, Corbin, KY

November 20, 2012

Williamsburg fans should be proud of Jackets

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — With the final high school football game of our season in the books, it's almost time to focus on a few winter sports and stay indoors for a few months as basketball season gets underway.

First I want to touch on last Friday's playoff game between Williamsburg and Hazard.

I said before the game that if a quality football game is what you were looking for Friday night, the trip to Hazard would be well worth the ride and the two teams didn't disappoint, kind of.

The football played was top notch, but there were a few things about the game that rubbed me the wrong way. First off, the fact that the entire press box was occupied by a local television station that was airing the game on live TV was an inconvenience.

Personally, this didn't matter a bit to me, but to a few other reporter it was a major inconvenience. I was fortunate enough to be on the sidelines either way because I was shooting pictures of the game, so I had no need to be in out of the cold.

On the other hand, some reporters take a laptop with them and piece together the story as the game flows in order to save time, especially when you are an hour and a half from your office with a deadline looming.

The other thing that really irked me was the fact that there were radio broadcasters standing outside on a hill, outside of their vehicle broadcasting the game for the visiting team. I know that television is important, but to make guys stand outside on a hill in 45-degree weather is really a joke.

It's a slap in the face of the guys trying to do their job if you ask me.

As far as the football game went, I think the Williamsburg Yellow Jackets played one of the best, if not the best, defensive football games I have ever seen them play. I know a loss is still a loss, but the Jacket defense has a lot to be proud of after holding the defending state champions to just seven points in the game.

I know Williamsburg loses some experience as far as seniors this season, but I'm  going to predict an even deeper run in the playoffs next season.


• While I'm on the subject of football, I just don't understand some people when it comes to who they cheer for in college football.

There are fans that actually cheer for SEC teams due to the fact they are Kentucky fans and they want to see the SEC do well in the long haul just because they are in the same conference.

My question to those fans is whether or not they really believe that other SEC fans are pulling for Kentucky when it comes down to to it. And also, is this just a football thing because there's obviously nothing to cheer about when it comes to UK football.

As for other teams cheering for Kentucky, I highly doubt this is going on in any sport.

The only explanation I can come up with as to why fans would cheer for another SEC team is to mask their jealousy or maybe even envy.

Maybe it could even be called a football crush. Are we so wrapped up in what we want our football team to be like that we start looking elsewhere to try and satisfy our own needs?

If this situation with “our team” were considered a relationship, wouldn't it technically be considered cheating if we watch or root for another SEC team like some people do week in and week out?

I know that's a little extreme, but it's the only way I know to get my point across.

You either have a team or two to root for or you are just a football fan. It's absurd to think you can root for an entire conference to do well and then think you have the right to celebrate when one of those teams wins a national title or a bowl game.

Pick a team or two and stick to it. Don't be a cheater!