I am highly unlikely to ever write a sports article for publication. I am not a writer; I do not play one on TV or the Internet. I joined the site to make a comment on an article that I just could not resist. Yep, b/r, you caught me, landed me, and I'm in the bottom of the boat. Flop, flop, flop.

In the last few days I've read several comments in the various communities that indicate my "kind" are a pet peeve, considered pests or trolls. We are hardly lauded or respected. That's okay, it's one or several men's or women's opinions. No matter; it seems to me that I and others like me would be heartily welcomed here. For the thousands or millions of aspiring writers, shouldn't readers (as opposed to competition) be a valued commodity? My biggest fandom is for the written word, when it is nurtured and cherished by those talented enough to do so.

I am also that anathema to sports fans of all kinds--a fair-weather fan, or maybe even worse, a bandwagon jumper. I'm easily caught up in whoever is doing well, whatever sport has made it into the mainstream enough at that moment to be causing a buzz. Cinderella story/underdogs as well as controversy will invariably catch my admittedly very short attention span. I do, however, have a lifelong (extremely long), uh, relationship, with West Virginia University sports, mostly football, with the occasional stray into basketball territory. Those personality traits, or flaws, depending on one's viewpoint, marry very well.

I had a passionate fling with ACC basketball in the early 80s, praying for the UVA Cavalier Holy Quadriga of Terry Holland, Ralph Sampson, Jeff Jones and Jeff Lamp to send Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Dean Smith to whatever roundball Hades they deemed appropriate. I was left unsatisfied, and our torrid affair was cut short by multiple graduations and retirements, as well as my relocation out of Virginia.

The Trader Joe's float photo above was taken at the 2008 Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA. I was fortunate enough to have extended business there and attend in person. Tickets to the Rose Bowl itself were a little harder to procure; therefore it was viewed in the comfort of my Hollywood corporate apartment. Who played, anyway?

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  • Tim SteelersFan posted 2753 days ago

    Tim SteelersFan

    Hey Marie. It's been a while. I've recently written a new article you may be interested in reading:

    "The Miami Dolphin Crime Family: Tony and the Sparanos"

    Come read about how the Miami Dolphins have become the franchise with the most arrests in the NFL, a story no one else in the media seems to be following, and a problem that the Dolphins don't seem interested in correcting.

  • Richard Bowler posted 2862 days ago

    Richard Bowler

    I thought you might like this article

  • JW Nix posted 2939 days ago

    JW Nix

    you may enjoy this look at the late Abe Pollin :

  • Tim SteelersFan posted 3047 days ago

    Tim SteelersFan

    Much has been written about the Steelers, the 1970s, and their use of steroids. The current public perception is the Steelers began and glamorized the use of roids in the 70s. Read my article to find out who one man, with 4 NFL teams, spread the use of steroids throughout the NFL, beginning in 1963, and see just how pervasive roid usage was by the time the Steelers began their decade of dominance.

  • Tim SteelersFan posted 3050 days ago

    Tim SteelersFan

    I just wrote an article about the inconsistencies of Roger Goodell's beefed-up Player Conduct Policy. I'd appreciate you reading it and any thoughts you might have. Thanks!