*Disclaimer: This is not targeted at any particular sportswriter. In fact, most of it’s kind of self-deprecating from my standpoint. I did this to have a little fun. Enjoy! If you follow any sportswriters on social media, you probably know what you’re getting. You’ll get tweets about flight delays and airport mishaps. You’ll see them […]Read more "The Soundtrack of the Stereotypical Sportswriter"
*This is a semi-satirical piece. Just lettin’ ya know. Do you want to know why the Seahawks lost the Super Bowl to the Patriots on Sunday night? Was it Russell Wilson’s interception on the one-yard line to finish the game? No. Was it having to settle for a field goal earlier in the second half? […]Read more "The Good and Bad of Walk-up Songs"
It’s been a semester since I began working at the Columbia Missourian, one of the city’s two newspapers. It was part of my coursework through the MU School of Journalism, and it was easily the hardest class I’ve ever taken. But I survived. I did well. I worked my tail off to the bone, and […]Read more "How to Survive the Missourian"
Jack Witthaus throws some nasty stuff. It’s a warm Friday afternoon, and Witthaus strolls out to the middle of Witthaus Memorial Stadium, an open patch of grass nestled between Schurz and Hatch halls on MU’s campus. It’s the fifth inning. He picks up a tiny, white, rubbery sphere with eight bean-shaped holes that circle the top half […]Read more "“Here Comes the Curve”: A Personal Experience With the Game of Wiffle Ball"
I remember doing an NCAA Basketball Tournament bracket pool (no money, of course) with my two brothers and parents a few years ago. We hung up our brackets on the refrigerator and compared each other’s progress as the tournament raged on. “You have all No.1 seeds in your Final Four. You’re screwed, that has never […]Read more "The Colbert-Costanza Approach: How I Picked My Bracket (Because You All Care So Much)"
Missouri’s Michael Sam did the same routine after almost all of his 11.5 sacks. Pummel the quarterback…jump to his feet…clutch his fists three times…rip a punch through the air…swing his right leg forward…rock a power stance…soak in the cheers from the 68,000 MU fans in the stadium. It was his “sack dance,” a phenomenon that […]Read more "Why Michael Sam matters and why you should care about him"
*This is not a post relating to music, sports or journalism, but rather something more personal. I was taking an online quiz Tuesday night when I received the call from my father. “Grandma Dorothy died,” he said. Dorothy Nalley was my great-grandmother. She was 98 years old. The news was very sad to hear. It […]Read more "Not in Kansas Anymore: A Brief Summary of My Week and a Tribute to Dorothy Nalley"