I am a soon-to-be 21-year old from Northern New Jersey who spends most of his time watching, discussing and thinking about sports. I started bringing those thoughts onto paper and print two and a half years ago, starting my journey as a sports journalist for the student newspaper at Rutgers University, where I’ll be entering my senior year (!!!) in the upcoming fall.
I started this blog partly because it was something I’ve always wanted to do and admittedly should’ve done sooner.
There was always an excuse — I was too busy with school, or I didn’t have anything to write about in the dog days of summer, or no one wanted to read my blog.
But I finally pulled the trigger, mostly because I had no excuses remaining considering the absurd amount of free time I have at my disposal. This is (hopefully) my last summer before entering the “real world” (whatever that is), so I had to take advantage of my last opportunity to run my own blog free of responsibilities.
I’ll be writing about New York/New Jersey area soccer for ProstAmerika.com over the summer as I did a year ago, covering the New York Red Bulls, New York City FC and Sky Blue FC, but I needed an outlet for my own writing, somewhere to put some personal opinion.
After spending two years as a beat writer for Rutgers sports at the Daily Targum, a job where I tried my best to remain objective in my writing, I felt I needed a place to put my own thoughts.
As for the content of this blog, I’ll be writing a lot on Sporting CP, my favorite football club and something that was the biggest, most important thing in my life for most of it, quite a bit. I’d spend hours as a kid reading articles about the club, watching video after video of old highlights and analysis. I learned to read Portuguese faster from reading those articles than I did in going to Portuguese school for 9 years. With one of the most crucial summers in recent club history coming up, I’ll have plenty to write about.
I’ll sprinkle in some pop culture writing as well. I’ve always been the guy who never got the movie references in conversation. My most commonly said phrase is probably “oh, I never watched that.” So I’ve made it a goal this summer to watch either a movie or at least three episodes of a show a day, catching up on the many things I missed throughout the past school year and my early childhood.
I plan on including some multimedia content as well — a weekly podcast on the Portuguese Liga as a whole, as well as some fun video projects — and I’m open to writing stories that come up out of the blue.
Above all, I’m trying to make the best of the time I have to myself this summer and be productive, getting comfortable with writing and improve on my craft on the daily.
I hope you’ll stick around for the ride. Stay tuned.
— Brian Fonseca
You can find my Rutgers athletics coverage here and my New York soccer coverage here. I can be contacted via Twitter @briannnnf (my DM’s are open, feel free to slide) and email at firstname.lastname@example.org.