Are you the sports guy? It's a question that I answer almost every week. That's no exaggeration. I understand how viewers might think I'm a sports guy. I was a 'sports guy' at KAKE for a few years before joining Susan Peters and company for the nightly news.
On most evenings, after the 6 o'clock newscast, I usually find myself mulling around a local grocery store. When I'm in the store, friendly KAKEland viewers will ask one question more than any another. Do you miss sports?
It seems like a yes or no question, but it's really not that simple. The modern day local television sports journalist is an anchor/reporter/photographer/producer/editor/janitor and psychologist. That's what their business card should read. The good ones do it all and they do it at a very high level, mostly on weekends, no matter how big the market. In my opinion it is the most demanding job in the building. Do I miss the long hours, heavy lifting, road trips with dudes who don't shower, grouchy coaches, arrogant players, broken gear, and countless low level team employees screaming me down to move our sat truck or get off the field? Do I miss sports? No. I don't miss sports.
I have met some of the most amazing people during my life as a sports guy. I have traveled to places I never thought I would ever visit. I was blessed to cover KU's back to back Final 4 tournament runs. I have attended countless K-State bowl games. I have been in the Chiefs locker room many times, face to face with guys like Tony Gonzalez. The four Chiefs training camps in River Falls, Wisconsin will always be great memories. San Diego, Phoenix, New Orleans, Dallas, St. Louis are just a handful of cities I was blessed to visit thanks to being a 'sports guy.' I have been to almost every Big 12 football stadium and basketball arena. Most important of all, I have made countless 'sports' friends at stations from all over the USA. Do I miss sports? Yes. I miss sports.