So when I see “donkey basketball” on a local school’s calendar, I just know I have to cover it. I mean, given my love for alternative sports — underwater hockey, quidditch, Ultimate — how could I not?
I had planned to write a pretty tongue-in-cheek account of the game, but the game actually became suspenseful in the fourth quarter. There was a legitimate comeback, some actual basketball plays, and an air of tension that seemed markedly different from the lighthearted, semi-invested attitude the crowd took through the first three quarters. I took some notes, did some interviews, snapped some pics and went to write it up.
When I finished the recap, I wasn’t crazy about it. Some of the story read as silly, and some of it read as serious. Maintaining tone through a piece is a critical element to journalism, and I hadn’t done that.
Granted, I’m always a harsher critic of my own work than others tend to be, and I do recall inserting a sentence or two that basically said the tone of the night shifted in the fourth quarter. But whether my transitional sentences were enough to explain the tonal inconsistencies, I won’t know until I see my editor Tuesday morning.
Anyway, here’s a week of stories by yours truly.