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My name is Mike and I write Greg Schiano jokes for food. Long ago, I taught mathematics in suburban South Jersey. During standardized test sessions, I wrote articles for Football Outsiders and the New York Times. Eventually, schools began giving so many standardized tests that I was a full-time writer who proctored tests as a side job. So I quit proctoring tests. I covered the NFL for Sports on Earth for two years. Now I am at Bleacher Report, sharing statistical nuggets and offbeat observations while waiting for Congress to appoint a Poet Laureate in the category of Johnny Manziel Tweets. 'Cuz I like my odds.

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  • Chris VanVliet posted 5 days ago

    Chris VanVliet

    You must be from Pittsburgh OR you have forgotten that the Ravens are in the AFC. I will hit you back after the Steelers lose and the Ravens meet either the Broncos or the Patriots. Heck, the Steelers are going to lose this weekend!!!

  • Mike Hickey posted 13 days ago

    Mike Hickey

    With all your hating on Santa Claus this week, how could you fail to call out the elf in Rudolph who throws the toy bird out of the sleigh without an umbrella--after it has CLEARLY stated that it cannot fly!? Surely there's a Nick Novak gag in there somewhere?

  • Quinn Baker posted 20 days ago

    Quinn Baker

    Mike, I would like to inform you that the name of your weekly post has been lifted from my site. I came up with that name for articles on sports I was writing about 4 years ago. At that time I wanted to get Bleacher Reports attention and hash tagged your company in all of my posts. Obviously, someone lifted that name and gave it to you for your article, which is nice, but at the same time it is not an original name and certainly I get no credit for it at all.

    As a writer I am sure you would feel some type of anger in seeing something you came up with not given proper recognition and due. I would like something to be done about this and I am willing to speak with whomever to get this figured out.

    I thank you for your time and I have copied my tumblr site so you know that what I am saying is true. Best of luck to you on the writing and I hope to hear from you soon.

  • Voodoo Magic posted 29 days ago

    Voodoo Magic

    As a long-time reader of this site (and a one-time contributor), I just wanted to say that your contributions to this site have been a revelation. Your articles are very informative, highly readable, and occasionally moving (i.e. your Lovie Smith-Bears piece). I can say with honesty that you are the only person on this site that I track with regularity; almost every I look to see, has Mike Tanier posted an article today?

    Keep up the great work!

  • Buzz Drinny posted 46 days ago

    Buzz Drinny

    Dear Mike. I follow your column with interest.
    With that in mind, I think your stance on the Steelers has gotten stale.
    Your angle seems to be "they are old." If they perform well, they win despite being so old. If they lose, they are really showing their age. We get it.

  • TIMOTHY DUTCHER posted 59 days ago


    Mike, I thought your take on Murray was spot on in today's article. I am not a Cowboy fan but have been interested in the way running backs have been treated over the past few years as being a sort of throw away position. My one thought in all of this about Murray is couldn't the Cowboys use Adrian Peterson in negotiations now? Let's say AP is done for the year between trial and the NFL saying his time off is considered time served. The Vikes are going to release him unless he renegotiates because part of what they were paying him was for his marketability factor, which is now nil. The Cowboy's window is the next couple of years with what they have now, so they could probably sign AP for $5.5 a year for 3 years. He is well rested, still quite productive, and wants to play for the Cowboys. Murray either has to sign for less or risk being out there in as an unwanted RFA. The Cowboys would be in a great position if they signed AP. They would have a workhorse back for probably more than 1/2 price and still get a draft pick in return for Murray. So at what point do they tell Murray to take what we offer now or play somewhere else? Of course, playing somewhere else might mean a lot more money anyways.

  • Paul R posted 67 days ago

    Paul R

    Mike, you're my favorite sports writer. Do you do any other writing?
    Also, which profession gets more action with the ladies, sportswriter or math teacher?

  • Roderick Keelen posted 86 days ago

    Roderick Keelen

    Your articles have been on the money. You and Matt Miller are the best this website has to offer. You are great

  • Mike Tanier posted 87 days ago

    Mike Tanier

    Thanks for taking the time to hunt me down!

  • Lambeau Legend posted 87 days ago

    Lambeau Legend

    Love your work, Mike! I was a little distressed when you suddenly disappeared from SoE. I'm glad to see that you're still around to grace us with your unique style of sports writing. Keep it up!