Sports In Briefs

Sports rants from an industry exec who maintains the passion of a fan

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Hello From The Couch

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In a digital world, this is what passes for an introduction. If we were in a bar, I might buy you a drink; if we were in pre-school, I’d probably kick sand at you. But we’re on the internet, so I have to do this thing…

It should come as no surprise that this blog will be (primarily) about sports. I’m not going to report the news, there are far too many sources for that already. I will be writing about sports. I’m not going to talk like we’re at a sports bar and I’m trying to impress everyone with my knowledge. You can’t buy me a beer if you like what I say, and try as you might, e-mailing me a virtual beer will leave me rather unfulfilled.

No, I intend to write as a fan. When I say fan, I mean someone who is emotionally invested in a sport, be it baseball, football, hockey, or mixed doubles foosball. Sports become great when we no longer consume the game like a customer eats a restaurant, but we actually feel like we’re part of the game – as if we can walk into the kitchen and start talking entrees with the chef. We use words like “we” when speaking about our favorite teams. We organize our schedules to make sure we can watch a game, because a news report or SportsCenter highlights could never do it justice. And we watch the game alone, screaming at the TV, leaping up from the couch…

Forgetting that we’re still in our underwear.

And with that visual firmly in mind, I welcome you to Sports In Briefs.

I will warn you about several things before we even get under way. I am one of the lucky few who has managed to parlay my love of sports into a career. I have worked in minor league sports for more than 15 years, mostly in baseball. This means that I have a bit of an insider’s view, though not nearly as much as people might think. It also means that I tend to talk as much about the business of sports as I do about the games themselves. It’s not that my views are mercenary and not purist, but I instead try to strike a balance between the two. I simply have the luxury of experiencing both sides.

You may also read a little more about minor league sports here than elsewhere. It’s just that so much time in and around the minors offers me a wealth of stories and insights to share. Anyone who loves sports should spend some time in a minor league ballpark, at a minor league arena, and with a minor league team. You’d catch yourself smiling so much that it’s not fair. As a result, some people may not like this blog. Too bad, this is my couch; if you don’t like it, get your own.

Also, I can’t promise to write every day. In fact, I can pretty much promise that I won’t write every day. I will promise, though, to write when something interesting strikes my fancy and I get the time to do so.

If you like what I write, please let me know. If you don’t, let me know that too. If you want my opinion on something or you’d like to suggest a subject, don’t hesitate to write – then brace yourself. And if you simply don’t care and you stop visiting, I’ll still be alone on the couch, screaming at the TV in my underwear… and that’s OK too.

Welcome again to Sports In Briefs.

P.S. Pay no mind to the current appearance of the blog. As I get more time and (a few) people show some interest, I’ll start dressing it up. In the meantime, we’ll make do.

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January 12, 2010 at 2:53 am

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