This week, our class shifted from downtown to 35th and Shields, as we covered the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field. For the second consecutive year, our class trip was a success. And, for the second straight year, we spent a long night on the South Side that ended with the home team falling short.
The Sox fell 7-6 after nearly erasing a 6-0 deficit after two innings. Both starters struggled, both bullpens were sharp and both teams blasted long home runs, but the Sox couldn’t overcome mistakes in the field and on the base paths in the game.
The grades are in and the third edition of DePaul’s sports blogging class is, as Hawk Harrelson would say, ovah. Thanks to the students for their hard work throughout the quarter. I’d also like thank the guest speakers: the Chicago Bulls’ Josh Kahn, The Athletic Chicago’s Jon Greenberg, WGN Radio’s Adam Hoge, ESPN.com’s Nick Friedell, MLB.com’s Scott Merkin, SB Nation’s Matt Brown, Crain’s Chicago Business’ Danny Ecker and ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich.
Students spent Tuesday night (and part of Wednesday morning) covering the White Sox’ 6-5 loss to the Houston Astros in 11 innings at U.S. Cellular Field. The game lasted near four hours and featured several plot twists, but Houston’s bullpen proved to a a bit better as the Sox squandered several opportunities to win the game.
We attended manager Robin Ventura’s post-game news conference, and Juan Pimiento also scored an interview with Sox left-hander Jose Quintana, a fellow native of Colombia.
Students recently produced their first podcasts and video reaction posts on their blog topics. Both of these mediums are challenging and rewarding, and the only way to improve is to keep practicing, or “get reps,” as they like to say at ESPN.
Here are some of the top podcasts and videos from the class.
Ameya Banks on the Cavs crushing Atlanta: “Last year’s playoff sweep and the three losses this season has to be wearing on the Hawks. If these two teams meet in the postseason the Hawks cannot rely on anything to give them confidence that they could beat the Cavs four times.”
Jim Alexander on Blake Griffin’s playoff impact: “You’re getting one of the top 10 players in the NBA back into your lineup. The best player on your team. If that’s a detriment then go watch the Clippers of 1998. It’s lunacy to think that Griffin can hurt this team in any way. Assuming he isn’t swinging his closed fist at someone.”
Ben Rains on how the Bulls shouldn’t blow up the team: “Chemistry issues and offensive stagnation were both apparent this season, with much of the blame put on Rose and Butler, and rightfully so. However, chemistry is not achieved by wishing it into existence. The backcourt tandem needs to play together and learn each others’ games, and they have had limited opportunities to do so over the past few seasons.”
Juan Pimiento on Wayne Rooney’s status for West Ham: “After playing 61 minutes today, it’s evident that, even coming in an playing 20 minutes off the bench, Rooney is in well enough shape to contribute to a United team that needs his help more than at any other point this season.”
The big reveal is here. Students have selected their topics and created blogs with accompanying Twitter feeds. These will be the platforms for most of the coursework the rest of the quarter. Our topics range from the NBA to the MLS, so a nice mix of work will be featured. Bookmark all of these pages and be sure to interact with all the bloggers on their sites as well as on social media.
Sports blogging class No. 2. We'll discuss why blogs need a narrow focus, targeting your audience and review the blogs students have set up.