Ask me when I fell in love with sports and you may as well ask when I first registered a pulse. I can’t recall ever being without either.
As a boy in suburban Chicago, I grew up watching the Cubs AND the Sox (baseball), the Bulls AND the predecessor-Zephyrs (NBA), the Blackhawks (NHL), da Bears AND the Cardinals (NFL).
Nearby Northwestern University provided my collegiate fix, where I’d meet the top 50-or-so pro football rookies as they practiced twice a day over three weeks for the annual College All-Star Game.
If only my athletic skills had matched my sporting opportunities!
Instead, I may have been the skinniest and slowest high school football player ever, my Little League-curveball never curved and my ability as a distance-runner/high-jumper was good enough to win a grand total of ONE high school competition.
At the University of Akron, I set an NCAA record that may never be broken: Slowest distance runner in a sanctioned competition.
And I’ve never stopped loving sports.
While in college, Track & Field News magazine provided me with the opportunity to write about up-and-comers as well as world-class athletes.
Since graduation, sportswriting has been my occupation – from the Painesville (Ohio) Telegraph (1974-77) to the Anderson (S.C.) Independent (1977) to the Lexington Herald-Leader (1977-).
My job (my hobby) has taken me to 11 Olympics in eight countries, a Super Bowl, World Series, NCAA Championships and countless other high school and collegiate events.
Olympic sports covered include Alpine skiing, baseball, basketball, bobsled, boxing, canoe/kayak, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, figure skating, freestyle skiing, gymnastics, ice hockey, judo, luge, Nordic skiing, rowing, shooting, ski jumping, soccer, softball, short-track speedskating, swimming, tennis, track & field, triathlon, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling. There are more, but you get the point.
I LOVE SPORTS!
Hope you find my blog to be of interest.
I also now have a personal web site: www.monkeyalarm.com