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  • len laber posted 1991 days ago

    len laber

    Hey John ever try fantasy march madness? Here's why I think its better than bracket pools and an updated player rankings to help you do player research. Hope to compete again you on my website. Good luck!

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/139654-save-the-bracket-drama-for-your-mamma

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/140247-top-100-fantasy-march-madness-college-basketball-players-updated-march-16

  • Josh B posted 1996 days ago

    Josh B

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/138153-the-celtics-rebuilding-process-what-if-everything-had-gone-right

    Over the past five years, the Celtics had opportunities to acquire some of the game's best young superstars. Find out who they are in this slideshow and please tell me what you think.

  • Leroy Watson Jr. posted 2009 days ago

    Leroy Watson Jr.

    Hi John! I see from the notes that you have been in touch with Mosang Miles - my favorite editor here at Bleacher Report! I think he will be of great assistance to you.

    I got your note on my Bulletin Board and read all of your articles. I don't consider myself an editor, but I do have a little constructive criticism that might help you beef up the content of your articles:

    Each and every one of us has a unique world view. Our age, experiences, biases, etc then leak out into what we write. That is how we develop our "style" of writing.

    However, written articles are always expected to be vehicles that take us to one specific place: knowledge. Therefore, they should stimulate our minds to ask questions, and then answer some (if not all) of those questions.

    It's like being a train conductor. You control what the destination is, how everyone will get there, and even how quickly the journey will end.

    As I read your articles, I could see and feel the boyish enthusiasm and it took me back to when I was your age. This is a good thing! You will never meet an adult who does not long, in some way, to recapture the innocence of childhood/teen years.

    What I would like to challenge you to do, however, is keep that enthusiasm and add to it a bit of scholarly information. That information could be a unique fact or two on the subject, something that you think your readers might like to see. It could be your own reasoned speculation.

    Let's take the A-Rod article, for instance. How did you feel when you heard from his own mouth that he had lied to all of us baseball fans? Did you believe his explanations? Will you ever be able to trust A-Rod again? Does he deserve to be punished? Why do you say believe the way you do? What are your facts? What logic or common sense can you apply to a situation that will help you answer these questions?

    Try injecting some personal material into one of your articles. Then work with some of us older guys and we will help you learn how to phrase it in such a way as to be objective.

    Also, make spell checking a high priority. Misspellings undermine your credibility.

    But whatever you do, always be true to yourself in what you write. I detect a freshness and honesty in you that will serve you well as a writer.

    Please send me your articles. When you publish an article, you will notice a heading called "Share This Article" on the lower right side, below the end of your columns and just above the links to articles in your favorite subjects. Hold down the "CTRL" key and left click on the little envelope to open up a separate window that will allow you to mail a request to read your article. In the form that comes up, enter my e-mail address: leroywatsonjr@yahoo.com (I check it at least a dozen times every day). Then type in a short comment if you like. Left click on "E-mail to a friend" and I will get it. I will make the time to read them all and try to give you some suggestions as to content. Then perhaps Mosang can come behind me and refine you even further with his keen eye.

    If I don't answer it the same day, I promise to answer it the next day. Just try to limit it to 1 article a day. This is my hobby and I have to work to pay the bills! lol

    I look forward to reading more of your pieces soon.

    p. s. - I deleted my note twice because I kept thinking of things that I felt needed to be said. You will receive 3 notifications but just 1 message from me!

  • Mosang Miles posted 2009 days ago

    Mosang Miles

    Sure thing John!

  • Mosang Miles posted 2009 days ago

    Mosang Miles

    I saw your article, but the editors here are pretty quick on the draw. Let me know about your next one!

  • Mosang Miles posted 2009 days ago

    Mosang Miles

    Sounds good—I'll keep an eye out for them!

  • Mosang Miles posted 2009 days ago

    Mosang Miles

    I appreciate it John! You provided the material for the headline; I just reworded it!

  • Mosang Miles posted 2009 days ago

    Mosang Miles

    Feel free to let me know whenever you publish anything, and if I'm around I'll definitely check it out!

  • Mosang Miles posted 2009 days ago

    Mosang Miles

    No problem John!