Well, I turn 32 today, and I have the receding hairline and expanding gut to prove that time is, in fact, passing.
That sounds bad.
Actually, I'm not the kind of guy that freaks out about birthdays. As I recently heard someone say, it's not good when you stop having them.
So, I thought I'd play a little numbers game with sports-related events over the last 32 years.
That's how many years the Sauk Valley will have read my copy (for better or worse) come this September. I started as a part-timer and gradually worked up the ranks.
It's hard to believe that I've spent nearly a third of my life here.
I am the fifth sports editor in that 10-year time span. I was hired by Jeff Williams.
A guy named Patrick Salem made a brief run as sports editor. I am not sure I'd know him if he walked into the office on Monday.
That was followed by Paul Skrbina – the guy that pushed me, and then Will Larkin - the guy that promoted me.
This will be the last work-related one.
That's the number of full-time hires I've made since taking over as editor.
One is Christopher Heimerman, who has taken his considerable talents over to the news side at SVM.
The other is Patrick Mason. He started a week ago or so. Some of you have had a chance to meet him. For those who haven't, be sure to greet him in the coming weeks.
That's the number of championships won by Chicago sports teams in my lifetime.
I was too young to appreciate the Bears win in the Super Bowl. I basked in the glory of the Bulls' six titles in the 1990s.
I cringed when the Sox won in 2005, and didn't really have any strong feelings about the Blackhawks' two Stanley Cups.
Did anyone notice that the Cubs didn't make this list? Bummer.
That's the number of times my beloved Cubs have made the playoffs in my lifetime.
Again, I was only 2 years old during the storied 1984 run. I am sure I shed tears when they were ousted by the Giants in 1989.
I was a junior in high school in 1998, and didn't expect much from that squad. Like so many, my heart broke when they blew it in 2003.
Frankly, I was working so much in 2007 and 2008, that I didn't really get a chance to be disappointed by those two playoff flops.
Rick Renteria is the 20th Cubs manager in my lifetime. Yikes.
In comparison, the White Sox have had 10 managers. The Bears have had five coaches. The Bulls have had 14 coaches.
That's the number of team state championships won by Sauk Valley teams since the spring of 1982.
Teams have titles in football (10), wrestling (3), boys cross country (3), softball (2), boys track & field (2), volleyball (2) and boys basketball (1).
The Newman football, Eastland volleyball, and Prophetstown girls basketball programs have had one coach in my lifetime.
Congrats to Mike Papoccia, Kristy Pierce and Don Robinson, I am not sure if it'll make you feel good to read that.
I am planning the SVM All-Star Classic for the third time. The games will be June 19 at Sterling High School. Traditionally, Sauk Valley Commmunity College host the event, but it is doing some minor work on the ceiling's gym during June.
I'll be sending out player invitations next week. So, mark the date,