Double OT game is worth at least a story

The Hartford Courant covered all angles of the game between U-Conn and Louisville.

The Hartford Courant covered all angles of the game between U-Conn and Louisville.

I still don’t understand why student papers fail to report on bigger sports events as soon as possible. After all, we are in the news business, so when sports news breaks, like Louisville’s double-overtime basketball victory over UConn on Saturday, readers want to read about it – even more so, if the game was broadcast on TV or if they had attended it. Readers want analysis, insights from players and coaches, descriptions of key plays and, most of all, a storyline about what just happened.

As of Sunday morning, neither UConn’sThe Daily Campus nor The Louisville Cardinal had posted anything online. UConn has just a game preview,, while the Cardinal has a game story from Wednesday’s game with West Virginia.

After the game, the Louisville Courier-Journal published both a game story and a column from Rick Bozich. The Hartford Courant, meanwhile, has a game story,slideshow, column, notebook, sidebar,box score, a blog that analyzed some key plays, along with video of key plays and postgame comments.

Certainly, most college newspapers don’t have enough writers to do all of this after each game, but, please, at least offer a game story – make your newspaper relevant while building your own skills on deadline.

BTW, check out this terrific lead on the game from the Courant’s Mike Anthony:
This loss, this disintegration, wasn’t official until Kemba Walker’s desperate three-pointer from about 33 feet soared high into the air and kicked off the back left portion of the rim at the final buzzer.

Walker could not add to his list of remarkable answers Saturday at Gampel Pavilion as the second overtime expired, but that’s not why Jim Calhoun and the fifth-ranked Huskies were so crestfallen after No. 23 Louisville’s 79-78 comeback victory before a raucous and increasingly frustrated sellout crowd of 10,167.

The Huskies led by nine with under nine minutes remaining in regulation, by seven with under five remaining. They led by four with under 30 seconds left in the first overtime. And then Louisville, increasingly efficient as UConn was increasingly incompetent, word down the Huskies’ in the second.


About jgisondi

I covered sports and worked as a sports copy editor for more than 20 years at several newspapers in Florida, including the Fort Myers News-Press, Clearwater Sun, Florida Today and Orlando Sentinel. I started writing for a weekly sports publication in Coral Springs, Fla., at age 15. I have been hooked on sports journalism ever since. I was fortunate to have worked with some amazing editors along the way, journalists who took the time to help me even when my copy was not top-notch. Now, I teach journalism at Eastern Illinois University and work as an editor for, a vertical that focuses on Big Ten athletics. A second edition of the "Field Guide To Covering Sports" will be available sometime in February 2017. The book is a practical guide to preparing, observing, interviewing and writing about 20 different sports, from auto racing to wrestling. Chapters also address ways to cover high school sports, fantasy sports, to develop sports blogs. You can also learn how to cover games, to write features and to interview better. Fans can also learn basic rules of these sports, along with ways to better observe the action. New chapters in the second edition will address social media, advanced analytics, fantasy sports coverage and revised, expanded chapters address game coverage, features and columns, among other new sections.
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