College Sports Feb 8, 2020 21:56:34 GMT
Post by Kapitan on Feb 8, 2020 21:56:34 GMT
It sounds like you had some really fun times in your journalism days, plenty of great stories to tell (and don't be afraid to share them!). You also had an inside look at things which most people did not; that can give you a different perspective sometimes, too.
Honestly it was heaven! I only ever covered basketball, but I covered all basketball: Gophers, Timberwolves, St. Paul Slam (minor league team for which I also interned, meaning I got all the scoops from, uh, myself), small college, and high school. After college a friend and I co-managed a website for 2-3 years that was remarkably fun and relatively popular, but we were kids with no clue how to make a business work. We both had real jobs simultaneously, and of course those increasingly took priority before we just kind of fizzled out with the site.
As for stories, how about this: when the Wolves hosted the Rockets in the 1997 playoffs, I got my first taste of playoff basketball. As one of the coaches was talking to the national media, then-Rockets forward Charles Barkley was walking past, behind the media. Among the prominent "journalists" was former NBA wing Reggie Theus, who worked for some network or other at the time. Barkley shouted out, interrupting the proceedings, "Reggie Theus, if I was pretty as you, I'd walk around naked!"
Everyone turned around to see what was happening, but Barkley didn't even slow down. He was gone. So, with a few chuckles, everyone just proceeded.
Another quote I loved, but regarding far less prominent people, was when the minor league Slam signed former Gopher legend and brief NBA guard Melvin Newbern. I asked Clem Haskins (still the Gophers coach at the time) to say a few words about Newbern so I could use them in a story about that. He gave me one of the best quotes ever: "Melvin was the kind of player who, he'd get inside your shorts on both ends of the court and make you like it."