Hopefully everyone notices that today is finally the day.
The day our annual winter tab comes out. It's filled with information on our area sports teams, ranging from swimming to basketball.
To say it's a large undertaking would be an understatement.
A lot of cooperation, effort and time is needed to track everything down and make the project a success.
Since our last major endeavor of 2010 is finished, that means it's time to start focusing on the winter sports we get a chance to go out and cover.
Even though I'm anxious for the bowl season in football and I'm excited about hoops season being under way, I can't help but take a little time to talk some wrestling.
Having covered a pair of Parkersburg South quads - one each the last two weeks - it has given me an opportunity to see a lot of new faces for head coach Paul Jackson.
While some of the old guard returns to the two-time Class AAA state champions, there's a lot of new varsity blood in the lineup, too.
"Last week we had seven kids and that was their first varsity match," coach Jackson said of the Patriots' first home quadrangular. "I went home and thought maybe we did better than I thought."
A stickler for perfection, Jackson isn't the type of coach who will settle for an individual doing anything but giving it their all.
Of course, today the Patriots will be in very tough wrestling territory as Parkersburg South starts day one of the Ironman, which concludes on Saturday.
"To me, that's why we go to the Ironman," Jackson said of facing some of the toughest competition in the country. "It's going to be a wake-up call.
"We've done really well in West Virginia. We're going to go up there and the kids are going to think that's what it's like to get thrashed."
Even though Parkersburg South isn't expected to make a ton of noise at the Ironman, coach Jackson knows his kids will learn a lot in defeat. Winning, for coach Jackson, is honestly far from the most important thing.
All one has to do is listen to some of the quotes I've gotten from coach Jackson after their last two quads. Sure, the Patriots went 6-0 and weren't challenged at all, but he's looking for more than just lopsided victories.
"I'm still frustrated with things," said Jackson, who noted after Wednesday's quad he, "just ripped their butts," in the matroom.
"We're still sloppy, real sloppy on our pinning combinations. Yes, we are beating people bad, but I'm a perfectionist and when they walked in there and sat down they knew I was mad at them."
Coach Jackson said he knows the wrestlers in his program understand he expects the best and right now, "we're not doing the best we can."
Part of that also comes from the fact several Patriots have had off-the-mat issues, but coach Jackson is hoping to put those to rest sooner rather than later.
"My doghouse gets bigger every week," he said. "Somebody comes out and somebody goes in. The doghouse still has people in it."
Contact Jay Bennett at email@example.com