Jared Felkins: Catching my fifth wind, going for even more

Many know the old saying, “I caught my second wind.” Most of the time it applies to some sort of sport, or it could apply to most anything that requires physical exertion.
Aug 23, 2013
Jared Felkins is The Democrat’s director of content. Email him at jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com or follow him on Twitter @paperboyfelkins.

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

—   Vince Lombardi 

Many know the old saying, “I caught my second wind.” Most of the time it applies to some sort of sport, or it could apply to most anything that requires physical exertion.

After this week, I feel like I’m catching my fifth wind. But I’m quite sure I’m not alone in this office. We’ve all gone the extra mile where this newspaper and the coverage of our community is concerned.

The other day, a friend approached me and said he caught a mistake in one of the stories I’d written. This isn’t unusual. I believe every newspaper across the nation has at least one person who keeps it on its toes, so to speak. We have a gentleman who calls about once a week to share his latest “fishing” story. Rather, his catch is errors –whether grammatical or spelling – and they don’t eat nearly as good as the traditional kind.

They are hard to swallow.

Now I know I should have used well instead of good two sentences prior, but the use of the Southern colloquial just overwhelmed me.

Back to my friend, I ask him, “So do you remember what story?”

“No,” he replies. “I just remember seeing a mistake.”

“Well did you know what we meant?” I responded.

“Well…yeah,” he says.

“Seems to me it must not have been that much of a mistake at all,” I tell him.

We share a laugh and move on to more important things like talking about football.

That smart alec response to a question I’ve heard most of my adult life is admittedly borrowed from an old publisher friend of mine. It’s not something I’d say to someone I don’t know well, and I know my previously mentioned buddy brought it up to give me a hard time.

It’s a give and take relationship.

But it’s not surprising there have been a few mistakes in the paper lately, but for good reason. I can see the weariness in the eyes of the folks who work daily to produce this newspaper, as well as our other publications. We’ve had a lot to talk about these past few weeks.

I liken it to two-a-day practices in football. You go through it, emerge tired and wore out, but it only makes us stronger and ready to play that next down late in the fourth quarter. It’s a process.

With the toughest behind us now, it’s gratifying to look back and see everything we’ve accomplished. There are hundreds of pictures and dozens of videos we’ve collected and shared from the Wilson County Fair at lebanondemocrat.com. We even threw in a few stories for good measure.

Readers may have also noticed some interesting layouts during fair week. Our production and pressroom departments worked hard to make sure

We successfully launched a new-and-improved Gridiron Guide to give football fans a preview of the upcoming season. 

Our talented crew went to the Lebanon and Mt. Juliet pep rallies, which produced photo galleries for each.

We helped our friends at Zaxby’s put together a memorable Tongue Torch Challenge, which pitted Mt. Juliet and Lebanon coaches against one another for the now-coveted flaming chicken trophy. I know that trophy sits somewhere proudly displayed today at Lebanon High School.

It was all hands on deck for football, as well as fair, coverage Thursday night with the launch of some great new features, such as the Zaxby’s Fan of the Week and Wilson Football Live – online weekly coverage of all the prep football action at lebanondemocrat.com/wfl.

As the icing on the cake, we unveiled our new weekly football section, Sports Extra, to fans. It’s included in this weekend’s edition. Our Friday night football coverage produced tons of photos, stories, statistics and more.

All of our departments and people worked hard to bring all this to you, from production, circulation, marketing, advertising, business, editorial, pressroom, mailroom and IT. Everyone had a hand in it, and it was a great team effort.

And we’re not stopping here. I believe we will soon all catch our proverbial fifth wind and continue to produce the best news, sports, advertising and more for our community.

Right now, however, I’m really craving a hot meal and a pillow. Hey, even athletes have to eat well and sleep.

Jared Felkins is The Democrat’s director of content. Email him at jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com or follow him on Twitter @paperboyfelkins. 

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