Column: Check out ‘Chronicle Football Insider’

• Originally published in the Kane County Chronicle on Oct. 19, 2009

One of my favorite parts of the work week is filming and editing our weekly prep football Web video – “Chronicle Football Insider.”

I haven’t been able to make it out to many games this year – a shame for a person who got his newspaper start covering high school football games – but I love to read the game stories we put in our weekend edition and then to watch sports editor Jay Schwab and sports reporter Kevin Druley talk about the games Monday when we film the show.

An ESPN production, it certainly is not. But what makes it so much fun to film is listening to Jay and Kevin’s insights about the games.

For relative newcomers to The Chronicle – Jay has been with paper for three years and Kevin just had his one-year anniversary – the pair have put together what I believe to be the best sports section in this community. I’m proud of both of them, as well as our sports copy editor, Nick Gerts.

At the recent Illinois Press Association awards luncheon, we received first place for best sports section in a tough division that included the likes of the Northwest Herald, the Aurora Beacon News and other similarly sized newspapers throughout Illinois.

Jay and Kevin’s success is directly related to the work they put into the product. They go to as many games as they can in the work week. The number of stories the pair will write in a week consistently amazes me. More importantly, they care about what they’re doing, and it shows in our sports pages.

But back to “Chronicle Football Insider.”

Jay and Kevin might not be the Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon of the Tri-Cities and western Kane County. But they know their stuff.

They know what allowed Kaneland to keep up and almost surprise Geneva last Friday night.

They know the secret to St. Charles East’s success this year. (Though, it’s not really a secret – other teams don’t score against East’s defense; it’s that simple.)

And for me, filming the pair talk, it’s wonderful to see two people banter about something they know so well. Extra work typically isn’t something most of us get hyped up about, but putting this Web show together certainly has felt more like a hobby than work to me. And that’s always a good feeling.

You can watch this week’s Web show today. It should be up about 1 p.m. at

Joe Grace is the editor of The Chronicle. Write to him at or call him at 630-845-5368.


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