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Justin Fedich Sports Story

For some, the passion for sports ignites early in life, and little else stands much of a chance after.

“I don’t really know where it started,” said Justin Fedich, a junior at the University of Georgia majoring in Digital Broadcast Journalism and taking sports media courses. “It was the fact that I didn’t have a passion for any other subject in school or anything else. I liked watching sports and I didn’t like anything else.”

Growing up in New York, Fedich’s first love was baseball. A love easily satiated by attending Yankees games and playing little league.

But when a job transfer landed his Dad and consequently his entire family in Georgia, football soon replaced baseball in the heart of seven-year-old Fedich. As allegiances to specific teams and certain players were cut, Fedich’s love grew to be a passion for the game itself, rather than pure fandom, a skill he thinks suits him perfectly for his intended career trajectory.

“I never have been a hardcore fan of any team, I usually root for the underdog,” said Fedich. “I root for Georgia, but even when we lost to Mizzou I wasn’t that upset, because I watch sports for the story.”

Which sounds exactly like something one would want to hear from a young hopeful looking to make a career out of objective sports reporting.

Some of Fedich’s drive to become successful in sports media stems from getting a little love back from something he has loved so much.

“I just couldn’t imagine being anything else,” said Fedich. “I wanted to make use of my passion for sports. I didn’t want to be watching sports for the rest of my life for no reason.”

Which certainly makes sense to the ranks of others looking to break into the industry just like Fedich. When students are constantly told to look for the career that he or she would be happy to do without pay, or find a job that does not seem like work, with professional nap-taking or being a princess usually unviable, the realistic option to have a career that grants one access to their prized passion is glaringly obvious.

“Some guys want to go to law school, but that just sounds so boring to me,” he said. “Why would you want to do that when you can be doing this? If you have the choice of doing anything you want, I can’t believe more people are not in here trying to make this happen.  You see how many people attend games and sporting events. Then you look around this classroom, and there are not that many people. You’d think everyone would be in here, wanting what we do. It’s not that hard. It’s not like taking math classes. You’ve just got to want to do and try to do it.”


Bradford’s knee bender looks to be a Season-ender for the Rams

This season is over for Sam Bradford and it might be over for the St. Louis Rams too.

Bradford will undergo surgery in two to three weeks on the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will be out for the remainder of the season. The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 30-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

This is a heartbreaking end to Bradford’s best offensive season to date (he had a 90.9 passer rating in his seven starts) and the Rams’ first legitimate chance at a winning season since 2005.

“We’re going to see a lot of people step up,” defensive end Chris Long said. “And we’re going to see a lot of people step up that you might not expect.”

One of these people is backup Kellen Clemens, the only other quarterback on the Rams’ 53-man roster and practice squad.

“Somebody’s got to play,” Clemens said. “So I’ll go out there and do the best job I can and try to help this team win some games.”

At the time of the injury, Bradford was 21-for-30 for 255 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Clemens replaced him and was 2-of-4 for 19 yards.

With Bradford on injured reserve, a spot was left open on the roster to fill with a backup quarterback to replace the now-starting Clemens.

The team confirmed Tuesday afternoon it will bring back Austin Davis, who Clemens beat out for the backup job in training camp and the preseason after Davis spent the 2012 season with the team.

The Rams will also bring aboard Brady Quinn, replacing offensive lineman Brandon Washington on the active roster. For the next two moths, Clemens and likely Quinn will attempt to lead one of the NFL’s youngest rosters and revitalize their diminishing chances at a successful season.

With Clemens under center, it will be hard for the Rams to stay competitive week in and week out. It seems that the loss of Bradford ends the Rams’ playoff hopes as Wild Card contenders.

They may not even win another game over the course of the final nine games of the season. And from this point forward, their schedule doesn’t get any easier as over half of their remaining opponents have a winning record. This team could easily lose its next five games to  The Seahawks, The Tennessee Titans, The Indianapolis Colts, The Chicago Bears, and the San Francisco 49ers.  

While it will be interesting to see how Clemens and Quinn perform, neither player is a long-term solution to St. Louis’ quarterback woes. Even Bradford’s injury and return might soon be insignificant as St. Louis holds two picks in the upcoming 2014 NFL draft. With this coming year’s quarterback class regarded as one of the best in recent years, there’s no question the Rams will be monitoring prospects like Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota, Johnny Manziel and Tajh Boyd.

Second day Story Chicago Bears

This is the type of second-day story that I like best. It’s personal preference but I prefer these stories that provide many different aspects of context after a game, specifically using lists. Although they may not be the most well-written or a great example of “zigging” while everyone else “zags” I think it covers all of the bases of what people want from a second-day story. Dickerson answered “what’s next” for the Bears after their 45-41 loss to the Redskins, the implications of the subpar defensive play, and then closed his piece by tying in Brandon Meriweather and his reckless play into what it means for the league and all players victimized by  his illegal hitting style. Many different details and their implications make for a very well rounded second day story, and I take much more away from these than second day stories with just one angle.

3 Losses and a Funeral

3 games. 3 losses.

The Giants have not started a season this poorly since 1996. And to take matters from frustration to full on crisis mode, the third game of this trifecta of terror for the New York team was a 38-0 humiliation at the hands of the Carolina Panthers.

You read that right: a 38-point shutout loss to the offensively challenged Panthers, who entered the game without a win on the season, averaging just 15 points per game. In their entire history, Carolina has never won a game by a bigger margin.

Oh but it doesn’t stop there. The Giants have never lost a game by a more lopsided score in the 10-year tenure of Coach Tom Coughlin, a Hall of Fame coach with two Super Bowl victories on his resume.

No way is this the same Giants team that just 19 months ago won it’s second Super Bowl in just five years. This season is unprecedented.  But just how much worse can it get?

Worse it appears. A LOT worse.

The Giants’ next three games include two games on the road against unbeaten teams, the
Kansas City Chiefs and the Chicago Bears.
And while the Giants have previously recovered from an 0-2 start (in 2007 to advance on to win
the Super Bowl) the program has never recovered from an 0-3 start to even make the playoffs.
Right now, under the current NFL playoff format, the team has less than a 1 percent chance of
reaching postseason play in this disappointment of a season.
It seems as if the Giants are laying their season to rest in the gaping hole they have dug for themselves the past three weeks.