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Sports Then and Now is always looking for passionate sports fans to write specific or general sports content for either the main sports site or one of the specific city sites.

If you have a passion for sports and want the opportunity to share your ideas, opinions and knowledge while growing your portfolio of writing samples, Sports Then and Now has a place for you.

There is currently no financial compensation for writers, but as the site grows, we hope that will quickly change.

Below are some ways that you can immediately become involved on Sports Then and Now. If you see something of interest, please contact us so you can get started writing today.

Please contact Dean Hybl at dehybl@gmail.com

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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    • Paul Warfield: The Perfect Receiver
      December 10, 2018 | 3:36 pm

      Warfield-DolphinsThe Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was perfection personified as a wide receiver during his NFL career.

      Known for his fluid movement, grace and jumping ability during his 13 year NFL career, Paul Warfield was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and key performer for the Miami Dolphins during their 17-0 campaign in 1972.

      Because the role of the wide receiver has changed so much and today’s star receivers get the ball thrown to them so many more times than in the pre-1978 era, Warfield is often overlooked when discussing all-time greats.

      But, think about this. Warfield averaged 20.1 yards per catch for his career (427 receptions, 8,565 yards) and 19.9% of his receptions went for touchdowns (85). By comparison, Julio Jones has averaged 15.5 yards per catch for his career and a touchdown in 6.9% of his receptions (46 TDs in 669 catches). Antonio Brown averages 13.4 ypc and a TD in 8.7% (70 of 804) of his receptions. Terrell Owens averaged 14.8 ypc and a TD in 14.2% of his receptions. Even Jerry Rice, considered the greatest receiver of all-time, averaged only 14.8 ypc and a TD in 12.7% of his catches.

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