You would think the first week or two of August would be part of summer, but for most of the schools around here, the new year is here. This means, among other things, that I am working sports, often in the blazing heat of the afternoon sun, shooting early softball and baseball tournaments and football media day events. As long as I remember to grab a Gatorade (blue is my favorite), I don’t get too worn down by the 102ºF weather.
I’m already happy with the product I am getting.
As far as football goes, late August and early September are the choice months, since there is some daylight remaining at the start of the 7:30 pm games, and I don’t have to rely on the usually very poor stadium lights at the small schools around our area. Our sports editor usually sends me to a small-school game early Friday night, then home to ECU’s Norris Field for the Ada High Cougars as my nightcap, when the schedule allows. When Ada is away, I often will go to two small schools that are near each other.
By the first of October, baseball and softball will be at playoffs, as will I.
Summer is over.