For the first time since my dog days of high school, I got the opportunity to view a live football game from the perspective of the sidelines. I had no idea how cool of an experience that it would truly be, and I look forward to potentially doing something like this again. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Corey Crisan. I’m a sophomore Telecommunications major from Brookfield, Ohio, who has a passion to become a sports broadcaster one day. I currently produce and broadcast my own live radio show with a good friend of mine, Nick Cimoric, for YSU’s Rookery Radio network. You can tune into our show, “The Timeout”, every Wednesday from 5-7 PM on rookeryradio.com. It is a sports based talk show where we introduce, discuss, and debate popular topics in major and collegiate sports with occasional guests and live telephone call-ins. I was offered the opportunity to cover last week’s YSU football game on behalf of Rookery Radio, and I can’t wait to dive into and attend further home games as conference action heats up.
My experience began with the pre-game tailgate. I was cordially invited by Zach Humphries, who is a co-host of “The Penguin Pregame Show” on AM 570 WKBN radio and hosts his own program, “The Freeze”, on Rookery Radio from 7-9 PM every Tuesday, to join him for pregame festivities. When it was time for him to make his half hour broadcast, I took a shadow approach and sat back and observed the operations that were at hand. Little did I know, I would eventually end up going live on air with him for pregame. I’ll admit, I was a tad nervous, considering this was my first time going live on real commercial radio, but my prior knowledge of football and of YSU’s team enabled me to handle whatever he threw at me during Q & A. After we got off air, it was time to head to the stadium for the beginning of the game.
As we walked up to the media gate, I could hear the roar of the crowd following the National Anthem, and I remember getting chills. We walked past the locker room and through the tunnel before the players had the chance to, and once we caught light of the stadium, you could see the vast sea of red that was ready to cheer on their home team for victory. What a sight it truly was. The team ran out onto the field right before my eyes, and you could feel the excitement. Once the game kicked off, it was all systematic from there. I got to witness YSU’s kicker/punter, Joey Cejudo, and starting QB Dante Nania warm up for action right before my eyes.
YSU’s head coach Eric Wolford crossed my path multiple times, and you could feel the energy that he brought to this team. Every play, whether it netted a positive or negative result, was brought to attention and was reacted upon by Coach Wolford. The YSU bench was filled with passion and excitement with every yard gained and every point scored, and you could definitely tell that the home crowd had an effect on the players. All in all, the Penguins came out victorious, 52-23. Nania threw for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns, while the running back committee featured five players that rushed for over 50 yards each. In addition to offensive success, the Penguins held St. Francis to only 331 yards of total offense, compared to YSU’s 567. The Penguin defense also limited third down success for the Red Flash, who only converted 2 of 12 third-down situations. Ultimately, the success of the Penguin defense when it mattered was the deciding factor of this game.
I had an incredible time representing Rookery Radio on the sidelines this week, and I can’t wait to join my peers again for future Penguin football games. This experience helped me realize that this truly is what I want to do once I earn my degree, and I hope to make even more connections that will enable me to further my experience as a potential broadcaster or reporter.
I’m looking forward to attending future games and writing reports like this, so stay tuned for more from me! Check out my radio show, “The Timeout”, every Wednesday afternoon from 5-7 on rookeryradio.com. For mobile listening, check out the FREE Rookery Radio app. If you are an iPhone user, simply search for “Rookery Radio” on your app store and you’ll find us. If you have an Android phone, download the (FREE) “TuneIn Radio” app and search for us on there. We are live with programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Again, you can tune in to my show every Wednesday from 5-7 PM only on rookeryradio.com! You can follow me on Twitter @cdcrisan, and follow my show’s Twitter page @RookeryTimeout! I can’t wait to hear from all of you, and I hope you get the chance to tune in to my show! Go Guins!