The first week of Friday Night Fever is always a bit of a challenge. It takes a bit to get back into the swing of things and get the timing down of shooting 2-3 games in a relatively-short window (a bit longer of a window thanks to 7:00pm kickoffs!).
There's also getting used to the changes made from year-to-year. Some years (like 2012), there are major changes. Even for years where there don't appear to be many changes, there are always a good few tweaks that are made to keep the show fresh. Some of those are behind-the-scenes (like how our many score-takers write down and enter in the scores that they take from viewers) and some are visible at home (like the TV monitor behind the desk or both Jim and myself co-anchoring in-studio).
When changes are made, it always takes a bit of getting used to. That said, I think everyone here at WTVA did a great job of adjusting last Friday. It was a bit chaotic - as all Fridays during football season are - but it was organized chaos and it worked out well.
This week is a big week. In addition to our Game of the Week featuring the Railroad Rivalry (Coffeeville at Water Valley) and our many other Friday night contests, we've got some big Thursday night games as well. The Skunk Bowl between Booneville and Booneville is Thursday night, as is The Joe Bowl between Walnut and Falkner and a big matchup between West Point and South Panola.
This week is also big because it's the last week that Terry Smith will be anchoring the shows leading up to FNF. Terry's been here a long time - longer than I've been alive, actually - and I've always known him to be helpful and friendly ever since I arrived in Mississippi back in 2010.
It's rare that you get to work with a person like Terry, and it's truly been an honor to be able to do that. I've gotten the chance to co-anchor shows with him (with me doing sports, of course) and even got to welcome him into sports for a day as a guest anchor during last season's Friday Night Fever.
Terry has been the face of WTVA for a long time, and it'll certainly be strange not having him here on a daily basis. Be sure when you call in your score on Friday (842-7620) to wish him well if Terry takes your score. Friday may be his last day, but he'll still be helping us and others out throughout the day - just like he always has.