Ever think about what you would change if you could have a do-over?
For me, the question has come to mind as I reflect back over a caeer of covering sporting events for daily newspapers that extends back to the mid-1970s.
I would like to have done one thing differently. Sure wish I had kept a journal or a log of the games I've covered. This came to mind specifically the other day when a person asked how many basketball games I've covered over the years.
I have no answer. Not an exact one, anyway.
But here's what I know. There hasn't been a year I've seen fewer than 100 games as long as I can remember and many seasons top out around 150 when you add on the national junior college tournament which Danville Area Community College so capably hosts each March.
When this basketball season ends, I will have put in 26 years at The News-Gazette as well as almost three others with the Bloomington Pantagraph and three before that with the Champaign-Urbana Morning Courier when I first arrived in town as a college student.
Figuring that half of the years at The News-Gazette I've sat through 150 games in basketball and the other half 100, that would translate into 3,250 games here. I'd estimate the Pantagraph totals at around 250 overall and the Courier composite at about 200.
If that is accurate -- and I have no reason to believe it is not -- that would mean the final game I cover this season will be No. 3,700.
Just for fun, I decided to crunch a couple of more numbers. Although I occasionally cover games in Champaign and Urbana, most of the road trips will be at least 90 miles for the round trip.
Multiplying that by the 3,700 total games reveals mileage travels of 333,000 just to watch basketball in and around central Illinois.
Considering this information, I'm thankful I didn't keep a log. I wouldn't have room in my office for anything else!
Imagine what I'll get when I add in football, cross-country, wrestling, baseball, softball, track and field, soccer and the other sports I see on occasion.