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Most of the time when we hear someone say, “I love my job”, we generally assume a bit of sarcasm goes along with the statement.
I realize that people depend on their jobs to provide income to live on, whether or not they like the job. If it weren’t for the “need” to have a job, most people would rather be able to do what they want when they want to do it.
We all know that this can never be the case, so we are seemingly doomed to be stuck in the same job we have now, like it or not.
However, I don’t consider my job just a job; I think of it more as a service to the sports fans of Marion County.
This is one of the better jobs in Marion County, in my opinion. I’ve heard Jesse Osborne say this exact thing before, and I never believed him.
After holding the sports correspondent position for nearly two months, I’m beginning to see what he was talking about.
One of the key points that make this job so enjoyable is the ability to develop relationships with coaches and players. Many fans come to the game and see the coaches and players from the bleachers, but never know what they are actually like. This position allows me to be in direct contact with any of them at any time.
When you start asking questions about a team’s performance to a coach you develop a good relationship with them (or you at least hope to).
I have been able to contact people in the sports world that I would never have had the opportunity to before I took this position. When you call or email someone and tell them you are with The Lebanon Enterprise, they tend to give you what information you have requested from them.
One of the more difficult transitions for me between being a fan and a writer was the ability to ask a question toward a coach about a decision they made in the game. Everybody has the questions they would like to ask the coaches, but when it comes down to it, would you type them up and hit the send key before thinking twice?
Believe it or not, this job has affected my family, in a good way. As you most likely know, Jessica and I have a 20-month-old daughter named Karli. As most 20 month olds do, she is beginning to say more words than before (at least words we can understand). Some of her first words were “more,” “again,” and “ball.” That’s right, I said ball. Karli has been to more ball games than most 10-year-olds and has developed an attraction to “ball.” As a matter of fact, when we get home from a ballgame she knows that I will begin downloading the pictures Jessica took onto my computer. Most of the time Karli will beat me to the desk, climb into the computer chair eagerly wanting to see the pictures that mom has taken. When the new edition of The Enterprise is delivered to the house, Karli is just as anxious to see the pictures as we are to see the articles.
Recently, junior guard Bre Elder was pictured on the front page of the sports section. Karli was intently staring at the picture and saying “ball.” I told her who was in the picture, so now every time she sees a picture of Bre, she says her name over and over.
I have learned a lot from this job since I took it. Relationships have been created and I know that many more will be started before my time is through in this position. My life has changed in more ways than I can remember since early December with most of the changes I never thought about happening to my family and me. I can truly say that I love my job, and would not change anything about it. Jessica and I have been sports fans our entire life and this job suits us perfectly. We hope to hold this position for a long while and are grateful for the advice we were given by everyone when we took this position.
If it were not for the help of these people, our job would not be possible. We would like to thank everyone who has helped us so far, and we hope that you enjoy reading our articles as much as we enjoy writing them.