|Updated: 10/26/2012 7:07 pm
||Published: 10/26/2012 7:06 pm
We take many things for granted when it comes to watching our favorite teams fight on the gridiron. Probably the biggest one is the scoreboard.
It may not seem like much but it's essential for refs and fans alike.
For this week's Do My Job I visited North Little Rock High to try my hand at scorekeeping.
Above the stadium I met Gary Stevens, a scoreboard pro. This easy going announcer has a 43 year history of tracking scores.
"We started using this for football,” he says. ”I’m very familiar with it. We've been using since, gosh, 20 to 25 years now."
Before I got to work on the ancient device I needed to let my eyes adjust to the lighting in the room.
You don't need to change your TV set - the booth was actually bathed in yellow light. It was annoying but you get used it over time.
After seeing gold for a while, I get stuck with a simple task -- pushing a button to reset the play clock.
It's not the most exciting job on the planet but somebody has to do it and that person is me.
To help Gary a little more I tell him who makes the tackle on the play.
After the first half was done, I get promoted to scoreboard runner.
I have my ups and downs.
Eventually I master the 20 year old machine.
The game is over so how did i do?
"If the weather gig doesn't work out (you can work here)."
"What's the pay?"
"Five dollars and a coke."
Not sure I’m gonna take that deal - thanks.