Sunday, March 9, 2008

Wrestling: Literal, Figurative

I've been somewhat busy lately, but as happens from time to time, most of what I've been up to is not of particular interest here. However, I can report back on two items today. Late Friday, I got an email from the Baltimore Examiner to see if I was available for an assignment on Saturday evening. I've done quite a bit of freelance work for the Washington Examiner, and that's where they got my name. The assignment was to cover the Maryland High School Wrestling State Championships. I haven't really shot a lot of sports before, but since the moments you're looking for are so intuitive, I didn't see that as a big problem, and I'm happy with what I got. The worst problem was, of course, the light, but it was actually better than I expected.

Most interesting was that one of the winners (at right below) was only the third four-time state champion in Maryland history.

Also exciting (and somewhat of a relief) is that I'm in the New York Times again today (see it here). I did the assignment on Tuesday and have been a bit apprehensive until today, just because it was one of those assignments where the subject wasn't exactly dramatic and I really couldn't tell if I came away with everything I could have or should have hoped for - something I've been "wrestling" with ever since. Fortunately, the final result looks pretty good.


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