As the year winds down, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite articles that I wrote in 2017. I continue to love the field I’ve chosen to pursue, and I’m blessed to work with some great people.
Heisman Evolution: A deep-dive look at the history of the Heisman Trophy at the University of Oklahoma. https://t.co/Nc6XPd7e84
— Joe Buettner (@Joe_Buettner) December 1, 2017
I pitched this as an independent study to OU Daily digital adviser Seth Prince in April, and what came of it was something I’m so special. I couldn’t have been more proud to tell the stories of Oklahoma’s Heisman Trophy winners and then actually go to New York City for the presentation.
I feel it’d be wrong to just list one, but you can scroll through the Twitter moment linked above to read over 11,000 words of Oklahoma football history.
We had no clue when we first started working on this in April it would have a “happy ending.”
Scott Van Pelt discusses ESPN career, future of sports media
— Joe Buettner (@Joe_Buettner) June 10, 2017
Interviewing ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt was easily one of the best experiences of my long internship at The Oklahoman. It was for the newspaper’s longstanding “Collected Wisdom” series, which focuses on a person in the sports world and runs each Sunday.
I had the good fortune to land an interview with Van Pelt for my first and only Collected Wisdom assignment, and our conversation would’ve made for a great podcast. The only bad part of the interview was my recorder died in the middle of our conversation, but SVP was nice enough to run back a few of the questions I had already asked.
There’s a lot of great gems in there about his career and his views on journalism.
Oklahoma City spoils Lamar Batista’s homecoming
Energy FC spoils Portland defender Lamar Batista's homecoming with a 2-1 win.
— Joe Buettner (@Joe_Buettner) May 25, 2017
One of the great things about The Oklahoman was the people I met. James Poling, the former Energy FC beat writer for the sports desk, was someone I worked with closely, because we were asked plenty of times to run production nights by ourselves. But Poling was always nice enough to share bits of the Energy FC beat with me and guide me as a young guy trying to figure out the industry.
The notebook linked above is from the one game we covered together.
Union receiver C.J. Moore couldn’t wait to become a Cowboy
"Once I get going, I don't feel like there's anybody that can stop me…"
— Joe Buettner (@Joe_Buettner) July 23, 2017
Speaking of great people, Brooke Pryor, The Oklahoman‘s Oklahoma football beat writer, and I made the short drive to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to speak with a few Union High School players for the newspaper’s “Super 30” series.
This is where I met C.J. Moore, the crown jewel of Oklahoma State’s 2018 football signing class. His story was easily one of my favorites to tell. I wish I could’ve expanded more on it, but I still loved the way it turned out.