Sunday, February 2, 2014

Working Super Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday brings back the memories of days when it was a regular work day.
Super Bowl XVII, I was in fast food. The restaurant was basically silent through the game.
We were getting ready to close at 10 when the game ended around 9:30 p.m. And we were swamped by hungry post-game crowds.
For six seasons - 1989 to 1994 - I put together the sports page Sunday night. With game time around 5 p.m., work was easy.
I went in around 3 p.m., put together the early sports items and left before kickoff for a game-watching party.
By halftime, it was time to put the front page with game photos together. Watch the game, do a little more work, and wait for the story with quotes an hour after the game ended.
I had a nice system, aided by several blowout contests.
I'm glad my last Super Bowl was in 1994.
The games drag on longer now.
You're lucky to have the first story by 11 p.m.
When your reader wakes up at 6 or 7 a.m., there's so much more good stuff available to read that wouldn't be ready when the presses had to roll.
If you work this evening, fire up the phone or computer and enjoy what you can.
The best commercials will be everywhere by morning.

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