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I am a Boston fan going to college in New York. I am an English major, and expect to graduate in the summer of 2013. There is nothing I love more than sports. Winning is everything.
I've been writing for b/r since the beginning of June 2010, and recently wrapped up their internship program. I've also been published by Yahoo! Sports: http://tinyurl.com/3srgutw
I was the author and editor of the headline article for EA SPORTS Madden 12's website: http://ea.com/madden-nfl/1/free-agency-forecast (The lede and all player bios were written by me. All coding and images were done by other members of EA)
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Before I started at b/r, I had a Boston Sports blog: http://anythingforsports.blogspot.com/
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Eitan: Thanks for answering my question. The fact that the Pats only had that one makeover should probably be mentioned, as readers might be wondering why New England only had one while so many others had overhauls.
hey eitan, this is just something i wrote up. originally it had it continued past recruiting with similarities like bill russell also being drafted with a college teammate along with some other thing but i got a little lost and ended up ending with an underdog theme.
Rough beginnings: JaJuan Johnson and Bill Russell
Over 50 years have passed since Bill Russell was drafted. What could this hall of fame player possibly have in common with the freshman player Jajuan Johnson?
The early years:
Many readers will be shocked to hear that Bill Russell was not naturally suited to play basketball. While in jr. high school Russell failed to make the basketball team. Russell truly could not grasp the game of basketball. Not until his sophomore year did Russell make the squad. It is said that he was rarely on the court and shared a jersey with another player. In his junior and senior year at McClymonds High School Russell started to mold into a better basketball player . As he still lacked the fundamentals and ability as a ball handler Russel focused on the other end of the floor leading to a very unorthodox style of defense. "To play good defense... it was told back then that you had to stay flatfooted at all times to react quickly. When I started to jump to make defensive plays and to block shots, I was initially corrected, but I stuck with it, and it paid off."
Jajuan Johnson did not start playing the game of basketball until the 7th grade. Failing to match the development of his peers Johnson Played on the B team freshman year and on Jr. varsity his sophomore year. "...pretty much all I could do then was... you know... run the floor and block shots."
Upon graduation Bill Russell hadn't received any letters from colleges pertaining to recruitment. Russel worked hard to excel academically in order to graduate ahead of his class. Doing so enabled him to participate in an exhibition basketball team that would tour the Pacific Northwest. During this tour Russel caught the attention of Hal DeJulio, a representative from the University of San Francisco. Dejulio was less than impressed by Russell's inability to contribute on the offensive end and what he called "atrocious fundamentals". However Dejulio did feel that Russell had a great instinct for the game especially in clutch situations. Dejulio would convince Russell to play for USF while attending school on a scholarship.
While attending Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana Johnson had not played on the varsity squad until junior year so it goes without saying that he was not high on any recruiters radar. Johnson would have a change of fortune do to a highly publicized AAU game. Johnson was dealt the impossible task of guarding the towing and massive Greg Oden. Greg Oden delivered an impressive performance while dominating the smaller player Johnson. A local college basketball coach Matt Painter saw Johnson in a brighter light. “He never backed down,’’ Painter said. “JaJuan always showed flashes, a blocked shot or a dunk. It really showed his promise. You knew he had a chance to be special..."
Bill Russell, John Havlice, and Larry Bird are considered by many to be the greatest Celtics of all time. Not one of these guys were ever seen as having unfathomable athletic talent. What they may have lacked in physical gifts they made up for it in hard work and a boundless will to succeed. One thing for sure nothing was gifted to these men.
I have supplied you, the reader with a glimpse of what Jujuan Johnson and surprisingly Bill Russell endured as young athletes. Jujuan Johnson although an underdog has the fighters spirit and that drive that won't allow him to quite. Tebow's exposure was immense. Lin is Lin-fectious. As a Celtics fan maybe I am just searching for my piece of hope. Sports fans all across the globe have learned to believe in the underdog. I for one believe Johnson will one day be revered as Celtic Great.
Oi Eitan, Tudo bem? I'm a new comer to B/R and I really like the site so far. I see that you're an English major, your writing is evident of the fact. We share a common bond, I'm an English teacher in Brazil. Well, keep up the good work and good luck to you in school and what ever comes your way, from a new fan in Brazil.
First I want to say I've been enjoying your articles, kudos on some good analysis.
I have a quick off topic question I was wondering if you wouldn't mind answering: I noticed you spell your name 'Eitan' instead of Ethan, which is an Israeli/Hebrew pronunciation of the name.
Are you Israeli by any chance?
I know I haven't written in a while, but...
i liked all of em because im a patriots fan
Don't worry, you will get more fans as your better than most writers on B/R!
Hey, would you be able to send your e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org? I want to get the B/R community leaders on a mailing list for a press release on behalf of Sports Media 101.