MAY 8 HOME STRETCH COLUMN — PETE TEMPLE, SPORTS EDITOR
The month of May. It’s both a blessing and a curse.
If you’re a sports fan, you could argue that there truly is no greater month. The Major League Baseball season is in full swing (pardon the pun), and the NBA and NHL playoffs are intensifying.
It’s a situation in which it’s easy to miss a game here or there if you aren’t paying full attention. I call myself a full-fledged Twins fan, but with my two hockey teams both in the playoffs, and with my sons’ two NBA teams squaring off in the Eastern Conference semifinals, I frequently see a few days go by without even remembering to check the baseball scores, let alone actually watch the games (they took one of three from Cleveland? OK).
May is also time for the Kentucky Derby. For my money (whether it comes in or goes out – this year it was more out than in) is the greatest sporting event of the entire year. And the Preakness is coming up in a week and a half.
It’s a great time for the high school season, as well. Thursday is the boys district/girls regional track and field meet, which (thankfully) is being held at the Monticello track this year. This decides which individuals and relay teams go to Drake Stadium for the state meet May 16-18, which is truly one of my favorite things to cover in the calendar year.
The golf teams are beginning their post-season play, and the soccer teams will do the same before the month is out.
But for your friendly neighborhood news staff, it’s also one of the most hectic times of the year. The winding down of the school year has much to do with that, with end-of-the-year concerts taking place, stories on retiring teachers (special thanks to Kim, who covered those this time around), and all the work our entire staff goes through on the annual Graduation issue.
And that doesn’t even mention Commencement itself, along with National Honor Society inductions/Honors Night.
The rest of it has to do with our annual Home & Garden issue, which involves a fair amount of legwork, writing and photography for Kim and I, not to mention the massive jobs undertaken by everyone in our building: selling advertising, proofreading and re-reading of stories and ads; design and pagination of the pages, and more.
Sports-wise, it’s perhaps the best month of the year. Weather-wise, maybe the same. Work-wise, it’s one of the trickiest.
But for all its ups and downs, May is here, and we’re in the thick of it. Might as well make the best of it.