Sunday, August 2, 2009

Forgive my lapses

Today is International Forgiveness Day.
Forgive me.
I have been lax updating this website the past month or so and I should explain. I have a new job. Actually, two.
In July, less than four months after I was laid off at the Marin Independent Journal following 22 years as sports columnist there, I was hired by Dominican University of California to be its new Associate Director of Public Relations. I will be pushing and pitching news instead of providing it and my main focus will be on the academics at the wonderfully small, private school in San Rafael and less on athletics, though the Penguins are taking a big step this fall when they move from NAIA to NCAA Div. II. Dominican will compete in the Pacific West Conference, which has nine member schools in four states, four in Hawaii. Its most famous school is Chaminade which, on Dec. 23, 1982, scored perhaps the greatest upset in the history of men’s college basketball, if not all of sports, by stunning Player of the Year Ralph Sampson and then No. 1 ranked Virginia.
On the very day I accepted the Dominican job, I received a telephone call from Jay Dela Cruz of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, asking me to join his “dream team” of writers to contribute to CSN’s expanded website. I agreed to write a weekly column for CSN and appear on at least a couple of CSN’s locally-produced TV shows if needed.
Thus, I have been and will continue to be busy. I do not know how often I will be able to contribute entries to this website. My original intention, after I was laid off, was to post something every single day to keep myself busy and feed whatever interest this website generated.
That is not possible now. However, periodically, if time allows me and the mood strikes me, I will express myself and my opinion – good, bad or indifferent – through this website.
If not, please forgive me.