Why I Still Do This

May 9, 2012

Hi everyone.

It has been awhile. Really. It’s been about two weeks since my last post, and before that, it had been about a month since anything new was posted. Even more pathetic is the fact that this is the first non-prediction based post since February 14th.

You might be wondering to yourself “why is K. Becks telling us this?” In reality, you probably weren’t asking yourself that question, but now that I posed it, I guess I’ll answer it, too.

Perhaps the biggest reason that I haven’t posted much content in the past couple of months is because I finally picked up the guitar I bought around this time last year and decided it was time to learn how to play. This might be hard to believe, but the number of people who actually want to sit and listen to me play guitar is actually fewer than the number of people who want to sit down and read my blog.

Another reason is that I have developed a social life…sort of. I used to say that I preferred sitting at home and watching sports to going out on the weekend, but I think I bought that excuse more than the people who I was trying to convince. I actually would like to do just that every once in awhile, but it’s a lot harder to stay in when your bed for the weekend is your buddy’s couch.

Lastly (bear with me for this one), there hasn’t been much happening in the world of sports…that I care enough to write about. If you know me, then you are aware that I follow college sports far more closely than I do professional sports (excluding baseball). With that said, once the NCAA Tournament ended, I kind of lost the passion to post frequently. My version of sports hibernation, I guess. However, I know that this is probably the lamest excuse of the bunch (and probably the one that would cause you to stop reading half my articles because I essentially said I don’t follow non-collegiate athletics closely) and I intend to make up for this one. I’m thinking about doing a college lacrosse post later this week, and my bi-weekly MLB Power Rankings should return by tomorrow.

Now that I’ve told you why I haven’t posted much lately, I’ll answer another question. This one is more important, and I’ll try to be more serious because I’ve actually thought a great deal about it recently. The question is “if all you’ve posted lately are predictions, why are you still writing this blog?”

Things don’t really add up, quite honestly. When I originally started this blog, I was a senior in high school who had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I still don’t, although I have essentially been forced to pick a major by the end of my second year in college. I’m not really sure if I like what I’m going to major in (Marketing, for those of you wondering), but it seems broad enough that I can look for jobs in several different industries. In a perfect world, I’d work towards securing a job at Sports Illustrated or ESPN. However, since I’m not an attractive woman or a former athlete, my chances of working at ESPN seem about as likely as finally interviewing the former cheerleader from Oregon who now works at Fox Sports Arizona. If you know what I’m talking about, you’ll laugh at that last part.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bitter. Seriously. I’m just risk averse, and know that my chances of finding a job that will allow me to support a family are better if I major in something business related than in a dying industry like journalism (sorry guys). At the same time, though, I know better than to burn bridges. I read an article today by Mark Titus about his former teammate, Greg Oden. It’s a very good piece and I would recommend reading it. The point of me bringing it up, however, is that it highlights the fact that we have no idea where we will end up years down the road. I have to believe that Mark Titus didn’t think he’d be the one with the enviable life back in 2007. That uncertainty is scary to some, but I’m glad that life is that way. It gives me hope that if I keep on keeping on, then something good might happen.

That brings me back to not burning bridges. I’m not going to just quit posting articles on this blog because I’m not majoring in journalism and don’t see myself working for Sports Illustrated in the future. I’ve put too much work into it and gotten too much out of it to do that. It’s on my resume, I wrote an English paper about an article I had written, and I honestly believe that it has helped me become a better communicator in all facets of my life.

Besides, you’d be crazy if you didn’t think the first place I’m going to start looking for jobs after college isn’t in the sporting industry. I know…that’s competitive, too.

So there you have it. A little peek into the reason behind Around The Corn Sports Blog. If you read the post all the way through, know that there is nothing but honesty in it. I’ve never been ashamed about writing this blog, and I’m not ashamed to admit anything I just shared. Who knows…maybe I’ll be surprised. Mark Titus majored in Marketing, and he wrote a book.

If nothing else, this post did the job of getting some of those damn March Madness previews off of the front page.

– K. Becks

4 Responses to Why I Still Do This

  1. Trent Gardner on May 9, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Lovely read

  2. Kevin Cox on May 9, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Great article Kyle. If you keep posting, I’ll keep reading.

  3. Donald Duck on May 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    All of us here at Disney, Mickey and myself included, want to congratulate you on all the non-prediction articles because they had feeling and personality. Sorry, but most of the prediction articles are as dry as Fox news on Tuesday. So keep it up and when you graduate you can always apply to be prince charming in one of our 15 bagillion parades.

  4. andrew buening on May 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    your blog helped get me through high school when it was stiil .blogspot.com, it’s cool to see how you have gone with it.

    ps- tons of parties around in the next couple weeks, hit me up if you need another couch haha

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