Beyond the Keystone: My 2022 Year In Review

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Sykotyk | January 18, 2023


2022 Year In Review

After the last two years, it’s hard to say that a season was unusual. 2020 had so many twists and turns. Including spring games until June in New York City. Last year, there was some turbulence with scheduling. And I hurt my back after my trip to Arizona and things went downhill as the season went on.

This year, I was mostly healthy. Though getting older is not without its pitfalls. And things seemed to go on as planned. But my entire year had been affected by things including the economy and personal matters. I usually have a rather open personal life in the fall for football. And just work a bit more in the first eight months of the year. 2022 wasn’t that year.

I had done very well through April and then things fell apart. I had a trip with my daughter planned to Michigan. And then two more trips with her in the summer to Albuquerque as well as Duluth and Grand Forks. So, as the season was heading to a close I had a weekend planned for Oklahoma that fell through. And when it did, the issues cascaded through my Week 15 and Week 17 plans. I gave up going to Texas as the cost for the trip was spiraling. And not just for the trip. But work was calling. And a week in Florida wasn’t bad. But it was going to skip the Texas finals for the first time in over a decade.

Overall, my plans mostly carried through. My midseason work took me back to New Mexico and the Dakotas. Two areas I feel quite at home at. My preseason plans for a two-week trip to Iowa and Minnesota went well. Though financially questionable. That time and finances could’ve contributed to Oklahoma and Texas trips. But mostly it was pre-football travel that contributed to my convoluted finish to the 2022 season. Though, in the end, it was all worthwhile.

In games I’ve attended, there were 5,098 points scored, for an average of 50.48 points per game (a 0.35/game decrease from last year). The cumulative score was 3667-1431, for an average score of 36.31-14.17. Compared to 36.83-14.00 last year. The most points I saw were Elida’s 81 in their 81-29 win over Animas in Elida, New Mexico. For 11-man, the most was 63, scored by Centerville (IN) against Union City at Ball State’s Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, Indiana.

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