My name is Matthew Ellis Behrman and I'm a 22 year old philosophy major currently attending Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Currently scheduled to graduate in December of this year. I was born and raised in the neighborhood where the prestigious Columbia University calls home, Morningside Heights, Manhattan. My dad has been an enormous fan of the New York Mets since he was young boy witnessing them miraculously winning the World Series in 1969. He was obsessed with sports growing up, constantly impersonating Marv Alberts in his bathroom mirror. This obsession led him to be the lead play-by-play commentator for the Columbia Lions basketball team during his tenure there as an undergrad, a job with the now dated Sports Phone, where he got a job for his friend Gary Cohen who's now the lead play-by-play commentator for the Mets, as well as a sportscasting job on a local news station in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. From a young age my father shared his love of sports with me, taking me out to Shea for the first time to see Dwight "Doc" Gooden pitch when I was only 3 years old. Since then, I have always had a painful affinity for the orange and blue, even as awful as they have been for the past 20 years. We had some hope in the late '90's, though. I vividly remember Mike Piazza blasting a home run off the Budweiser Stadium at Shea, watching the ball sneak over the then Arizona Diamondback's glove Steve Finley, and of course Robin Ventura's infamous 'grand slam single'. I don't like to talk about 2000. 2006, was their year though. With Beltran's finesse, Reyes' spark plug playing style, on top of David Wright, Carlos Delgado, a resurgent Tommy Glavine and a shutdown closer in Billy Wagner. But, alas, Carlos Beltran striking out looking to hand the National League pennant to the eventual champion Cardinals will be forever engrained in my mind. Suffice to say, I love the Mets.
I'm also an avid fan of the NFL and a fairly decent fantasy owner if I do say so myself. I'm a Jets fan, but it runs nowhere as deep as my love for the Mets. I try to watch every football game I can and find myself wishing I had played as a youth, despite my scrawny stature. Peyton Manning is my favorite quarterback and I thoroughly enjoy watching him audible into the perfect play as he marches his squad down the field for the game winning score. Admittedly I sometimes would rather watch Peyton play than watch Mark Sanchez misfire time and time again. To be frank, I don't really like whats going on with the Jets right now. They seem like a lot of talk. constantly boasting that their one of the teams to be fearful of in the AFC. Rex Ryan is too much of a players coach and I feel misuses all the attention he receives as a big market head coach. Mark Sanchez has not at all shown the ability to quarterback a championship football team. Tim Tebow, in my opinion, will never pan out as an NFL quarterback. Sean Greene, just having earned the feature back job on his own, is no better than an average back as far as professional backs go. Just to name a few issues I have noted.
Through by time spent around Pittsburghers in college I have recently grown more interested in the NHL, especially after the exciting season the Blueshirts had last year. I fully hope the lockout ends and us New Yorkers, and other Rangers fans out there, get to see our team take another shot at the cup. The addition of Rick Nash over the off season should assist well in achieving that goal. Beyond that, they are a young team full of talent and potential. The 22 year old Michael Del Zotto played solid defense throughout last season and should return this year to the do the same. The fresh out of Boston College Chris Kreider provided offensive support in the playoffs and should serve as a decent goal scoring threat in the remainder of his rookie season. And of course, there's King Henrik Lundqvist, without a question one of the top 5 goalies in the league.
I love watching and talking sports. It takes up a big part of my life, following my favorite teams and discussing with my peers strategy for how our teams could play better. I enjoy sharing tidbits and interesting or wacky statistics that might make one scratch their head. This is way longer than I intended, I'm going to stop writing now.