Twenty-five years at Daily Gazette
There are a lot of veteran reporters and editors at The Daily Gazette, and many of them have more experience than I do.
But I'm not a rookie any more. Not by a long shot.
Today marks my 25th year with the Daily Gazette. Like good buddy Jeff Wilkin, a features writer who celebrated his 30th year at the Gazette last week, I've been here a long time, all in the sports department.
When I came here in 1986, I covered high school sports for a little less than a year before I was given the Union College football beat, which I've had ever since. Siena College basketball followed soon after that, and a few years later, I began covering golf, which I've been writing about for more than 22 years.
I covered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hockey for three seasons before University at Albany basketball upgraded to Division I. That's when I began to cover my alma mater 12 years ago.
When good friend Bill Buell moved from sports to features eight years ago, I took over the bowling beat, as well.
There's not many sports I haven't covered here at The Gazette, except maybe curling, which is in the very capable hands of assistant sports editor Rick Stellrecht.
Over the years, I've helped out on the Saratoga racing beat, filled in at many high school events, and covered many different college sports, including lacrosse and baseball in the spring. I've written a college notebook for more than 15 years.
I've made plenty of friends through my beats, and through the Gazette itself. It's a great way to make a living, even if the newspaper business is not thriving in these tough economic times.
If you go further into my past, you would find out that I also spent 9 1/2 years with the Troy Record, where I covered mostly high school sports along with some Siena basketball. I was also the bowling writer for a short time at that paper.
That makes it almost 35 years in this business, but covering sports keeps you feeling young most of the time, and that's a good thing, I guess. It's like that old adage, if you can't do it, teach it. Or in my case, write about it.