I’m no computer wiz, that is for sure, but it seems to me that the Dagger just gets better looking with age. I mean, the content is awesome, don’t get me wrong. But the tools- the map, the events, to name a few- just keep evolving. Every day when I get my email about a new post, it seems I notice something new and different. Down the road I see visions of Dagger being a one-stop-shop for Harford County and I’m damn glad to be a part of it.
One thing that floored me from the beginning and as a reader was the amount of political coverage. It’s commendable that we are trying to stay in tune with the goings-on of our government but frankly, sometimes I need a breather from all of that. Politics often make me mad and sometimes I want to be entertained or inspired. And through Brian’s persistence I eventually joined in.
The first story I did for The Dagger was about the Super Bowl. I was in Niagara Falls visiting with family while I wrote it. The neat thing for me about doing that story was I had absolutely not one lick of passion for either team, but I had free reign to write what I want. So I wrote about one of my greatest sports memories of all time: going to the Super Bowl when the Ravens brought it home…
Give me an R- R,
give me an A- A,
give me a V- V,
give me an E- E,
give me an N- N,
give me an S- S….
Adam, What’s that spell?
Anyway, I don’t remember if I got a lot of comments on that Super Bowl story but that didn’t matter much. It got me in the game.
As a part of the Dagger team I have truly enjoyed covering local (and some not so local) sports, both on and off the field. I’ve met many, many new friends and in addition maintained relationships that otherwise would have made it more difficult.
I loved catching up with Aberdeen’s Jai Lewis and talking smack to him as he was thousands of miles away. He is such a great guy! (And, he should be participating in our football tourney.) The Bel Air Braves and the Cal Ripken World Series had me tingling for baseball again, once the Orioles started floundering. I never knew all that stuff about Andy MacPhail and his father and grandfather. The LPGA, as sad as it is to see it go, was fun to watch and caught me up with a semi-local talent in Kaitlyn Rohrbach (Crofton). She is beyond her years, at 16 years old she is setting up the next golf invitational to honor her mother Kathy, with the benefits going to cancer research. 16-years old.
Being able to talk to Brian Roberts was a thrill, but even more exciting was watching the Cool Kids react and respond. And play. These kids are embroiled in doctor visits and chemotherapy and remission in their everyday lives. They just don’t get the same opportunities because of that. So to be able to sit back and watch them play and have some fun was my privilege. I’ll take covering something like that any day of the week over sitting down with a big-leaguer to talk about his game. We could really learn a thing or two from these kids, they are more than just COOL. They are inspiring.