Bleacher Bits: Do nice guys finish last?
It is legendary baseball manager Leo Durocher who is most often credited with uttering the phrase, "Nice guys finish last."
Leo "The Lip" let go with quite a few phrases during his managing days, and the one just mentioned might be one of the few that is actually printable.
I think there's more than a kernel of truth to his statement, and I honestly have to admit that my tendency to go the nice guy route may be a hindrance to obtaining the information I need to give you the quality of sports coverage you deserve.
MaxPreps is an invaluable tool to the sports reporter, but perhaps I rely too heavily on it and on coaches making sure I have everything I need in terms of names and statistics.
At the time of writing, among the 13 tri-county high schools that field both boys and girls basketball teams, there were two girls teams that still did not have a roster posted, and four with absolutely no stats posted for the entire year.
On the boys side, one team had no roster and two had not published any statistics.
In years past, I've chalked it up to coaches being overworked as it is with running practices, being at games, and either teaching or having other day jobs.
But I have a day job that is also a night job on many occasions, and a large part of that job is to get what I need to help tell the stories of the student-athletes we cover.
Since I began my career with Tri-County Newspapers in 2005 covering Tehama County for the Corning Observer, I've had the same game report forms I've offered to coaches as a quicker, easier way of providing stats. I've always had an answering machine if coaches need to call after most people's business hours, and I've provided them with my cellphone number and email.
It looks like in 2014 I'm going to be letting my fingers do some more walking and placing as many "reminder" phone calls as I need to in order to get my job done. There's a fine line between being persistent and being a pest, but apparently I need to get my toes much closer to that line.
My goal is simple — better coverage of varsity and junior varsity sports. I take phone calls from parents very seriously when they complain about the lack of coverage for a particular school or underclass sport.
I'll be pursuing better ways of doing my job in 2014, and it may come to me not being as "nice."
CONTACT Craig Purcell at 824-1036 or email@example.com.