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Prepping Pigskin Preview

It’s almost here. Football season is nearly upon us, and the best kind of football — the kind under the Friday night lights — is eagerly anticipated here in the newsroom, as our sports department puts the finishing touches on this year’s Pigskin Preview.

I love hearing each sports writer come back from having visited a team at practice or talking to a coach and then spilling all their predictions for the coming season. (Honestly, I probably should write down some of this stuff.) I have to give them a lot of credit for getting to know so many teams, coaches, assistant coaches, players … and even a few of the parents, too. I really do have a fantastic bunch of sports writers working with me, and man, do they love football.

It’s probably why they take so much joy (OK, joy might not quite be the right word at crunch time, when all that content comes together on the pages) in producing our annual Pigskin Preview. They’ve gotten a sneak peak at what the season might be like for 24 local high school teams and six colleges, and then they get to pass all that insight along to you.

Grab a copy Thursday, if you get a chance. It’s the only place where you might gain a little insight about your own favorite team AND find out more about many of their potential opponents throughout the season. You’ll learn which teams — and individual players — are expected to do great things, which are rebuilding, which are riding in to the season on a whole bunch of inspirational speeches and hope.

I can practically hear the marching bands, cheerleaders and screaming fans now.

If you want to be ALMOST as ready as my sports department is for this football season, dig through the Pigskin Preview you pick up Thursday. They’ve done an amazing job gathering what fans need to know. Once you’re pored through it, all you’ll need is a pom-pom and a bleacher seat, and you’re good to go.

Good luck to all our local teams. Right now, the sky’s the limit for all of you, and we can’t wait to watch you reach it.

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It’s a shame some of the “professionals” aren’t as interested in just playing the game well as our local kids are. Much as I enjoy watching professional football (and pretending I know what I’m doing in fantasy football leagues), I can’t help but laugh at the politics and the whining that comes when players think they’re going to get an extra 15 minutes of fame by arguing about which helmet they have to wear. (OK, maybe I’m a bitter Steelers fan.)

On the other hand, I am really looking forward to seeing the direction Neal Brown takes with my beloved Mountaineers. I’m not expecting miracles. But I’m hoping the change of pace will do the players good both on and off the field. It’s an exciting time — a close second to the most wonderful time of the year. We’ve reach the “next year” in “there’s always next year.”

Let’s go …!

Christina Myer is executive editor of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. She can be reached via e-mail at cmyer@newsandsentinel.com

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