My first day of work at The Courier-Journal back in 1992, Jody Demling was there. He was one of a handful of sports copy clerks who did everything from answer phones to take dictation from reporters to compile box scores and horse racing charts to covering any assignment they would give us on the side.
I remember Jody and I used to see each other in the office -- we also were students at the University of Louisville at the time -- and ask how many days in a row the other had worked. If it hadn't been at least 30, we knew one of us had been sick.
Jody today announced his departure from The Courier-Journal, effective Saturday. Most recently, Jody has handled the duties of recruiting writer, golf writer, and has written a great deal of high school stuff while filling in on U of L and UK sports, and, probably most of all outside his beat work, horse racing. In short, Jody did a little of everything, and knows absolutely everybody in Louisville, and has probably bet at least once on every horse on the Churchill Downs backside.
Walking down Bourbon Street with Jody during the Final Four was like walking with somebody at his family reunion.
Jody is heading to FoxSportsNext, a branch of Scout.com. In addition to some roles which will likely be announced later, he also figures to get a chance to try his hand at some national coverage, including the Kentucky Derby, along with recruiting coverage.
I know that there were years when Jody probably tallied as many blog hits as the rest of us C-J bloggers combined. He'll be missed.
It should be a great opportunity for Jody, and I'm glad he's staying around town for his next move.
I'm also glad that the C-J is hiring Tim Sullivan to fill one of the open sports columnist positions.
Back in those days when I first came to the C-J, I also was reading Tim Sullivan's work in Cincinnati every chance I got.
In probably the worst move in the history of sports newspapering, U-T San Diego, formerly the San Diego Union Tribune, let Tim go, as best I can tell, because he was too principled to bend his public opinion columns to toe a company line in cheerleading for a new football stadium.
Tim's a great writer and a first-class person. I look forward to being able to read him, and he'll be a great addition to the sports conversation in this city. Frankly, we could use some shaking up from time to time, and I think we're fortunate to get someone of his caliber.
More to come. Oh, and welcome to the blog here. It's a work in progress, but the time has come to fire things back up here in the new home.