SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Giving thanks for the best job

Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10:43 AM.

As a sports writer, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of the ball players and coaches I have admired the most. I’d be lying if I said all of them made a favorable impression on me, but I’ve found most to be gracious with their time and patient with me as I’ve asked the same questions they had been asked hundreds of times before. 

Sometimes, I’m writing on deadline and question why I’m so thankful for this job and the sanity of anyone who would dare try to turn a 400- to 500-word game story in 30-45 minutes. And to be honest, sometimes I wonder how much my job matters in the grand scheme of things — after all, I’m just covering high school sports.

I’ve had the answer to those questions countless times from kind words of a parent or grandparent following a game, or when somebody takes the time to send me an email or make Facebook posts telling me how much it means to them to see me at a game or how they will treasure a story I’ve written.

I’m thankful for the kind words that assure me that I have made a small difference just by doing my job.

Yes, today, and every day, it isn’t hard to find things for which I can give thanks — so with a heart full of joy, I wish you all a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524

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