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Team Correspondents

Expectation: Write a minimum of three articles per week providing current news and insight about your favorite team. We may occasionally provide topic ideas, but in general you will be free to write about any subject related to your team. Your articles can either be of a news style or they can be edgy columns in which you share your personal opinions about a specific team. You may also occasionally be asked to write a sports history story about your team. Each article should be between 300 and 1,000 words.

Available Teams: We are currently looking for team correspondents for the following teams:

Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens, University of Maryland, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Boston College Eagles, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Northwestern University

Sports History Writers and Columnists

Expectation: Write one or two columns per week that look at a former player, game, or event. These columns can connect that player, game, or event to a current event or simply be a reminiscence of someone from sports history. Each article should be between 500 and 1,000 words.

Available Topics: We are currently looking for sports history writers for the following subjects: NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, Chicago Sports, Boston Sports, Baltimore Sports

Sports History Guest Columnist

Expectation: We always welcome guest writers who want to share their thoughts and memories about a specific event, experience, athlete or performance. Guest columns can be between 400 and 1,000 words. Below are some suggestions for potential topics:

My first professional sports game

I Was There! (in person to watch a great sports game, moment, player or team)

The day I saw ______________ play

My first trip to ______________ park/field/stadium

Why sports matter to me

I will never forget watching __________________

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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Drew Pearson: Mr. Clutch
      August 7, 2021 | 6:59 pm

      Drew Pearson

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month is a former NFL wide receiver know as “Mr. Clutch” for his penchant for making big receptions at crucial moments of the game. After waiting for more than 30 years, he is finally earning his rightful place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the 2021 Hall of Fame Class.

      During his decade with the Dallas Cowboys, Drew Pearson had a habit of making the big catch at the right moment to help the Cowboys time and again snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

      The favorite target of Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, Pearson was widely recognized as one of the great receivers of his era. Though at the time of his retirement many expected Pearson to easily breeze into the Hall of Fame, his enshrinement was derailed by changes to the game which artificially inflated receiver stats and made the numbers he produced during a time when wide receivers weren’t catching 100 passes a season seem inferior.

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