Week 4 Pigskin Idol: Joseph Mikolaycik

Week 4 Pigskin Idol: Joseph Mikolaycik

Hello San Diego and Prep Pigskin report fans! My name is Joseph Mikolaycik, and I am a student at St. Augustine High School. Last night was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had, and is surely a memory I will never forget. First, I’d like to thank everyone at the PPR for this opportunity and to Kayla and Ryan, who were a huge help all night and so kind throughout the whole process.

Waking up Friday morning, I have to admit I was really nervous. The thought alone of having so many of my friends watch me was nerve wracking, but the city of San Diego? Oh boy. When school was over and it was time to go home, it truly dawned on me that the time was finally here. After I arrived at Mission Bay and met Kayla and Ryan, it was time for my work to begin. I can’t describe the feeling of walking around feeling like a real member of the PPR. I have been a fan and avid watcher of the show since my childhood. I have always wanted to be involved with sports media, and it was then when I started to realize my dream coming true.

After taking a couple pictures with the cheerleaders from both Mission Bay and Clairemont we filmed my teaser for the show. Big shout out to the Mission Bay band for letting me play their cowbell! Then it was time to just settle in and watch the greatest sport in the world, football. While the game itself wasn’t too exciting, (Mission Bay had a 42-7 lead at the half, and later won 49-14,) it was fun to see some big plays throughout the game. Afterwards I was able to interview the player of the game, Keyon Holiday, and get to see what it’s like to be a reporter on the field. Then it was time to head back to the station.

Arriving at the station, I felt right at home thanks to a warm welcome from everyone there. Kayla and I went right to work with Ryan as we edited the highlights of the game and wrote the script for the show. It was very cool to see the editing process because it is done very quickly but efficiently. After writing the script, it was time for me to practice and watch the show. Luckily I was able to get in more practice than a usual Pigskin Idol due to a very quick game. When they finally called me onto the set, I can’t describe the feeling that rushed through my body. Excitement and nerves took over. But thankfully Paul, Brandon Stone, and all the red jacket crew offered words of encouragement and I was ready to roll. Overall I felt good about my performance as the idol, even with stumbling a bit. The drum solo seemed to be a big hit with my friends and family watching back home. Once it was over I was relieved and excited to see how the show went on behind the scenes, truly an incredible sight! It was awesome to see the chaos behind the scenes and how well Paul and crew worked under pressure.

Being a Pigskin Idol was an amazing an unforgettable experience. I am now one step closer to achieving my dream of being a sports journalist and commentator. Thank you to everyone at the PPR for making the night perfect, and again to Kayla and Ryan.

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