In D.C. we’ve had some bad sports losses. From the Redskins to the Caps, Nats, Wizards and Maryland Terrapins, we’ve just about seen it all. Of course, we’ve had our titles too – three Super Bowl wins by the Skins, an NBA title by the Bullets, and even the Senators won the World Series before most of us were born. Anyway, to see a list of D.C.’s worst sports losses of the modern era, inspired by the Nats’ recent choke against the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLDS, click below for the entire article on Examiner.com and Bleacher Report.
Archive for the ‘Sports Media’ Category
I had a chance to cover the Washington Nationals during the NLDS playoffs vs. the St. Louis Cardinals. Here are the articles:
Michael Wilbon has done it again in trashing D.C. as a sports town in the latest issue of ESPN the Magazine. He hates D.C. and the Redskins, even though he made his living off the city for three decades. Wilbon is an average writer. If we both had to write about the same game or event, given the same deadline, I’d crush him. He’s overrated. Anyway, I’ll just repost an article I wrote last year about D.C. being a good sports town. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/914880-washington-dc-not-just-a-redskins-town-but-a-great-sports-city Also see http://www.examiner.com/article/redskins-caps-nats-wizards-united-washington-d-c-is-a-great-sports-town.
Go away, Wilbon. We don’t want you here anymore. We’re tired of looking at your sorry, no-account self on PTI, with your stupid jokes and simplistic questions. Do you know how much the players and coaches you interview on PTI look down on you for your Sesame Street approach to sports?
You’re a fraud. When it comes to Chicago you know about the ’85 Bears and the Jordan Bulls. You pretend to be a Cubs fan but you’re a fake Cubs fan. You used to like D.C. sports when the Redskins were winning Super Bowls. What does that tell you? You’re a frontrunner.
It’s not obvious that L.A. is a better sports town than D.C. D.C. is much better and it isn’t even close.
You’re a couch potato who brags about what you watch on TV every single night.
You’re always disassociating yourself from D.C. on P.T.I. D.C. made you. George Michael made you. The Redskins made you. You’re not a bad writer, but you’re nothing special. It’s so weird to watch you on the NBA show because you’re so out of place.
You’re always bragging about being from a tough part of Chicago, but something tells me you grew up privileged.
You had a heart attack and now you’re fatter than you were before? Show some respect for life.
You actually like tennis and soccer but you don’t have the guts to admit it because they’re not seen as cool.
You benefit from a culture in which yelling is associated with knowledge.
To borrow a phrase from you, “Get out!”
ESPN The Magazine’s Howard Bryant just trashed Washington, D.C. as a sports town. It’s too much to go into, but the article is pretty weak. If you want to read an article about D.C. as a sports town by a Washingtonian, see http://bleacherreport.com/articles/914880-washington-dc-not-just-a-redskins-town-but-a-great-sports-city.
Also see an article about D.C.’s top stars: Robert Griffin III, Alex Ovechkin, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, and John Wall:
I’ve lost all respect for ESPN. I watched SportsCenter most of the morning today and not once was there even a reference to the Jerry Sandusky Penn State molestation scandal. On ESPN’s web page, there’s one AP wire story on it buried along the right side of the page. This is one of the biggest sports stories of all time and ESPN is ignoring it because of money. Yesterday they probably spent 20 seconds on it in between college football highlights. The Grand Jury report speaks for itself.
Kudos to Mike Wise of the Washington Post and others who say that coach Joe Paterno should have some responsibility for not bringing the crime that was reported to him to the attention of the police in 2002.
You have to wonder if ESPN is afraid of a lawsuit. ESPN was sued by former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach for libel and slander after the network reported that Leach mistreated a player. Still, ESPN could just report on the facts of the Sandusky case and make sure to say “allegedly” in the appropriate spots. Otherwise, ESPN is helping to cover up the crimes. This story better be all over “Outside the Lines” next week and on into the future, but to fail to mention it at all a day after it breaks is a travesty, no matter how much they are afraid of a lawsuit. You can’t obsess over tattoos and other minor scandals and then ignore allegations of a prominent football coach sexually assaulting multiple children.
Today’s NFL Blitz on ESPN – they showed one highlight – that’s right, one highlight – from the Redskins – Rams game. Pathetic. What used to be the greatest highlight show of all time has completely jumped the shark. Go back to the old one-hour show in which you show highlights from all games.
Until a few years ago, NFL Primetime, an hour-long Sunday night highlight show of NFL action hosted by Chris Berman and Tom Jackson, was one of the greatest shows in TV history. Not sports history, TV history. They covered most games with a series of highlights over inspiring music, and they showed more than any other network. Now it’s done in bits and pieces. It feels like Berman and T.J. have been demoted. While Trent Dilfer is a nice addition, they only show a few games in depth, and today they actually showed just one highlight each from several games. It’s terrible.
The NBC show starts too early, so a lot of the games are still in progress, and the cast of characters act like deer in headlights, while Dan Patrick thinks he’s too smooth. The NFL Network is ok but it doesn’t have the music and it doesn’t have Berman and T.J. Plus the NFL Network is dominated by far too many Cowboys. Maybe ESPN isn’t allowed to do an hour long highlight show because of NBC or the NFL Network holding the rights, but either way, the Blitz is lacking.
“Grantland,” Bill Simmons’ sports and pop culture website, doesn’t add much that other sports websites provide, and in fact it’s pretentious and unnecessary. Simmons, the Sports Guy of ESPN’s Page 2, is a good sports writer and funny, but way too Boston-centric and when he strays too much into pop culture the site loses its appeal. The writing on the site is nothing special, just a collection of random articles. The plain, white background looks boring. The site gets promoted endlessly on ESPN and that time must be incredibly expensive. The promos, again, show how hip the site is trying to be. I doubt if Grantland Rice was trying to be cool. He let his writing speak for itself.
I don’t have much reason to read this website, but when I did stumble across an article, it was pretty bad. I’m not even sure what this article about Chris Mullin was trying to say, but these were my comments on it after it came out:
“This article is ridiculous. You compare Mullin to Nash and J.J. Barea because they are both white. they have nothing in common. The league is so much more athletic now? You make it sound like Mullin played in the 1950s. The league is not more athletic now than it was in the 80s and 90s, and Mullin would be just as good now as he was then, and possibly better. In the 80s, mostly tall, frail guys controlled the paint? In the 80s, Ewing, Robinson, and Olajuwon came into the league. Centers were much better back then. You cite Andrew Bynum as a shot-blocking brick wall? Unbelievable. There are fewer good jump shooters today, which would make Mullin more valuable. You say his decline at the end of his career was because the game changed! Could it have changed that much in 15 years? The level of play now is worse than it was in the 80s and 90s. And right next to your article was one on espn.com by Hubie Brown, saying that Artis Gilmore, who played in the NBA in the 80s, was the 2nd strongest center ever. And if Mullin was so unathletic, what about Run TMC? It wasn’t Run TM.”
Is Michael Wilbon going the way of Keith Olbermann? With his fame he has become progressively more arrogant on the air. Today on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, he told Tony Kornheiser, “How pathetic. A New Yorker slurping a five-year old Washington D.C. franchise? Pathetic.” Wait, what? Both Wilbon and Kornheiser have spent more than 30 years in D.C. and are constantly disassociating themselves from the city and talking about how they love their hometowns, Chicago and New York. But at what point do you become a Washingtonian? Kornheiser has spent more than half his sports fan life in D.C., because you don’t really become a fan until you’re at least around 7. Wilbon has spent about 30 of his 45 years as a sports fan in D.C. Wilbon, you have it wrong. Anyone can like the Yankees (i.e. fair weather fans). You get more respect when you root for a perennial loser rather than jumping on bandwagons. And all Kornheiser did was mention that it was the anniversary of Stephen Strasburg’s major league debut. It’s weird seeing Wilbon up there on NBA panels with experts like Jon Barry and Magic Johnson. Why isn’t Jalen Rose up there instead of Wilbon? He thinks the more you yell, the more accurate your opinions are. It’s a shame, because Wilbon and Kornheiser both used to be good writers. June 9, 2011 – Wilbon jumps the shark.
▪ Policy and Technical Writing/Behavioral Health Specialist with more than 20 years of experience in strategic writing, analysis/research, technical editing, and developing/implementing various projects.
▪ Highly motivated and organized with exceptional written and oral communication skills, including translating technical information into plain language.
▪ Thrives in fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, and teams well with diverse groups to achieve quality results on schedule.
▪ Extensive experience in public health working with and volunteering for people who have developmental, intellectual, physical, and psychiatric disabilities.
Independent Service Provider, Bethesda, MD, 12/06 – Present. Provide one-to-one services for children with autism spectrum disorders using elements of both Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and the Developmental Individual-Difference Relationship-Based (DIR) Model. Services include academic tutoring, coaching on social skills and understanding emotions, facilitating participation in sports and other recreational activities, teaching life skills, and supervising play dates. Collected data on the progress of children meeting xs and milestones and wrote status updates and progress reports for parents that included recommendations. Visit www.coachmike.net for more information.
National Autism Examiner, Examiner.com, Washington, DC 4/10 – Present. Wrote autism articles for www.examiner.com. See http://www.examiner.com/dc-in-national/mike-frandsen. Articles appeared in the Fall 2010 and Summer 2011 issues of Autism Spectrum Quarterly Magazine at http://www.asquarterly.com/. Also contributed articles to Mackay (Australia) Autism Support Group Newsletter and Chesapeake Family Magazine.
DC Sports Examiner, Examiner.com, Washington, DC 2/10 – Present. Wrote local sports articles for www.examiner.com. See http://www.examiner.com/sports-in-washington-dc/mike-frandsen. Interviewed on AM 640 in Toronto February 2011 about article written about Dan Snyder.
Sportswriter, Bleacher Report, 7/11 – Present. Wrote local sports articles for www.bleacherreport.com. See http://bleacherreport.com/users/583899-mike-frandsen.
Employment Advocate, 12/03 – Present. Advocated for people with disabilities to gain employment with federal government through the special hiring authority known as the Schedule A program. Investigated, wrote, and published special report describing the government’s lack of usage of this program at http://www.coachmike.net/special_report.php.
Employment Coach, Ivymount School, Rockville, MD, 1/07 – 6/07. Monitored and supervised post high-school special education students age 18-21 at job sites in community based program. Implemented career/employment related Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Transition goals as specified in student’s IEP. Worked as Assistant Teacher while in class.
Independent Visitation Supervisor, Potomac, MD, 11/06 – 4/07. Supervised non-custodial parent of four children at her residence during weekend visits. Work for children’s best interests, providing activities and ensuring children are free from unnecessary stress.
Intensive Individual Support Services Therapist, Children Achieving Maximum Potential, Inc., Silver Spring, MD, 1/05 – Present. Provided one-on-one support to autistic child, using elements of both ABA and the DIR Model. Supported social, emotional, creative, and intellectual development of child. This included helping child reduce inappropriate behavior, teaching child to communicate in an appropriate manner, and assisting the child in fostering greater independence and socially responsible behavior. Worked with child to understand emotions and improve social skills. Coached child in first activities with non-autistic children: soccer practices and games in a regular league, providing one-on-one coaching. Also supervised play dates with autistic boy and typically developing children.
Independent Contractor, Seeking Equality, Empowerment, and Community (SEEC), Silver Spring, MD, 2008, 2010; Target Educational Services, 2007-2009. Worked with adults with autism to involve them in social activities in community and provide educational services.
Sensory-Motor Specialist, the Shire School, Falls Church, VA, 2009. Develop and implement sensory-motor program for private school for students with autism.
Substitute Teacher, Ivymount School, Rockville, MD, 2/06 – 12/07. Provided special education instruction and assistance for students with developmental delays, learning disabilities, communication disorders, autism, and/or multiple disabilities.
Substitute Paraeducator, Stephen Knolls School, Wheaton, MD, 2/06 – 12/06. Taught students who have severe and profound disabilities, and those with medically fragile conditions.
Volunteer, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD, 9/06-1/07. Volunteered one day a week to write inaugural draft autism newsletter for Pediatrics & Developmental Neuropsychiatry Branch, NIMH. Also edited documents.
Information Technology Policy Analyst, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, 12/01 – 1/07 (Federal employee, GS-13 Step 10); Technical Writer, CETECH (on site at NIH), 10/98 – 12/01.
- Developed documents that supported enterprise-wide security initiatives and risk management strategies that enhanced the NIH IT security program, complied with federal regulations, and supported the NIH mission through a defense-in-depth posture. Researched federal IT security regulations and technology trends and recommended security solutions to senior management to minimize risks. Also worked on certification and accreditation (C&A) oversight for National Database on Autism Research. Volunteered one day per week at NIMH, writing a draft newsletter on NIMH’s autism research program. Edited documents on clinical trials regarding autism.
- Developed NIH-wide policies, procedures, and practices including NIH Remote Access Policy, NIH Remote Access Security Standards and Procedures, NIH Web Server Policy, NIH Vulnerability Scanning Policy, NIH Firewall Policy, and NIH Password Policy. Developed flowcharts to describe procedures. Developed NIH Network Interconnection Security Agreement for commercial and federal non-NIH organizations connected to NIHnet. Two HHS Operating Divisions, four commercial organizations, and one non-HHS federal agency agreed to signed this ISA, and three additional organizations terminated their network connections to NIHnet as a result of the ISA, eliminating unnecessary, government-maintained connections and saving costs to NIH.
- Collected, developed, and prepared documentation for HHS Office of Inspector General Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) audits of NIH IT Security Program. Developed answers to OMB FISMA questions for NIH and responded to HHS OIG findings. Supported NIH implementation of HHS Security Program Team initiatives, developed NIH responses to HHS data calls, and provided NIH comments to department-wide documents such as the HHS IT Strategic Plan. Collected and reported quarterly data to HHS for Reliability of NIH Critical Infrastructure Services. Developed documents relating to requirements of Presidential Decision Directive 63, Critical Infrastructure Protection. Developed Draft HHS Managed Security Services Statement of Work.
- Assisted in development of NIH IT Security Consolidation Plan and NIH Enterprise Master IT Security Plan. Revised Security Plan deliverables for NIH Network and Clinical Center projects. Developed initial NIH Incident Response Team Plan and incident handling procedures. Analyzed and distributed intrusion detection alerts and wrote security advisories. Prepared security presentations and briefings for use by NIH CIO, Deputy CIO, and Chief Information Security Officer. Developed awareness documents for NIH IT security web site including FAQs and CIT Security Handbook. Provided guidance and oversight to Institute and Center (IC) security personnel regarding contractor proposals, interconnection agreements, and C&A of systems.
- Performed human resources duties including writing position descriptions, identifying Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) and developing job questions for new positions and promotions.
Part-Time Writer, Mizell and Co., International Security, Bethesda, MD, 2002 – 2003. Wrote summaries of open source operational and political incidents involving terrorism, crime, espionage, and safety obtained from the media and other unclassified sources.
Project Planner, Amdex Corporation at U.S. Customs, Springfield, VA, 2/98 – 8/98. Developed Automated Export System (AES) Project Plan in compliance with Customs Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC).
- Planned and tracked progress of AES projects through meetings and MS Project representation. Compared estimated progress to actual progress; implemented corrective actions.
- Prepared development team for GAO audit for Capability Maturity Model Level 2 compliance by ensuring processes were appropriately documented.
- Collected and analyzed performance measures.
- Revised Customs SDLC project task list and weekly status report template. Translated technical information into high level, bottom-line reports for management.
- Wrote successful budget narrative, after which Customs’ Investment Review Board fully funded AES project. Wrote AES Briefing Book, AES User Guide, and wrote proposals.
Budget and Personnel Coordinator, School of Communication, American University, Washington, DC, 9/96 – 2/98. Monitored and assisted in preparing budgets and expenditures for SOC; procured items accordingly and reviewed ledgers for accuracy. Oversaw preparation of personnel documents, purchase requisitions, disbursement requests, travel forms and other documents. Served as liaison with the Controller’s Office, Human Resources, Payroll, Purchasing, Physical Plant, Public Safety, Support Services, Telecommunications and other university departments; resolved problems with those units as well as with outside vendors and suppliers. Supervised staff of four.
Reporter/Producer, Metro Traffic Control, Bethesda, MD, 1993-95. As mobile reporter, provided traffic updates from van for stations and other traffic reporters. As studio anchor, broadcast midday reports for WMAL and WRC, as well as rush hour reports for network stations. As producer, disseminated information to anchors and airborne reporters. Trained new reporters.
Producer, Sportsradio WTEM, Rockville, MD, 1992-93. Called in live and did reports from Bullets and Caps games. Did overnight sportscasts. Edited tape for sportscasts. Operated board for live shows.
Producer, Mutual Radio, Arlington, VA, 1990-92. Edited tape for NBC and Mutual sportscasts. Produced live Olympic reports from studio. Called in live from Redskins, Bullets, and Caps games. Reports aired nationally. Read scores and stories into Scores Plus, a national 900 sports phone service. Wrote sportscasts. Instructed stringers on content of reports. Trained tape editors.
Deejay, various stations, 1990-92. WMJR 107.7-FM, Manassas, VA; WARK 106.9 FM, Hagerstown, MD; WNAV-1430 AM, Annapolis, MD; WMET 1150-AM, Gaithersburg, MD. Also wrote and read news/sports.
Sports Editor, The Transcript, Delaware, Ohio, 1987-88. Wrote, edited, assigned articles and news articles.
MS, Education, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2011. GPA: 3.8.
Graduate Certificate, Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2008. GPA: 3.5.
MBA, Management of Global Information Technology, American University, Washington, DC, 1999. GPA: 3.4
BA, Journalism, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, 1990.
Completed Special Education graduate course at George Washington University: Family Guidance in Special Education, 12/06.
Participated in Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders annual conferences, 2007-2010.
Attending Georgetown Mini-Medical School, fall 2011.
Test scores: GMAT: 640
GRE Math: 740
Praxis I: Reading: 184 out of 190, Writing: 184 out of 190, Math: 188 out of 190. (The Praxis is one of several requirements for teacher certification).
Certifications: 5 IT Security certifications.
ACTIVITIES / OTHER EXPERIENCE:
Served on Coaches Committee for Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN): www.keenusa.org, volunteer organization for children and young adults with severe and profound mental and physical disabilities, 1999-2006. Named KEEN 2003 Volunteer of the Year.
Mentioned and pictured in articles on KEEN in Bethesda Gazette and Montgomery Journal.
Volunteered with Special Olympics/TOP Soccer, Montgomery Soccer as a coach for disabled teenagers, 2006-2007. Named Top Soccer Volunteer of the Year for 2007.
Experience volunteering for children and young adults with disabilities including but not limited to:
- Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum*
- Anxiety Disorder
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorders*
- Cerebral Palsy
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Rett Syndrome
- Sensory Integration Disorder
- Trisomy-21 (Down Syndrome)
- Tuberous Sclerosis
*Home visits. See http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1192775,00.html for a profile of an autistic adult who I volunteered with weekly for two years.
Attended multiple meetings of The Lonesome Doves (http://www.lonesomedoves.org), a community of autistic people in the Mid-Atlantic States who communicate through Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems.
Experience with facilitated communication techniques. Knowledge of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and experience helping people with those illnesses.
Member, Interdisciplinary Council on Developmental and Learning Disorders.
Alumni Director, Sigma Phi Epsilon, 1988-1989. Won Excelsior award for most improved Sig Ep alumni newsletter in the nation. Ohio Wesleyan University tennis team, 1987-1990.
Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
WEBSITES: Designed layout and wrote all text for the following websites: www.coachmike.net, www.mikeneedsakidney.com, www.mikefrandsen.org, www.myredskinsblog.com, and www.mikefrandsen.net. Wrote articles at http://www.examiner.com/dc-in-national/mike-frandsen, http://www.examiner.com/sports-in-washington-dc/mike-frandsen, and http://bleacherreport.com/users/583899-mike-frandsen.
REFERENCES: Available on request.