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

Eight COVID-19 deaths reported in Cerro Gordo County, one in Hancock

first_imgFloyd862 Floyd61 Hancock704 DES MOINES — Eight of the 18 new COVID-19-related deaths reported to the state of Iowa in the last 24 hours are from Cerro Gordo County, with another from Hancock County. The Cerro Gordo County deaths took place between July 8th and the 15th. Seven of those were people over the age of 80, while one was a person in the 61-80 age range.  As of newstime, no other details about the death in Hancock County have been released. That brings the number of deaths in our immediate listening area since the start of the pandemic to 16 — nine in Cerro Gordo; two each in Butler, Floyd, and Hancock; and one in Wright. 61 more positive cases of COVID-19 in our listening area were also confirmed in the 24-hour period leading up to 11 o’clock this morning — 17 of those in Cerro Gordo; 14 in Kossuth; five each in Butler, Mitchell, Winnebago, and Wright; four in Hancock; three in Worth; two in Floyd; and one in Franklin. The new cases bring the area’s pandemic total to 1316 — 409 in Wright; 364 in Cerro Gordo; 118 in Franklin; 86 in Floyd; 75 in Butler; 70 in Hancock; 58 in Kossuth; 53 in Mitchell; 52 in Winnebago and 31 in Worth. Nine more people with COVID-19 have been reported as fully recovered — six in Cerro Gordo; and single cases in Butler, Mitchell, and Winnebago — to bring the area total to 765, or just under 60%. Looking at the statewide numbers in the same 24-hour period leading up to 11 o’clock this morning — 830 more cases of COVID-19 have been reported for a pandemic total of 36,866. 258 more have recovered for a total of 27,360. DeathsNew Wright1 Hancock21 Kossuth Worth313 Worth10 Kossuth5814 Butler2 Butler561 Winnebago Cerro Gordo36417 Mitchell371 Mitchell535 Franklin Confirmed CasesNew Cases Floyd2 Wright332 Area Total7659 Kossuth27 Cerro Gordo98 Franklin1181 RecoveredNew Recovered Winnebago525 Area Total16 Wright4095 Butler755 Hancock50 Worth Mitchell Winnebago241 Cerro Gordo996 Franklin69 Area Total131661last_img read more