Bleacher Bits: The seasons soon to change
As most of you already know, the soccer postseason is beginning, and the basketball postseason tournament is soon to follow.
Speaking as a sports reporter who gets to experience all of the seasons to their fullest, the next one comes around and just about the right time for me to hang on to the little bit of sanity I have left.
After covering countless preseason basketball tournaments - and once even sitting in the same gymnasium for five games in a single day because there were five different tri-county teams playing - you find yourself looking for new ways of describing the action and trying to find new angles to shoot pictures from.
Then comes the new season and with it, another blank slate of pictures not yet taken and stories still to be written.
The gymnasiums and soccer pitches turn into baseball and softball diamonds and tracks, and the lingo changes, and I look for new vantage points from where I shoot photos.
The weather changes, too, as it does during each season I cover, but this time it is a sun always getting warmer and my skin beginning to get darker. I do have to say that covering soccer was as pleasant as its ever been with the lack or rain.
Many has been the soccer season in which I was trudging around a field in my "sideline boots" and side-stepping small lakes that had formed due to horizontal rain that was falling, which made photography a real chore.
I've always been a child of summer, possibly due to my being born in the middle of July and growing up on a baseball field, but I just like the warmth and benefit from the vitamin D the sun provides.
Outdoor photography during daytime sporting events is also much more forgiving, and I tend to get much better photos (by my standards) to choose from to run with the stories.
The change of sports season has become the way I mark the passage of time, since the seasons are not always identifiable by the weather we're experiencing during them.
Time passes, but some things remain the same. The sports are different, but I'm still the guy who's covering them and hoping to present them in fresh and exciting ways.
And with the new sports come new student-athletes and new parents to chat with during games, and that's my favorite part of each and every new season.
CONTACT Craig Purcell at 824-1036 or firstname.lastname@example.org.