If it’s fall, it’s football season. Right? Yeah, we all seem to get caught up in high school and college football — so much so that one might think there are absolutely no other sports activities going on, that everything else is on hold.

That’s why we want to take the opportunity here to congratulate and give a thumbs up to the Greenwood Christian School boys cross country team who secured a repeat championship this past weekend in the SCISA Class 2A division.

Sure, there’s plenty of running on a football field, but those cross country runners are in it for the long haul. Literally. And sometimes their feats — and feet — don’t get the recognition they deserve.

We are heading down a different street here. Sorta. We typically try to keep this more Lakelands oriented, but really, when you think about it, giving a thumbs up to “Sesame Street” turning 50 is a local matter too.

For many of us, it’s difficult to fathom that the popular educational program has reached the half-century mark. Many of us tuned into “Bozo the Clown,” “Captain Kangaroo,” “Mr. Rogers” and other so-called educational programs growing up and had essentially aged out by the time “Sesame Street” hit the airwaves. Our kids might have been among those to have learned from Jim Henson’s Muppets, and now our grandchildren can as well.

Certainly we know some people view “Sesame Street” as some liberal offspring, and that’s really a shame. It’s proven to be educational with a flair for entertainment. In short, it’s engaging. That it’s inclusive is by design and of great value. Perhaps in its next 50-year run “Sesame Street” will have an even greater impact on young lives by instilling in them less prejudice, and more empathy and sympathy for fellow human beings. We can hope.

We don’t feel like being the nattering nabobs of negativism — a phrase attributed to Vice President Spiro T. Agnew that resurfaced in this past Sunday’s column by Andy Brack — and so you won’t be see any thumbs down nominations here.

You have one? Consider writing a letter to the editor. From your computer. With no need for an envelope and a stamp. Keep ‘em at 250 words, include your name, street address and daytime phone number in case we have questions or concerns, and email them to letters@indexjournal.com

Write on.