Friday, November 13, 2009
CBS didn't have college football at the time. We needed Saturday afternoon programming, and management wanted to show the station was on the right track. WYOU did a Saturday afternoon high school game for, I'm guessing, about four years. I had the pleasure of being sideline reporter for a lot of that time.
Of course, being a sideline reporter involved halftime and post-game player and coach interviews. A big part of the job involved what we call "color." In other words, have a little fun.
The above photo (Sorry for the bad screen cap print out. I didn't do it.) was taken on October 14th of 1995. It was at the Dunmore/Scranton Prep game. I was prowling the sideline, looking for things that were interesting, when I spied a cheerleader on the bench. There was an ice pack on her propped up ankle. She hurt herself during a routine. The people in the WYOU production truck, along with play-by-play announcer John Nugent, thought it was cute. Cheerleaders can get hurt, too. I went back to her a couple times during the game for injury updates. She was a good kid and went along with the whole thing, even though I could tell she was a wee bit embarrassed. Sorry. I don't recall her name. It was a long, long time ago.
I'm very happy with the direction time has taken me, and as I watch the WNEP staff do the Super 16 Sports Final every Friday night, I think of my stint on the sidelines. I also wonder what happened to the cheerleader. She has to be married with children by now, and I hope her ankle is holding up.
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