Archive | August 2013

Blog: Players win concussion battle, but NFL winning greater war

A doctor may not have diagnosed it, but I’ve had concussions.

I didn’t see Tweety Bird circling around my head, but I remember the headaches after an intense high school football game or practice.

The physicality was natural back then. Even though we were drilled to keep our heads up, we still took multiple blows to the head on a daily basis; using a helmet that I believe would keep me safe. Read More…

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Blog: A few thoughts about the future of publishing and which outlet can take advantage

I remember quite vividly one of the first conversations I had with Mike Bambach.

He had just been hired by the Sun Coast Media Group, my former employer in Port Charlotte, Fla., after he previously built up USA Today’s digital sports coverage.

Ironically, he was asking me what our paper could do better with its online coverage.

“You guys grew up with that, you know the Internet,” he told me. “I’m a newspaper guy, that’s what I grew up with.” Read More…

Story: Jamey Wright’s path to the postseason continues

ST. PETERSBURG – When Jamey Wright closes his eyes and allows his mind to dream, he sees himself on the mound.

That’s not unusual, considering the 38-year-old Tampa Bay reliever has played parts of 18 seasons in the major leauges and has appeared in more than 640 games.

But there’s something different about this time. Read More…

Blog: Please don’t ask stupid questions about reporter safety

I follow SportsJournalists.com on Twitter. I thought it was a good idea to as I was job searching, and I like to see what kind of opportunities are out there for both young and old writers these days.

One thing about that feed though, is that it also posts to the discussions that don’t have to do with jobs.

The gem that caught my eye posed the question of whether any journalists have ever felt their safety was in question in a locker room or clubhouse. Read More…

Homers power Jays over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG – If chicks really do dig the long ball as the famous shoe ad in the early-1990s said, Toronto was feeling the love Saturday.

The Rays gave up three homers in a 6-2 loss at Tropicana Field, including a pair to Adam Lind, keeping the club from maintaining pace with the Red Sox, which extended its American League East division lead to two games. Read More…

Blog: A new Rays stadium doesn’t solve fundamental issues

The Tampa Bay Rays need a new stadium, and somewhat badly.

But that won’t solve all the issues the team regularly has with attendance despite having one of the best records since 2008.

Nor should that matter either way.

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