour.
Most of you who attend games do have a luxury of being able to sneak away and grab a drink or snack as the game unfolds.
Not for us, or for me at least.
While I won't begin to understand the way B.J. covers an event in the spring, I will admit that personally I like to be able to see the entire event and build my story.
With the game in progress we as writers can't dash to the concession stand, wait in line for the stuff we seek and then return an inning or two later.
We have to consider that what might make or break the game or match is going to happen while we're away, which is usually the case.
It might seem neat to be standing on the sidelines taking a photo and getting a little closer to the action than most fans. But it must also be taken into consideration that there's a greater chance of being clocked with a foul ball or taken down by a linebacker who misses the tackle and hits you instead.
Here's something else to consider when you realize how good you have it as fans at an event. When the contest is over, you're finished and I'm not.
Yeah, I know you can discuss it with your son or daughter who was playing and you have to live with the aftermath.
I ask you to consider this. We as sportswriters have to do necessary interviews, track stats, make notes and be sure we have enough photos that will pass muster.
Then we get to come back to the office, put it all together, write the story and hope that it makes sense and doesn't have any mistakes.
Sounds simple, right? Well it usually is simple. And don't think for one minute that I'm complaining. In fact, I consider myself and B.J. to be two of the luckiest people around.
We get to watch sports and get paid for it. How much better could it be?
Of course it comes with its own pitfalls, namely high gas prices, eating meals at obscure hours and watching your favorite TV shows sometime later, usually a day or two later.
When we do get the occasional night to be normal as I like to consider it, it usually means a quiet evening at home with the wife and dog and cat.
But it would be nice to once in a great while to see a game in person and not have to write about it after its over.
I'm still not complaining, I'm just comparing notes with the rest of the sports fans.
Well here's hoping you get a little more insight into what I do and realize that we in this business are truly nuts when it comes to sports.
But that's for another time and another column.
Rick is a sports writer for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487 ext. 20. He can also be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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