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When I posted on facebook that my job description was changing from Pitt football beat writer to a sports enterprise role that includes a weekly column, one Trib reader wondered what the heck that meant.

Your guess is as good as mine.

And I mean that in all sincerity.

Instead of knowing exactly what my schedule is and doing my own planning for stories every week, I’m going to be involved in covering everything from the Steelers and Penguins to Pitt football and basketball to boxing and beyond. Job description: anything and everything.

Flexibility is the key to this new job, I guess.

To give you an idea of what my first week was like, play the links:

For Friday, Sept. 4: My first column for the Trib, High school football at the heart of it all,focused on the father-son bond developed by going to games.

For Saturday, Sept. 5: Covered Mike Tomlin’s news conference, where we expected the Steelers coach to announce cuts for the final 53-man roster but instead were told that “Willie Parker’s our runner.”

For Sunday, Sept. 6: Instead of covering Pitt’s season opener against Youngstown State at Heinz Field, spent the afternoon at Pauline Park in Beechview, where Penguins president David Morehousetook the Stanley Cup for his childhood friends to enjoy.

For Monday, Sept. 7: Wrote a feature story on Woodland Hills graduate Ryan Mundymaking the Steelers’ 53-man roster after spending the 2008 season on the practice squad.

For Tuesday, Sept. 8: Spent Labor Day working, first following Penguins captain Sidney Crosby’s visit to the Castle Shannon home of long-time season-ticket holder Alice Kilgore, then writing a column about the Ventrone brothers.

For Wednesday, Sept. 9: Wrote a feature story on Steelers backup offensive lineman Ramon Foster, an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee who is one of four brothers to play professional sports.

For Friday, Sept. 11: Wrote an A1 story (that’s the front page for you Internet-only readers) on Pittsburgh celebrating its return status as City of Champions with the Super Bowl XLIII Steelers playing in the NFL opener on national television, the Stanley Cup Penguins visiting the White House and Downtown preparing for a visit by President Obama this week and the G-20 Summit the next week.

Also covered the Steelers-Titans game, and was pressed into action when the game appeared to be headed for overtime. To plug the space of the game story for the first edition, I wrote a story about Troy Polamalu and his knee injury.

My first week ended in the wee hours of Friday, interviewing rookie receiver Mike Wallace, whose 22-yard catch set up Jeff Reed’s game-winning field goal, for a Sunday story.

Not your typical work week, but who’s complaining?



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