It’s amazing how much the world has changed since I graduated from high school in 2000. During those days, social media wasn’t even a defined term. The Internet was something I was just beginning to learn how to use.
I vividly remember Tom Winslow, who’s still one of my best friends, informing me during our sophomore year in 1998 that he had created an email address.
“What is an email address?” I asked. “Why would you get that?”
I proceeded to make jokes about the new phenomena called “email” for the next few days.
Fast forward 15 years, and email has become something the majority of Americans use on a daily basis. Most of the working class couldn’t conduct business without it.
Email was just the beginning. Now we live in an “instant” society and that includes high school football scores on Friday nights.
For example, at the conclusion of every Friday night, players and fans check newspaper websites, Twitter, Facebook or receive text messages from friends on their smartphones to let them know the scores from other games.
I wish we had that kind of technology when I was in high school.
I remember the bus rides home from away games when we would discuss the game we had just played and wonder how the other teams in the former Pierce County League (White River, Sequim, Washington, Franklin Pierce, Lakes, Bainbridge Island, Clover Park, Fife and Yelm) shaped up.
It wasn’t until Saturday morning when I made the drive into town to pick up a copy of the Bremerton Sun (now called the Kitsap Sun) that I discovered how teams in our league and squads in different classifications in the surrounding area fared the night before.
That’s no longer the case for high school football players.
Twitter is probably my favorite Internet website. It’s a great tool not only for journalists but for players, parents, fans and coaches. It’s often one of the first places I look when I try to find an obscure score that I simply cannot locate anywhere else.
Technology and sports go together like biscuits and gravy, and it’s here to stay for the long haul.
Sports Editor Shaun Scott can be reached at 253-552-7002 or can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter, @herald_shaun.