"No cheering in the press box, please." It's a basic rule of Journalism -- our role is to cover a story -- an event, a game, a team -- in a non-biased manner.
I get it. We're journalists, not cheerleaders. Probably a good thing in my case.
But every once in a while, we ask your indulgence when we report on something special happening to special people. Case in point -- the Mercer Women's Basketball team.
Eight years ago, Susie Gardner's squad won two games. Monday night, the coach celebrated with her players and hundreds of fans inside Hawkins Arena as they heard their name called out on the NCAA Tournament Selection Show.
You see, the program that struggled mightily a few years back is now among the 64 best teams in the country.
In fact, over the past four years , the Orange-and-Black, led by Seniors Kahlia Lawrence and Sydni Means, has won 99 games with a chance to make it an even 100 later this week when they rematch against Georgia in Athens.
Now that's a pretty neat story -- tale about a team that deserves a pat on the back and a "well done" even from those of us in the press box.