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#1 Post by radiodj2 » Thu Sep 18, 2008 7:16 pm

So, did you get the first question in?
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#2 Post by radiorat » Thu Sep 18, 2008 11:03 pm

First pro game I covered as a 20 year old reporter. Golden State beat the Mavs for the second time in a row during the regular season...both buzzer beating shots.

I'm standing in the tunnel, next to the players locker room when Dirk walks by, hurls a 55 gallon drum trash can towards the media. To the credit of Dirk it was a plastic trash can and he threw it in our direction, but knew what he was doing and made sure it was far enough away from all of us.

I DID NOT ASK ANY QUESTIONS THAT NIGHT.

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#3 Post by Adam » Fri Sep 19, 2008 7:48 am

Love this topic and the responses! First pro games I covered were as an intern...

Went to Pittsburgh Steelers minicamp in jeans and a steelers sweatshirt. That drew a few nasty looks from the established print reporters who've covered the team since they wore leather helmets. Did some Pittsburgh Pirates coverage that year, too.

The first few days I went from not even thinking of asking a question to later in the summer asking some good stuff that would lead articles and sportscasts. My opinion has always been--put yourself in the shoes of Joe Fan...what does he want to know, what would he ask? If it seems legit then by all means, fire away. Maybe you'll get a nasty response or an ugly look--that's the business.

At the end of the day you have to be comfortable with yourself. I'm a fan and that's never going to leave my blood. I can be objective and not be a "homer" but I'm still a fan. I still want the teams to win; I'll still root for them to win every time. As newspaper subscriptions decline I really believe it's partially because SOME of our print counterparts have become so jaded they forget that they once enjoyed sports and, gulp, rooted for teams.

One thing that really irks me is when any reporters--young, old, print, radio, tv, Internet or anyone--asks a question just to "be seen" or to just get a question in. Ask if you have something on your mind or you need a sound bite...but save the rest of us from your presence if you're just posturing.

We work in an awesome business that's about having fun at the end of the day so let's never take ourselves or the games we cover too seriously :)

Off my soapbox now.

--Adam

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