By DAVID HUNTER
Before I start, I must confess something. This week's column will have me in the Cannon County athletic director's chair for a day. Nonetheless there is no rule limiting or forbidding having a little fun in my personal column.
In addition, CCHS athletic director and boys head basketball Coach Matt Rigsby does a great job running the Lions program along with the rest of the coaches, and the countless others who play an important part on an everyday basis.
Now, let's get started. One of the latest trends in sports is the creation of a third jersey, of which most are black in color. It's become so big several teams, like Middle Tennessee State football, have several combinations of jerseys and helmets. Because of this I'll attempt to keep it simple.
So far this season, the Lions have worn throwback yellow jerseys to honor the past and pink jerseys to help in the fight to reduce breast cancer. Those games received much attention, but I think we need to take it a step further for all of the sports on campus.
My idea would be to have a "Blackout" home game for every sport, in which the Lions wear black home jerseys. Everybody enjoys watching sporting events where the home team wears black jerseys, especially, when all of the fans in attendance are also wearing black. It looks really cool in the stadium and on television, and the players always get more pumped up by wearing the black jerseys.
It's mostly done with football and basketball, but since we're talking about Cannon County let's take it a step further. I'd love to see all the other sports wear black jerseys for a home game just to make it more memorable for the athletes.
The last home football game was shown on television last week (courtesy of DTC), but it is one of the few times CCHS will be seen this season in any sport. I believe CC should garner more coverage than that, so how about a Lions Network, sort of like the Longhorn Network, which I get on cable in Murfreesboro.
What's so cool about the Longhorn Network is in addition to the sports coverage of the teams on campus, you can also watch other activities at the school needing much deserved attention. For example, I've seen short films, a fashion show, music concerts, and features on the different departments on campus.
I think the Lions Network would not only help the athletic teams, but the rest of the extracurricular activities grow as a unified student body.
Again, I'm not trying to be sarcastic instead I'm just injecting a little fun into this column.