Only Regret

Born in Turlock, California in 1964, Richard Paolinelli began his writing career as a freelance writer in 1984 in Odessa, TX and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon.

I’m occasionally asked about my run as a sports writer – starting in 1984 as a freelancer until that day in 2010 when I decided I’d done all I could do – and if I have any regrets. Usually, the questioner is asking more along the lines of not being a beat writer for a major sports team for a big city publication.

HB_002I did make it as far as the San Francisco Examiner and was the sole reporter covering the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and got to interview two future NFL stars in Luke Kuechly and Colin Kaepernick. And I did get to cover Arizona Cardinals games back in the early 1990s for the Gallup Independent. But as far as being a full-time beat writer that never happened.

But to be perfectly honest, I had more fun covering the high school and small college teams on a regular basis. There was more of a joy of playing the game feel to those games than I ever got from the times I covered a major game. So as a writer I’d have to say I look back at my career with perfect contentment and not a single regret. Sure, if the Dallas Morning News had come calling to be the beat writer for the Dallas Cowboys I’d have taken the job so fast I’d have left a sonic boom behind in my wake. But they didn’t and I really never expected they would so there is that.

AF_WYO_003But there is one area of my career that there is one little regret lingering and it comes from the time I started pulling double-duty as both a writer and a photographer. I’ve shot Div I college football (the aforementioned Hunger Bowl in San Francisco and the Air Force Academy Falcons – remind