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In Your Face Stephen A. Smith (by Justin Wesley)

Jrose2As a recipient of the best sports story award in 1981 from the Syracuse Press Club for the segment on the Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Larry Bonds title fight, Jim Rose could make a case for already being the greatest sports anchor of the world. From Chicago, to Providence, and then to Berlin in Army issued clothes, Rose followed his boyhood dream of broadcasting sports.

It all started when he was one of nine kids and deflected all the teasing about his habit of performing home-made play-by-play of broadcasted games he watched at home in Rochester, New York.   He turned down the volume of his TV, sat next to screen with a tape recorder and commentated on the game like he was Steve Stone or Mike Emrick. Of course like all greats, they started small and then went medium.

Before his college years, he lived by a very strict mindset. A so strict and college level mindset, you would think that he went to Harvard at the age of eight.  Crazy Right? Wrong!  What was this strategy?  Very simple, he looked at B’s, C’s, D’s, and F’s as a highway to hell, but figured that A’s could be his stairway to broadcast heaven and greatness.  I think it’s safe to say that no one wants to die in darkness and a failure.  

As Jim Rose approached his college years, he had the same collegiate leveled mindset, except that he added a personal philosophy he invented (or perhaps borrowed from legendary Bulls skipper Phil Jackson) called the triangle method. Basically, like the three sides of a triangle, he had to pick two ways he wants to live his college years and exclude one way. Those three ways were to study, work, and party. It was obvious for someone like Jim Rose he chose to study and work. How else would he become one of the greatest journalists and longest tenured sports anchors in the business. Not partying and playing beer pong. It was his hard work and dedication to greatness that carried him forward. With that, the triangle method, and his collegiate level mindset, he earned an opportunity to work as a sports anchor at WPRO-TV in Providence, Rhode Island in 1975-77. What also helped him reach this achievement was getting hired as a sports director for the United States Army station, AFN-TV in Berlin, West Germany.

All of his dedication, humbleness, and sense of drive led him to what he his now. The greatest sports anchor of the entire universe. As the greatest sports journalist team for the Lost Boyz Baseball League, Inc., it was an absolute honor to receive an exclusive tour and write about his words of encouragement and how he became what he is now. From doing practice play by plays, to serving in the U.S. Army as a sports director, to a sports anchor and play by play reporter at WIXT-TV as a Syracuse University student, to an every day sports anchor and annual host for the Bud Billiken parade. Impeccable.

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