My phoray into photo-editing phollies

I’ve been long overdue to develop some more skills for producing online media. Sure, some of that is to be more marketable, but it’s also to make writing a bit more interesting than just churning out posts for work.

One positive takeaway from my miserable month with Heavy was being introduced to BeFunky. No, it’s not Photoshop but I think it shares many of the same elements for photo-editing. And I’ve gotten relatively adept at creating some fun images beyond game photos from USA Today that we typically use at Awful Announcing and The Comeback.

Up top is an image I created for a story on writer/director/producer Adam McKay working with Meadowlark Media, the new content venture by former ESPN president John Skipper and Dan Le Batard, who recently left ESPN himself. I didn’t just want three pictures of the guys. And there needed to be an actual Meadowlark bird in there!

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Dave Kindred profile on 60 Minutes shows a legendary sportswriter still writing

“Writers write.”

In sportswriting, no one may embody that ethos more than Dave Kindred. Sunday night’s 60 Minutes aired an outstanding feature on Kindred, a legendary sportswriter who’s worked for the Louisville Courier-Journal, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Washington Post (where he was syndicated throughout the country), and Sporting News, and had to scratch the writing itch when he saw a story too good to ignore.

Correspondent Jon Wertheim (a tremendous sportswriter himself, largely at Sports Illustrated) caught up with Kindred, who moved back to Illinois after retiring and enjoyed watching the Morton High School girls basketball team enough that he was compelled to write about the Lady Potters regularly for the team’s website.

Here’s a clip, but you can watch the entire feature at

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