Some interesting talk by Web Warriors this week about sports writers.
I was a sports writer for 10 years. I enjoyed a lot of it. I hated other parts of it.
People assume you have the dream cake job, watching sports for a living. You get into the games free! You watch sports and write about it. How hard can it be?
If you like working strange hours, enjoy debating mad soccer moms, get a charge out of meeting impossible deadlines and like dealing with the strangest and most passionate of people, this is your job.
Sports writers make good reporters in general because they cover fast moving live events. They pay attention to detail. Good sports writers look for different angles all the time — writing about a blowout hoops game gets old after a while unless you keep it fresh.
Sports writers learn to develop sources and figure out in a hurry who the good guys and not so good guys are. Good guys are coaches, men and women, who are accessible and know what you are after. Bad guys blow their own horns and don't return phone calls.
Sports writers can make the jump to news. But it doesn't work the other way. Covering sports makes you a good reporter, in time.
Very rarely I miss it, like on a Friday night when I'm going to a football game. Years ago in Michigan I used to bomb down rural roads and see the lights in the distance from the field and if it was a big game, I'd get that knot in my stomach.
I also miss the rush of finishing a story or meeting deadline, though that happens a lot on news side.
Our Whig sports guys do a great job.
If you are a sports writer, it's a way of life, not just a job, and those that do it should be commended.