Joe Gisondi

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About me

Introduction I covered sports and worked as a sports copy editor for more than 20 years at several newspapers in Florida, including the Fort Myers News-Press, Clearwater Sun, Florida Today and Orlando Sentinel. I started writing for a weekly sports publication in Coral Springs, Fla., at age 15. I have been hooked on sports journalism ever since. I was fortunate to have worked with some amazing editors along the way, journalists who took the time to help me even when my copy was not top-notch. (Perhaps, that is why I now teach journalism at Eastern Illinois University.) I created this blog so I can help others in the same manner.
Favorite Movies A League of Their Own, Field of Dreams, Groundhog Dog, Braveheart, French Kiss, but I also love sports classics like Bull Durham, Pride of the Yankees, Rocky, Bang The Drum Slowly, and Cinderella Man. For the record, I hate The Natural, a cheap, cleaned up version of the great book by Bernard Malamud. You might want to check out these two TV miniseries -- Band of Brothers and Lonesome Dove.
Favorite Music Eagles, Beatles, Green Day, but I also love any blues music, especially when I can listen live in places like New Orleans and Chicago.
Favorite Books My all-time fave is Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises (hey, he's a journalist too); however, a close second is John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany. There is no better sports book than Seabiscuit, but check out The Greatest Game Ever Played, Friday Night Lights, In These Girls, Hope Is A Muscle, The Old Ball Game and anything by John Feinstein.