I blogged a few weeks ago about my Friday night adventures. How just being at a high school football game takes me back...to...well let's just say the 1980s...ok, the EARLY 1980s.
Shooting high school football here at NEWS9 has always been a blast, but now that I'm working for News9.com, I get to report on the game "EXPERIENCE" also. I'm on the field, I'm in the stands, I'm hangin' with the cheerleaders, the rowdy students, and the band.
What a gas!
I covered the Edmond Memorial/Midwest City game a week or two ago. And it was great in so many ways.
Because I'm a BOMBER! Yes, I admit it, I proudly wore the black and gold BACK IN THE DAY. But it wasn't a football uniform, it was a BAND UNIFORM!
Like I said in an earlier blog, I had a great time, but you can't really mingle with the other rowdy students, or catch those cool t-shirts that the cheerleaders throw out, when you're playing "Bomber Fight" every few minutes.
However, this year is different. I did pushups on the board that the rowdies held up. Can you believe some kid asked me "But can you DO 14 pushups?" Are you kidding me?
But for me, the weirdest part of the night was directing the band through the school song. It was weird because I haven't done that in 25 years (Okay, do the math.) Yes, I was a Drum Major back then, but I never thought I would really do that again. I just thought it would be a little comic relief for my story.
But as I climbed up the steps of the ladder (so the band could see me), I actually got a teensy bit nervous. Would these kids really respond? Could I actually keep time like I used to?
Or would I make a total fool of myself?
As it turns out, the band was awesome, they performed the song without a hitch, and they seemed to tolerate me. I was rather impressed.
Because to be totally honest with you, I never learned to play the school song all the way through.
High school football in Oklahoma is a trip! Come along with me as I take you INSIDE each game, and have some serious fun along the way.