The Blinding Light: A Grantland Rice Parody

In April of 2012 I took a Sports Journalism Class with George Dohrmann, an investigative writer for Sports Illustrated. One of our first assignments was to write an article in the form of legendary sportswriter Grantland Rice, who was notoriously over-the-top in his prose. I decided to make a parody of The Four… » 4/26/13 4:14pm 4/26/13 4:14pm

Magic's Experience Provides Blueprint for the First 'Out' Athlete

Originally posted on March 12, 2012, around the time that the 30 for 30 documentary The Announcement was released, I wrote that Magic Johnson's process of revealing that he was an HIV-positive man provided a blueprint for a closeted homosexual athlete to follow if he wanted to come out publicly. » 4/21/13 2:07pm 4/21/13 2:07pm

There's Something You Should Know About Tim Tebow

I still can't believe I wrote this. It came to me when I was talking to my friend and fellow FanMan writer, Eric Bates. I jokingly asked him, "What if Tim Tebow is right-handed?" and it all took off from there. I gotta thank my housemates for editing this piece for me as it is one of my favorite pieces to date. » 4/20/13 6:48pm 4/20/13 6:48pm

Is Mortal Kombat a Sport?

This is still one of my favorite posts and certainly the most popular among my friends. It's incredibly fun to look back at our epic Mortal Kombat battles now that I've graduated. Is MK a sport? Why not? » 4/19/13 7:57pm 4/19/13 7:57pm

The NBA: A Promotion and Relegation League

Originally posted on December 14, 2011, this is a piece that I wish would have gotten a little more attention. Although things have changed in the National Basketball Association in the past two years, this piece proved more prescient than I would have imagined. This is definitely a concept I've considered revisiting… » 4/19/13 7:36pm 4/19/13 7:36pm

My Day as a Notre Dame Student

This is what drew me to FanMan: I could post something like this, that was too personal to put on Bleacher Report (and is not easily categorized), but also a part of my life I wanted to share. I'm not exactly sure when I turned a corner on the whole "I didn't get into Notre Dame" thing, but this was certainly part of… » 4/09/13 7:15pm 4/09/13 7:15pm

San Jose State: Home of Bill Walsh, Dick Vermeil and a Playmate’s Spouse

On October 14, 2011, my buddy Jameson and I took a trip to San Jose State to see the Spartans take on the Hawaii Warriors football team. It was an enjoyable experience, even though I was in the Hawaiian section of the stadium and their team lost a heartbreaker. This piece is rather short (the longer ones don't come… » 4/09/13 6:57pm 4/09/13 6:57pm

A Must-See Movie for Die-Hard Baseball Fans (Not Named Moneyball)

Originally released on September 23, 2011, I wrote this post the day that
Moneyball, the movie, was first shown in theaters. A couple days earlier, I had watched A Player to be Named Later, a documentary that featured three players from the Milwaukee Brewers minor league system in 2001. Marco Scutaro would go on to be… » 4/02/13 2:57pm 4/02/13 2:57pm

Welcome to My Kinja Blog

Ever since I got into writing back in my sophomore year of college, and especially after I joined Bleacher Report in 2010, people have been telling me that I have to get my own blog. » 3/31/13 4:00pm 3/31/13 4:00pm