An integral part of a story is sometimes dicey
An interesting discussion with Landry Fields yesterday about his summer and his arm and how he got through some very tough times.
He, as you can read, credits his faith with guiding him and it was the reason I sought him out for an early story, I have a feeling where the chat would go and wanted to explore it with him.
(I think the Xs and Os of basketball will come, now’s the time for more esoteric or interesting points, isn’t it?)
Anyway the whole topic of religion in sports can be a bit of a delicate subject, no?
I am not a man of great faith but that doesn’t matter, just as it shouldn’t matter if someone is but where it gets interesting, to me at least, is professionally.
It seems a dicey subject to write about, you never, ever want to denigrate a man’s faith or marginalize it and I wonder if by either putting it in stories or leaving it out is the right thing to do.
I – and I think a vast majority of my colleagues – tend to leave out the opening post-game quote when it goes along the lines of giving glory to God because it doesn’t seem pertinent to a story most of the time.
But, really, it is. It is pertinent because it’s what drives some athletes and fuels them and if you’re reporting on why something happened or why someone played well and you get that as an answer to a question, it is an honest assessment and I think should probably be part of it, no?
If that’s what they feel and we’re supposed to be chronicling true feelings, how can we not use it?
I think we’re a long way past the time when people would equate a religious athlete with a “soft” athlete, we have debunked the myth that a “love they neighbour” attitude is somehow equated with a lack of competitiveness.
And so many more athletes are now wearing their faith openly and publicly that it cannot be ignored. It just can’t.
But here’s the thing:
At what point is it preaching as opposed to an integral part of a story or a man.
I have come across athletes – none currently that I have to deal with – who I thought were trying to preach rather than explain and there is a subtle difference that has to be figured out.
With Fields, none of that. His faith is what he is, it’s the story, or was the story in yesterday’s context and it had to be sought out.
Not sure it needs to be every day with others but it was for one day at least.
Yes, Halifax soon and why not this? Was a year or so ago we celebrated Alexander Keith’s birthday there with Alan Doyle and what the heck, this came to mind.
Okay, let’s get the jokes started right away.
Kyle Lowry is changing his number to 7 from 3 – he wore No. 7 in Houston – and I’ll get ‘em started.
“Finally, a No. 7 who’ll rebound.”
What have you got?
I can absolutely get used to this weather here and I’m wondering if any still calls it Indian Summer. Or if anyone remembers that phrase besides me?
Too bad there wasn’t time for a picnic today, but I think sitting outside at lunch would be a rather nice way to spend an hour, no?
Given how crappy the summer was and I keep hearing winter’s going to be tough – as if they know – gotta take advantage when we can, right?
A fine first post-season step for my Bucs, no?
They didn’t even have to go to Bruce Kison.
Must say, I do like the way they’ve scheduled this week, I wasn’t sure how they could break up the games and give teams days off and still provide programming for those of us who enjoy couches and/or stools but they’ve done well.
A game a day for the first three days thanks to Monday’s playoff, two tomorrow and four Friday as I wander the highways and byways of Halifax seeking fun and frivolity? Works for me.
No, there hasn’t been a television or radio broadcast schedule from the HOTH yet. Yes, it should have been out by now but there is dithering going on.
Since they’re back in the “defence first” mode again this year, Dwane gave us a wee hit of what he’s thinking of right now in a frontcourt rotation.
The discussion was Jonas – that’s going to be a hot-button topic most of the year as we see what the kid turns into – and here’s the money quote from the coach.
“I think Jonas is going to be — I mean I don’t want to put pressure on him — but the productivity out of that position is going to be huge.
“The productivity out of Amir Johnson and Tyler Hansbrough at the four position is going to be huge. So those two positions where we really struggled early last season with our paint protection and rim protection are two areas where I think we can make our biggest improvement.”
Hey, it's Wednesday and that means the mail time is approaching and I think we'll probably only do one this weekend since the season has kind of begun.
It's firstname.lastname@example.org, of course, and for a special added bonus, save some for an hour-long chat we're planning for Friday around noon. Have to make that regular thing this year, think we might go to Thursday if that works for everyone?