By GREG RUSSELL
Register Staff Writer
Incoming Register sports editor Sean Gorman settles into his new beat with a full grasp of how much it matters to Gainesville.
Gorman, a 2012 graduate of the University of North Texas, spent more than three years covering sports for the NT Daily before a job transfer to Oklahoma’s Duncan Banner, where he also served as sports editor.
He began at the Register this week — and his work is currently most prominent in the 2013 local football tabloid featured in Thursday’s edition, which includes several byline pieces about Cooke County’s upcoming football season.
“There’s a rush to covering those games and knowing that it matters to the community,” Gorman said Thursday. “And being able to tell that story is a great opportunity.”
The Massachusetts native, 23, said his own passion for athletics matches what he has quickly identified among residents of Gainesville and north Texas.
“No matter where you go in the area, you’re going to find that excitement about sports,” he said. “I think this position is cool because of that.”
Gorman said sports serve the purpose of giving people a release from regular life — and sometimes an escape, with the bonus addition of a competitive flavor that makes the games engaging to watch.
“Sports are an easy thing to gravitate to because it’s an ‘us-versus-them’ mentality,” he said Thursday. “You pick a group of guys and you stick with them. And I think the theatrics and drama of sports is number one, since, as the season develops, there’s a bunch of storylines that develop almost like a movie.
“So the escape and the dramatics behind it can just kind of snowball into something that becomes way more important than you ever thought it would,” he added. “That’s something people enjoy. And it gives them meaning, in being able to support a team.”
Gorman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.