Two Geeks and a Pigskin: Wholesome fun or whimsical rubbish?

Some of you (and, judging by our ratings, not a whole lot of you) have found your way to our new video blog, Two Geeks and a Pigskin at contracostatimes.com. Before we get any further into the season, I figured I’d shed some light on how this idea came about in the first place.

We wanted to give readers something a bit more interactive and a bit more fun to spotlight our prep football season this year. As a result, Chace Bryson and I were recruited to give faces and voices to our coverage. We’re two weeks into it and, I gotta tell you, we’re having a blast. Along with our stalwart director, Karl Mondon, we’re planning on getting even more absurd and even more informative as the season goes on.

This week, we ran into an interesting twist. We’re now providing KICU Sports Focus a one-minute spot that will focus on the following week’s matchups from here in our newsroom at the Contra Costa Times. It’s a good relationship, one we hope continues for a long while because frankly, we’re writers and we don’t get much face time in front of anyone other than our mothers.

What that meant for this week was that Chace was the subject of our merciless mockery, something I hope is duly reflected in this week’s Two Geeks segment. I got to let out the inner seven year-old in me by running around the newsroom making faces and in turn we ended up with some script material.

The long and short of it is that you can tune in to KICU Sports Focus on Friday nights at 11 p.m. and watch Chace’s big-time TV debut. You can get a little behind-the-scenes action from the shoot on Two Geeks and a Pigskin by going back to the contracostatimes.com home page.

Another thing: The Friday Forecast has been expanded and is now a full-fledged contest on our high school sports page. It’s a big, green ad-looking thing on the right-hand side of the page. We’ll be picking there every week and we’ll update you on our picks here on the blog. I think our company has put some prizes up for grabs this year if you participate. Take a look and make some picks.

Finally, if you’ve got any ideas or comments for Two Geeks and a Pigskin, let us know. Want us to come to your school? We’re trying to figure out where to go next. Drop a comment here or email us at benos@bayareanewsgroup.com or cbryson@bayareanewsgroup.com.
— Ben Enos