As a result of a Decision™ with infinitely less media attention, I’m taking my talents to the Mill City and join the team over at the Lowell Sun.
I couldn’t be more excited to get started. The Sun is a quality paper, serving a one-of-a-kind community. And I’d be lying if I said the home fries at the Owl Diner didn’t heavily influence my decision.
Time to get back to work.
I am extremely proud to be a part of another issue of Coup d’Etat.
The Boston-based literary magazine has released their summer ’14 edition, featuring poetry and prose from 19 writers across the nation, including my epistolary short story “The Cracked Windshield.”
You can pick up a copy here.
After listening to debates between advanced stats expert Tyler Dellow and inarticulate Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons, I felt compelled to pen my defense of so-called “fancy stats,” and their increased role in decision-making in the NHL, on Medium. From my piece:
What appears to unnerve the anti-stats camp is the objectification of the sport. They take a folksy, “the only stat I need is two: my eyes” tone, striking fear in the casual fan and afternoon drive listener. The nerds are coming to sterilize the sport. What happened to good ol’ fashioned watching-the-game? What these talking heads are hiding, however, is a fear of objectivity. These nattering nabobs make a living off their opinions, and the prospect of room for subjectivity receding from the sport is deeply troubling. After all, how is one supposed to fill a four-hour time slot or a 500-word column on the offense effectiveness of a player implicated in trade rumors when a quick glance at a handful of metrics yields a quicker, more comprehensive, less bloviated answer. You could say he has no heart, plays “lone wolf hockey,” isn’t a competitor. But does his team score when he’s on the ice? Does the other team?
You can read the piece in its entirety here.
My short-lived career as a member of the Boston University Inline Hockey team has come to a close, and thus, so has my BU Inline: Inside the Fight series. A direct send-up to HBO’s NHL 24/7 and NESN’s Behind the B, the three-part saga covers the prelude to the NCRHA National Championships in Aston, PA. Though we came out empty-handed, it was a hell of a ride.
And at the very least, it gave me an excuse to keep a mustache.
Angela Ruggiero is an ice hockey defenseman with Team USA, four time Olympic medalist and World Champion, Harvard graduate and current Harvard Business School student. She participated in a sports innovation panel at Harvard Innovation Lab to discuss the future of wearable tech and biometrics in sports. I spoke with the star Olympian and Cambridge resident on what that means for hockey.
I stopped by BUTV10’s studios for a second time for an Olympic hockey preview with Mike Lupia. Skip to 8:27 for the juicy stuff.
New York Times writer and newly minted member of the BU College of Communication faculty David Carr visited Prof. Chris Daly’s class today. Before launching into his talk, he pulled up my journalist guest speaker bingo board and proceeded to respond to each cliche. It was surreal.
“I’ll always know you as the wiseacre who made that bingo board,” Carr said.