Monthly Archives: February 2011

Kim English story cracks the official website

The Kim English story I wrote for the Sports Extra coverage cracked the official site that plans to absorb us a few months down the road, KBIA.org. They’re in the midst of rebuilding their site now, and we have linkage! The two gentleman who started it in the fall deserve a huge pat on the back for what they’ve put together.

<a href=”http://www.kbia.org/news/english”>Kim English: I worked on a lot of stuff that isn’t needed in this kind of offense.”<i>-Nick Gerhardt</i></a>

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Mizzou’s Kim English: “I worked on a lot of stuff [this summer with Carmelo and other pros] that isn’t needed in this kind of offense.”

Kim English’s scoring numbers have dipped, at least in part, due to working on a method of basketball unfit for Mizzou

A rare non-sports post: Aperture and shutter speed

As part of my independent study, I had to take a step backwards this week. I have become “skilled” enough with the camera to poke my way through the settings, but I did not really understand the specifics of aperture and shutter speed.

Aperture and shutter speed have an inverse relationship. When you lower the aperture, you increase the shutter speed. Essentially, a higher aperture means more visual information within the frame is in focus, but the lower shutter speed means an object in motion will  have motion blur, because the shutter stays open longer to allow in enough light.  Lower aperture means less of the frame is in focus, but objects in motion can be frozen in time. This is what I use to cover sports for the most part, for obvious reasons.

These two pictures illustrate the difference.

In the first, higher aperture means the pot hole and the surrounding street, sidewalk, etc are in focus. The car, though, has significant motion blur because of the low shutter speed.

High aperture. Low Shutter speed. Poorly composed photograph.

Here, I lowered the aperture and increased the shutter speed. As a result, less of the frame is in focus, but the car has significantly less motion blur.

Low aperture. High shutter speed. Poorly composed photograph.

Weekly Commentary: Research and Sustainability

Over at KBIA Sports Extra, our team has moved beyond simple content creation–covering games and media days, writing feature pieces, etc–into the research and sustainability realm.

The Missouri School of Journalism has explored the possibility of a Sports Journalism “Interest area,” one of almost thirty emphasis areas in the newly restructured J school program.

Our sports coverage–still hosted by wordpress as we await our status as KBIA affiliates; we must answer whether or not we sustain this adjunct after many of us graduate–has enjoyed a spike in traffic since we grabbed specific days to post. My stories air Sundays and Wednesdays. Our other three core contributors picked up the rest, and our director at KBIA, Darren Hellwege, and photo point person Karen Mitchell also contribute content from time to time.

Non-revenue generating sports, we discovered, fail to generate significant traffic. Women’s basketball stories go nowhere, and baseball seems to have similar issues. We drafted our first research survey to disseminate throughout the student body to try and explore two things.

First, what do people want to read about? Traffic indicates they only care about football and men’s basketball, but we also have only begun to establish a brand presence. Perhaps niches exist for the wrestling team, gymnastics, women’s ball, volleyball, baseball…who knows? That’s what we want to find out, using more than site visits and page clicks as to find the truth underneath it all. Visits and clicks really only tell you so much anyway.

Second, what kind of content do people want to see? Our traffic tends to peak on non-game days, and valley during game-days and the day immediately following a game. Readers can find game synopses and photos of the game anywhere. Highlights, while less abundant, typically run in a professional fashion through the TV stations in town. We use sony handheld cameras: expensive for the common consumer, but comparably feeble relative to the massive shoulder mounts the station uses.

We should begin to answer these and other questions in the coming weeks. Research never goes nearly as fast as I would like it to, so don’t hold your breath. We’re going to try and do this right, as best we can.

Former Mizzou QB Blaine Gabbert will run, but not throw, because of Cam Newton

Check out the full story at KBIA Sports Extra.

The gist: former Mizzou QB Blaine Gabbert and his agent Tom Condon decided Gabbert, a throwing quarterback with underrated “wheels,” would not participate in the throwing portion of the NFL combine in April, instead electing to particpate only in running excercises.

The reasoning? According to SB Nation, CAA (Condon/Gabbert’s agency) does not believe participating would elevate Gabbert’s draft stock “head and shoulders” above Cam Newton’s. So, of course, they decided to put Gabbert up against Newton’s legs..you know, those legs that led him to a Heismann Trophy and National Championship.

They even care about Melo in Missouri–and Kim English says keep his tweets quiet

Today at Mizzou Men’s Basketball’s media session, a reporter from the Columbia Missourian asked Baltimore-native Kim English what he thought about the Carmelo situation.

“I’m worried about Mizzou basketball right now,” he said, and the reporter left it at that.

C’mon now, I’m from Denver, you have to give me more than that, Kimmy.

He worked on his game this summer with ‘Melo and other professionals. He came back with moves tailored towards the NBA , but unfit for Mizzou’s up-tempo system.

“I work out with Carmelo a lot, but it’s too different games. He’s a big, big man–lot of post-up stuff, lot of power down low. I try to do that somewhat, but I’m more finesse. I love to come off a lot of screens and get easy shots,” English said.

The dude moves like ‘Melo, though. I’m not going to lie, I have compared their games in the past.

“If there was an opportunity for me to have some iso situations, I could see the comparison,” English said.

So we moved onto his Twitter use. English is a tweeting fiend, but the team banned twitter use in-season. At KBIA, one of my colleagues drafted a graphic for the “tweeting” Tigers that illustrated the massive drop off after season’s start. They spike again after a month or so.

Me: Was there a twitter ban at the beginning of the season?
KE: “Yeah we’re not supposed to tweet in season.”
Me:Have they lifted that at all, been more lax on it?
KE: “Nah….[pause] Who you with?”
Me: KBIA
KE: “What’s that?”
Me: It’s a radio station.
KE: “Oh. I just tweet every once in awhile.”
Me: Trying to keep it quiet?
“Yeah let’s not talk about that.”

Kimmy smiles and walks away. I enjoyed it immensely. Does anyone besides me care? Probably not, but I don’t care.

It’s been a busy few days! I’ve picked up a few clips since the last post, and I’ve inserted the line-up here. Feel free to read through them!

I’ve come this to reporting on the one thing I think about more than anything on this earth: jerseys, uniforms…the design of them, the changes, the alternates. I can’t get enough of it. Does anyone else care? I’m not sure.

By the numbers: Why can’t I buy a No. 32 Steve Moore jersey?

Black, white or gold Mizzou basketball replica jerseys line the racks of the MU bookstore and other licensed retailers. Most feature number 24 screen printed on material apparently authentic enough to justify a tab between 60 and 80 dollars. When … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Mizzou holds on to beat Texas Tech

Mizzou held on to the lead at home to squeak past a competitive Texas Tech team with well documented road woes. Marcus Denmon led the game in scoring with 20 points, 18 in the first half, for the Tigers. Texas … Continue reading

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Mizzou’s old guard thrives off the bench at home; Denmon OK

As first-year players on this Tiger team develop a feel for the fastest 40 minutes in basketball, players with years of experience in the system like Justin Safford, Kim English, and Michael Dixon have, on occasion, seen their starting spots … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Mizzou men rout Oklahoma at Mizzou Arena

Mizzou showed up to play and beat a team they were favored to beat, dominating Oklahoma 84-61 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Mizzou guard Michael Dixon led all scorers with 16. Missouri committed fewer turnovers, fewer fouls, and had a … Continue reading

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PHOTOS: Mizzou romps Colorado 89-73 at Mizzou Arena

Mizzou defeated Colorado on the back of strong guard play at Mizzou Arena in Columbia on Saturday, February 5, 2011. Missouri guard Kim English had a stellar performance and tied for the game high in scoring with 21 points with … Continue reading

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Mizzou rides dominant guard play past Colorado 89-73

In a Big 12 battle of the black-and-golds, the Tigers romped to a 89-73 victory over Colorado at Mizzou Arena on Saturday. Missouri held a 16 point lead at halftime and held onto it through a more competitive second half … Continue reading

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