Sunday, April 1, 2007
Our weekly series on cool media folks - Meet Dave Ricci
Dave should have made it here already, but we held off because we needed an updated photo of him... the few old pics we have didn't quite cut it as Dave has, ummm.... let his hair grow out just a tad.
It seems we've known Dave forever, but we actually met him back in 2001 when we started attending Bisons games representing Sportsblast. Being involved in the media and entertainment community for many years - as a sportswriter, a comic entertainer, and even as a wrestler, he knew the players at Sportsblast very well... and could immediately sympathize and commiserate with us as to what a silly piece of crap that show really was.
Dave is first and foremost a freelance sportswriter - he wears and has worn the hat for many different media outlets, but despite his joviality, when it comes to gathering news and writing a story, he is a no nonsense professional. Dave's specialty has become profiling athletes and getting a behind the scenes glimpse of their private lives and their professional outlooks, and has developed a good rapport with a good number of players in the Bisons and Sabres clubhouses. No wonder then when big league baseball players come down to AAA on a rehabiliation assignment, national outlets such as MLB.com come calling on Dave to get the story for them - nobody does it better.
Why has Dave been important to our growth? Mainly because he has shown us the ropes - teaching us the proper etiquette on how to approach players, coaches and other personnel in getting stories and quotes; showing us the rules of engagement at Sabres morning skates and games. There really is no handbook on this stuff - when you get credentialed you are in the building and kind of fly by the seat of your pants. Dave showed us the way, and for that we are always grateful.
Dave is a pressbox regular at Bisons games, so with the season starting up this week, we'll be seeing a lot of him once again - always a big smile, a warm greeting, and catching up on Bisons news, media gossip, and sports topics of the day over a pregame meal in the dining room. For Dave Ricci, we leave with one parting comment ... Choi!... errr... Choo!