Media should cover semi-pro football team
March 23, 2013 at 3:04 p.m.
Updated March 22, 2013 at 10:23 p.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
The Victoria Texans! That's right, you read it correctly. Victoria has its very own semi-pro football team and has had for a couple of years now. They're pretty darn good, too. Of course, unless you have a family member on the team, a friend on the team or even maybe a friend of a friend on the team, well, you just might not be aware that the team exists. That's pretty sad, too.
For some really odd reason, the Victoria Advocate is obviously oblivious to the fact that the team exists. There's never any pre-game mention prior to the team's Saturday games, which are usually played right here in Victoria at Patti Welder Stadium. Away games are often played within the Advocate's coverage area, such as in El Campo, Wharton, Alice, etc. Likewise, there's never any post-game mention in the Advocate either. Why is that? Why no coverage at all? This is a Victoria team proudly representing Victoria.
Sadly, this apathetic attitude doesn't belong solely to the Victoria Advocate. Our own television sports department hasn't a clue either. Wait, I take that back. One of the reporters has to be aware of the team's existence - or should be - because I emailed him about it in May of last year when the team was in the playoffs. He suggested that I send him the game stats and maybe even a roster of the team. Yeah, right. Although I do have an Associate of Arts degree in journalism, I do not work for the Advocate or KAVU.
I'll suggest to the sports writers of the Advocate as I did to the TV reporter last year: Please get off your duffs, go out and cover this outstanding football team. Not everything of interest to your readers comes over the wire. They're a good team representing Victoria and should be given better treatment by the Advocate and KAVU. Give some real meaning to "your hometown news."
Ken Titt, Victoria
Editor's Note: The Victoria Advocate focuses our sports coverage on high school and university teams; however, we encourage other teams to submit their results and calendar items and do publish occasional features on a variety of community sporting events.