Posts Tagged ‘FLM’

I wonder how breaking down half the NCAA Tournament teams on Selection Sunday while providing content to millions of people around the country will equate to filling out my bracket.

Guess we will find out later if I win a March Madness bracket for the eighth time in my life but at least I’m off to a good head start.

Heck, I know two of my Final Four teams … know of a 12 seed that will beat a 5 … and know that Loyola-Chicago won at Florida this season.

And can’t forget the best nickname in college basketball — “Dauminator.”

Man, I would like to patent that one in case the guy becomes an NBA player.

Anyway, I am ahead of the curve at FLM and hopefully won’t go down swinging once the games begin.

So who do I have winning the South and West regions? Well, you will have to give some love to one of the clients that doesn’t scrub off my byline.

Hey, these are my first two bylines since making the super smart move to FLM.

Of course, some of you will now use this stellar info to fill out your own bracket. Hmmmmm … OK, I will post since I’m not a selfish kind of guy.

 

Following is my South Region breakdown:

http://www.gwinnettprepsports.com/sportsxchange/ncaa-tournament-south-region-breakdown/article_480d812c-1a80-5b6f-a60a-6c4784b946fc.html

 

Here is my West Region breakdown:

http://www.gwinnettprepsports.com/sportsxchange/ncaa-tournament-west-region-breakdown/article_2eca781e-421d-5f3c-8321-b53ea1b6d218.html

 

A few other comments:

–Kentucky coach John Calipari complained that his team was sent to Boise. Coach Cal said he had to ask his players what state Boise is in.

I don’t know, it seems 59-year-old Calipari should know his state capitals by now.

–Kansas coach Bill Self is willing to play a game in Wichita.

Funny, he has repeatedly turned down opportunities to play Wichita State during his 15-year tenure. Hoping the Shockers’ fans root hard for the Jayhawks’ opponents.

–Who saw San Diego State making the field after the team looked dead in the water in February? The Brian Dutcher-coached Aztecs reeled off nine straight wins and draw a Houston team that last won an NCAA tournament game in 1984.

Pretty sure Hakeem Olajuwon isn’t suiting up for the Cougars on Thursday.

–Wait, USC isn’t part of the NCAA tournament field but Arizona State and Syracuse are? Wow.

Louisville, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Saint Mary’s and Middle Tennessee also were left on the outside and Davidson’s victory in Sunday’s Atlantic 10 final knocked out Notre Dame. Baylor coach Scott Drew says the tourney should be expanded to 96 teams and my first thought is ‘Would Saint Mary’s and Middle Tennessee be the among the last four in?’

–Middle Tennessee athletic director Chris Massaro made the following statement on Twitter: “The deck is stacked. How do we collect Quadrant 1 home wins?”

Easy solution, Chris. Schedule 18 games against the Big 12 next season. Go 8-10 and you’re in.

–Can’t forget this: South Carolina might not be in the field but the Gamecocks are still “America’s Team” until somebody eliminates Duke. Perhaps a second-round game against Rhode Island could be just the tonic.

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I’ve repeatedly been asked the same question since I was ahead of the curve and made the jump to FLM four weeks ago:

Where can I find your stories?

Pretty simple, just like the gig I left: Anywhere and everywhere on the online surface.

One of my co-workers alerted me to the fact that our work runs in the Daily Mail in London. That’s a new one for me.

My favorite place to land at the former gig was the New York Times. Didn’t matter that they stripped my byline off … I couldn’t ever have envisioned something I wrote being on the New York Times website when I was a measly print reporter.

After ESPN scrubs your byline off a couple hundred times, you really don’t worry about whether your name is on the article or not.

But hey, my new workplace actually has a legitimate website so perhaps that is where I should be pushing the traffic.

I handled Tiger Woods’ return to the PGA Tour on Thursday during my many assignments. He shot even-round 72 at famous Torrey Pines and the second his final shot dipped into the hole, my bulletin was out to the world.

While Tiger was holding his press conference with the on-site writers, my rewrite with quotes from Tiger and leader Tony Finau was already out to the clients.

It was an interesting performance for Tiger in his return from his fourth back surgery. I won’t tell you everything about the round because you can read it here — right on the Field Level Media website: http://fieldlevelmedia.com/woods-shoots-72-return-pga-tour

I tell you, there is truly no time for dilly-dallying in the online world. Leaving the laptop for even two minutes could prove costly.

It makes me cringe over some of the newspaper silliness I used to see — kind of like the time the sports editor nicknamed “Tin Man” went to play in a hockey game DURING THE NFL DRAFT and left the desk hanging for about five hours before turning in his column.

There is no room for selfishness and people who aren’t team players in the online world. I think that is why it has proven to be a such good fit. Not to mention I make more money than print journalists in my area.

Being ahead of the curve has never felt so good. Enjoy the read on Tiger’s return.