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Best MomentsNot everyone can pinpoint their best moments of each week. At this time of year, I certainly can. It’s a well-orchestrated special event.

I’ve been officiating high school football for 25 years and was recently recognized by the Arizona Football Officials Association (AZFOA) for hanging around so long. A tremendous honor from a peer group for which I have tremendous respect.

So – on Friday nights during the football season for two-and-a-half decades, there’s that specific time that highlights my week:

6:45 p.m. – local high school public address announcer, often a teacher or other volunteer, uses his best voice to thank all the Best Momentssponsors, which usually include a local pizza place, a nearby insurance agency and a couple businesses owned by parents of football or band parents.

6:50 p.m. -- R.O.T.C. students march to the 50-yard line to present colors.

6:52 p.m. – high school band plays its best rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

6:57 p.m. – captains of the football team come to the center of the field for the coin toss.

6:59 p.m. – after a weekly joke for our huddled-up crew from one of my co-officials, I jog to my position on the goal line, often with blaring, ground-shaking “kick-off” music, such as:

7 p.m. – kick-off!

I get goosebumps every time I think about it!

Do you have 15 minutes that great in your week?

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

1 Comment

  1. Well, that’s pretty tough to top but I’d say the first 3 minutes when I get home each day from work and Gaston & Alphonse run to greet me at the door. I guess that’s 15 minutes, right? Cheers, David Landis

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