I love listening to people talk about sports. For real, I could do it for the rest of my life. I don’t need to join in the conversation, I’m good at being the recipient of anyone’s sports know-how.
Seriously. Try me.
The question I ask myself every time I sit down at my computer to write about sports is: why should someone listen to you?
It’s something that our managing editor, Ned Donovan, has said to me a lot. Here’s an idea for a Daily Fantasy Book. “Why should I listen to you?” Here’s an idea for a sports podcast. “Why should I listen to you?” Hey Ned, let me tell you a bedtime story. “Why should I listen to you?”
What’s more interesting, is that when I approach new writers about the potential of joining our roster, the question that shoots back is “why me?”
The answer to both of those questions is: Why not?
We live in a world where Former NFL Running Backs are on Broadway, where a rapper has the most sought after shoes in the nation, where the XFL is making a comeback, and where men are getting paid more than women to play soccer, despite having the hardware to back up their demands.
It’s a weird world out there, so why not add your voice to the conversation.
Here’s what I mean by that.
In one of my favorite moments in sports movie history, Gordan Bombay, a disgraced attorney how has been court-ordered to coach a PeeWee hockey team in Minnesota as punishment for a DUI charge, is retelling a traumatic moment from his childhood to Charlie Conway, a member of his youth hockey team with a hot mom. In this moment, Gordon discusses the moment he hit the post on a shootout goal, effectively torching his team’s championship hopes.
“A quarter of an inch this way and it would have gone in,” Bombay says to #96 Conway. “A quarter of an inch, Charlie.“
Charlie quickly responds, “Yeah, but a quarter-inch the other way and you’d have missed completely.”
Amazed that he’d never thought of it that way, Bombay replies, “I never thought of it that way.”
Sports are all about perspective.
My next example is about one of the oldest rules in the book: “Tie goes to the runner.”
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, first, let me welcome you to The Turf. Secondly, “tie goes to the runner” normally refers to a close play in baseball. When running to first base, if the ball and the runner arrive at the base at the EXACT SAME TIME, the runner is safe. Simple enough, right?
However, that’s from one perspective: the umpires.
In most cases, there are three points of view of this perfect play at first base. The runner’s team will call him safe, thus siding with the umpire, but not because of the umpire’s call. Even if their teammate were out by a centimeter, they’re still going to say he’s safe. In fact, the ruling of safe plays into their ultimate goal of winning, so they can lean on the rule further.
The opposing team, the one currently on defense, the one throwing the runner out at first, obviously thinks this call is wrong. I mean, for so many little things to be happening all at once, for all of them to happen in concert for this runner to be safe, that’s kind of insane, right?
So let’s look at the replay, shall we? The replay officials have a multitude of perspectives from which to look at this play, so they use them. These angles can’t be seen by the umpire, the home team, the visiting team or even the fans in the stadium. We’ve all been to a game where a tough call elicits several different opinions of what happened on a specific play. It happens all the time.
Sports are about perspective. And we want to give yours a platform.
Do you have to be right all the time? No way. I said the Rays should trade Blake Snell during his Cy Young year.
Do you have to be a good writer? No way. We’ll help you build your voice, and find your style.
This site is was founded on the principle that “everyone has an opinion, and every single one is interesting.” No one sports pundit is correct about things 100% of the time, but we’re willing to listen to them as fans of the sporting world.
So come write with us.
We’re dumb too.
But we’ve got some interesting perspectives and some solid knowledge, and we think you do too.
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