Lacrosse Magazine’s Overtime

I love interviews and interview shows. In 2015, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to delve into long-form video production. Working with our then US Lacrosse video manager, Josh Rottman, and ESPN analyst and reporter Paul Carcaterra, I produced the “Overtime,” interview series for Lacrosse Magazine. Parts of this piece, with two-time Tewaaraton Award winner Lyle Thompson, aired on ESPN television.

The Best Football Team Baltimore’s Never Seen

Originally published on Baltimoremagazine.net:

This is certainly not the big money world of college football. The 834 fans at Homewood Field who watched Johns Hopkins’ 52-20 rout of Western New England on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Division-III playoffs attest to that.

So does the two hours and 34 minutes of real time it took for the nation’s sixth-ranked Division-III team to handle business against a top-20 opponent. There were no television timeouts or pre-packaged, in-game entertainment, unless you count what happened on the field. By the end of the first quarter, the Blue Jays led by two touchdowns and were on their way to a 38-0 halftime lead.

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Hampton Lacrosse: It’s Real

Originally published in Lacrosse Magazine

This is more than even Michael Crawford imagined.

Sure, he wanted something like it to unfold. A coach distributes equipment to 23 players. A two-hour practice. Players like him at historically-black Hampton University have the chance to learn and love the game the way he first did at St. Thomas More, an all-boys’ boarding school in Oakdale, Conn.

But Crawford could not have expected the president of Hampton, Dr. William Harvey, a business mogul whose office is decorated with framed pictures of him with U.S. presidents and other dignitaries, to send a letter last fall to the student body saying the university would add a varsity lacrosse program — or for it to actually happen just one year later. He never fathomed Under Armour gear, practice under the lights on Hampton’s new turf field or 6:45 a.m. workouts.

Or for him not to be there.

No, this wasn’t supposed to be the story. But as Hampton’s team motto says, “It’s real.”

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, No It’s the Aberdeen Blimp

Originally published on Baltimoremagazine.net:

Captain Jim was curious like the rest of us.

“I’m wondering what is up in the air!” Harford County councilman Jim McMahan, an Army veteran and former local radio host, said a month into a military project that sent a 250-foot blimp-like figure into the sky above Aberdeen Proving Ground. Weather permitting, it has hovered there at 10,000 feet for the last eight months.

People asking the same question have nearly gotten into car accidents on I-895 while staring at the sky. Or they’ve snapped pictures from passing aircraft, Camden Yards, or their back porch. In the modern judge of a topic’s newsworthiness, a pair of social media parody accounts, @BmoreBlimp and @AberdeenBlimp, also sprouted, though it’s technically not a blimp, but something three-times larger called an aerostat.

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ESPN Radio Interview

I was happy to join ESPN Radio in Albany to talk about Lyle Thompson, the impact of Denver winning its first national championship and the chances of a two-point line and a shot clock being implemented in the college game.