I Get Paid For This!?

December 7, 2007

It all started one night during my freshman year when Travis Dalton walked into my room.

He said, “Do you have a job, Blakey?”

“No,” I replied.

“Do you want one?” he asked.

I was not really sure what to say to this, so he went on to explain what the job would be. He was looking for an assistant to help him keep stats for the upcoming basketball season. I told him that I would have to think about it, and as I did, my thought process was something like this: “Wait…go to all the basketball games, sit in the front row, watch very carefully, and get paid for it? Why wouldn’t I take this job!?” Before long I told Travis that I would love to join the Stat Crew, and I have been a part of that ever since.

At the beginning, I did not know what to expect from sports at a small Christian college because when I thought of college basketball, I thought of March Madness, Cameron Indoor Stadium, and players that were bound for the NBA. But as I began to work through my first season, I quickly found out that I love my job and sports at TMC. While these games were not televised on ESPN or discussed in the sports pages of major newspapers, they did not lack energy or excitement. When Bross Gym is full of screaming students and your friends and dormmates are on the court, there is nothing that can top it. I saw lots of great games my freshman year. The men had a talented team and won some overtime thrillers. The women put together the best season in TMC history as they won the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament and advanced all the way to the NAIA Final Four.

I’m now in my third year of stat keeping here at TMC, and I also work at soccer and baseball games now. I think I love my job even more know than when I started. Time after time I find myself walking back up to Hotchkiss after an exciting game and asking myself in disbelief, “I get paid for this!?”

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