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Commentary: Allow me to reintroduce myself: New sports staffer says 'hello'
by Nathan Shoup
Sep 03, 2013 | 2425 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Do what you need to do. Force me to wear a pink backpack. Tie me to a field goal post and drench me with ice-cold Gatorade. Make me go on the morning coffee run, then the afternoon run. Initiate me as you see fit. I’m the new guy.

So before I get all sentimental about how excited I am to be in Sparks, let me tell you a little about myself (it’s not that boring I promise), simply so you can know who you’re reading from here on out.

I am fresh out of college, so yes, this is my first ‘big boy’ job. Cue the excitement and student loan bills. I graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. in May where I earned my Bachelor’s degree in journalism while serving as the sports editor for my school newspaper and pitching on the baseball team.

In my senior year at PLU, I interned at an online media outlet in Seattle, Sportspress Northwest, where I covered the University of Washington men’s and women’s basketball teams and the Seattle Sounders, Seattle’s MLS team.

Several people I’ve met here have already asked me why I moved down here from my beautiful home state of Washington. I have been here for a week now and it has not rained once. That is good enough for me.

The longer response to that question is my parents own a timeshare on the south shore of Lake Tahoe so I’ve been to Reno/Sparks nearly every other summer of my life and I adore this area. My younger brother is a sophomore at the University of Nevada and when I was given the option to move down here I didn’t think twice about it.

My move to the area was so sudden I’ve been sleeping on a twin mattress, tucked under a pool table, at my brother’s house off campus. The search for a place to call home is narrowing however, thankfully. I could describe my pool-table cave as many things, but homey would not be one of them.

As I enter the realm of professional journalism, I want to let you know I am fully dedicated to giving you objective and honest news. I want you to trust me. If I write something you think is out of line, let me know. After all, I am not here for myself. I am here for you, our audience, who make this paper possible.

I would like to sincerely thank the coaches and athletic directors I have already met, and spoke with on the phone, who have been accepting and beyond helpful in making this transition a little easier for me. I look forward to getting to know all of you better and continue working with you.

I hope to bring another lively voice to a staff that certainly isn’t lacking any. For all you Twitter users, we plan to set up a sports account in the near future to get scores and other nuggets of information to you quicker. We would love it if you would click that blue ‘follow’ button once it is set up. We are going to have some fun with it.

My personal Twitter account is @Nathan_Shoup for those of you so moved.

You were warned earlier that I might get sentimental, so here it is. I am thrilled to be in Sparks and humbled to be given this opportunity. You, our audience, have become my biggest concern and my highest priority. I look forward to becoming a member of this community.

Until then, I will be walking on egg shells and ready to dodge any of you with a cooler of Gatorade. At least until I’m not the new guy anymore.

Nathan Shoup is a sports reporter for the Sparks Tribune. He can be reached at
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