The Sportsman’s Image

Dear Readers,

I have been an avid sports fan for as long as I can remember. I’m originally from Boston, so that shouldn’t really come as a surprise. But my “fanaticism” goes a step further. It’s one thing to live and die with your team – riding in the bandwagon during the highs and abandoning it during the lows. It’s quite another to analyze why these highs and lows exist and to be able to predict when they will occur. (Was David Ortiz’s astronomical fall-off really that surprising?) I pride myself on being as knowledgeable as possible on sports, and I often dreamed of one day making a living within the sports industry.

Unfortunately, I realized at an early age that I would never be a professional athlete (I blame genetics). I’m pretty good at soccer and Ultimate Frisbee, but I kind of doubt that anybody would pay to see me play either of those. What I can do very well, though, is write about anything and everything in the sports world (OK, maybe not golf). So that’s what I’m here to do. Captivated yet? No? OK fine.

Everyone and their uncle has an opinion on something sports-related, and they are often more than willing to share these opinions on the Internet. So what makes this blog different? Well for starters, I’ll be the one writing it. I have had my work published in multiple newspapers and online publications, including some articles that have been nationally syndicated. I’ve written about everything from politics to entertainment to business, but most of all – sports (see my website for writing samples). For a few years I even ran a site dedicated to Boston sports news and op-eds, which I regrettably abandoned a couple of years ago to focus on other things. So yea, I generally know what I’m talking about.

Secondly, this won’t just be any other sports blog. I’m currently studying to become a communications professional and I’ve always been interested in how different people interact with their publics, athletes especially. How do they maintain their fan bases, secure endorsement deals, and build their legacy? How does anybody within the sports world – coaches, umpires, and agents included – deal with the constant public scrutiny? I want to look at the Good (Armando Gallaraga and his near perfect game), the Bad (anything involving Manny Ramirez), and the Ugly (Tiger Woods).

Most athletes are too preoccupied with trying to stay at the top of their game to really worry about their “image”, so I’m here to do it for them. With that, I give you “The Sportsman’s Image”. Enjoy, comment, criticize, whatever. That’s the beauty of the Internet – you can write whatever the hell you want.

Your Sports Source,

Dmitriy

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