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Evan Mohl is my damn hero

Karma is a big, fat, ugly bitch. I’ve found that out in the past and have been reminded of it in recent months (more on that at a later date).

Today, it was the GCDN that got a big dose of karma.

A week after they laid me off, my old sports writer Evan turned in his two weeks notice. He took a job as a sports writer at the El Paso Times.

Evan was ready to leave as soon as I got laid off, and luckily, didn’t have to wait long to get his chance to jump ship. You can’t do a good job running that sports section with just one person. And I use the word “section” loosely, considering they have cut the sports space to an embarrassingly low number of pages.

My former boss’s reaction when Evan gave him the news — “Wow.” Now they are going to have to scramble after they screwed over Evan and he decided he wasn’t going to sit back and take it. Bwahahahaha.

First off, I am really proud of Evan. He’s a talented young writer and El Paso is getting a good one.

Much like when Corey left for the Fort Bend Sun, it makes me glad to see my guys leave for better opportunities. I’m sure this is how I will feel when Kaitlyn graduates from kindergarten.

I feel bad for the GCDN, and to a larger extent, the GCDN readers. It is really a great county to cover sports. I believe that Evan and I had produced some award-winning work the past year, including our popular SportsExtra section that came out every Friday and Saturday during the football season.

Now, in a matter of a week, the paper has lost both of us and is going to have to rebuilding its sports staff (of one). Was it really worth the money they saved by axing me? I guess they are about to find out the hard way.

I was actually hoping they’d come crawling back to me and offer my job back. It would have been sweet because I already determined I was going to say hell no. I’m sure they already know that, though. Ha!

That bitch karma won again this time. It’s pretty funny this time, though — at least, to me.

Job search

Filed for unemployment today. It was a surprisingly easy process to go through (famous last words).

First debit card comes in two weeks. Can’t wait to spend all that cash on beer and strippers.

Here are the jobs I applied for today:

• Media Relations Coordinator at University of Houston-Downtown

• Public Relations Manager at Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau

• Communications Specialist/Copywriter at NRG Energy, Inc.

Of those three, I feel really good about the Media Relations job at UH-D. The job post said, “seeks a talented, energetic media relations coordinator to add to its team. This individual will research, write and edit engaging news stories, media advisories and related materials.” Piece of cake!

In the meantime, I’m doing some stringer work for The Katy Times. Already did one story with another six scheduled for this week. Special thanks to my bud Gary Martin for giving me the work while I am unemployed.

Fatherhood

So you want to be a parent? This is what your future holds on a daily basis.

Random sports thoughts

• The chase for Jim Harbaugh is going to be pretty interesting this week. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Denver ends up getting him as coach.

• Hey Big Ten, you have a shitty new logo, shitty division names and some shitty football programs. Thanks for showing up in the bowls this year. And no, Illinois beating Baylor doesn’t count as a meaningful bowl win.

• Alabama didn’t have a lot of seniors this year, but they are going to lose a lot of studs to the NFL in the offseason. Will be interesting to see how quick the Tide can recover from that.

• Tweet from @CardinalsGM: “Cub fans have to be HAPPY. It is NEXT YEAR!” I feel like punching someone.

• I’m really hating those “Foundation for a Better Life” commercials they keep showing during the bowl games. The worst is the one with the daughter who is remembering her father as he dies. Seriously, what father watching football wants to see a depressing commercial like that? Not me!

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Bear Down and Keep the Faith!

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About Joshua Buckley

I used to be a Sports Editor. Now I'm the Media Relations Manager at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

Discussion

7 thoughts on “Evan Mohl is my damn hero

  1. The way the Big Ten just got destroyed Saturday was pretty funny to watch, especially because of how pretentious their leadership is. To think Mississippi State might have won that conference is really telling.

    Posted by David Clemons | January 4, 2011, 4:53 am
    • How dare you sir. The Maze and Blue are a proud trad . . . ughhh, who am I kidding. That’s was a goddamn national tragedy to have to watch. I will give Jim Harbaugh hj’s for ten years if he’ll come to Michigan. Sweet jesus, I just want the old days back. Who would have thought I’d ever pine for Lloyd Carr.

      Posted by southernmaninindy | January 4, 2011, 11:40 am
  2. Another great post. I dont have anything profound to stay. Just wanted you to know that I think your fab and glad to see we are not at the stage of needing the “Positive Josh” program.

    Posted by Stephanie Newton | January 4, 2011, 9:23 am
  3. Dareus is the only one that is 100-percent going pro. I believe that Ingram will go, but Barron and Hightower are returning. I have a feeling that Julio may surprise us and return!

    Posted by Matt Perdue | January 4, 2011, 7:25 pm
  4. I expect a compliment to Ohio State and the Big Ten on your next blog. They showed up tonight not so sure about Arkansas though.

    Posted by Ethan | January 4, 2011, 9:36 pm

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