Mark Cuban once told me that newspapers were not smart for referring to blogs as blogs. He said reporters had something the general public did not — access to people like him, although Cuban has always been interactive with fans and foes alike. For those of us who were covering basketball at the time, the point was that an account of conversation with public figures — whether it be owners, executives or players — was something more than a casual opinion expressed on a random blog. That is not to say, however, that fans do not have the ability to understand and analyze certain situations in a manner superior to writers or columnists. No sports writer in the country predicted a Mavericks championship last year. I would be willing to bet that a few Mavericks fans did.
After more than 20 years (a lot more, but that delicate issue of age makes me obnoxious about being specific; John Lennon’s revolution has not ended), I no longer am in newspapers. Like so many others, I have been a victim of cutbacks and I am actually part of a new generation. Never in my lifetime have I known so many people in their 40s, 50s and 60s who are in need of a job. I do believe that it is sometimes difficult for employers to hire the older rather than the younger. I was in a position before of making such choices, but at the time, there were not so many baby boomers on the street. I never had an applicant older than 50, but I am happy to report that when given the chance, I did hire a 40-something.
So what I’m saying is that if one of those many places that I have applied for a job — sports and non-sports alike — would like to hire me, that would be great. I believe with my background in all truly major sports (which means I’ve never had the minor pleasure of covering hockey or soccer, although I have covered the WNBA), that I can express sports opinions in such a way that is not only entertaining, but also competitive with columnists in this country. I do plan on working for the next 10-15 years, which means that at the next place I work, I will likely have the intent of being there longer than the person who hires me, although I must admit, if you need someone who has the position of hiring others, that would be wonderful, too. I did spend eight very interesting and productive years in a role comparable to a sports editor and I am comfortable in a position of leadership again, whether it is in sports or another field.
In the interim, I’ll publish my narrative — not my blog, but my narrative — on sports and other issues. And the goal will be about not what is wrong — although suggestions will be offered to correct such difficulties — but ways to make sports and the rest of the world right.