Wylie ... clap! clap! ... Bulldogs
After nearly a month of tracking down coaches and piecing together "football tab" stories, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Most of my 20 or so assignments (all Pulitzer-worthy, I assure you) have been finished and are making their way onto pages. But if you think I can finally let out a sigh of relief, you're wrong.
In less than a week now, I'll be covering Wylie volleyball and in a little more than three weeks, I'll be watching coach Hugh Sandifer's Bulldogs from the plush new press box at Bulldog Stadium, which brings me to the topic of this blog. After covering Wylie football the past two seasons, I've been spoiled with all the great games I've gotten to watch. And with one great matchup after another on Wylie's schedule this year, suffice it to say I'm ready for some football. But as excited as I am about watching the Bulldogs' non-district rematches against Liberty Hill, Waco La Vega and Wolfforth Frenship and taking in Wylie's district games against Sweetwater, Snyder, Brownwood and Graham, I may be even more excited about the Bulldog Stadium additions and the new press box accomodations.
Don't get me wrong, getting to watch those kinds of matchups is one reason I got into sports writing. But having a little more room to work will be as nice for me as getting to sit in those sweet stadium seats and watching the replays on that massive jumbotron will be for fans. As much as I enjoyed sitting in the visiting side stands in the past when the four-person press area was full and being subjected to uber-professional visiting radio crews when a seat was available, I think I'll be able to get used to watching a game without some of the outstanding commentary I've absorbed over the past two seasons.
But all kidding aside, I can see why those affiliated with Wylie are proud of their "new" stadium. And I look forward to spending the next several seasons getting used to the new press box view.