I like to think I know a lot about sports.
I can name, from memory, Ohio State’s entire two deep depth chart. I can identify every single Heisman winner in the past two decades, and I can talk about seemingly any NFL team without sounding like an idiot to the hardcore fan.
It’s not just football either; I also keep up with the NBA, NHL, MLS, even European soccer.
For the last 10 years, while others have raved about Parks and Recreation or Breaking Bad, SportsCenter has been my go to T.V. show. I can still remember coming home from elementary school everyday and immediately turning on ESPN to get the latest sports news and highlights. I’ve always known that I love sports.
I haven’t always known that I like to write.
When I got to high school, I thought that I’d be an architect. I was always pretty good at match and science, so why not build things for a living? Things changed, however, when I realized how average I truly was at math and science. Pre-calculus, during my junior year, proved to be the final straw. Four tests in a row I had gotten a C. I can remember thinking, “Have I always been this bad at math?”
Around the same time as my seemingly endless struggle with pre-calculus, I found myself largely succeeding in English. I don’t how it took me almost three years into high school to realize that I was actually a better writer than mathematician, but there I was – finally giving up my ‘dream’ of being an architect.
Immediately upon realizing my potential as a writer, I turned to sports. Everyday, between classes, at lunch, I was reading sports stories. Soon enough, I began to gravitate towards my favorite writers – guys like Zach Lowe, Rick Reilly, and Pablo Torre. Math, specifically pre-calculus, became an afterthought for me. Sports writing was just more fun.
I want to write about sports. Simple as that. At the end of the day, at least in the beginnings of my career, I don’t really care if I’m covering Youngstown State or Ohio State – sports are sports. Obviously I would prefer a job in football, seeing as that’s where most of my knowledge lies, but I also realize that most people entering the sports world probably say the same thing. The thing that separates me (I hope), is that my knowledge of sports spreads across several different disciplines.
I think that I can reliably cover a beat in at least three, maybe four sports. I religiously follow the NFL, NBA, and European soccer. My roommate is on the Ohio State hockey team, so I’m slowly learning the ways of the NHL as my fourth knowledgable sport.
Obviously I’m not going to immediately start covering the Cincinnati Bengals for ESPN right out of college, but eventually, I definitely want to make my way to a company like Sports Illustrated or ESPN.
I’m a big fan of ESPN’s Around the Horn, which features sports writers from around the country as they debate different sports topics. Someday, if I develop enough rapport in the sporting media world, I’d like to try my hand at joining the show from time to time.
ElevenWarriors is another media outlet that I think could be interesting. I grew up in Columbus, so I’ve known what Ohio State football is all about since I was old enough to say “Eddie,” at the T.V. (This is referencing Buckeye running back Eddie George by the way). I consider myself relatively well versed in the x’s and o’s of football, having played some wide receiver in high school, so I think I could do well at a place like ElevenWarriors, who are dedicated to all things Ohio State.
At the end of the day, however, as long as I’m writing about a sport that I enjoy and have a vested interest in, I’ll be satisfied. Sports are supposed to be fun, so should writing about them. At least I won’t be dealing with pre-calculus ever again.