Posted at 1:34 am , on May 8, 2014
It’s very difficult trying to teach traditional journalism in a modern world. Shortcuts, social media and search engines let this generation’s up-and-coming journalists forget about ethics and the art of story telling
Don’t be worried about getting it first. Be worried about getting it right.
Because in this age, there is no getting it first. You’ve already been beaten to the punch. Someone on Twitter typed two sentences and they want credit for breaking a story. There is no reward for speed. Yet their are penalties for being misleading and wrong.
So if you’re on a site, clicked on a headline that was not accurately reflected in the article, you’ve been Clickbaited. Check out the BBC’s story on the topic, and how it is an extremely dangerous business model.
Posted at 10:34 pm , on February 1, 2014
In lieu of Black History Month, I thought this section from my upcoming boxing book was important and a fun read. Sadly, many great fighters were denied fights in certain states due to their race. It makes me proud to say that New Jersey was not one of states.
In Jersey, it doesn’t matter what color you are. Everyone here is encouraged to fight…
Posted at 7:50 pm , on May 1, 2013
So here is a post I was working on for The History Of New Jersey Boxing book. …
MICKEY BLAIR (1908 – Nov. 4, 1941) was a super featherweight and lightweight boxer who was murdered in his tavern, The Pleasure Bay Inn, in Atlantic City. The story made national headlines. Known for having several scrapes with the law, Blair was shot to death at 2 a.m. at the Missouri Avenue establishment. Indicted for the murder, and later acquitted, was notorious bootlegger and crime figure Sammy “Cappy” Hoffman. He was born Mickey Tenerelli in Camden and retired with a record of 25-11-2 with 33 no decisions. He was the older brother of N.J. Boxing Hall Of Fame member Frankie Blair.
…and Sammy “Cappy” Hoffman was an enforcer for Nucky Thompson. Along with Jimmy Boyd, he is said to be some of the inspiration for everyone’s favorite character, Jimmy Darmody.
Posted at 5:15 pm , on April 17, 2013
Posted at 8:02 pm , on January 26, 2013
Congrats to Chris Carter finally getting voted into the NFL Hall Of fame. Here is something I wrote in 2009, as my opinion on the voting process has not changed.
Cris Carter was thought to be a Hall of Fame lock.
Amazing numbers. Great leader. Elite career. One of the greatest possession receivers of all time. Kind of scary to think that he has more catches than EVERY player in the NFL Hall of Fame (Jerry Rice isn’t eligible until 2010). Yet for the second consecutive year, Carter was passed over for the Hall of Fame, a distinction that he should have earned quite easily with his stellar numbers and gentlemanly conduct during latter of his career.
For a reason the HOF Board of Selectors aka the NFL Cosa Nostra are not sharing, Chris Carter will not be joining Bruce Smith or Rod Woodson at the induction ceremony. What’s even more frightening is that the 44 sports writers that have a vote do not have to give one. It is time for accountability. These voters seem to be more clueless than a boxing judge during a heavyweight fight, and we all know how that sport is perceived. There seems to be no logic behind the selection process for the NFL or MLB Halls of Fame. For years the understanding is if a player was not cordial to the media, then voters would punish them by not putting them in the Hall of Fame. And they certainly stick to that credo for fear of losing player interview availability. Don’t believe it. Ask Jim Rice. He’s had been trying to get in since Miley Cyrus was born. And don’t forget players like Albert Belle, who garnered only 19 votes in 2007 yet he had 10 straight dominating years in which he posted better seasons than the likes of Andrew Dawson, Harold Baines and the rest of the HOF waiting list. So they weren’t great guys to interview in the clubhouse. This isn’t supposed to be a popularity contest. Did I mention someone voted for Jesse Orosco this year? What credentials does this voter have? Was that a fraternity prank? Talk about voter fraud. Oddly enough, the man who received the most votes for the inaugural Baseball Hall of Fame class in 1936 was Ty Cobb, one of the most despised players in sports history.