Thursday, August 20, 2009

Our Blogs

(See Our Authors page for author biographies)

More From Les by Les East
Justice Is Served by Justice B. Hill
The Grill Room by Doug Clawson
The Steele Drum by David Steele

NFL Guru by Andy Kent
Denver Broncos - Broncos Beat by Michael Hicks
Miami Dolphins - Dolphins Watch by Mario Sarmento
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Buccaneer Bow Shots by Tom Edrington
NFC East - NFC 'Easter by Chris Murray

Grand Baseball Concourse by Larry Fleisher
Detroit Tigers - Michigan and Trumbull by H. Jose Bosch
St. Louis Cardinals - Paul's Redbird Report by Paul Delger

12trillion by Chris Bernucca
All Net by Dwayne C. Nelson
Oklahoma City Thunder - This Is Thunder Basketball by Greg Evans

Jim Cerny's Rink Rap by Jim Cerny
Through the 5 Hole by Rick Sadowski
New York Area Teams - Thin Ice by Christopher R. Vaccaro
New York Area Teams - Brad's Barbs by Brad Kurtzberg

College Football
BCS Guru by Samuel Chi
The National Championship Issue by Ed Gunther
The Wiz of Odds by Jay Christensen

College Basketball
The March to Madness by Jay Christensen

College Sports
University of Florida - Saurian Sagacity by Henry Gomez
Florida State University - Seminoles Sports Center by Scott Carter
University of Kansas - Inside Jayhawk Nation by Mike Norris
University of Maryland - Terp Ticker by Emile Dawisha
University of Notre Dame - Bob Birge's Irish Eyes Are Smiling by Bob Birge
University of South Florida - Running with the Bulls by Tom Edrington
Pacific-10 Conference - Inside the Pac-10 by Demar Richardson

Par for the Course by Richard Paolinelli

Soccer 24-7 by Ivan Yeo

Crick Down the Legside by Dominic Ellis

ATP Tennis 360 by Alessandro Mastroluca

Fighter's Corner by Anthony Dion

Horse Racing
On the Muscle by Victor Ryan

Auto Racing

Women's Sports
Left Coast Hoops by Michelle Smith

Alabama - Rue's Rant by Rubin E. Grant
Arizona - Arizona Sportspage by Jeremy Banks
Baltimore/Washington - DMA 7-22 Blog by M.V. Greene
New York - 200 Miles From the Citi by John Sucich
New York - New York Minute by Tom Renner
Philadelphia - Philadelphia Sports Scene by Chris Zervoudis
Tampa Bay - Henry's Chopping Block by Mike Henry

Inside Fantasy Sports by Spenser Ayres

Baseline Shorks by Glenn Shorkey
The Pine Rider Writer by Andrew Busscher
Sport Imitates Life by Bo Allegrucci
Sportacus by Carl Shimkin

Our Authors

(Authors listed alphabetically by last name)

Bo Allegrucci
- Sport Imitates Life
Bo Allegrucci has been a sports writer and sports editor for various daily newspapers in his native Kansas and has also free-lanced regularly for a handful of high school and college sports magazines. Bo is a University of Kansas graduate and a regular on the Kansas Press Association’s annual awards list.

Spenser Ayres
- Inside Fantasy Sports
Spenser Ayres is a recent graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a passion for athletics. In the summer of 2008, he worked for the Oakland Raiders as a website content provider, covering the team during training camp and preseason before departing for his final year of college. Spenser has been an active fantasy sports player for over six years and has a firm understanding of the statistical analysis necessary to be a successful competitor in any fantasy sports league. He conducts player and team research daily to provide readers with useful insight and advice for their fantasy teams.

Jeremy Banks
- Arizona Sportspage
Jeremy Banks, over his sports writing career, has covered a wide range of sports, including football, basketball, soccer, baseball, volleyball, racing, golf and track. He has covered sports of all levels, such as minor and major league baseball and football, college basketball, NASCAR, horse and dog racing in addition to high school and community sports coverage. His blog gives unique analysis, news, a creative approach, story telling and entertainment.

Chris Bernucca - 12trillion
Chris Bernucca has covered the NBA since 1996. His work also can be found at You can disagree with him at

Bob Birge - Bob Birge's Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Bob Birge is a veteran sportswriter with more 25 years of print and online experience in the New York metro area. He has covered a wide variety of events ranging from high schools to professional leagues. Three of his favorite things are the New York Yankees, New York Rangers and Notre Dame football.

H. Jose Bosch
- Michigan and Trumbull
H. Jose Bosch is a recent graduate from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism graduate program. He did his undergrad studies at the University of Michigan. Bosch was destined to be a Tigers fan when the two prominent stuffed toys in his crib were a tiger and a baseball. His biggest claim to fame is that he was the starting catcher the one season he played alongside Tiger rookie catcher Alex Avila at De La Salle High School in Warren, Michigan. That didn't prevent Avila from being better at everything else baseball related. Bosch loves to blog about anything Detroit Tigers related and will try to remind the reader that while we all take this game and this team so seriously, we still need to have some fun. If we don't, we'll never find Magglio's attempt at catching fly balls humorous.

Andrew Busscher
- The Pine Rider Writer
Andrew Busscher graduated from UNC - Chapel Hill and has always been active in sports from little league baseball, coaching tennis, playing water polo, to working in the Premium Services Department with the Carolina Panthers. Andrew enjoys cheering for the underdogs and seeing the lesser-favored team or player emerge victorious. His mission is to highlight and take a closer look at the sometimes unsung heroes of sports.

Scott Carter - Seminoles Sports Center
Scott Carter is a sports journalist with 15 years of experience, spending the majority of his career at The Tampa Tribune. While with the Tribune, he covered the Tampa Bay Rays of the Lou Piniella Era, the Tampa Bay Lightning when they were Stanley Cup champs, and horse racing. In his final two years at the newspaper, Carter covered Florida State University, where on at least one occasion he remembers FSU coach Bobby Bowden actually calling him "Scott'' instead of "Buddy.''

Jim Cerny - Jim Cerny's Rink Rap
Since 1989 Jim Cerny has covered the National Hockey League as a member of the media, and has worked five Stanley Cup Finals, four NHL All Star Games, and the Canada Cup and World Cup of Hockey tournaments. After spending four years hosting the talk show “Rink Rap” in New York, Jim became the play-by-play voice of the Islanders in 1997. Jim later co-hosted the talk show “NHL Live” on Sirius-XM, the NHL Network, and; and he covered the league as a reporter for The New York Times. Along with penning the Rink Rap blog, Jim is also currently the beat writer for the New York Rangers official web site,

Samuel Chi - BCS Guru
An award-winning sports journalist, Sam wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle & Examiner, Contra Costa Times and Pasadena Star-News. During his 20-year career in the news business, Sam covered a variety of events ranging from the Super Bowl, Rose Bowl, Final Four, the Masters to the Tour de France, FIFA World Cup and the changeover of Hong Kong from Britain to China. Sam is the publisher of World Sports Blogs.

Jay Christensen - The Wiz of Odds / The March to Madness
Jay Christensen, a.k.a. the Wiz, is a former editor at the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Herald Examiner and a host of Sports Byline USA radio program.

Doug Clawson - The Grill Room
Doug Clawson began a 25-year career in journalism as a sportswriter and columnist at several newspapers, before leading an award-winning sports department at the Lewiston Sun-Journal in Maine. While there, he also co-hosted a weekly TV sports talk show. Doug went on to become the managing editor of Stars and Stripes, the editorially independent newspaper that serves the troops and their families overseas. Doug now lives in Germany where he still loves the newspaper business ... even if it hates itself.

Emile Dawisha
- Terp Ticker
I am a sports journalist living in Chicago, a short walk away from Wrigley Field. I graduated from Miami University of Ohio, where I majored in journalism and had the pleasure of serving Ben Roethlisberger stir fry at the dining hall once. I have worked at sports desks from Cincinnati, OH to Aurora, IL and have covered just about every sport. I love talking Bears, Orioles, Reds and Terps basketball and football. And yes, I acknowledge I'm all over the map with my sports allegiances. But I've lived in D.C., Cincinnati and now Chicago, so don't say the words, "fairweather" or "bandwagon." Besides, who is a bandwagon Orioles fan anyway?

Paul Delger
- Paul's Redbird Report
Paul Delger grew up on sports. He especially enjoyed playing baseball and listening/watching the professionals. At one point in his youth, he could name every starting lineup on each MLB team. In the adult years, Delger served as a sport editor at a twice weekly Iowa newspaper. He also worked in sports information at two universities. His passion has been a well-crafted sports feature story. Delger enjoys rooting for teams with some form of red team colors. He has bled St. Louis Cardinal red since 1964.

Anthony Dion - Fighter's Corner
Anthony Dion, 24, is a graduate of the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Currently, he sports close to three full years of experience as a sports reporter and editor at daily or weekly newspapers. Most recently he has worked for the Glenwood Springs Post Independent as a Sports Reporter in Glenwood Springs, CO. and now covers MMA for Aside from MMA, Dion loves a variety of sports with football, baseball and golf being at the forefront. His other interests include movies, reading and comedy.

Les East - More From Les
Les East has been a New Orleans-based journalist for nearly 30 years. He has covered the NFL (including four Super Bowls), college football (including numerous BCS and national championship games), the NBA (including The Finals and the All-Star Game), college basketball (including five Finals Fours), and many other beats. His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the country and he has been a frequent guest on radio talk shows and television news programs, locally, regionally, and nationally.

Tom Edrington
- Running with the Bulls / Buccaneer Bow Shots
Tom Edrington is a former sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. He spent 10 years covering Florida State University, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the PGA Tour. He won two national writing awards from the Golf Writers Association of America. Today he is a Tampa-based freelance writer. He was recently published in the New York Times best-selling series, Chicken Soup for the Soul, resolutions edition. Tom is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and is an alum of McLean High School, McLean, Va. and East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.

Dominic Ellis - Crick Down the Legside
Dominic Ellis is a Dubai-based journalist with 15 years' writing and editing experience. Prior to moving to the Middle East, he worked on a range of business titles in the London area.

Greg Evans - This Is Thunder Basketball
Greg Evans is a 2009 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, majoring in Professional Writing in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is from the Tulsa Metro area, where he is a Freelance Sports Writer.

Larry Fleisher - Grand Baseball Concourse
Larry currently covers the Yankees and baseball for Metro New York newspaper. Prior to joining Metro, Larry was a New York area reporter for the wire service SportsTicker from 2005-2009 and covered the Yankees, Mets, Knicks and Rangers. Larry has also worked for and and was an associate editor for three years. A graduate of St. John's university, Larry has followed New York baseball since the mid-1980s. Besides baseball, Larry's other interests include music, especially Pearl Jam.

Henry Gomez - Saurian Sagacity
Henry is also the conductor of, a blog on Cuba and being a Cuban-American.

Rubin E. Grant
- Rue's Rant
Rubin E. Grant spent 25 years as a sports reporter/columnist at the Birmingham Post Herald. He also spent time as a correspondent for Baseball America, covering the Double-A Southern League. He was inducted into the Birmingham Barons Hall of Fame in 2008 for his nearly 25 years of covering minor league baseball. He writes for the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame program and magazine. In 2006, he co-authored the book Tales from Alabama Prep Football. He currently is a freelance writer, based in Birmingham, AL.

M.V. Greene - DMA 7-22 Blog
M. V. Greene is a purveyor of all sports ... from old school to new school, blogging from Owings Mills, MD and Washington, DC -- remembering ... Cal snagging the soft liner to close out the '83 WS; Jordan's last hurrah as a Wizard; teen daughter following Phelps up the Towson parade route after Athens; AAU girls basketball championships in Orlando; the hopelessness of the fate of Sean Taylor; first seeing Sam Cassell in 10-under; volunteering for the Special Olympics.

Ed Gunther - The National Championship Issue
Ed Gunther is not a role model. He is decidedly not the most interesting man in the world. And he's probably not your worst nightmare (unless you're a computer that's scared to death of crunching vast volumes of college football data). He is a writer, fond of snark, enjoys a good sandwich, and is rather tired of all the hype, which he tries to combat at every turn.

Mike Henry - Henry's Chopping Block
Mike Henry's credentials as a long-suffering sports fan include his life-long affairs with the St. Louis Rams, San Francisco Giants and Golden State Warriors. He also remembers a time when pro golfers didn't throw up on themselves when paired with No. 1, the World Series wasn't a made-for-TV travesty and people talked about horse racing and pro bowling, which were televised every Saturday. In addition to covering professional golf and horse racing for numerous newspapers, 'Old School' has covered the Devil Rays, Buccaneers and college football.

Michael Hicks - Broncos Beat
Michael Hicks is a freelance journalist with nearly 20 years of experience. He has worked for newspapers in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina before moving to the Rocky Mountains. He has written for the Denver Post, Dallas Morning News, Sacramento Bee, Major League Soccer magazine, among others. He is married with three children, residing in Arvada, Colo.

Justice B. Hill - Justice Is Served
Justice B. Hill, a former assistant sports editor at The Seattle Times and a senior writer with, is a freelance writer with more than 25 years as a sports journalist. But I've been a sports fan a lot longer.

Andy Kent - NFL Guru
The NFL Guru, Andy Kent, also is the President and Director of Business Development for Sports Media Exchange and the Senior Internet Writer for, the official team website of the Miami Dolphins. This is Andy’s third season with the Dolphins and 15th year as a sports journalist. He has covered four Super Bowls and was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat writer for six years (1999-2004) for the Naples Daily News, covering the Bucs’ memorable run to Super Bowl XXXVII. Andy also covered the birth of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995 and has a keen sense of NFL history.

Brad Kurtzberg - Brad's Barbs
Brad Kurtzberg is a New York-based hockey reporter who has been published on,, and He is also the author of Shorthanded: The Untold Story of the Seals, Hockey's Most Colorful Team, an in-depth oral history of the California Golden Seals. Kurtzberg can be heard weekly on "The NHL Tonight" every Saturday on The Team, 990 AM in Montreal and on NY Hockey Talk on WGBB on Long Island.

Alessandro Mastroluca - ATP Tennis 360
“What is written without passion, is read without impact.” This famous sentence by Samuel Johnson affected all my life and my career until now. I’m Alessandro Mastroluca, 26, an Italian journalist grown with the audacity of a hope, the dream, the desire, the need to be the eyes, the ears, the nose of all the people remained at home. A journalist who simply dream to tell, one day, the same words of the Italian TV commentator after the 2008 Wimbledon final: “Thanks for letting me live such a great emotion.”

Chris Murray - NFC 'Easter
Chris Murray has over 20 years of print and broadcast journalism experience. He is currently a co-host on the Weekend Sports Wrap-up on Blog Talk Radio. From 2004-2009, Murray was a sports writer/columnist with the Philadelphia Tribune. He covered both pro and college sports which included events like the 2008 World Series, the 2007 and 2009 NCAA Tournament and the 2004 NFC Championship Game. Murray was a finalist for the 2009 National Association of Black Journalists' Excellence in Journalism Award in sports writing for newspapers with under 150,000 circulation. In 2008, he was a recipient of the Negro League Baseball Museum’s Sam Lacy Award as its Baseball Writer of the Year.

Dwayne C. Nelson - All Net
Dwayne C. Nelson is a freelance Web writer/columnist who primarily covers the NFL and NBA. His current work can also be found on Associated Content. Prior to becoming a Web writer, Dwayne spent three years as a copy editor/entertainment writer at The Philadelphia Tribune and six years as a copy editor/page designer at the Courier-Post. A graduate of Temple University with a bachelor degree in Communications, he currently lives in Philadelphia, Pa. His favorite professional sports team is the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

Mike Norris - Inside Jayhawk Nation
Mike Norris is a 2004 graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. An avid sports and Jayhawk fan, Mike has been employed as a newspaper sports editor, reporter, columnist, and feature writer for the past five years. He lives in Marion, KS with his wife, two kids, and their fish. He also is an avid Detroit Tigers fan and roots for the Pistons, Lions, and Red Wings as well. When he is not writing, Mike is hanging out with his family or watching sports.

Richard Paolinelli
- Par for the Course
Richard Paolinelli is an award-winning sports writer and editor, as well as a life-long golfer, who has been covering the game since 1984.

Tom Renner - New York Minute
Tom Renner is a long-time sports writer in the New York area who has covered multiple marquee events, including the World Series, NBA Finals and major golf championships. He is also a former Sports Editor at daily newspaper in Connecticut.

Demar Richardson
- Inside the Pac-10
I graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a BA in World Literature and received my MA in English/Creative Writing from Sacramento State. I have covered California Golden Bears football for and covered College Football, the NFL and NBA on since 2006.

Victor Ryan - On the Muscle
Victor Ryan is a former editor and turf writer for such international racing publications as The Blood-Horse Magazine and The Thoroughbred Times. He has more than a decade of experience covering the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry and is currently a public handicapper based in Southern California.

Rick Sadowski - Through the 5 Hole
Rick Sadowski, a New Jersey native, has been covering sports since 1973 and hockey since 1981, for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, L.A. Daily News and Rocky Mountain News in Denver. He’s played hockey outdoors after shoveling snow from ponds but has never been on skates in an indoor rink. He’s authored two books, including “Hockeywood” in 1993, and written for numerous magazines and web sites, among them. A graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Sadowski has covered numerous NHL-All Star Games and Stanley Cup Finals, three Winter Olympics, the Summer Games, the University of Denver hockey team’s 2004-05 NCAA national championship season, an NBA Finals and All-Star Game, and the Rose Bowl. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Colorado, along with their dog and two cats – none of whom have ever been on ice skates.

Mario Sarmento - Dolphins Watch
Mario Sarmento is a graduate of Florida State University and has a Master's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He has worked as a sports writer for, the Lake City Reporter, as a freelance writer for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, and is currently a writer for the Boca Raton News. He has been following the Dolphins since Dan Marino and the "Marks Brothers" dominated the scene in the 1980s, and is an avid fantasy football player. His football highlight was covering the Indianapolis Colts' victory in Super Bowl XLI in Miami.

Carl Shimkin - Sportacus
Carl Shimkin is the co-host and co-producer of the uber-popular internet radio shows "MMA OUTLOUD" and "BASEBALL TALK." He is also the author of "Cabbie's Inside Pitch" for MLBlogs. He has had his work published for,,, USA Today, LA Daily News, NY Newsday and many other publications and internet sites. He is currently in charge of research for Roger Kahn (author of "The Boys of Summer," "Into My Own" among others) and his latest book. In addition to his work as a writer, Carl worked for as a statistician for 6 years. Though most of Carl's published work has centered around the worlds of Baseball and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), he has quietly written about many other sports which inflame his passions.

Glenn Shorkey - Baseline Shorks
As writer for ITS SPORTS! magazine in Tampa, FL, feature articles focused on 'minor' and youth sports (swimming, Little League, 'red chip athletes') and personalities (Gayle Sierens, 1st female NFL commentator), but also pro wrestling, Tampa Bay Bucs football; stringer for USF baseball. Very strong quote generator. College hoops junkie, will know the story with basketball pre-season analysis (Davidson, UNCC). Strong multi-sport background (incl. 12 seasons of rugby, coaching women’s inter-collegiate hockey); play and write with interest about life sports (cycling, kayaking, tennis, golf).

Michelle Smith - Left Coast Hoops
Michelle Smith, editor and founder of, is an award-winning sportswriter who has more than 20 years experience working as a journalist for some of the largest papers and publications in the country. Smith has spent the last 15 years covering women’s basketball at every level and for publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, the Oakland Tribune, Sports Illustrated for Kids,, CBS Sportsline, Hoop Magazine, Lindy’s Sports Annuals and Women’s Basketball Magazine.

David Steele - The Steele Drum
David Steele was a sports columnist for the Baltimore Sun from 2004 to 2009. Over more than two decades in newspapers, he has been a columnist and reporter for eight newspapers, and has won awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, the Florida Sports Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the California News Publishers Association and the Association of Black Media Workers. He has co-authored two books, including Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith, which was nominated for a 2008 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Biography/Autobiography.

John Sucich
- 200 Miles From the Citi
John Sucich grew up in Queens, New York, in the shadow of Shea Stadium. He now teaches and writes in Massachusetts, 200 Miles From The Citi (Field). He is a lifelong Mets fan, who decided this year that the qualifier “long-suffering” should accompany that description. He is also a Jets fan born after Super Bowl III, which speaks for itself. He writes on baseball, football, and whatever else in the sports world catches his eye.

Christopher R. Vaccaro
- Thin Ice
Christopher R. Vaccaro is a journalist and author from Long Island. The author of three books on Long Island sports, Vaccaro is a former online sports editor at the New York Daily News and has written for more than 45 publications from ESPN, Newsday and the Daily News, to Inside Lacrosse, Gotham Baseball and many others. His undying passion or the New York Islanders - Long Island's only major professional sports team - and penchant for online news led to this blog "Thin Ice."

Ivan Yeo - Soccer 24-7
Ivan Yeo, a resident of Simi Valley, Calif., is the beat writer for the Los Angeles Galaxy and Los Angeles Sol for “American Soccer News” and also a stringer for the Ventura County Star.

Chris Zervoudis
- Philadelphia Sports Scene
I’m a first generation Greek American, born and raised in Philadelphia. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May of 2009, reported for in 2008, and still work in media relations. I also work for Penn and for Citizens Bank until the end of the Phillies season. I am highly competitive and passionate in general, and when it comes to Philadelphia sports (high school, college, professional) that energy all gets taken to another level. I am well aware of the negative reputation of Philadelphia sports journalists and I hope to bring some redeeming qualities to this city.
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