Growing up on 30 acres of open country in southwestern Michigan, and spending most days and nights either playing or watching sports, I quickly learned that having dreams would get me nowhere unless I was willing to work for it.  Local, or even regional opportunities weren’t plentiful, and I never really saw myself settling for anything available in that area.  I always had big dreams, but they never revolved around being an athlete to make a living.  However, a combined knowledge of sports and an awe of the local newsies made things pretty clear and gave me a direction to follow.

With that in mind, I took my dreams a few hundred miles south down I-69 to Butler University in Indianapolis, determined to learn all that I could and eventually work my way into the media biz. I learned plenty, and secured a few gigs at local television stations in the Hoosier state.  I saw almost every side of the journalism process by working as a production assistant, writer, videographer, editor, producer, reporter, and anchor.  I paid my dues, and it was all worth it.

Thirty-three months at various local television stations were followed by a 30-month stint at WebStream Productions, where I served mainly as a jack-of-all-trades for the Horizon League Network, a video streaming platform for the Horizon League, a 10-school, NCAA Division I athletic conference.  The opportunity also allowed me to work as both a play-by-play announcer, color analyst, sideline reporter, and host for a multitude of events both on television and on the web. During the summer months, I was able to continue developing my production skills as part of the video crew for the Indianapolis Indians, the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

It was with WebStream Productions that I began testing my mettle as a blogger.  Combining audio and video with text, while adding some opinion from time to time proved effective for me.  While initially focusing solely on Horizon League topics, I was soon approached by other college basketball sites about contributing in my spare time.  Through the 2008-09 college basketball season, I acted as the Horizon League correspondent for Rush the Court.  For most of the 2009-10 college basketball season, I was a contributing writer to The Mid-Majority.

As you can probably tell (since this is my “About” section), I define much of who I am by what I have done and/or want to accomplish professionally.  For better or worse, I’m consumed by my work, and finding a true balance between my professional and personal life is something I have yet achieve.  My professional side — always — wins.

This site was actually created in July 2009 but remained virtually dormant until July 2010 when it became clear that I could use it to my advantage while looking to secure my next job.  Prior to that, this site never really had a purpose.  It served more as a sounding board for things I was trying to sort out in my personal life.  As professional demands increased, the personal ideas faded.  Again, the professional side won.

Every now and then I like grabbing an ice cold beer with friends.  I live for all things Detroit sports, Michigan Wolverines football, and Butler Bulldogs basketball.  Aside from that, I enjoy handing out fairly large doses of sarcasm, and always being realistic.