Schwedelson: Hack realizes reporting about sports isn’t really about sports

first_imgAs a child, my daily routine consisted of waking up at 5 or 6 a.m., rushing downstairs, turning the TV to SportsCenter and playing Backyard sports games on my family’s desktop computer. When I was even younger than that, my dad was concerned that I knew the name of every NFL team before I knew every letter in the alphabet.Something about sports drew me in. I’m not entirely certain what, but I became hooked. MVP Baseball 2004 had the best soundtrack of any video game in history, playing catch and basketball with friends became the norm and epic two-hand touch football games at recess occurred daily.Playing was fun but discussing the games was even more enjoyable. When friends played, I enjoyed narrating the action. It continued through high school doing broadcasts for my TV production class.But once I got to college, my interests evolved. As I watched the teams I grew up watching less and less, I began to realize the games don’t quite matter as much as I used to think. Wins and losses come and go all the time. And as I got more and more involved with The Daily Orange, I fell in love with telling stories that transcend what people see on TV. What I realized was reporting about sports is only partially about sports.Sure, you have to know the game’s rules and concepts. But the most interesting stories are more about the people that participate than the actual games. Reporting on that became infinitely more fun than narrating the games. What I’ve learned in the past few years is that people connect and relate to other people, their lows and highs, their strife and success, their moments of vulnerability and moments of glory.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMy favorite story I’ve reported on for The Daily Orange took a few months to put together and it combined two of my favorite parts about this “job.”When I first met Brendan Bomberry, the thing I told him was that I wanted to share his story. I wanted to take a peek into his life and show readers that he’s more than just a faceless lacrosse player. I wanted to show he’s a person, just like you and me, and he’s had some things happen in his personal life fans might not otherwise know about. His choice to transfer to Syracuse was because of the people he wanted to be closer to. It’s a story about a lacrosse player, but it’s not about lacrosse.My responsibility is to tell stories as well as possible so a photographer and I hopped in a car and followed Brendan for four hours to his house in Ohsweken, Ontario. We wanted to be there so we could show readers what his family life is like as well as we could. We wanted to be the eyes and ears of readers and take them behind the scenes. The best way to do that is to travel.I realized I enjoyed traveling when I visited my sister in London in November 2014. It inspired me to study there six months later and further sparked my interest in traveling for The D.O. I’ll never forget the countless miles on interstates, the random people we stayed with and all of the things that went wrong (speeding ticket, car getting towed, car battery dying, not having a hotel room booked, getting trapped inside multiple stadiums, getting trapped inside an arena, getting trapped inside a parking garage, atrociously shanking a lacrosse shot, puking after being dared to eat a plate of garlic parmesan wings and observing the driver of a moving vehicle get titty twisted).I’ll remember the things that went well, too, but those aren’t as funny.While driving to report for my last story at The D.O., the song “Something Just Like This” came on the radio. Being the sentimental person I am, I realized that I couldn’t have asked for a better four years.I wanted something just like this, and The D.O. gave it to me.Thanks, 744.Paul Schwedelson is a senior staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column will no longer appear. He can be reached at or on Twitter @pschweds.– 30 – Comments Published on April 26, 2017 at 10:11 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Wikki Vow to Stay Firm on NPFL Summit

first_imgWikki Tourists captain and right back, Mustapha Ibrahim has said his side will not relinquish their top-flight summit position.The Bauchi outfit climbed to the summit after an emphatic 3-1 win against the champions, Enyimba in Wednesday’s top-flight make-up matchday 11 clash in Bauchi. Ibrahim said his side understand the difficulties ahead and will work even harder to maintain the status quo in the second stanza of the ongoing season.“We have actually surpassed our target in the first stanza of the league by climbing to the top after the superb win against champions, Enyimba.“Our main target for the first stanza is to finish either second or third but here we are at the summit. “Right now we have set another target for the second term of the season and that’s to finish the campaign at the summit.“We know it won’t be an easy task as we have suddenly become the team to beat in the top-flight at the moment but we have steeled ourselves to go the extra mile to maintain the momentum.“We approached the clash against Enyimba as Cup final and we are going to replicate the approach in all our matches.“Enyimba can attest that we completely outplayed them as the goal margin could have been up to five nil.“We are coming to Lagos at the weekend to confront Ikorodu United aimed at continuing the winning aura.“We are damn ready and prepared for the challenges to become the champions at the end of the league season,” said the Wikki Tourists strongman to Tourists sit pretty atop of the top-flight on 31 points same as second-placed, Rivers United although third-placed and champions, Enyimba could upset the chart with a win at sister side, Abia Warriors.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more