These are samples of my press credentials I (sporadically) collected over the years. My conservative estimate is that I have covered -- or at least have attended -- 4,000 sporting events on a working basis. For many games, of course, I used season credentials. On the road when I was a beat writer or columnist following local teams, the single-game credential ended up in the hotel room waste basket. I continued to hang on to the credentials from major events or give them away as souvenirs within the family.

The business evolved with newspapers  especially stepping away from carte blanche travel for sportswriters to attend national events. Sportswriters had a nice run while that lasted. Most of these credentials -- from my stints at the Denver Post, Oregonian and The Sporting News -- are from the highest-profile events. At the end, I've thrown on examples of other credentials I for some reason threw in the box, including examples of season passes. They're more for fun than anything else. And please don't make fun of the mullet. -- TF   

        

 

     

Olympics

     
 

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1984 Summer, Los Angeles 

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1988 Winter, Calgary 

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1988 Summer, Seoul 

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1990 Goodwill Games, Seattle 

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1992 Winter, Albertville 

 
 

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1992, Tournament of the Americas, Portland, Olympic hoops qualifying, first appearance of Dream Team   

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1992 Summer, Barcelona 

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1996 Summer, Atlanta 

 

 

 

 

Also covered:

2002 Winter, Salt Lake City 

   
             
 

 

 

 

Also covered:

 

1979: Leroy Jones-Larry Holmes 

 

1979: Muhammad Ali-Lyle Alzado

 

 1982: Gerry Cooney-Larry Holmes  

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1981: Sugar Ray Leonard-Thomas Hearns  

Boxing

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1987: Marvin Hagler-Sugar Ray Leonard 

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1987: Mike Tyson-Tony Tucker 

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1988: Donny Lalonde-Sugar Ray Leonard 

 
 

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1989: Thomas Hearns-Sugar Ray Leonard II 

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1989: Mike Tyson-Frank Bruno

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1991: Mike Tyson-Donovan Ruddock 

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2013: Ruslan Provodnikov-Mike Alvarado

 

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2014: Rocky Balboa-Apollo Creed 

 
   

NHL Stanley Cup Finals, All-Star Games, World Cup

     
 

 

 

 

Also covered:

 

1978 (Buffalo), 1980 (Detroit), 1982 (Landover), 2011 (Raleigh) All-Star Games

 

1982 Stanley Cup Finals: Islanders-Canucks 

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1996 All-Star Game, Boston 

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1996 Stanley Cup Finals, Avalanche-Panthers 

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1996 World Cup of Hockey, Philadelhia and Montreal

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1997 All-Star Game, San Jose 

 
 

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1998 All-Star Game, Vancouver 

 

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2000 Stanley Cup Finals, Stars-Devils

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2001 All-Star Game, Denver 

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2001 Stanley Cup Finals, Avalanche-Devils 

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2002 All-Star Game, Los Angeles 

 
 

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2003 Stanley Cup Finals, Ducks-Devils 

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2004 All-Star Game, St. Paul 

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2004 Stanley Cup Finals, Flames-Lightning 

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2004 World Cup of Hockey, Toronto 

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2006 Stanley Cup Finals, Oilers-Hurricanes 

 
 

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2007 Stanley Cup Finals, Senators-Ducks 

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2008 All-Star Game, Atlanta 

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2008 Stanley Cup Finals, Penuins-Red Wings 

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2009 All-Star Game, Montreal 

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2016 Stadium Series: Red Wings-Avalanche 

 
     

World Series, All-Star Games

     
   

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1985 World Series, Royals-Cardinals 

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1987 World Series, Twins-Cardinals 

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1989 Cincinnati Opening Day 

   
   

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1989 World Series, A's-Gianta (Earthquake Game 3) 

 

Also covered: 1990 World Series, A's-Reds 

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1991 World Series: Twins-Braves 

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1993 All-Star Game, Baltimore 

   

     

NBA Finals, All-Star Games

     
   

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1983 Finals: 76ers-Lakers 

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1983 All-Star Game, Los Angeles 

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1984 NBA Finals: Lakers-Celtics 

   
   

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1984 All-Star Game, Denver 

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1990 Finals: Blazers-Pistons 

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1992 Finals, Bulls-Blazers 

Also covered:

 

1995 All-Star Game, Phoenix 

 
     

Super Bowls

     
 

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Super Bowl XX, 1986: Patriots-Bears 

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Super Bowl XXI, 1987: Broncos-Giants 

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Super Bowl XXIII, 1989, Bengals-49ers 

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Super Bowl XXIV, 1990: Broncos-49ers 

 

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Super Bowl XXV, 1991: Giants-Bills 

 
 

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1992, Super Bowl XXVI: Bills-Redskins 

 

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1993, Super Bowl XXVII: Cowboys-Bills 

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1994, Super Bowl: Cowboys-Bills 

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1995 Super Bowl XXIX: 49ers-Chargers 

Also covered: 

1997 Super Bowl XXXI: Packers-Patriots

 

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1998 Super Bowl XXXII: Broncos-Packers

 

Also covered:

1999 Super Bowl XXXIII: Broncos-Falcons 

And threw this in...

 

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1983 USFL Championship Game: Michigan Patnthers-Baltimore Stars

 

 
     

Bowl Games

     
 

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January 2, 1987 Fiesta Bowl: Miami-Penn State 

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January 1, 1988 Orange Bowl: Miami-Oklahoma 

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December 10, 1988 NCAA Division II title game: Portland State-North Dakota State 

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January 2, 1989 Fiesta Bowl: Notre Dame-West Virginia 

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January 1, 1991 Rose Bowl: Washington-Iowa 

 
 

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January 2, 1996: Rose Bowl: Oregon-Penn State 

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December 14, 1996, NCAA Division II national title game: Northern Colorado-New Haven. There can't be too many scribes who not only willingly, but eagerly attended two DII title games in Florence, Alabama -- following two different teams (Pokey Allen's Postland State Vikings and Joe Glenn's UNC Bears).   

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December 29, 2004 Houston Bowl: Colorado-UTEP 

 

 

 


Covered many more bowl games,

including ...

 

December 29, 1990 Freedom Bowl: Oregon-Colorado State

 

 

December 20, 2014 Las Vegas Bowl: Utah-Colorado State

 

 

 

   
     

Final Four

     
 

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1988 at Kansas City: Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Duke. 

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1990 at Denver: UNLV, Duke, Arkansas, Georgia Tech 

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1991 at Indianapolis: Duke, North Carollina, Kansas, UNLV.

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2012 Women's at Denver: Baylor, Stanford, Notre Dame, Connecticut.

   

                      Season credentials and miscellania 

 

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September 25, 1982: Penn State won and went on to be the consensus national champion. I was sent to State College to cover this game and do an installment of the Post series on the powrs of college football.

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Rockies season credential for my fifth and final season on the beat ... before the NHL team moved to New Jersey.  

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Nuggets season credential for the second of my two years on that beat. The Big Stuff, Chopper, Alex, Dan and Kiki ...   

 

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November 1982: The USC-UCLA rivalry and a Raiders game. Multiply this by many more such junkets, wedged in on the Nuggets beat and also when I was the full-time national writer. In the next three years, often the first thing anyone would say to me at a game was: "Why's the Denver Post here?" With Times-Mirror money behind us with a mega-commitment to sports during a newspaper war and a talented staff, we were used to the question.   

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John Elway's rookie training camp. I "got to" help out with the infamous "Elway Watch." 
 
 
 
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After the Dolphins remained unbeaten with this win, I was sent down to Miami to do a feature on Dan Marino. Ray Didinger of the Philadelphia Daily News let me join his previously arranged interview with Marino.   

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Blaers' season pass for my first seaspn in Portland. 

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Oregon State-Louisville 


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Arizona (Kerr)

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CART/Indy car event, back to back years 

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Blazers' NBA Finals season

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Oregon State-Evansville

 
 

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Gonzaga, after Hank Gathers 

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Made many trips to Seattle for Mariners and also some road trips. Also to San Francisco and Oakland for Giants and A's games. 

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Colorado Xplosion, better women's league than WNBA prior to its folding   

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Gran Prix of Denver 

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Lambeau Field 

 
 

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