A Tampa Bay Buccaneers Writer: And That's My Cross To Bear

Dayne DurantiCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  The scoreboard and giant pirate ship are seen in the endzone during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

I am a big fat sell-out.


I have always loved sports writing because it is fun.

I have no patience for objective journalism, there is already enough of that.

I love it when I am sitting in front of my keyboard and inspiration hits like a bolt of lightning.


I then laugh because I can be witty, sarcastic and cynical.

It is fun, pure and honest.

Lately I have been hung up on the small amount of reads my articles have been getting on B/R.

It has saddened me.

So, instead of being true to myself and my journalistic voice I have tried to harness more reads by toning it down and being more objective.

I have been bored out of my mind.

Some of my favorite articles like Why Americans Need Football and Sports Writing and The Hemingway Lie

haven’t had many reads so I tried to duplicate success with straighter articles.

I am not happy with myself for this.

Sports writing should be fun.

It is said that sports writers are the lowest paid on a publication’s staff because they have the most fun.

This is unfortunate yet true.

I appreciate the reads and the fans that I have gotten thus far and I intend to be true to them.

It is not fair to them or me to sell-out with boring Junior High caliber writing.

Thank you to those of you who appreciate the true fun in all of this.

After all, we have devoted our lives and spare time to the pursuit of games.

How serious can you be about that?

So, for the nine of you who regularly read me, lets tear it up.

The world is ours.