OMAHA, Neb. - Rarely does a week go by that someone doesn’t tell me how cool my job must be.
I admit that my job is way more awesome than most. But just like with any occupation, it does have a few drawbacks.
One of those came into play on Sunday night, in Mississippi State’s opening game against Auburn at the College World Series.
For a typical college football night game, the Daily Journal might have an 11 p.m. deadline. But on a typical mid-June night, with a few exceptions, it's more like 10 p.m.
That hour may not seem like much, but it does make it more difficult to meet deadline on just about any game beginning 6 p.m. or later.
We have found ways to adapt.
But given the significance of Sunday’s game, I was granted an extra 30 to 45 minutes to get my story filed so that we could get it in the next day’s paper for you fine folks to read.
So just like every sportswriter on deadline, I began writing my story as the game unfolded so that it could be filed as soon as the final out was recorded.
Needless to say, most of what I had written during that game never made the printed page on Monday.
When the Diamond Dogs rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning and walked off with a 5-4 victory, I was forced to delete the bulk of my story and start over with only a matter of minutes to spare.
I somehow managed to defeat the dreaded Twitter handle @DeadlineMonkey and was all set to do battle with him once again on Tuesday night but Mother Nature had other ideas.
As a result of a lot of expected rain and the Louisville-Auburn game already in a delay in the fifth inning, the NCAA made the decision to move MSU’s game against Vanderbilt back to today at 1 p.m.
I’d like to applaud those in charge for coming to a quick conclusion and announcing the updated scheduled instead of waiting around for what appeared to be a lost cause according to the weather forecast.
So once again, we’ll adapt and overcome. Just another day in the life of this crazy ever-changing business – and I wouldn’t want it any other way.