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Pulling out the moving truck

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3078504349_1506977d7a_mAfter almost six full months at this here address, the blog is moving to new digs.

Instead of reading me here at Your Kid’s Not Going Pro, you can read Your Kid’s Not Going Pro here. I’m now part of the stable at True/Slant. The site has gotten a lot of hype, mostly for its self-described focus on being for the “entrepreneurial journalist.” For my purposes, it means I get paid — not enough to quit the day job, but better than what I get here, which is nothing. So we’ll see how it goes. I’m pretty excited about it.

The only thing I need to clarify is whether I can use the term “asshole” with the frequency you’ve come to know and love here. The only thing updating on this site while I’m at True/Slant will be my Twitter feed in the lower right hand corner. Come join me at True/Slant!

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June 18, 2009 at 11:27 pm

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On your radio

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Bumper music.

You can hear the velvety smooth sound of my voice on two different outlets over the weekend, if you are so inclined.

On Saturday, I will be coast-to-coast on the Darla Shine Show, talking about crazy sports parents. The link takes you to the station list, as well as a place to listen live online. I’m scheduled to come on in the second 15 minutes of the show, which starts live at 1 p.m. Eastern. I believe I’m preceded by Brooke Lench of Momsteam.com, who runs a fine site that is far less likely to use the word “asshole.”

On Sunday, I will be on WIBC in Indianapolis (93.1 on your FM dial) on First Day with John Strauss. We’re going to be talking about the David Jason Stinson case, of some interest in Indiana because the state’s football coaches association has contributed to his legal defense fund. I’m scheduled to be on about 9:10 a.m. Eastern. Those of you not in Central Indiana can listen here. I must note that I have some personal connections here: John is a longtime friend of mine who used to be my wife’s boss, and who works for a station whose parent company employs my brother.

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April 3, 2009 at 2:23 pm

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Tweet tweet

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I have succumbed. Your Kid’s Not Going Pro is officially on Twitter. The user name is “Not Going Pro.” “Your Kid’s Not Going Pro” doesn’t fit, according to Twitter. That’s what you get from a 140-character-limited site — paragraphical fascism.

So I’ll put whatever fool thought comes up in my head about youth sports, including quick links to stuff going on. You’ll still get the long, drawn-out posts you’ve come to know and love here. For the short bursts of logorrhoea, look to the right sidebar, near the bottom, for a link. Or follow me on Twitter. Just don’t follow me through the grocery store, OK? That’s a little weird.

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March 26, 2009 at 3:32 pm

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No. 12

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Thank you, dear readers, for making Your Kid’s Not Going Pro the 12th-fastest growing blog on WordPress.com.

At least, I was 12th at the time I put up this post. I don’t know how often WordPress changes its rankings.

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From right to left, Rasheed Wallace, Karl Malone, your favorite blogger.

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January 26, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Your Kid’s Not Going Pro: A Primer

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Welcome, outside world, to Your Kid’s Not Going Pro, a blog about youth sports written by a youth sports coach and father whose involvement in youth sports is deep enough to make him reflexively use the term youth sports with alarming frequency.

The title of this blog (“Your Kid’s Not Going Pro,” in case you hadn’t figured that out) sounds bitter and dream-killing, but instead it should be taken as a positive. Realizing your child will never go pro, or never get an athletic scholarship, will free parents from the burden of believing someday your child is going to become LeBron James and whisk you out of your debt-ridden, sorry life (a result caused in part by the amount of money you spent on trying to make your kid LeBron James — something that is not a uniquely American situation.) It will free youth sports coaches, most of whom are volunteers, from pretending they have to be the Bill Belichick of 7-year-old football so they can parlay that gig into the head coaching job with the Chicago Bears. You’re not going pro either, bub.

Your youth league probably will issue you a better "coach" shirt than the NFL, however.

Your youth league probably will issue you a better "coach" shirt than the NFL, however.

Please, enjoy the blog.

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December 31, 2008 at 6:44 pm

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