Playing sports is fun. Following sports and being part of the community immersed in and around a given sport, team or athlete is sometimes even more fun.
From a team specific view I’ll usually be sharing thoughts on Washington teams including the Capitals, Wizards, Redskins and Mystics. I’m also a big fan of the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.
I’m here to express opinion and hopefully celebrate as much as possible about the positives in sport, sports business and sports media (though I will throw an elbow here and there too).
I’ve been a big sports fan since my Dad took me to my first Baltimore Colts and Baltimore Orioles games, respectively, when I was little.
The Washington Capitals former training facility at Piney Orchard (MD) was about 10 minutes from my house so the Capitals were just part of the community. When working at the Crofton Country Club Golf Course I would “accidentally” provide goalie Don Beaupre and forward Bob Joyce an extra bucket of range balls when they stopped by.
I’ve played catch with Redskins WR Art Monk, my sports idol, at his football camp in Westminster, MD when I was in high school and then had the golden opportunity to work in the NFL directly after graduating from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in 1997.
I’ve worked in the coaching video department for the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. During a second stint with Baltimore I started as a public relations intern under Sr. VP of Public and Community Relations Kevin Byrne and then was in the right place at the right time to take over the day-to-day management of BaltimoreRavens.com.
In 2006 I moved to the West Coast, spending three years at the NFL’s Culver City offices (two as a bureau producer for NFL Network and one as account manager for the club sites platform NFL.com project).
Then came a move to San Diego with the opportunity to become an account strategist for Digitaria, an interactive marketing agency, within their sports division. I had the pleasure of working with some incredible digital properties across numerous sports with a talented and dedicated team, striving to create the best possible interactive experiences for fans, teams, leagues and sponsors.
As of June 8, 2010 I am a web producer back East for Immersion Active in Frederick, MD. We are the only agency in the United States that focuses exclusively on the mature/baby boomer market. We are a small shop where everyone pulls together to make sure every project or campaign is a success. I may no longer work full-time in sports, but that’s where this blog becomes a more powerful outlet for me.
I’ve also recently started helping Redskins.com on game days. I tweet for @RedskinsGameday and will also get to add a sidebar here and there for home games. Thank you to everyone at the Redskins for the great opportunity.
At the end of the day, it’s all about the game and the fans. Everything else falls into place based off that experience and the passion evoked from it. And that’s why I’m enjoying this blog on the side. Sometimes its fun to just look a things through the eyes of a fan.