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What, me worry?

By Jeff Mayfield          Send a link to a friend

[SEPT. 20, 2004]  I am really beginning to worry about my job at the LDN. Why would a seasoned semipro writer like myself fear for my position? Mostly because I have long held that if you are going to be a sportswriter, you ought to attend the sporting events that you are covering. That has not been happening to me lately.

The last couple of months and the next several will be packed with work and work projects. You would think that when a college like ours is as blessed as it has been the last few years that everyone could just sit around and nod and smile. Not so. It takes as much or more to keep things at the new higher level than it did to get there in the first place; and then if you want to grow, it will take even more.

Heck, I haven't even been to St. Louis in the last two months, and THIS is a CHAMPIONSHIP season! In addition, the weather has just been so nice that I want to spend as much time outside as anything else.

I do have some other suggestions for those of you who are trying to get out before winter springs upon us. Check out Quincy, Ill., and Hannibal, Mo., two towns approximately a two-hour drive west of Lincoln. Go by yourself or take your family, as there is plenty to do for everyone. I would also suggest the Rockford, Ill.-Beloit, Wis.-Janesville, Wis. area. There is shopping, fishing, golfing, boating, rivers and lakes, camping, and plenty of stuff for individuals, kids and families.


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One last suggestion for this week would be Turkey Run (Indiana) State Park. I realize that it is on foreign soil, but it is a fun place to hike, bike, meditate by yourself, take your family and camp, canoe or tube, shop, and just have an overall good time. It is about 2½ hours east of Lincoln, and this is an excellent time of the year to visit the park.

Don't forget to join my knowledgeable sidekick, Greg Taylor, and me as "FANdamonium" is back on television at CITV-5. We WILL cover a host of topics on the sports landscape, and maybe Greg will whisk me away and force me to cover some sporting events. I'm counting on him to do just that.

Other than that I do tip my cap to the following teams that I heard were successful over the last couple of days: Lincoln Railers with a football victory over Springfield; Illinois with a win over Western Michigan; Illinois State's comeback over Eastern Illinois; and the St. Louis Cardinals, champions of the NL's Central Division. Congratulations to all of these teams, and we'll have a lot more for you in the weeks ahead. I hope.

That's all for me… Have a great week, everybody!

[Jeff Mayfield]

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