ABADIE: Things are about to get busy but the Pine Belt makes it easy

By ANDREW ABADIE,

Days off rarely exist; countless hours of work rack up and lack of sleep piles on. 

That is what springtime is like for sports reporters.

Although spring sports are some of the best during the year, it is also no question the busiest. Springtime coverage is a marathon that feels like one big sprint, with games being constant.

More often than not, there will be weeks in which we work every day and cover as many as nine or 10 games in a week. 

That also does not include the every day things we have to do, like daily chores, pay the bills, keeping the car fixed, etc.  Free time becomes non-existent, and, in fact, most of my free time is spent trying to catch up on sleep. 

For the next three weeks, I’ll be juggling the high school basketball boys’ and girls’ playoffs, high school baseball and softball, and Southern Miss baseball, softball and basketball. That also doesn’t include my other job responsibilities. 

With so many area basketball teams looking to make deep playoff runs, Southern Miss coverage and high school baseball will take somewhat of a backseat until the playoffs end. Just remember, though, at some point, typically mid-March, my coverage will only be baseball and softball. Patience is bliss. 

Keep in mind that for roughly the next several weeks, there will be a game played on every day of the week. 

My schedule for the next week or so will look something like this: Monday and Tuesday will have high school basketball playoffs. Wednesdays are either Southern Miss games or rescheduled high school baseball games. Friday and Saturday will be more high school basketball playoffs, and then, I’ll close the weekend with Southern Miss baseball. Rinse, cycle, repeat. 

But I’m not complaining or venting…OK, maybe a smidge. 

The light at the end of the tunnel, where I can finally sit back and breathe, is honestly postseason college baseball and softball, which is mid-May. This will close out as the only two sports still going. Ironically enough, that’s the most depressing time because the drought of summer sports is just upon us. It’s the lull of the year, especially with the end of college baseball. People who know me know what I mean. 

So, then, why do it? 

Really think about this. I get paid to go to games. It’s hard to call it a job, but in some respects, it is. 

It’s not for the money, although some lucky few can say that. The fact is, I love my job, and I genuinely mean that. I’ll just have to remind myself of that every so often during the hectic rush of spring. 

I have to say it again. I love my job. Is it really work if I get to enjoy what most people use to escape from reality? 

The rush of a great game is addictive. Watching the human spirit push the human body to amazing feats is always fun and is something I will never get tired of watching. But it doesn’t stop there. It’s a special feeling when people let you step into their lives and tell their stories. 

The Pine Belt’s love for sporting events and stories alike makes it easier and more fun for me to both do and love my job.

Days off rarely exist; countless hours of work rack up and lack of sleep piles on.

That is what springtime is like for sports reporters.

Although spring sports are some of the best during the year, it is also no question the busiest. Springtime coverage is a marathon that feels like one big sprint, with games being constant.

More often than not, there will be weeks in which we work every day and cover as many as nine or 10 games in a week.

That also does not include the every day things we have to do, like daily chores, pay the bills, keeping the car fixed, etc.  Free time becomes non-existent, and, in fact, most of my free time is spent trying to catch up on sleep.

For the next three weeks, I’ll be juggling the high school basketball boys’ and girls’ playoffs, high school baseball and softball, and Southern Miss baseball, softball and basketball. That also doesn’t include my other job responsibilities.

With so many area basketball teams looking to make deep playoff runs, Southern Miss coverage and high school baseball will take somewhat of a backseat until the playoffs end. Just remember, though, at some point, typically mid-March, my coverage will only be baseball and softball. Patience is bliss.

Keep in mind that for roughly the next several weeks, there will be a game played on every day of the week.

My schedule for the next week or so will look something like this: Monday and Tuesday will have high school basketball playoffs. Wednesdays are either Southern Miss games or rescheduled high school baseball games. Friday and Saturday will be more high school basketball playoffs, and then, I’ll close the weekend with Southern Miss baseball. Rinse, cycle, repeat.

But I’m not complaining or venting…OK, maybe a smidge.

The light at the end of the tunnel, where I can finally sit back and breathe, is honestly postseason college baseball and softball, which is mid-May. This will close out as the only two sports still going. Ironically enough, that’s the most depressing time because the drought of summer sports is just upon us. It’s the lull of the year, especially with the end of college baseball. People who know me know what I mean.

So, then, why do it?

Really think about this. I get paid to go to games. It’s hard to call it a job, but in some respects, it is.

It’s not for the money, although some lucky few can say that. The fact is, I love my job, and I genuinely mean that. I’ll just have to remind myself of that every so often during the hectic rush of spring.

I have to say it again. I love my job. Is it really work if I get to enjoy what most people use to escape from reality?

The rush of a great game is addictive. Watching the human spirit push the human body to amazing feats is always fun and is something I will never get tired of watching. But it doesn’t stop there. It’s a special feeling when people let you step into their lives and tell their stories.

The Pine Belt’s love for sporting events and stories alike makes it easier and more fun for me to both do and love my job.