I’ve always had difficulty coming to grips with saying “goodbye.” There is the feeling of overwhelming thankfulness for the time given, but then there is also the feeling of sadness knowing that what you had will not return. It’s time to grapple with those emotions again.
This the last column I will ever write for the Glasgow Daily Times. It’s the last sports section ever for the Daily Times. And yes, this is the last ever issue for the Daily Times.
Are there reasons why this is happening? Yes. But I’m not going to sit here and argue with our current reality. What’s done is done. It’s time to wrap things up and move on with life. That’s what is healthy for everyone. It’s time to say “goodbye.”
But make no mistake, I have one more column to write. So I have some things to say before leaving.
First off, the real loss here is that the athletes and coaches of this area (Barren County, Glasgow, Monroe County, Metcalfe County, etc.) are not going to get the consistent coverage they truly deserve without the Daily Times.
They have stories that deserve to be told. It’s been one of the greatest pleasures of my life to tell so many of their stories over the past year. It mattered to them and their families, and it’s truly a shame that they will not consistently be told anymore.
Please, keep supporting these programs, players and coaches. They work incredibly hard doing what they love and they deserve the utmost respect and support possible.
I also have so many people to thank as well.
First up are Daniel Suddeath, Cindy Green, Lisa Simpson Strange, Melinda Overstreet, Gina Kinslow, Theresa Furlong and Allen Handley. They are just some of all the people who I worked with at the Daily Times who were nothing but amazing as I began my career in sportswriting.
Next up are the coaches, athletes and administrators who were nothing but amazing to a guy just starting out his career. Forgive me if I leave anyone out, but here are just a few of the names:
Justin Stinson, James Willett, Jeff Garmon, Amy Allen, Craig Cassady, Steve Kirkpatrick, Tanner Abernathy, Jaden Franklin, Nik Sorrell, Henry Royse, Warren Cunningham, Piper Lindsey, Jackson Arnett, Will Bandy, Aden Nyekan, Bobbie Nyekan, Jacob Shaw, Elizabeth Bertram, Gavin Withrow, John Petett, Billy Joe Murphy, Ashley Geralds, Clifton Hamilton, Dillion Geralds, Curtis Petett, Grayson Rich, Kale Hagan, Brandon Brockman, TJ Coffey, Clint Graham, Mason Shirley, Brad Bonds, Rocky Tallent and so many more.
Remember, their stories are what truly matters here. I hope that in some way, they continue to get told.
I am also cognizant of the moment we are in right now in this country and I’m reminded of the conversation of what really “matters.” If the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t happen, would this newspaper still exist? I think the answer to that is more than a “probably.’
However, what matters here is that over 100,000 Americans lost their lives to this virus. So if you don’t mind me saying, a casualty of one newspaper pales in comparisons to the inconceivable loss of life.
Also, yes, I’m also aware of the divide which exists in our country right now. So this is what I will say on that. Black lives matter. Period. It’s that simple.
I think that perspective matters and it should be noted that there are more pressing issues at hand right now. We have to stand for the things that we believe matter, no matter the circumstance or criticism. Otherwise, we cease being who we really are.
Nevertheless, this is the end of the line here.
And the last person I want to thank, is you. Whoever is reading this, it means that something I’ve written or said or some kind of interaction I’ve had with you mattered enough for you to read this. And that means the world to me.
I believe in the power of sports. I also believe in the power of journalism. I’m going to keep the hope (no matter how bleak things may seem) and strive to keep being the best sports writer I can be. There are stories and lessons to be told, and I will find a way to keep telling them.
I believe with 100% certainty that I was put here on this Earth to be a sports writer. My faith in that belief will never be shaken.
Faith and hope have driven me all my life no matter what shortcomings, failures or successes I have experienced. I wish that whoever reading this is always moved by that same idea of hope.
With that here is one last parting shot. It’s a quote I’ve always lived by, and I hope it means something to you as well:
“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”
With that, it’s time to go. Thank you all again for the support. I’ll see you all down the line.
With nothing but gratitude, I say “Goodbye.”