Six months ago I would have told you that I have a better chance of becoming a millionaire in 180 days than a sports writer who has been featured on FOX Sports and CBS Sports' websites.
I found Bleacher Report when I was considering developing a sports site that integrates user generated content, what a great idea.
Initially I didn't join B/R because I was focused on my own projects but as the economy went down and the football season thickened I got the itch. Everyone wants to express their sports opinions and there is no better form than the sports article to dictate your intuition.
Although I was proud of the content in my first article, I quickly learned that three big, ugly, brick-shaped paragraphs are not what a sports writer does.
Being a good sports writer is like being a boxer—get in and get out. Make your points, stick them hard, and then get on to the next point.
I quickly realized that it's only fun to write about things I'm interested in (duh) and today I'm doing just that. I try to use a mix of visual, historical, and statistical analysis and I don’t always know the end when I have a beginning, and vice-versa.
I don't travel very far from the NBA and NFL, and I consider myself a fantasy and draft expert for both leagues. I try to stick to what I know and try to always keep my eyes open for new ideas.
I would like to thank all of the guys that work for B/R. Zander, Rory, the Daves, Bryan, Trey, AG, Max, Jeff, and the others that make this site tick. This is a revolutionary idea that is helping many reach their dreams.
Seriously, how cool is it to call yourself a sports writer?
I would like to thanks the editors. You guys AND gals do a great job of interpreting the mono-syllabic babble that my keystrokes produce. I will never master the em-dash, I struggle with the B/R style, and without you I would probably be laughed off the site.
That being said what I've done isn't too bad for a kid who was considered a poor writer by his teachers.
I would also like to thank the Bleacher Creatures, I consider all of you my colleagues. I love debating with you and appreciate all of the comments and fan adds. We make the site tick and I feel we are on the verge of pushing Bleacher Report into the mainstream.
This isn't a Lisa Horne "Goodbye, Farewell, I Bid Adieu to You..." I am going to keep writing, honing my craft, and progressing until I've reached my potential.
I will leave you guys with a few tips that I think will make EVERYONE a better writer.
We all love the sports we cover. We love them enough to spend hours writing articles, reading articles, commenting, and digging up stats.
Don't forget to continue PLAYING the sports you love. No, this isn't a Shaq-obesity mission, I firmly believe that playing the sports you cover will make you a better writer.
If you're in high school or younger, there is no excuse for not going to tryouts. If you get cut, join a rec team.
All you college writers, put down the suds (or whatever else you’re holding) and get an IM team together. Heck, even try out for the varsity. I went to college and I you're not too busy studying.
Even if you are a working man, you can still go out and play. Join a rec league, call up your buddies and go to the park on the weekend, or coordinate something around the office.
Playing the sports we cover helps put into perspective how hard it is to do the things these elite athletes do and it also allows you to see the game from an angle other than the one on your flat screen.
Now back to writing about sports.
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