|Holding my Induction Plaque|
For 36 years I have been covering the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) for the Melfort Journal. During those years I have been writing a column for the Journal called "On Sports".
Each year my wife, Sharon, and I have been driving from Melfort to Regina for each Rider home game. Prior to my sons graduating from high school they would be with us.
It is a 300 km drive to Regina. The 600 km round trips have totalled 180,000 km since 1978.
In my acceptance speech I said the 6 hour drives in the van have given me a lot of time to think about football and life.
In my speech I discussed how and why I came to write a sports column:
"When I grew up on the farm at Meskanaw the CFL was a distant league. I had no access to a daily paper. Few games were on T.V. I listened to games on the radio.
I have always loved words. I enjoy reading, speaking and writing. I like organizing words to inform, to explain, to persuade. I realized early in my life that my greatest skill was the ability to use words.
I have equally loved sports through my life. Whether playing sports, not well I admit, or organizing or coaching or teaching or refereeing or watching I have a passion for sports.
I have wanted to know "why" as early in my life as I can remember.
Writing a column has let me write words about sport and ask why since 1978."
It was an honour I never expected. I am the first journalist from a weekly newspaper to be inducted.
I have not been posting this week as I have been caught up in the activities of Grey Cup Week in Regina. (The Grey Cup is the equivalent of the Super Bowl.)
The Saskatchewan Riders are both playing and hosting the game. Our whole province has never been more excited.
I will put up my next post about the game.
Today has already been a great day for me.