I Have a Lot to Be Thankful For

Solon football is scheduled to play Brunswick this Friday at Stewart Field. If the Comets win, they’re in the playoffs. If they lose, the season is likely over.

Solon has had it’s ups and downs this season. The team has played well against teams like Mayfield, Strongsville, Kenston and Twinsburg but has also suffered some tough losses along the way. The Comets record sits at 5-4 but this season has been a memorable one for me.

Prior to this season starting, I thought I would be spending more time taking pictures from the sidelines than in the pressbox. It had upgraded some of my equipment, gotten my hats, gloves and scarves for the cold weather games and thought most of my Friday nights were going to be spent patrolling the sidelines with my cameras.

Just days before that first home game, I received a call from Jim McQuaide, coach McQuaide’s son, asking if I could do play-by-play with Chuck Chokenea for the game Friday night. I agreed to do it and had a blast calling the Solon vs Glenville game that Friday evening. I walked out of the booth that night with a smile on my face and thought I would be on the sidelines taking pictures for the rest of the season.

Another opportunity came to do play-by-play two weeks later and another one after that. Soon after I had called my third home game of the season, it was agreed upon that I would finish the rest of the home schedule calling the games for SETV in the pressbox. It wasn’t expected but it has made this season one of the most memorable.

Calling the games from the pressbox had been a passion of mine in high school and I am grateful for the opportunity to be back in the broadcast booth. Chokenea is an awesome broadcast partner and I have learned so much from him over the years. I owe him a lot for his guidance and friendship.

Working with the SETV crew has also been an incredible experience as well. I have had the opportunity to work on several different TV crews growing up and this one has to be one of the most fun and cohesive I have ever seen. I am proud of how these kids handle themselves and do a great job each Friday we tape a game. They do a great job and working with them has been a pleasure.

I will walk into that pressbox on Friday night excited for the game. Solon has an opportunity to reach the postseason. I will call the game fair to both sides but don’t want the memorable season to end this Friday night.

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~ by jeffrsabo on October 30, 2013.

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