Sunday, December 12, 2004

Born in a humble log stadium...

The intro from my old Angry Fan Site. I now work as a business writer for a subsidiary for the Washington Post in MD, but will continue to write primarily sports and entertainment commentary here (and whatever other subject occassionally catches my fancy):

Born in a humble log stadium, I embarked on my professional odyssey on the road to becoming a sports journalist while in college. It was there that I had my first taste of the ambrosia that is sports writing while working as the Friday morning sports anchor at WECB AM radio and becoming a regular guest analyst on their Tuesday night weekly sports wrap-up.

Then in '96 came the job that was both a blessing and something of a cousin to the "Curse of the Bambino" - Red Sox beat writer. Okay, less the cousin and more the bastard, redneck love child. Don't get me wrong, I'm a major Sox fan but following the team closely is one thing, following them as closely as you have to as a fan who's also a journalist during the Dan Duquette era can make one feel like Ned Beatty in Deliverance. Skuh-weeal! I digress...

I moved on to the Philadelphia area in 1999 where I have been working full time as a teacher and picking up freelance work as an editor and writer. As a writer I decided to put my money where my mouth was and fell in with a shady crowd known as the Philadelphia Liberty Belles... a women's football team. I hooked on as their wide receivers coach and their primary source of press coverage. In furthering this concept of getting more firsthand knowledge, I moved on to a position as a head coach and defensive coordinator of a junior varsity squad.

Over the last couple of years I somehow became the champion of women's sports while working as a beat writer covering the Philadelphia Charge. I profiled gymnast Shannon Miller, world cup soccer player Kate Sobrero and All-Star catcher Judy O'Brien of Team USA, winners of the 2001 Women's Baseball World Series. While I feel there's a lot to recommend women's professional sports, for some reason those events don't draw large crowds. Kind of means they also don't draw large reader audiences. For those of you that are fans of women's sports, don't despair, I will continue to try to enlighten the masses, but this site is about much more than that. Oddly enough, in spite of the above, I'm not exactly a champion of title IX, but more on that later. In the words of John Milton, "Here, at least, we shall be free..."

I have built here a site to talk about all that is wrong with professional sports today from the fans to the players to the management to the ownership and even to the press. For the time being, sit back, relax and read the ravings of an angry fan. Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha-hah!!!