Who’s your columnist/blogger/Tweeter #1

Mike Wise interviews a basketball fan at the Verizon Center.

Mike Wise interviews a basketball fan at the Verizon Center.

Your comment must be posted by 30 minutes before the Tuesday Feb. 2 class. You must include the URL of the column or blog item so that others can read it, too. Let me know if you have any questions.

Pictured above: The Washington Post and WJFK’s Mike Wise with … well, you know with who. The class will visit WJFK on Tuesday March 2. Colin Fitzgerald will be following Wise this semester.

31 Responses to “Who’s your columnist/blogger/Tweeter #1”

  1.   Ross Wilkers Says:


    This semester, I will be following Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated. Wahl covers both soccer and college basketball and authored “The Beckham Experiment,” chronicling David Beckham’s move to Major League Soccer and Beckham’s impact on soccer in the U.S.

    Wahl is currently in Angola covering the African Cup of Nations. The tournament concludes Sunday with the final between Ghana and Egypt. In this article Wahl details how off-field politics and violence impacts the tournament.


  2.   Sarah El-Hage Says:

    I will be following Tim Graham’s AFC East Blog from espn.com


    Graham covers all four teams in the AFC East: New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots.

    Graham writes about the teams’ ongoings during the offseason including updates on players, injuries, staff hirings and firings, etc.

    His writing style is like typical online blogging style, short paragraphs but it does include his opinions in some posts. he also sometimes answers readers’ questions.

  3.   Scott Hartman Says:

    This semester I will be following Bill Simmons of espn.com


    Simmons does not cover sporting events. He typically makes predictions on sporting events, and does his “mailbags” where he responds to e-mails that readers have sent in. He typically takes a satirical approach to writing, making pop culture references and jokes as he writes about sports.

    Simmons does not try to hide his bias, as he grew up in Boston, and is a die-hard fan of the Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox. However, his bias provides an interesting contradiction to the standard analysis of sports.

    Simmons also does podcasts, where he has a guest on to talk about sports, which are posted on his website.

  4.   yasinjama Says:

    This semester, I would be following Dan Steinberg from the Washington Post and the DC Sports Bog


    Steinberg is a professional sports writer for the Post. He writes and covers the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and local college teams. He is also writes his popluar blog called the “DC sports Bog”.

    This blog is based on stories about D.C area teams and special features on athletes. His writing is mostly online blogging style. It has a lot of links posted and videos are share there as well. He also interacts with readers on a weekly basis.

  5.   Ryan Harty Says:

    I will be following the Jeff Zillgitt’s blog from USA Today.


    Zillgitt blogs about the the big stories surrounding the National Basketball Association. His writing style is typical online blogging style with plenty of short paragraphs.

    His blogs include inside NBA stories and links where you can find more stories about the athletes or teams mentioned in his blog. In his most recent blog he talks about the gun controversy surrounding Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton of the Washington Wizards.

    I look forward to sharing my opinions and analyzing Zillgitt’s blog.

  6.   ndemmel Says:

    My blogger is Matt Mosley from ESPN’s NFC East Blog.


    Mosley Blogs about what is going on in the NFC east. He covers The Redkins, Cowboys, Eagles, and Giants. He has other blogs as well but this is the one I choose.

    Mosley knows the facts of the NFL and he gives them while giving his opinion on them. It makes it easy for me to keep up with what The Redskins are doing and see someone else view point on the situations.

    Mosley is smart and fun to read. Some of you might agree!!

  7.   ndemmel Says:

    My blogger is Matt Mosley from ESPN’s NFC East Blog.


    Mosley Blogs about what is going on in the NFC east. He covers The Redskins, Cowboys, Eagles, and Giants. He has other blogs as well but this is the one I choose.

    Mosley knows the facts of the NFL and he gives them while giving his opinion on them. It makes it easy for me to keep up with what The Redskins are doing and see someone else view point on the situations.

    Mosley is smart and fun to read. Some of you might agree!!

  8.   Katherine Zablonski Says:

    This semester I am going to be following sports columnist Bob DiCesare. He is a writer for The Buffalo News.


    He blogs about all things sports. He does not just focus on Buffalo players but all sports teams.

    He is pretty honest about his talk and perpetuates a good sense of knowledge about the field of sports. He is sharp and to the main topics.

  9.   Paul Egeland Says:

    My columnist this semester is Bill Plascke from the La Times. Here is some biographical information on him from the Times website:

    “Bill Plaschke, a sports columnist at the Times since 1996, has made nationally recognized contributions in both journalism and public service.

    As a journalist, Plaschke, in his 21st year with the Times, has been named National Sports Columnist of the Year by a variety of organizations, including Associated Press, Sigma Delta Chi, and National Headliners. He has been a Pulitzer Prize entrant, and his work has been featured in several editions of the annual “Best American Sports Writing” book. He has also published a collection of his columns entitled, “Plaschke: Good Sports, Spoil Sports, Foul Balls and Odd Balls.”

    Plaschke was recently named Man of the Year by the Los Angeles chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters for his longtime involvement as a Big Brother. He has also received a “Pursuit of Justice” award from the California’s Women’s Law Center for his coverage of women’s sports. In 2002, Plaschke was selected to carry the Olympic Torch for a couple of blocks through downtown Los Angeles as it worked its way to Salt Lake City for the Winter Olympics.

    Plaschke is also a regular panelist on the ESPN daily talk show, “Around The Horn” and made his film debut with three lines in the Will Smith movie, “Ali.” In what some more cynical colleagues considered a stretch, Plaschke played the part of a sportswriter.

    Plaschke was born in Louisville, Ky., and worked in Fort Lauderdale and Seattle before joining the Los Angeles Times in 1987.”

  10.   Octavia Trammell Says:

    The blogger I will be following is Henry Abbott from ESPN’s TrueHoop Blog.


    Abbott founded TrueHoop, which is a blog all about the NBA. Abbott uses many metaphors and persuasive jargon in his blogs. I’ve noticed he can take the smallest aspects of any NBA game and make a interesting story out of it.

    I also noticed the he uses many orphan quotes in his leads and headlines. I think that is a big part of him establishing his voice. He is a consistent writer and in every blog you read, it almost feels like one of your friends is just talking to you.

    I love the way he thinks and I think that TrueHoop will be a very interesting read this semester.

  11.   Capricia Alston Says:

    The blogger I chose to follow is Jack Bell from the New York Times Goal Blog:


    Jack Bell is a weekly writer for the New York Times soccer column. He has a lot of experience with soccer because he has played, coached, and written about soccer for more than 40 years. He is also the father of two soccer-playing teenagers who are Manchester United fans. Bell also has written for soccer publications including FIFA Magazine, Striker and Futbol Mundial.

  12.   Ashleigh Bohlmann Says:


    “After further review” blog item

    Author: Sam Borden

    Sam Borden wrote a short but sweet blog today, Feb. 1, about his partner, the Johnny Damon saga, Phil Hughes and errors. He wished his partner, Chad Jennings, a nice week off, spoke about how Johnny Damon is no longer with the Yankees, picked Phil Hughes to win the fifth starter job and said that missing a call is a physical error.

    Although this article isn’t full of baseball information and news, it helped me examine his writing style. I noticed that he used bullet points to state some of his ideas and bolded the words that he wanted to stress. He used commas appropriately and his paragraphs were no longer than 4-5 typewritten lines. Sam’s blog lacks wordiness and is clear and concise. I didn’t see any spelling or grammar mistakes, which must mean that he reread, revised, rewrote and proofread his material!

  13.   Sarah Kate Traynham Says:

    The columnist/blogger that I chose to follow this semester is Bob Ryan.


    Bob Ryan is a columnist for the Boston Globe and also has his own blog. He is also known for his Globe.10 show on the New England Sports Network.

    Ryan mostly focuses on basketball, primarily the Boston Celtics, although he covers all areas of sports.

    Ryan’s latest column is on the Boston Celtics recent win over the Lakers. He discusses how the Celtics were holding a double-digit lead and lost their power in the fourth quarter. Although they still won, barely, it seems to be a reoccuring problem for the Celtics to close-out a game.

    I am excited to follow Bob Ryan’s columns on a regular basis. I think he is a great writer and always full of energy.

  14.   Colin Says:

    Mike Wise wrote his column on David Stern’s decision to suspend Gilbert Arenas for the remainder of the season. Arenas is banned from the Verizon Center and Wise says that this will give the team the time it needs to decide what to do with him. Wise points out that it is unlikely that the Wizards will be able to void the remaining contract. His column is well written and candid. Wise ends the column with a question, “Can he (Arenas) come back to Washington?” and then answers it, “Ugh, no.”

  15.   Kimmy Moss Says:

    The columnist that I chose is Sally Jenkins.


    Jenkins writes for The Washington Post as a sports columnist as well as feature writer. In 2002 she won the Associated Press’s Columnist of the Year Award.

    She has also worked for Sports Illustrated, and has written a number of successful books, including “It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life,” which highlights the life of Lance Armstrong.

    In her latest column, titled “Tebow’s Super Bowl ad isn’t intolerant; its critics are,” Jenkins addresses a debateable, pro-life advertisement featuring Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow of Florida that will run during the Super Bowl this coming week.

    She talks about how critics find the advertisement highly inappropriate because of the touchy message it sends, particularly at a time when so many people will be tuned in to watch.

    Yet she discusses the irony in how critics may call that ad inappropriate, when at the same time it is socially acceptable to watch ads with women in bikinis drinking alcohol.

    All in all, I agree with Jenkins that “…if there is any demeaning here, it’s coming from NOW, via the suggestion that these aren’t real questions, and that we as a Super Bowl audience are too stupid or too disinterested to handle them on game day.”

    I think it’s important that we address issues such as abortion during peak television watching times like the Super Bowl. I also think we’re lucky to have a stellar athlete as genuine as Tebow to be a part of these ads.

    I think the critics are wasting their time arguing over his pro-life ad. The subject at hand is obviously a touchy subject, but in no way do I think that means we need to avoid it altogether.

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