Hampton, Ga. When I asked the Journal to launch a gimmick called “Go Away, Jason”—soliciting ideas from subscribers for sporting events to send your favorite sports idiot to this October—I had no idea what the response would be. But more than 2,000 ideas were submitted, leading me to conclude the obvious: you’re all nuts. I’ll admit I fantasized... … [Read more...] about A Sports Column Goes to the Hogs
South Florida Sun Sentinel columnist Dave Hyde was honored with a second place in sports columns by the National Headliner Awards last week.Hyde’s five 2017 columns that were recognized were about not idolizing the Marlins late pitcher Jose Fernandez, former Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson reacting to Hurricane Irma damage at his home, a father honoring his late son with ballpark visits, the friendship between Dolphins legends Don Shula and Bob Griese, and Derek Jeter not understanding his role as Marlins CEO.Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe won first place.The annual National Headliner Awards, first handed out in 1935, are given in dozens of categories for excellence in news, features, editorials, photography, graphics and many more areas of journalism.Earlier this year, Hyde was honored as one of the top 10 sports columnists in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work in 2017. … [Read more...] about Sun Sentinel’s Dave Hyde wins national award for sports columns
Have to admit, this snuck up on me. Thirty years ago this week, I moved to San Jose and began writing sports columns for the Mercury News. The first one appeared on July 6, 1984. What? You aren’t celebrating the anniversary with cake and ice cream? It has been quite a trip between then and now — and not merely a long, strange trip, although it did once include an interview with Jerry Garcia in the Candlestick Park dugout before a Giants’ game, during which the Grateful Dead guitarist revealed exclusively that he never did play much baseball as a kid but was a pretty decent softball pitcher. The trip has included journeys to several continents to write thousands of columns, many of which were in complete sentences and in English. During those 30 years, I did make one brief detour back to Cincinnati where I wrote a general interest column for 16 months (and had a blast doing so until thunderstorms and earthquakes intervened, but that’s another story). … [Read more...] about Dubious Anniversary: Thirty Years Ago This Week, I Wrote My First Column For The Mercury News–And Here It Is
Gwen Knapp, Chronicle Columnist Updated 11:47 pm, Saturday, July 7, 2012 When I told my erstwhile colleague Ray Ratto that I was leaving The Chronicle, he said I shouldn't write a farewell column. So here it is: The 49ers' chances of winning the next Super Bowl have just improved. They claimed their last Lombardi Trophy only months before I arrived to write a sports column in July 1995. Now, on nearly the same date 17 years after I appeared in a San Francisco newspaper, I am going to work for a website called Sports on Earth, due to launch in seven weeks. The past 17 years saw the Raiders' return to Oakland; Steve Mariucci's Midwestern goofiness; a merger of The Chronicle and old Examiner; "Moneyball"; Mike Singletary; Tim Lincecum; trips to court with Barry Bonds and Bill Romanowski; trips to the Final Four with Jamila Wideman, Candice Wiggins, Jayne Appel and Nneka Ogwumike; a reefer-scented World Series parade; and the 49ers' renaissance - but not a Super Bowl … [Read more...] about Gwen Knapp’s last column for The Chronicle
We’ve got another entry on the list of cities who will be hosting Super Bowl 50-related events the week before the game: San Mateo. Action from the Wounded Warriors Amputee Flag Football game in Arizona last February. And in this case, that event could set up an unlikely battle of celebrity flag football games in the Bay Area on the day before the actual SB50 kickoff. I know, I know. We’re talking about First World NFL Ancillary Activity problems. If things work out, though, it could be a very cool thing for everyone. The setup: The Wounded Warriors Amputee Flag Football team, which consists of military personnel who have lost limbs while serving the USA over the past 15 years, has played an annual benefit game before the last five Super Bowls. The opposition consists of former NFL players–which in the past has included such Hall of Famers as Roger Staubach and Anthony Munoz–and the occasional show business celebrity such as Snoop … [Read more...] about Super Bowl 50 Countdown–15 Weeks To Go: Oh, no! A potential SB50 celebrity flag football conflict! Plus a transportation update and some very cute “sports columns” by 10-year-olds.