January 3, 2010
December 27, 2009
December 6, 2009
Try being equidistant between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, it's a complete sports overload. 40 minutes in either direction along Interstate 10 can place me either:
- Up close and personal with 92,400 of my closest friends in Death Valley for an LSU football game, or
- Stumbling around the French Quarter for a few hours prior to a New Orleans Saints/Hornets game
Top this off with the ability to write about the games/experiences and sharing it with the world...what could possibly be better?
I graduated from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in 2005 with a Bachelor's in English Composition after spending time at both LSU and the University of New Orleans.
While this is my first formal foray into the sports writing realm, I have had a previous brush with journalism. During my junior year of high school (1999), I was fortunate enough to sit in on a Saints press conference at their practice facility in Metairie. After the short Q/A session, I was able to ride in an elevator with then head coach Mike Ditka. Sadly, the star-struck 16 year old amateur reporter was only able to quickly ask about not kicking a game-tying field goal from the prior week's game. The very reality is that I didn't probe deeply enough about the decision to mortgage the team's future to draft Ricky Williams the previous April. Talk about not being prepared...
After a lengthy stint with Cingular Wireless in the email customer service department during my college days and an equally lengthy jaunt through the non-profit sector after graduation, I am currently looking to find my own element. Sports have always held a very special place in my daily life...not only for their obvious entertainment value, but the manner in which sports manages to transcend the action on the field. The ability to galvanize a person, groups of people, or even an entire community is something that I simply can't overlook.
Outside of simply following sports, I am also a reasonably decent baseball umpire in the area. I've managed to get a crack at NCAA baseball and softball along with far too many high school/recreational games. In a previous life, I was also a soccer official and worked games up to the lower-tier professional level.
Yea, I saw your profile so I went ahead and placed my middle initial in there. My byline in the paper is always "Matt L. Stephens" anyways, so it's for the best.