Saturday, August 23, 2014
This past weekend I headed down to NYC to check out the scene in the city that never sleeps.
After three days spent scouring Manhattan my feet hurt so much. I don't know if I've ever walked so much. But the sounds and scenes were definitely worth it. Like this three-man a capella doing their thing in SoHo.
I took in the Broadway musical Bullets Over Broadway written by Woody Allen and starring Zack Braff in the lead role, scoring a ticket for $30. Having lived in Utah for many years I wanted to take in The Book of Mormon but getting tickets to the show were crazy expensive. Maybe I still should have gone. Maybe there will be a next time.
One of the reasons I came to New York was to check out the nerve center of the Associated Press. The AP is quite arguably the most important news gathering agency in the world, with incredible reach. 1,700 newspapers and something like 5,000 broadcast outlets subscribe to their wire service, pulling whatever articles and photos they need. The non-profit has something like 240 news bureaus around the world.
It's a really no-nonsense place, except for this incredible view from the 14th floor of their building hugging the Hudson River's shore.
Visiting with the New York Times was pretty incredible and made for the trip's highlight. They had one writer in sports really hustling, 'just happening' to meet run into the two men who were looking to replace Bud Selig as MLB Commish. The kid make his first impression working as a clerk at the NYT, but breaking stories on the Balco scandal. His boss said he was "just a terrible clerk." But I think he had other plans by coming out of college and taking a very entry level position. The day after Rob Manfred was named commissioner, the writer was in Ferguson putting out breaking news reports. To find stories like this one on the U.S. Open you can't be a normal sportswriter. That takes looking looking beyond Flushing Meadows or the traditional storyline.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
One of the definite perks of living in the District is having the National Mall to run beside or stroll through the Lincoln Memorial or the Washington Monument.
Women get a day at the Tour de France? This is kind of a big deal.
It's pretty sweet covering the "minor sports." I'm pretty sure golfers, especially the ladies on the LPGA Tour, are some of the more intelligent and interesting personalities in sport.
I'd never heard the Secretary of U.S. Soccer's defense Tim Howard speak before asking him a few questions on the phone. It was quick, but a great conversation. Afterwards I wrote my fastest article ever for USA Today. 25 minutes after I hung up the phone I had the story of how the US National Team goalkeeper would be working the microphone on the English Premier League... in between playing for Everton in the English Premier League.
Catch up with potential Team USA Paralympic members of Rio here. I really hope I did their story justice.
Next stop, more tennis. Got a couple articles in the can for lead-in to the U.S. Open. The ATPhttp://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/2014/08/01/american-donald-young-citi-open-semifinal/13496945/ and WTA circuit is also back in the nation's capitol for the Citi Open. I wonder where I will be?
Saturday, July 12, 2014
|Red solo cups and cake in July, that must mean...|
Federal City on a hot summer Fourth of July day.
|The Nations Capitol really gets into Independence Day.|
A long afternoon grilling and games gave way to watching
the fireworks show atop the roof of a row house with about
A couple stories from last week if you're interested:
Thursday, July 3, 2014
|El Salvador fans heading to the Redskins Stadium here in|
the District of Columbia for a pre-WC friendly with Spain
My first article took a bend on the normal Tiger is back narrative. I told it more through the eyes of one of golf's best players, the Englishman Justin Rose. I thought Rose was the man to beat. Man, he made me look good. Vegas, I hear you calling. You can read my article here: Justin Rose ready for Tiger Woods
I made it back out to the Tournament for the final round on Sunday. I wanted to follow Erik Compton, a double heart transplant survivor who two weeks ago finished second in the U.S. Open on Pinehurst No.2. In my article I say Erik Compton is the best story in golf. And I got to watch Justin Rose come behind, take the lead, put a ball in the water on 18, then win in a playoff. Good stuff in the rolling hills of Bethesda.
Sandwiched amongst the two country club days, I got an assignment to cover the NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson heading to the White House to visit with President Obama. I didn't know I'd ever walk through the doors of 1600 Pennsylvania again after my last Olympic team Presidential visit! Working behind the scenes, its pretty easy to pick up on who the stand-up guys in sports are. I bet you'll pick up on what I think about Jimmie Johnson if you read Obama calls Jimmie Johnson the 'Michael Jordan of NASCAR.'
Between all this excitement I also got to attend the Associated Press Sports Editors convention in Crystal City, Virginia. Here we could take courses from the best in the business of sportswriting, all trying to learn from each other. The highlights were John McCain dropping by for a few words, and the course on what sport sections are innovating and trying to do to better cover the NFL. With the League dominating coverage a few bright minds are out there trying to innovate and better bring stories that people want to hear.
This week I've been working on a little insider's guide to the Tour de France, and writing a little copy on sabermetrics in soccer. When interviewing cyclists, so many said I had to talk to the Dutch rider Marianne Vos. She's an Olympic road champion and a three-discipline world champion in road, cyclocross, and velodrome cycling. Her competitors also hold her in the upmost regard. You can hear from Marianne and more in Four Can't Miss Stages at the Tour de France.
I hope you get to enjoy Independence Day. To the best Fourth yet.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
From watching fireworks in the park
To taking me to the ball game, both to practice and play or to dream
For helping me find my own wave to ride, even when the ocean was a thousand miles away
You always encouraged me chase the white buffalo, wherever that may lead
I might be across the country now, in the other Washington
But sometimes its the simplest of saying that carry the biggest meaning: Happy Father's Day Pops!
Friday, May 30, 2014
|The classic L.L. Bean tote (with custom ITA logo, no less)|
filledwith shirts for Mr. Haberberger's 6th graders at Orchard.
|Taking in the final spectacle before turning the Games over to the Paralympians.|
I've picked up a couple of my own, and have been sporting them as I have visit schools, ski clubs, Boys & Girls Clubs, and YMCA's, from Astoria, Oregon to the Wenatchee Valley, to Winthrop, Washington all throughout May this year. Now that the calendar turns to June, I've done a little accounting: nine schools in four school districts; two states, two ski teams, two community events. Looking back, I probably could have snuck in a couple more, but I'm proud to say it's been my most productive month ever as a community mentor. It's been a very nice bonus to have L.L. Bean along for the ride.
I was particularly stoked that I was able to join forces with fellow ITA'er Brian Gregg and visit the skiers from the north country in the Methow Valley. Flash, Laura, and Leslie were very positive influences on my early days skiing, and it was great to see the excitement such a small community has for nordic skiing. It's not hard to understand how a valley with 1916 residents produced three-point-five Olympians in Sochi.
|A small collection of the US ladies' infamous storm-trooper|
white L.L. Bean boots. Made in Maine, lifetime warranty.
I rock a pair of these as well, only in a more-muted brown.
|Go William Go. A kindergartener from Astor Elementary|
attacks the post-Opening Ceremony skills session with
some serious skill. No wonder Landon Donovan got
left off the 2014 World Cup Team.
To the best of times.
And those that will be.