SMQB: Optimism overflows on the gridiron – The Northwest Florida Daily News
By Seth Stringer | 315-4421 | @SethSnwfdn | [email protected]
There’s an inside joke among sports editors and reporters across the country, one that’s never discussed in the public eye.
So the joke goes, we’re the opposite of homers. Come playoff time, we welcome losses. Root for them, in fact.
State titles are complicated to cover — the chief complaints man hours and travel costs and the inability to efficiently turn the calendar over to a new season. The non-title contenders need to bow out early, the joke continues, and the state-title contenders need to either validate the hype or follow suit.
In overworked, understaffed departments that deal with a large umbrella of prep coverage — like ours — this joke tends to take on a life of its own. In many ways it’s become more truth than satire. I’ve had bosses who’ve felt this way and I’ve discussed this line of thinking long into the night with coworkers at the Daily News.
With my predecessor Brandon Walker. With Travis Mewhirter. With Devin Golden. And now with Josh Hyber.
I’m not a pessimist, never have been. I told a family member recently, “I’m not a glass-half-full-type person. I’m a glass-always full person. If you give me a half-filled big gulp, I’ll pour it into a tumbler and let the cup overflow.” So I tend to think the best going into games.
Of course i’d never root for or against a team out loud in public, the golden rule for sports journalists. Our job is to put you first row at a game, to make you feel the highest of highs and lowest of lows and understand the context of the result. Our job is to offer something fresh and meaningful.
But that doesn’t mean we are completely objective. For teams and athletes we’ve covered for