Who are you, and what are you doing here?

“This is my first blog entry.”

Scary words, huh? Talk about a drop in an overflowing bucket. Here’s a few that might be worse …

“From the creators of ‘Survivor’ comes a groundbreaking new reality show…”
“Universal Pictures presents Adam Sandler
in …
“Our lead story tonight: Paris Hilton…”

In short, I don’t believe The World needs another sports blog. But I hear MTV was ready to call it quits after “The Real World 3”, too.

Shows how far conventional wisdom will get you these days.

Anyway, here I am, ready to cloud the blogosphere with opinions, facts and forays into the pseudo-gonzo journalism that is … well … the blogosphere. So expect the occasional bias here; I’m not supposed to inject any into my reporting in the San Bernardino County Sun and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (and, on occasion, the Los Angeles Daily News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, Whittier Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram and Torrance Daily Breeze).

This is my first year as a full-time motorsports writer. Even though I’m paid to write about the topic, I’d prefer to listen to others talk about it. So if I refer to “Motocross” as “Supercross”, or to Bobby Labonte as Terry Labonte, please call me on it in an expletive-laced comment.

Some other trivia:
I was born in Wisconsin.
I used to play the keyboards in this band.
I captained an IM basketball team at UCLA. But I couldn’t play worth crap.

I’m also more excited about the U.S. Open than the start of college football season.


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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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