When I was in high school, the only sport that had a very early “pre-season” was football. (Some people called it “double sessions”...we called it “hell week.”) The other sports started before school got going as well, but not as early as football. However, in more recent decades, all of the fall sports start early (both men’s and women’s). Therefore, a lot more people now know what I’m talking about when I highlight “the smell” that exists early in the mornings of late in August.
Back in the day, when we got up early on those late August mornings, it was usually quite cool. (Somehow, it always got ridiculously hot during the day...especially during wind sprints...but it was always cool in the morning.) The grass was always still wet when we headed out for practice...and there was a certain “smell” in the air that was unique to this time of year. Having smelled that smell in high school...and four years of college, it’s something that has stayed with me ever since.
I still notice that smell on late-August mornings every year...and it brings back great memories (especially since I don’t have to run wind sprints any more). It’s neat to know that so many more people know what I’m talking about when I mention “the smell”...since football players are not the only ones who experience it any more. Of course, a lot fewer young athletes are experiencing it this year, but it will return next year...and for years to come. (Ahhh, the simple things in life really are fabulous!)
Of course, even though the week before Labor Day weekend is usually a very active one for young athletes, it’s usually a VERY quiet week for the markets. This year should be no different. Today is the last day of the ...