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confrontation with glory-seeking dad

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by sartrean, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. pressboxer

    pressboxer Active Member

    I somehow have managed to avoid such situations in recent years. Either I've spent way too much time mentioning every player or the parents of the ones I don't mention simply don't care.

    However, there have been times and places where it was even worse than what sartrean describes. During a stint at a small-town rag several years ago, I got asked (repeatedly) why certain players' names were not in the basketball box scores. The answer was that those players never got in the game. You would have thought I told them it was because their kid was ugly.

    As for someone who comes up to me at events -- when I am working and not in the mood for outside interference -- I've found that physical intimidation works quite well. It seems to help that I'm a 6-2, 280, borderline-psycho redneck.
  2. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    You should have put in "Did not play -- coach's decision" next to their names. See if that would make them happy.
  3. Frylock

    Frylock Member

    I just say (nicely) that when the son/daughter does something newsworthy, then I'll write about them.
  4. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    The other similar response is "I work hard, too. But I don't write about myself, do I?"
  5. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    "Despite six turnovers from ***"

    You could have mentioned the name that way.
  6. Oscar Madison

    Oscar Madison Member

    Do what I do, tell the dude his son's name was in the agate. It's that simple.
  7. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    Before reading the other replies, here's my gut reaction of something I might really say that might be appropriate:

    "Sir, I'm terribly sorry. Perhaps they cut your son's name out of my story out for length, or maybe it just slipped my mind completely. Give me you number, let me find out what happened and get back to you when I know something."

    Then, go to the coach, a school official or a parent you are familiar with and find out what the story is with dad. Is a pain in the ass to everyone (probably is) or is he just having a bad day? Maybe tell your side of the story to the coach or another ally and get them to go to dad and tell him that you are really a good guy trying hard to do your job and he needs to chill the fuck out.

    When you call dad later, hopefully he will have calmed down and be apologetic.
  8. So do washing machines.
  9. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Ask the dad what plays his son made that were critical in the game. Then enjoy the silence.
  10. ServeItUp

    ServeItUp Active Member

    Of course. When in doubt, blame the desk. ::)
  11. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    For the team's next game, do a preview story about how the team is happy with last game's win, but has to cut down on costly turnovers. ;)
  12. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Good call. Goad the coach into mentioning the kid by name when talking about turnovers.
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