THE FAN

Sports has always been a part of my life. I can't remember a time when there wasn’t a football or baseball being thrown around, a ball game to watch on TV or listen to on the radio. I come from a Purdue family, so the Boilermakers were the college team of choice. My dad was from the Chicago suburbs and he was a White Sox fan, although I grew up a Cubs fan. Every fall, I rode the highs and lows of the Chicago Bears (mostly lows). The first time I picked up a camera, it was because I wanted to be a sports photographer. When I started writing, it was about sports. Covering sports was my job for more than 20 years. Now that I’m out of the newspaper business, I have more opportunities to just be a fan. I used to read and watch everything as part of my work. Today, I can be more selective and watch just what I want, and write about what I want. These are my teams, and you can read about my fan stories.