Raised in Brooklyn, I was a Mets/Knicks/Giants fan surrounded by Yankees/Nets/Jets fans. I graduated from Davidson College in 2014 with a degree in history.
I started playing basketball and baseball at a young age, and continued to play throughout high school. I was a New York private school state champion in 2009, playing third base and pitching.
As for basketball, my pick-up game has been described as Danilo Gallinari on a good day, and Antoine Walker on bad days (although if I'm being honest, I would say Ron Metta World Artest Peace's offensive game, with some classic Andrea Bargnani defense)
I have always wanted to share my sports opinions with others, and began doing so in the summer of 2013 when my friend Walker Harrison and I started a Mets/Yankees blog, ChatteryMates.com. Now, Bleacher Report has given us both the opportunity to share our opinions with a greater audience.
I will always have an affinity for the teams I grew up rooting for, but I always try to step back and offer insightful and rational analysis, leaving my passion as a fan aside. I love sharing my thoughts on my favorite teams as well as the greater sports world, and hope people enjoy and respect my sports opinions.
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You sir, know nothing and you are a faggot.
Given the current state of the Knicks, I was reminded of an article you wrote in Esquire back in 2007 (http://www.esquire.com/the-side/opinion/knicks-timeline#).
I am by no means a fair-weather fan (I have stuck with the Nets even AFTER they got rid of the good Doctor before merging with the NBA, and was buoyed by the exploits of "Super' John Williamson and Al Skinner, and then the meteoric rise and fall of "Bubbles" Hawkins in those sad days), and have been a fan of the Knicks from those bittersweet days of the "Ship Be Sinking" and "Invisi-Bill" Cartwright (I loved that team), to the no-nonsense defense-minded Knicks of the Patrick Ewing era that followed them.
Stunned, saddened, and hopelessly demoralized are just a few of the words that can be used to describe the emotional state of those fans who remain loyal to this franchise. I'm talking true fans here, not the empty-headed zealots who look at the Knicks, and decide that what ails them is a lack of effort on the part of the poorly assembled pieces that make up the team, or a coach that is saddled with the task - Atlas-like - of making this deeply flawed collection of lounge acts into even a mediocre performing band.
These people talk of trades, shifting personnel, shaking up the front-office, etc., as if that is the sole thing that is wrong with them. And in one very narrow and specific way, I agree with them. I can think of one and only one personnel decision, more than any other, that can change the trajectory and fate of this franchise, just by the sheer act of its making. Just like HP's stock dropped 4% the very moment Leo Apotheker was named CEO of HP, the portfolio of the Knicks will improve significantly: remove James Dolan from all Knicks basketball operations.
Jimmy "Guitar" Dolan is like the King Midas of the sports world. But in reverse: there is no gold extant that he can touch and not have it turn to shit.
Moe, Larry, and Curly would be an improvement over his managerial style.
I am writing this, Sean, because I believe you are obligated to write the follow up to that piece of journalistic precision you authored. Please, sir, I implore you: write the "Titanic, the Sequel: the Knicks and Sisyphus".
Thanks for becoming a fan, Sean! How are you enjoying Bleacher Report? I see you're a Mets fan — ever heard of Josh Satin? He got called up a couple years ago and has been switching with Ike Davis and Duda at first base. He's actually my cousin, so it's been a lot of fun to watch him in the big leagues, despite his inconsistency. Anyway, hope you're liking writing for B/R and if you have any questions or suggestions about the site please don't hesitate to contact me.