When my former editor Ted Green pitched the idea of a Colts blog in 2006, I resisted. Yeah, shows how smart one stupid reporter could be. The thought at the time was my pursuit to be a diehard beat reporter, digging for scoops and finding features nobody else could report
Former colleague Phil Richards as well as Green tried to convince me this was a good thing, “You will have your own voice.” I didn’t get it. But I did what was asked.
A funny thing happened as the Colts worked their way to Super Bowl XLI that season. I found that voice my friends had talked about. And it was exhilarating to be able to share my inner-most thoughts in another way.
The Super Bowl XLI blog was memorable, not just because the Colts beat the Chicago Bears, but it started from the moment I woke up that morning. The goal was to squeeze every last ounce of energy out of that day in Miami and share every experience. It culminated in the rain at Dolphin Stadium, the Colts hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy, then me standing next to owner Jim Irsay in the locker room when he raised that trophy high and yelled, “Right here! Right here”
Those are the moments you share, maybe not in a story all the time but definitely a blog. And for eight years and one training camp, that blog became my personal path to fans. It defined my mission as a journalist and allowed the public inside my cluttered head, whether the opinion was correct or mistaken, the observation amusing or forgettable.
This Scout.com page provided an opportunity to re-gain that voice, that connection with fans. It was taken away at the end of last August, but now it’s back. And I’m looking forward to providing that something extra in this spot. At the end of a long day, writing stories and shooting videos, there’s still the blog to really wrap up the experience.
Thanks in advance for following along and sharing the experience. You won’t regret it.
And somewhere, I’m certain, two longtime friends are smiling about an old scribe getting “his voice” back.
Phillip B. Wilson can be found on Twitter (@pwilson24), Facebook and Google+.