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What to do -- if anything

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Bucknutty, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. Bucknutty

    Bucknutty Member

    So I'm a few years out of school, and I still hit a few bars that I used to go to when I was in school. Anyway, Friday night I'm out around 1 a.m. and I see star point guard of the college team I cover at the bar. They've got a big game coming up that weekend, and I'm surprised to see him out.

    We exchange that knowing head nod and then he puts one finger up to his mouth, saying 'Shhhh.' I laugh because, hey, I'm drunk and it's funny.

    He's got every right to be out, I know. He's of legal age, he's a college student, blah blah blah. But the team loses the game and he has a pretty sub-par night. Shots aren't falling and they are coming up short -- as they have been in the past few games. I think the season is getting to him.

    My first inkling is to ignore the situation and pretend it didn't happen. Should there be a point where I consider mentioning it in a story if, say, he continues to suffer through a prolonged shooting slump? Again, I think no, but I'm curious as to what the community has to say here.
  2. Appgrad05

    Appgrad05 Active Member

    If your relationship with him is solid, pull him over to the side and ask him straight up how much he goes out. Ask the bartender.
  3. schiezainc

    schiezainc Well-Known Member

    Personally, I think this is one of those gray area questions. I mean, on the one hand, it could have had no effect on his play at all and he could just be going through a slump. On the other, maybe he's partying too hard and not focusing on his game enough.

    As the previous poster said, I think you should judge your response on your relationship with him and see if there are any underlying causes to his problems that he'd be willing to admit.

    If it is partying thats making him play like crap, then maybe you should talk to his teammates and/or coaches and see if they're noticing it too.
  4. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    You have nothing here.

    You admit were drunk. I don't think you were in any condition to judge his condition.

    He's of age, so there is no crime in drinking. Unless he gets arrested for something related to being out in the bar, this is a non-sttory.
  5. awriter

    awriter Active Member

    Let me get this straight: A college athlete/student is out drinking on a Friday night and you're surprised?
  6. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    Do what you want, but nobody would ever trust you again.
  7. silentbob

    silentbob Member

    If he gets a DUI or shows up for practice with alcohol on his breath, you have a story.

    If he doesnt, you have a drinking buddy. Next time you see him, go up and ask him "So what's Coach really like?"
  8. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    What he said. And who's to say that your shit wasn't off that weekend because of your Friday night excursion?
  9. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    This is one of those odd circumstances where I always just sort of went about my business. There was sort of a spoken understanding that as long as they were ticketed for a DUI or puking on the court the next day, hey, c'est la vie.
    I took that approach for two reasons: One, most of the time, I never saw a player I cover so insanely drunk; two, I usually was.
    Considering what happened while I was in college, I sure would have hated someone looking over my shoulder when I was just trying to be a kid.
  10. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    You don't have a story, you have a coincidence.

    I've run into players from the local D-I school I cover at the bar I go to near the school. I've gotten a drink suggestion from one of the men's players. One of the women's players asked me about the dessert I was eating another night.
  11. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    Don't work it into a story and certainly don't let it be one. This is not a cause-and-effect scenario.

    Not to mention that you were drunk as well, but it will ruin any relationship you two might have had (and any resulting "in" with the program).

    This happened to me during the college ages. I ignored it, they ignored it. Hell, we stayed apart from each other. We weren't friends, why act to be? I understand you're not, and to me, you did the right thing.
  12. i third this
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