About me

I covered sports and worked as a sports copy editor for more than 20 years at several newspapers in Florida, including the Fort Myers News-Press, Clearwater Sun, Florida Today and Orlando Sentinel. I started writing for a weekly sports publication in Coral Springs, Fla., at age 15. I have been hooked on sports journalism ever since. I was fortunate to have worked with some amazing editors along the way, journalists who took the time to help me even when my copy was not top-notch. (Perhaps, that is why I now teach journalism at Eastern Illinois University.) I created this blog so I can help others in the same manner.

8 Responses to “About me”

  1. Dan Formosa Says:


    Someone pointed me to your April 22 post “To Error is Human…”

    Check pages 219 and 220 in the Baseball Field Guide (a new edition came out earlier this month, covering recent MLB rule changes. If you have the first edition, with the red cover, here is the pertinent info below). From your description it sounds like this may have been the situation.


    Dan Formosa

    Baseball Field Guide

    Page 219:
    Fielding Errors:
    An error must be a physical mishandling of the ball. If a fielder handles the ball slowly but is in control of the ball, an error will not be charged.

    page 220:
    Mental Mistakes
    An error will not be charged for a “mental mistake” (Major League Baseball’s terminology). This includes throwing to the wrong base and other misjudgments. An error will be charged if the mental mistake leads to a physical misplay — for example, when a fielder mistakenly believes there are three outs and throws the ball into the stands.

  2. Colby Almond Says:

    I am currently the editor of the blog Athlists.com . In an effort to expand our site, we’ve been going to similar sites in hopes of trading spaces on our blog roll. Our site has been featured on Yahoo! Sports, Deadspin, Metafilter, and frequents the front page of Digg and Reddit.

    If you would be interested, please send me an email back.



  3. Natalie Says:


    I am representing a sports news site called Sportingo.com.

    I am contacting you to ask if you would consider adding a link from your site to ours.
    Our site has sports news from all sports fields and is updated on a daily basis.
    The unique part of our site is that any Sports fan is welcome to apply as a writer.

    We would be more then happy to link back to your site from ours as we find your site interesting, professional and of course relevant in content to ours.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

  4. redsoxmaniac Says:

    Your site is a great read for sportswriters. Although I am trying to make a college publication now, my love is heavily with pro sports.

    Keep up the good work. I’ll spread the word on your site.

  5. Nate Owen Says:

    Hi, I stumbled across your blog while doing research for a paper. I’m the deputy sports editor and a sports writer for the Huntington News at Northeastern University (Boston). Our online edition is my website and I have recently spearheaded a live blog (http://northeasternsports.blogspot.com/) with game updates. If you could add us to your list of college papers, that would be great. Feel free to offer any criticism or insight off our coverage as well.
    Nate Owen

  6. Nate Owen Says:

    I will be keeping a live blog on the Beanpot college hockey tournament tomorrow…. would love any insight.



  7. FanZone Says:

    Hello. My name is Kyle, I am 16 years old and I am looking for advice on how to start a career in journalism. I would really, really appreciate it if you would email me at kyle@fanzonesports.net and help me out a little bit, if you have time. I made sure to bookmark your blog so I can refer to it as much as possible.


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