In the last couple of weeks I have been lucky enough to receive and accept offers on two jobs I have dreamt about for a very long time. Last week I was fortunate enough to be hired as the beat writer for the Toronto Blue Jays for baseballhotcorner.com. Baseball has been one of two great passions growing up as a child, the other being basketball. I am so humbled and grateful for this opportunity to cover the Wisconsin Badgers for the 2013 NCAA basketball season.
My love for basketball started over a decade ago when I was just eleven years of age. From various trips to America and Canada, I was struck with the amount of attention and passion that surrounded every one of America’s major sports. After making a trip to Madison Square Gardens in New York to see the Knicks play the Heat back in 2005, I wasn’t completely ready for what was about to take place.
Being down by twelve with six minutes to go in the fourth, I was surprised to see that the arena wasn’t emptying. Maybe they knew what was about to happen. Then star, Stephon Marbury, started to actually play and make shots while he was at it. In fact he made three after three after three. Before I knew it, the Knicks were down by just three with the shot clock turned off. Seeing the Garden absolutely erupt after Marbury had tied it to send it to over time, I knew basketball was the sport for me. With all that said, I have been a huge basketball fan ever since supporting the Toronto Raptors. (Please don’t laugh).
Anyhow, I have become accustomed to the professionalism and formality of the NBA and while great to see, I have a growing love and passion for the college game. I am so excited to become part of something so special that is NCAA basketball, and in particular to cover your Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers have had great success in recent years by consecutive sweet-sixteen appearances, but are now ready to take the next step and join the game’s elite. The 2013-14 season promises to be as exciting as ever and it really is a privilege to cover the team for Fan Sided. So here’s to a great season of passionate yet credible coverage of your Wisconsin Badgers. Go Badgers!