Tagged: Writers

I Am an Actual Sportswriter Now

OK, so it’s for the college newspaper, but it pays and gets published, plus I like the job.  I am now on the sports writing staff for The Minaret, the University of Tampa’s official publication.  I have written my first blog entry, with more to come soon, at http://minaretsports.wordpress.com.  I will be contributing regularly as a blogger and a reporter.  I’ll see if I can cover Rays FanFest next week.  That would be a fun article to write.

Until next time, go Rays (and Spartans).

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Steve Dilbeck Can Bite Me and the Rays

Steve Dilbeck is a syndicated columnist for the L.A. Daily News.  He
works from home, but what he should be doing there is selling
timeshares, not writing for major–market newspapers.  That became fully
evident this week when he wrote this scathing tirade about the Tampa
Bay Area:

Tampa Bay isn’t even a city. It’s more an area
surrounding a giant estuary. The place you go when the hotels are
booked in Orlando. Home to a universally hated ballpark. Can claim a
2003 Super Bowl victory (over the Raiders) and one bizarre 2004 NHL
title (I’m counting it) among its professional sports teams.

Here is my response, as posted in the comment section at the newspaper’s website:

“To Steve Dilweed:

Listen, retard.  Tampa Bay is not merely an area surrounding an
estuary.  It is comprised of vast metropolitan areas, namely Tampa and
St. Petersburg; the Tampa Bay Area is home to over three million
people.  That’s about one percent of America living in our area.  We
also have many great, luxurious hotels such as the Hyatt Regency and
Wyndham Harbor Island if you would like a view of the Bay.

My main gripe, however, was with the glaring omission of the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers’ Super Bowl 37 victory over the Oakland Raiders.  (With
people like you writing in L.A., I should send Al Davis a thank you
note for moving his team back up north.)  It was obviously added into
the article later because someone beat me to telling you that you
shouldn’t have a job.  Unless, of course, it’s the late shift stocking
duties at Costco.  The 18–year–old you steal a job from there can
handle it much better than true professional journalists that you’re
currently holding back.

Seriously, you couldn’t remember the Bucs?  You obviously take the Jay
Mariotti route: don’t cover any sporting events and steal other
writers’ quotes.  Now follow his lead and get out of the business.”

I encourage others to follow my lead and blast this guy for his
horribly misguided misconceptions.  I would also like to start a drive
of people contacting the L.A. Daily News and requesting his firing. 
Even if they don’t fire him (which they probably wouldn’t), it sends
voices of displeasure and gets the ball rolling.  The Rays are about to
start their first ever ALCS game, so until game one is in the books, go
Rays.

My New Favorite Sportswriter

I thought I would come back here on a nice Saturday afternoon to reveal my latest discovery: sportswriter Amy K. Nelson, who covers baseball for ESPN.com.  I first saw her on TV in the broadcast booth during Thursday’s Indians-Mets game.  My first impression was that she should be on TV more often.  She’s certainly not bad looking, and she also has a very clear and precise talking style that can translate to TV broadcasting.  But she also seems to have her baseball knowledge down.  She surprisingly picked the Braves to win their division–not only that, but she boldly stated that the Mets would finish in third place.  On the Rays front, Amy wrote this story on Carl Crawford and this season’s new optimism.  She covers the little things that most media types overlook, as well as in-depth looks at some of the major headlines.  I see in her ESPN.com archive that she doesn’t spend too much time in a Northeast-centric alternate reality like some people do.  She has done reports on everything from friends on rival teams and the lighter side of the game to steroids and death, and they all come off very well and show a little originality in her reporting.  I read very few sportswriter columns because I think they’re all pretentious elitists, but whenever I go to ESPN.com from this point on, I’ll be searching for articles by Amy K. Nelson.

In Rays news, they beat the Yankees 4-1 at Steinbrenner Field behind Matt Garza (3 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K), Carl Crawford (2 stolen bases), and home runs by Jonny Gomes and catcher Hector Gimenez.  David Price made his Grapefruit League debut and hit catcher Francisco Cervelli with a pitch, but also struck out the side with no hits or walks.  The team had, for the most part, a very productive game today.  In other news, the Braves lost twice.  Hopefully they buck that trend by next week when I’m at Champions Stadium.  Until next time, go Rays.