It’s nights like tonight when I love my job.
The life of an SID (sports information director) can be overwhelming, busy and stressful, like any job, I’m sure. But it’s nothing like your typical 9-5 job. You live and breathe your sports. You know the ins and outs of the roster, the schedule, the conference, the opponents. You are always on call and should always be available for your coaches or players if needed. You work your full day in the office and then work the games at night and on weekends. Then when the game is over, it’s almost as if the bulk of your job is kicking into gear – from there you have to analyze the stats, determine the most important plays, statistics, moments, performances of the game, write a recap, publish photos, stats, graphics, social media posts, etc. Then, just a few hours of sleep later, you wake up and do it all again.
There’s very little time for a social life. Work is your life. But at this moment, I am so happy that this is how I get to spend my days and my life for right now.
Well Bears fans, we knew this was coming. It’s going to be a long season. With Sunday’s devastating 26-0 shutout against the Seahawks, our lovable losers move to 0-3 on the season.
But week after week I show my Bears pride, despite the fact that a loss is probable. I don my Bears apparel, schedule my day around the Bears game and hope for the best. I read John ‘Moon’ Mullin’s previews and analyses, listen to press conferences throughout the week and even sometimes belt out the “Bear down Chicago Bears” anthem.
But, as we Bears fans know all too well, there hasn’t been much to warrant singing the fight song this season.
I’m sure I could dedicate an entire blog to ranting about what the Bears are missing, what they’re doing wrong, and why it sucks to be a Bears fan right now. But instead, here’s why I am, and always will be a Bears fan.
Life happens fast. Obviously.
Suddenly almost a month has passed since I wrote last. Suddenly I’m 24 years old. Suddenly I’m trying to figure out my next move. Suddenly life is happening. Fast.
The whole intent of this blog was to free myself from inhibitions and the high expectations that I set for myself when I write. Contrary to my intent, though, that’s exactly why it’s taken me so long to get back to this blog.
Today the Buffalo Bills announced the release of running back Fred Jackson after nine seasons with the team. In his career with the Bills, Jackson had 1,279 rushing attempts, gained 5,646 yards and scored 30 touchdowns.
But in 2011, the future of Jackson’s career was in question. In late November, Jackson broke a bone in his lower right leg, placing him on injured reserve for the remainder of the 2011-12 season.
Just before his injury, though, I got my big break.
I’ve experienced mornings like this morning for 18 years straight, and now (more likely than not) I never will again.
This morning I prepared for my first day of school for the last time.
After the standard 12 years of school, I continued on for four years at Drake University and proceeded straight to Southern Illinois University to work toward my master’s degree in professional media management.
Eighteen years of formal education is a long time to be in the classroom, but what is it really worth in the end?