By Brian Whitmore
My daughter, Lydia, 5, went to her first football game the other night — Laurens at Clinton.
My wife, Jane, also experienced the Red Devils for the first time and it was my first time going as publisher.
What a great atmosphere for my daughter’s introduction to live football.
We set with some dear friends, the Marshalls. They got quite a show from Lydia.
Lydia, wearing a new Red Devil shirt, started shouting, “Go Red! Go Red! Go Red!”
I explained that it was “Go Big Red!” or “Go Red Devils.”
She started chanting, and louder, “Red Devils!, Red Devils! Red Devils!”
Didn’t matter who had the ball or what was happening, she was into it.
Lydia danced to the band. And, she screamed at a decibel and pitch that she had not yet achieved when the cheerleaders were throwing out balls and shirts.
We got popcorn at the concession stand. A treat for children and adults alike.
The Devils fell in this one, but our family had a ball. A sports editor for 15 years, I can say that Clinton High School has as good a high school football tradition and atmosphere as anybody out there.
Go Big Red!
The next morning, I got introduced to another Clinton High football tradition —the Saturday Morning Rewind on WPCC 1410 AM, 96.5 FM and streaming worldwide at www.largetime.net (8 a.m.).
Live from Whiteford’s Drive-In, Buddy Bridges, Gene Simmons, Harold Nichols and BJ Gardner recap high school Friday night and look ahead to college football Saturday.
Bridges asked me to come by and introduce myself to his listeners. I talked about Lydia’s first game experience and The Chronicle’s commitment to local sports.
Be looking at our sports pages in the weeks to come. There will be more pictures, more faces and more names from, not just football, but every sport.
I don’t have a great broadcast voice, but I enjoyed hanging out with the crew. Again, great atmosphere — people driving by and honking their horns to let WPCC know they’re listening.
CHS head football coach Andrew Webb stopped by and talked about the game.
I remember cheering on Webb, when he was quarterback for the South Carolina Force, National Indoor Football League team. That was some good football.
After the show, a replay of Friday night’s game is played. It’s live, of course, on Friday nights (7 p.m.).
Thanks Buddy and crew for having me. Myself and legions of CHS fans will be listening.
SMACK DOWN LIVE!
I would be remiss without mentioning just prior to her first football game was Lydia’s first professional wrestling event — WWE’s Smack Down Live! at Greenville’s Bon Secours Wellness Arena.
We cheered on our favorites — Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and AJ Styles.
If you’re shaking your head right now, I give you the words of the immortal Rick Flair — “If you don’t like it, learn to love it, because it’s the best thing going today. Wooo!”
Now Lydia needs to attend her first college football game. I’m thinking Blue Hose.
Someone asked me the other day, what do you like to do outside of work? My answer, spend time with my family and go to church (shout out to my First Baptist Clinton family. Love our new church home).
Whether at a USC Upstate basketball game, a NASCAR race, church or the grocery store, it’s not what we are doing, but that we do it together as a family.
I remember doing fun stuff and ordinary stuff with my parents. I cherish those memories.
I know Lydia will too.
Brian Whitmore is publisher of The Clinton Chronicle