McKenzie’s Monologue

Published 12:21 pm Thursday, July 31, 2008

By Staff
Getting ready for football
By Adrienne McKenzie
Football season is just around the corner and I am getting pumped.
For those of you who have read my previous football columns, you already know that I don’t know much about the sport. But, I do find it entertaining to watch people run around doing something they love and getting enthused when they do something good.
This year’s first Alabama game will be fun. I will be sure to watch on ABC the Tide play against Clemson in their first game.
I have a feeling I have a lot of football to learn this upcoming season. Considering I am getting married to a sports editor of a newspaper in April, I think I will be getting schooled each week on the rules of the sport. There will be high school games that I will probably attend with Matt, my fiance, each week. I will also watch college games on TV Saturdays, if I am not at one. And Sunday will be packed with professional football.
High school and college football I grasp a little bit better than the NFL. But, Matt is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
Some of you probably remember the column I wrote last year about my pink Hines Ward jersey. In fact, every time I see Atmore Fire Department assistant chief Mike Staples he pokes fun at me because of it.
Nevertheless, I will bust out that jersey on Sundays, wearing it proudly as I root for the Steelers. I am hoping that Matt can teach me a little about the sport so I can cheer because I know what is going on, not because everyone else is.
I hope all the area teams, Escambia Academy, Escambia County High School and Northview High School do well this upcoming football season. And I of course want my alma mater, T.R. Miller High School to do great also. A true alumnus is always a fan of where they graduated from. Not to mention, my brother-in-law is a coach at Miller.
And being an alumnus from The University of Alabama also, Roll Tide! I hope Auburn does well too, since Matt is an Auburn grad.
On an entirely different note, I met the new administrator for Atmore Community Hospital Monday. I attended a press conference at ACH Monday that allowed me to meet Bill Perkins, the new administrator. Mr. Perkins seems like a great person and although I am sure the community will hate to see Bob Gowing, administrator of ACH for 10 years, leave, I think the hospital will remain in good hands.
For more information on the role changes at Atmore Community Hospital and Baptist Health Care, read the article on the front page of today’s paper.
Adrienne McKenzie is managing editor for The Atmore Advance. She can be reached at 368-2123 or emailed at

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