About once a month, I'll use this blog to get some some things off my chest. Here's the first edition of my confessions:
Some insight into the newspaper business: In an effort to interact with Browns fans and other readers on this blog, I often read what you have to say via comments and my e-mail. I've been on the Browns beat for a few months now, and during that span I've noticed something: Some readers think I write headlines. This is not true. Let me repeat, I don't write headlines. I don't write them for stories in the newspaper or on Ohio.com (entries in this blog are the only exception). Here's how it works: 1. A reporter writes a story. 2. Then he or she sends the story to an editor. 3. The editor reads the story and passes it along to a copy desk, a collection of copy editors. 4. A copy editor reads the story and writes all the headlines for it, both for the newspaper and the web. 5. Then a copy desk chief, the head honcho of the copy editors, reads the story, its headlines and has the final say on everything you'll read in the morning.
Browns fans need to step up on this blog: Last week after the Browns completed their preseason finale, I asked readers to send me their predictions for the Browns' 2010 season. So far, almost no response, which begs the following question: Where are you at Browns fans? Come on. You can do better than that. Click here to send me a record and a sentence explaining your prediction. I'll post all your predictions in a blog entry before Sunday's regular-season opener.
I like to eat food: I have a few passions in life: sports, movies, some TV and food. And when it comes to food, press-box food is a big deal to most sports writers for one main reason: It's usually free. With newspapers across the country cutting back on expenses, free food is vital. The best press-box meal I had during the preseason was at Lambeau Field. The Green Bay Packers' supply of brats, a salad bar, meatloaf and mashed potatoes with various desserts took the cake in my book.