Aug. 11, 2007

As we begin preseason football practice, Richie Weaver of the Tulane Athletic Communications Office asked me if I wouldn't mind keeping a daily diary during camp to let you, the fans, know what's going on. Well, as you can probably tell by now, I said yes.

Well, the first thing I guess I ought to do is come up with a name for my diary. I think I'll call it Sarah. I'm sure someone will make up something creative and some flashy link for the website...but to me, the diary's name is Sarah.

The only problem with keeping this diary is that I don't have a computer here in my dorm room right now. So instead of typing it out like a normal person, I have to write it down on a random sheet of paper that I find laying around, give it to Richie, and he has to type it over again. Oh well, no guts, not glory I guess. So without further ado, here we go:

Dear Sarah,

Today began the first day of preseason football camp. Woohoo!!! I'd write what my thoughts were on the team and our future. But as it were, I had to wait an hour to tell the media earlier that very same thing earlier in the day and I don't want to repeat myself again. Before our first practice in the afternoon, we took a team picture and head shots, and then we held our Media Day in the Wilson Center. All the media from around the New Orleans and the state were on hand to talk to us about the upcoming season.

You would think reporters would try to come up with some exciting questions to ask, but I think they gather beforehand and agree on asking the same questions to everyone. As if one person saying he is excited about the season isn't enough. They need to record that everyone thinks the same way. Media Day, actually, was so much fun. Yeah!!

Today, we practiced in record heat. That was flipping awesome, too!!! You would never have guessed it was over 80 degrees if you had been around me on the field, though. You see, I had this idea that whenever I feel cynical or have a negative thought about something, I am going to vocally express that thing in a positive light. As you can imagine, if a diary can imagine, I have been incredibly positive lately. It's not all pretend, however.

I was actually pretty excited when my position coach, Greg Jackson, referred to me as "Professor Skehan". I secretly enjoyed that.

Well, that's enough for today. Gotta get some sleep so I can do it all over again tomorrow. Well, except for getting asked the same question over and over again by the media.

Professor Skehan