Today at SN, the lead of my column was co-opted by a TSB-wide conceit to name our biggest sports event of the decade, with an emphasis on the personal. Mine was obvious. You can read about it here, but it inspired me to name...
My 10 Biggest (Personal) Sports-Related Moments of The Decade:
*The night I met my wife and converted to Florida fandom.
You have all seen how much this made an impact on my life.
*The first morning the Daily Quickie ran on ESPN.com.
Launched mainstream media's first-ever daily national sports column.
*The afternoon I launched my TV "career" on Around the Horn.
Career record: 0-4. Not bad for someone with no prior TV experience.
*The last day of the Quickie -- and first day of DanShanoff.com.
Couldn't comprehend how amazing the blog would be.
*Making the decision to obsessively cover Tim Tebow.
600-plus posts. Was it worth the time and energy?
*Being published on Page 2 for the first time.
Simmons. Wiley. Thompson. Halberstam. Shanoff?
*Being invited to join The Sporting Blog.
Hall. Shoals. Tunison. Levy. Shanoff?
*Getting my first byline in the New York Times.
Actually, seeing my son's picture was more thrilling than the byline.
*Muffing the opportunity to work on Deadspin with Will Leitch.
He and the site were infinitely better for not having me around.
*Florida's national titles in football (06, 08) and hoops (06, 07).
Remember those losses in '06 and '08 nearly as much as the title-game wins.
Also receiving votes: Finishing my first screenplay (a sports movie); finishing (at least) two book proposals (both about sports); my first time walking into The Swamp; my first post on Deadspin; watching "Northwestern 54, Michigan 51"; recieving an encouraging email from Ralph Wiley, which I keep in my wallet to this day; my unborn first child finishing in the Top 10 out of 10,000 entries in the Daily Quickie Readers Bracket Challenge in 2006.
Coming throughout the rest of the week: More decade-in-review stuff.
In the comments: What was YOUR personal best sports moment of the decade?