Fans who were a minute late to Friday night's football game at Danville's Whitesell Field missed a lot.
I'm often asked why the articles in the newspaper the day after events I cover have only a limited about of detail about the particular game itself.
It seems there is seldom a game that passes -- whatever the sport -- where the men or women officiating the game are not criticized for a call, or lack therof.
An awesome statistical night by itself doesn't make a performance sensational.
There is a special appeal in traveling to the smaller high schools in our area for athletic events.
Big games are always preceded by big-time hype.
I can't imagine working a job where I do the same things over and over, day after day, week after week, month after month and year after year.
I had the good fortune to start covering high school football games for a daily newspaper as a teen-aged college student.
Covering high school athletics has helped me become something of a fashion guru.
By my count, there were 124 non-punting plays from scrimmage Friday night as Urbana edged Danville 35-34 in a Big 12 Conference season-opening football game.