Living the L.A. sports dream

The Sporting Tribune's Michael Duarte has a message for L.A. sports fans.

I’ve always believed that sports were more than just an event or recreational activity; they are a lifestyle.

So I guess that means I’m living the Los Angeles sports lifestyle and to me, that means I’m living the dream.

Firstly, I’m a very fortunate and blessed individual. I live in the greatest city in the world, and I get paid to cover the best sports teams in the world. Furthermore, these were the teams I grew up watching and rooting for as a kid.

From Kirk Gibson’s home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, to Robert Horry’s three-pointer to sink the Sacramento Kings in the 2002 Western Conference Finals, to Julio Urias’ strikeout that finished off the 2020 Fall Classic, to Matthew Stafford’s game-winning touchdown pass to Cooper Kupp in Super Bowl LVI. I’ve watched all these championship moments live and in person. Call me Travis Scott because I still get goosebumps every time.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from all these moments it’s that there’s no better feeling than the roar of an LA crowd. The excitement and adrenaline they create are unrivaled.

It’s because of that rush I feel from the fans that I became a sports journalist. It’s also the reason why I’m so excited to join The Sporting Tribune.

In addition to my work at NBC LA, which will continue, TST provides me with an opportunity to connect more directly with the fans that are a huge part of my heart and soul. Why?

Because I’m one of you.

I was born and raised in LA and grew up playing sports. I participated in soccer, track, cross country, football, baseball, and basketball. My love of sports is only matched by my love of storytelling. Thankfully, being a sports journalist is the perfect combination of my two passions. It comes as natural to me as a Clayton Kershaw curveball.

With TST, I look forward to the opportunity to expand upon normal news writing and reporting. My direct aim is to connect deeper with the fans and share with the readers my passion and love for sports by telling the stories of our very own sports teams and athletes here in the City of Champions.

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