I am writing about sports and getting paid to do it.
When someone expects you to produce a certain kind of story every time out, the pressure starts to build and that’s what I have been feeling recently.
A week or so ago I went to Portland to cover a Xavier boys soccer game for the Middletown Press. The field at the TD Bank complex is beautiful and I didn’t even know it existed. The game was as exciting as a blowout could be. SCC soccer is a little faster than a Shoreline contest like I’m used to, so I had to pay attention a little more. I thought I got good quotes from the coaches and had a good story going and it was a good story until I realized I made a mistake a day later.
I looked up the results of the Amity game to used at the bottom, because they are one of the other teams near the top of the SCC standings. I wrote their record in wrong and thus making the sentence meaningless. I tweeted the next day that I was wrong as a sort of correction and told myself to pay more attention and double-check my work. Well, it happened again.
Last night I went to Farmington for a big CCC-West D-II game. Both Farmington and Windsor came into the game undefeated and ranked in the top-10 of whatever poll you want to use. I felt more comfortable keeping stats and notes on the game and thought I had a good grasp on what was happening, even though for the second straight week I sat next to the great Tom Yantz of the Hartford Courant. I tried to follow his lead and cover the game the best I could and again, I thought I had a great story and I did, except for a bigger mistake.
I interviewed Jeremy Buck, the Farmington quarterback after the game and the coach, Chris Machol, but that’s where I went wrong. I was so excited and nervous about getting a good story on GameTimeCT.com as fast as I could, I used the wrong name. I quoted Machol using the Windsor head coach’s name, Robert Fleeting.
This is something I can’t be doing and know it is a big mistake and take full responsibility for. This is something I will learn from and be more careful to avoid moving forward in my career.
I apologize to Chris Machol and the entire Farmington Indians football team for this mistake and it won’t happen again.