Bob Condotta is out of the office today on this, his 50th birthday. So, in my first day here in The Seattle Times newsroom, I spent much of the afternoon digging around his desk, searching for any clues on how to effectively cover the UW beat.
I see a couple of empty Coke cans on his desk. There are a few boxes filled with old newspapers, some scattered paperwork and a chair that I’m sure he’s never sat in. The guy never stops moving; it’s part of why he’s one of the best beat writers in the business.
I did a little more digging and found, slightly hidden underneath his desk, was this.
I kid, I kid. But that’s how it feels here as I wrap up my first day at The Times. Big shoes to fill. Very big.
I’ve been following Bob’s coverage of UW for a long time, and I have a lot of respect for what he did — and what he continues to do in his new role as the Seahawks beat writer. I’m grateful that Bob is still around to offer some guidance and support. He’s been a great resource in my transition here, and I’m sure I’ll lean on him and his expertise for a while as I get acclimated with the beat.
I also have a lot of respect for the audience Bob has built on this blog. It’s blossomed into a great space for fans and readers to gather, and I’m going to work hard to keep up with the pace that has been set. I hope you will continue to come here to be informed, to be entertained, and to ride the ups and downs of a college football season with me.
This is shaping up to be an important season for the Huskies, and I’m excited for the opportunity to chronicle it every step of the way. From the pictures I’ve seen so far, the new Husky Stadium looks incredible, and the Huskies appear have — at least on paper — a nice mix of experience and talent to take a step forward this season.
If you have questions or comments, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Twitter at @A_Jude. If I don’t get back to you right away, it’s probably because I’m busy trying to tie those big shoelaces.
— Adam Jude