A Taylor Interview Snippet →
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A (Sun) Devil of a Dilemma
It should have been quite the scoop. A Pac 10 team’s top receiver rips his head coach in an interview. So why did Phoenix’s Channel 3 sit on the story for more than two days? This is more than a story of discord in a college football program. It’s a story of media gatekeeping gone bad. First, the chronology: On Sunday, June 26, former Arizona State wide receiver Kerry...
@NickFairley_251 and #TonyStewart do an Armor All commercial.
Sir Charles on Bo
A Facebook post from Patrick Dever, an Auburn journalism student interning in the Philly area: “So while working the Phillies game last night, I told the reporter I was working with I thought Bo Jackson was the greatest athlete in Auburn history. She immediately texts Barkley to tell him. His response: ‘Is he drinking?’”
The Race Card Plays
He is a gym rat who says he doesn’t mind the work associated with college football, because he “loves the grind.” He is a kinesiology major who made the dean’s list. He is learning a new position, linebacker, where he will help lead the defense. But if he has a good season, broadcasters and writers will likely ignore the above and describe him as “naturally...
The Traveling Baseball Reporter: A DEAD Breed?
The AP announced today that they were extending their announced today that they were extending their “hometown leads” service to include not only baseball, but also football. In brief, the AP will provide two leads for each game article — one highlighting the winning team and one the losing team — and the articles will be transmitted for all member papers to use. Thus,...
LaDarius and the Kids
I got to spend some time this afternoon with Auburn’s 2011 Summer Journalism Workshop crew. Every year, I do a sports journalism component at the Athletic Center, culminating with a press conference featuring an Auburn athlete, usually a football player. This year, redshirt freshman LaDarius Owens fielded questions from about 40 high school journalists. Past participants have included...
A Doping Journal? (Click for more info) →
Yup .. It’s titled “Performance Enhancement and Health.” Even sports doping now has its own academic journal.
I’m ready for a sports hero who doesn’t treat the world like his spittoon.– Tom Callahan, Golf Digest
Rory McIlroy and the press
One of the most gratifying things about Rory McIlroy (beyond the swing and the 925-under and the 105 percent of greens in regulation) is his attitude toward the press. As Tom Callahan of Golf Digest told The New York Times, “I’m ready for a sports hero who doesn’t treat the world like his spittoon.” And in his approach with the press, McIlroy clears that low bar as easily as he...
Golf and the Internet
The media folks tell us that the Internet is a young person’s game. Perhaps, but the way PGATour.com does it, it’s going to draw a lot of older fans in. And when there is a major tournament, well, who needs Lawrence Welk on the tube? It’s bad enough on a typical week. First, PGATour.com had a leaderboard feature that would update the field hole by hole. It included a cut...
Introducing my blog
For what it’s worth, I’ve decided to take the “blog plunge,” and start my own blog on Tumblr. It will provide me with a place to think out loud about the things that are important to me on a professional basis — mainly sports media. I teach journalism at Auburn University, and my specialty is the history and practice of sports media. So we will start here and see...