National Columnist, NBA.com (Chicago, IL)
I always blamed Al McGuire (and told him so a couple of times) for my misspent career in journalism. I mistakenly assumed writing about sports always would be as much fun as covering the 1977 NCAA championship season. It hasn't been. But it hasn't been mining coal, either, or a thousand other jobs I could have had. Marquette prepared me in ways expected and unexpected, from the J-school classes and multiple roles at the campus paper to a part-time job in a Milwaukee newsroom. Still, those rank second, third and fourth in some order behind the Jesuits' liberal arts education, which really showed me how to think. I think.