Football, the Sunday savior

It’s the first Sunday of the NFL season. Thank God. Sundays without football are pretty bad.

The second part of Saturday was much better than the first, although I got mad at Lisa when I should not have, and I felt terrible about it. I would have felt terrible on a normal day, but last night, I felt a thousand times worse, since Lisa was having back pain. I should not be hard on her at any time because she’s been such a good friend to me, but last night, I should have really backed off. Not only was she hurting, she was really busy. I had no right to do what I did.

Lisa came in this morning. At least she doesn’t have to work a double shift like she did yesterday, but she told me she has to go study for a chemistry test after. I wish there was something I could do.

I stayed until almost midnight because Liz and Sydnie Adler were still working. I also stayed through the end of the Virginia Tech-Ohio State football game. The Hokies claimed one of the biggest regular season victories in the program’s history by knocking off the Buckeyes 35-21, handing Urban Meyer his first regular season loss as Ohio State coach.

I was happy to see Frank Beamer get such a big win. Beamer is one of the nicest people in college football, and his Hokie teams are the kind you want to root for. It’s hard to attract elite athletes to Blacksburg, Virginia, which is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Roanoke and isn’t exactly up there among destinations for teenagers. Beamer could easily have been run off when his early VT teams struggled, but the administration stuck with him, and by 1995, he had the Hokies consistently playing in major bowl games and contending for conference championships, first in the Big East and now in the ACC.

I got to see Beamer up close during the week leading up to the Sugar Bowl following the 2004 season. I was working with the media relations staff for the Sugar Bowl, and twice I saw Beamer at press conferences. He was the quintessential gentleman. He was polite to all who asked questions, he didn’t shy away from answering any questions, and he was always honest and straight to the point. You can’t ask more out of anyone. It was a great week, because Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville was the same way.

You also want to root for VT because of the horrible massacre of April 16, 2007, when a deranged sicko killed 32 innocent people, all of whom were students or faculty members. I’ve seen countless incidents of school violence through the years, and I thank God it never happened at a school I was attending, nor has it happened to any of my friends.

I”m back at Buffalo Wild Wings, occupying the same booth cushion I did from 4 until 12 yesterday. I’m going to get wings today for the first time in who knows when. The Chiefs play the Titans at noon, and the place is filling up fast with a lot of people wearing red and gold. I’ve also seen a few Saints fans, Bears fans, but no Cowboys fans yet, since they don’t play until 3:25. The Cardinals don’t play until tomorrow night in the late game.

I’ve got a lot of work to do from the first week of the high school sports season. Hopefully I can knock a lot of it out tomorrow and then be ready to go home Tuesday.

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

Posted on September 7, 2014, in College Football, National Football League, Personal and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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