You’ll notice in today’s paper that I had to run a cartoon of Nick Saban celebrating the Tide’s national title Monday. There’s also some game coverage in today’s edition and we’ll have a full flashback section in Saturday’s issue.

I came to the Times-Journal in December 2015 as sports editor, and that was the first title I had to cover for the Tide and one was hard enough.

I’m a diehard Auburn fan. I try to hide it in public because there’s not a need to bring it up in most work settings, but come game day I talk more trash than any two people.

I graduated from Auburn University in 2013 with a journalism degree. I was in Auburn during that unbelievable 2010 championship run with Cam Newton, and I got to witness the ridiculous 2013 season.

But, I thought this would be our season. I got to stop letting myself think that. Auburn had one of its best shots at a national title this year. We defeated No. 1 twice, and were in line to get one of those four playoff spots. Obviously, it didn’t work that way, but that’s OK.

Monday’s game was one of the best college football games I’ve watched in recent memory — at least the second half. I wanted to nap midway through the first. But honestly, it was a lose-lose situation for me.

I’m just happy my friends are happy. That’s a way to look at it, right?

Anyways, I can’t wait until next football season comes. I’m sure I’ll get my hopes up for that season, too.

Maybe I’ll finally get to run that Auburn national title special edition, though.

YOU NEED A PAL

Tuesday was a busy one for me. I spent all of the day out on the road. But, in between interviews, I got to meet with a woman named Rita Chapman. Rita is directing a program that helps provide parents of drug addicts resources and a place to talk about what they are going through specifically.

There was something about her story that struck a chord with me.

I’ve had family members who had problems with opiates, and I understood her struggle. I understood wanting to help those we love most and doing whatever we could to make sure they are OK.

I thought about it for a long time Tuesday night, and several times I had tears well up and I had to focus my mind elsewhere. I know there are many people who can relate to Rita and her story. The Parents of Addicted Loved Ones group is something I think is needed in this area. I’m thankful for Rita’s willingness to help others get through this stage in their lives.

Bradley Roberts is managing editor of the Times-Journal. His email address is broberts@times-journal.com

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