Tony Bazen

Tony Bazen


I have three passions in my lfe. First and foremost, I have a love for Jesus Christ. He is my Lord and Savior and my purpose for living. I am thankful that He has afforded me the privilege of serving Him for 19 years now in Christian schools as a teacher and coach, as a Youth Pastor at three different churches, and serving for nine years as Pastor of the greatest group of people in America, the congregation at Promised Land Baptist Church in Gastonia, NC.

I also am passionate about my family. God has blessed me with a wonderful wife, Joanna, and two great daughters, Rebecca and Bethany. My family provides both inspiration and illustrations for much of my preaching and writing.

A third passion that I have is a love for sports. I played football, basketball, and baseball all the way from youth leagues through high school. I have also been privileged to coach football, basketball, and baseball for a number of years as well. I helped pay my way through Bible College by working at a sports card shop and, at one time, had quite a collection of sports memorabilia.

Since getting too old to play sports on a highly competitive level, I satisfy my craving for competition now in a less physically demanding way. I am now an avid Fantasy Sports fanatic.

Recently I have become a free lance sports writer, with my work currently being featured in The Gaston Gazette and the Statesville Record & Landmark.

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  • Paul Swaney posted 2672 days ago

    Paul Swaney

    When you have a minute, check out my latest slide show about upcoming milestones we should be seeing this season.

  • Thaddeus Yeiser posted 2673 days ago

    Thaddeus Yeiser

    I've returned from a month long hiatus, and was hoping you could give this a look.

  • Sports Writer posted 2674 days ago

    Sports Writer

    Why the gambler Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame

  • Joey Corso posted 2675 days ago

    Joey Corso

    You might know the story, you might not. Heres one of my all time favorites. Take a look and tell me what you think. Thanks in advance!

  • Bleacher Report posted 2683 days ago

    Bleacher Report

    Hi, I'm thinking a podcast network called the NFC South Network, would like to know if you or anyone else in the Panthers community would be interested in hosting the Panthers podcast.
    The Saints podcast is already up and running, you can view it at, please contact me ASAP.

  • JW Nix posted 2685 days ago

    JW Nix

    check this out

    I think you may like it

  • Eric Quackenbush posted 2694 days ago

    Eric Quackenbush

    Hi Tony, I am not certain on what the selection process is for the team beat writers from CBS. This news came as a surprise to me, and I have tried checking out the CBS Sports website to see if there's any links on there or further information, but so far I've come up empty handed.

    I would be very surprised if this is a ploy to get more writers and fresh ideas on B/R, although it is nice to see new membership and new topics to read about. I was getting tired of seeing all my scenarios on Peppers and Delhomme, as I'm sure everyone reading them were good on that as well.

    I know nothing more than what you or anyone else knows. I just know that all article assignments must be completed by May 29, at which point they will go under review I suppose. I've never been nor felt mislead by the powers that be on Bleacher Report, so I feel very comfortable saying this is legit.

    I appreciate your vote of confidence in me! I'm sure there's nothing to be skeptical about, here.

  • Eric Quackenbush posted 2698 days ago

    Eric Quackenbush

    I would like to welcome you to Bleacher Report, Tony. I read your article for the first time, and found it very descriptive with realistic ideals in it. Great work! If you need any help or have any questions, please feel free to ask me, or either of the Panthers' community leaders here.