I was talking with a good friend of mine this past Monday, as we sat in the upper deck of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. While we watched in satisfaction as the Yankees’ $200 million upgrade went 0-4 and was yanked in the 5th inning respectively, the conversation turned to the idea of covering sports as a living. Specifically, talking about them on the radio.
My buddy’s viewpoint was simple: “Man, that would be the easiest job ever.”
I disagreed. After my first taste of sports talk radio this afternoon, courtesy of WNST, I strongly disagree.
That doesn’t mean it isn’t fun or isn’t worth it. The sports world is where the action is, and if you do a good job, you get rewarded (just like any career choice) But it’s an intense experience to be sitting there with that mic in your face for the first time, knowing there are thousands of people listening to what you have to say. Worse yet, you’re talking about something that a lot of them are probably convinced they know more about than you.
Try talking for five minutes straight. Try being entertaining, insightful, knowledgeable and witty by yourself without pause.
It’s easy to listen. It’s hard to be listened to.
There’s living for sports, then there’s living for sports, as in, making a living off it. There’s something admirable about successfully parlaying one’s passion into one’s career. And when your passion lies in watching Danys Baez striking out Gabe Kapler (which happened just this very second as I write this) or analyzing which wide receiver would be a better fit for Cam Cameron’s offense, that’s bound to make for an interesting life.
It’s a unique position to be in, and I’m happy to have the opportunity. Already I’m sitting here, wondering what I can write to prove I know what I’m doing, or least have the potential to know what I’m doing. It’s one thing to say you can do something, another to do it.
Here’s hoping that with this blog, I prove I can do it. Prove I can be that guy with the thoughtful insight on a niche of our culture we’re all so fond of.
So please consider this my introduction. I’m Geoff, and I work in sports. It’s not easy. But it is fun.