What can I say? I love sports. I love sportswriting. I think that sports bring us together in a way that nothing else can, and I hope that my writing in a way reveals the human aspect of pro sports. My Bible is "Good Sports, Spoilsports, Foul Balls and Oddballs" by Bill Plaschke.
My journey to where I am today as a writer has been an interesting one, to say the least. It started out back in 2010 when I was just a regular sports fan- a forum buddy reached out to me, saying that a small website was looking for a writer to cover the Mariners. I eventually moved my way up and was able to become a regular contributor to the Mariners community on B/R. My friend passed away recently of heart failure, but I thank him for the passion he helped me develop, and my writing is in a way a tribute to him.
Here's to you, Big Dave!
I am a senior in high school, and reside near Seattle, WA. I'll be attending the University of Chicago studying economics next year (Yes, that Milton Friedman and Gary Becker UChicago). I also work as a Marketing intern at Microsoft- don't ask me about cheap software though- only full-time workers get those perks!
I am chiefly a Seattle Mariners columnist, but I also contribute to the fantasy football community here. I'll take fantasy football in any form (yes, even IDP) but specialize in keeper and dynasty leagues. For fellow dynasty enthusiasts, I highly recommend www.dynastyleaguefootball.com.
Congrats on your success here! I have been busy with work, hence the lack of posting. I wish you continued success in sports writing or wherever your career goes. In my limited experience interviewing people (not sports related) I have found the question "what do you do best" very useful. It can be a hard question but it should be one an athlete (or anybody) will enjoy answering.
Hi Davis, thanks for reaching out. My biggest advice is to keep writing and to get on a beat when you go to USC or Michigan. While writing about pro sports is a lot of fun...in order to be effective (and to actually have your voice heard) you need to built relationships and know these athletes. Since you're starting out you need to get the experience covering the high school/colleges/minors, so you'll be prepared for the pro game. Would be glad to look at your stuff at the college level. In the meantime join AAJA. I started a national print/online mentorship program, and we might be able to find you a mentor later down the road. Hope that helps.
Hey Davis, here are the steps to hyperlinking:
1) copy the URL you want to link to
2) highlight the words you want hyperlinked
3) at the upper toolbar, you’ll notice an icon (about right in the middle) that looks like two connected, gray chain-links and click
4) paste the URL where it says “Link URL,”
5) then in the “Target” box underneath, choose the “Open link in a new window” option and hit update (no need to bother with “Title”)
6) If successful, the highlighted words should be in red, blue or purple. And that’s it.
Let me know if you have any other questions or if this was unclear.
I saw the harsh reception you got at lookoutlanding. I don't like the passive-aggressive way some of the commenters there react, especially with unexplained put downs. You handled it well.
If you post there again with a format closer to what they are used to you might gain a lot of fans. Aside from my qualms with some of their initial reactions to new posters, the LL crowd is open-minded and welcoming, especially to people who adjust to the expected style.
Nice to see a fellow Mariner fan on the board. It's a plus that he likes fantasy football!
Thanks for the welcome! I've had a blast writing for BR, and I've enjoyed reading your articles as well.
Keep in touch.
Good stuff man keep it up I became a fan.
Hmm, interesting. I've only heard good things about all three of those schools. If you decide on doing business, check out these http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/business-overall.
Best advice I can give you is not to listen to others and simply pick the school that's best for you.
Here's my e-mail if you have any questions or want any advice. firstname.lastname@example.org
Yeah, well that's the goal. Do you have any ideas of what schools you may apply to? Just curious, why do you plan to major in business instead of journalism?
Thanks man. I'm a convergence journalism major with an emphasis on sports. The best advice I can give you is to major in what you're passionate about. Are you applying to college this Fall?