In spite of my love for writing, I’m not sure if I like writing about myself, but anyway, here it goes.
I’m David Bradford, a junior journalism major at the University of Tennessee, and my goal in life is to either work at ESPN as a writer or stabilize my career in a large market as a sports columnist. My influences include Skip Bayless (no, not theESPN First Take guy. The guy who wrote amazing books about the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s and asks thought-provoking questions) and James Joyce, even though his writing is basically impossible for me to understand, but I enjoy the challenge.
If you ever meet me in person, I’m probably only going to talk about sports. That’s just the way it is folks. I live, breathe, eat, sleep and dream sports, with the occasional nightmare. My favorite athletes of all time are Michael Jordan, Tom Brady and Barry Bonds. I love the athlete who comes up big on the brightest stages, as well as athletes who are absolutely feared by their contemporaries. I also enjoy when athletes lash out and are straight-up disrespectful to the media. It’s entertaining and presents something to write about.
The only team I swear allegiance to is the Indianapolis Colts. Other than that, I don’t have a horse in any other race. If you ever insult Andrew Luck, I will defend him to the death. If you insult Peyton Manning, that’s okay, even though he is the reason I got into sports.
When it comes to my articles, I always do my homework and base my opinions off of research. I don’t like to speculate on things I have no access to, so I’m never going to accuse a player of anything without having knowledge on the situation. But I do like to keep things interesting and ask the tough questions. In terms of experience, I have written for The Daily Beacon (UT’s student newspaper), TNJN (UT’s online news source), WUTKSports (UT radio’ sports website) and very soon will be delivering some news for the SB Nation Blog Fish Stripes.
So if you enjoy football as much as I do, then we’ll have a fun time talking about the greatest sport this side of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. I’ll leave you all with a quote from James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses.
“Think you’re escaping and run into yourself. Longest way round is the shortest way home.”