It's a ritual each year. Stress of making deadlines to get your gameday routine up and ready for the new football season.
Updating client spots, making sure they're uploaded on the computer to play during timeouts, after scoring drives, halftime, injuries, etc. Chatting with the coach of the team(s) your covering that week.
There's also assigning games to cover for play-by-play and write-ups afterward. Prepping for the Saturday morning "Point After" show on LincolnMetroSports.com with our round table of correspondents/announcers.
Oh, balancing that with my radio play-by-play/work schedule and family time.
Typical for this time of the year for Motzy.
Believe it or not, underneath all the stress of preparation, the play-by-play part is the most therapeutic thing about the job. I actually relax and enjoy calling a ball game.
Don't think for one minute that it's all about walking into a booth, grabbing a roster sheet and putting on the headsets to call a game. There is a lot of work involved.
What's rewarding is knowing someone or people with a valid interest in a game or for love of the sport is actually listening to you describe to them what's happening. Hey, it's up to them to judge me if I'm able to paint a picture for them or not.
I call it gratification, knowing that someone is relying on me to tell them what's going on. It makes me feel important and pushes me to do the best job I can as announcer.
Don't get me wrong, I know I have critics. That's good. It pushes me to improve or make changes in my announcing style. I'm entering my 18th year of providing play-by-play on radio/Internet. This will mark my 12th year as the voice of Nebraska Wesleyan football on television and you can't go critic free in that amount of time. Doesn't work that way.
Case and point. The late Bill Luxford, one day in 2006 at his office at 5-City TV in Lincoln, was bold and upfront with me to study up on the match up Nebraska Wesleyan had with Northwestern College (if memory serves me right).
Basically, he told me to get my sh*# together or I'm going to be replaced. Well, he wasn't going to replace me. Bill wanted me to be better and study up more on the matchups, players, coaches and the history of each rivalry.
That's stuck with me for quite some time and I took it to heart. One of the last times I talked to Bill, I thanked him for that pep talk. He always wanted the best out of his team, whether it was the talent, the camera operators or the crew in the control truck.
As we embark on another fall of Friday night lights (sometimes Thursdays), I always strive to do the best job and prepare as much as possible.
Turn on the lights! Let the journey to Memorial Stadium in late November begin.