Born Christmas Eve of 1976 and raised in the suburb to end all suburbs, Levittown, NY, I am a child of the 80's. I remember Saturday morning cartoons (the real ones, drawn by hand, not the CGI stuff that is produced today), starting lineup figures (somewhere in my parents' attic lies a box with hundreds), and movies that cost less then a small fortune to attend.
An internship with the New York Knicks turned into a 3 year stint working in their Basketball Operations department, during which I was fortunate to work with and learn from some of the brightest and most passionate people in sports.
After parting ways, I partnered with a small group of "NBA lifers" and ran Summer Camps for a handful of NBA players around the country including Paul Pierce and Shaquille O'Neal. I am proud to say that I have been dunked on by Shaq, and it was awesome.
A proud Alumnus of Tau Epsilon Phi, my pledge name in college was of course, Hoops.
My passions in life are simple: family, friends, sports and music. Music runs through my veins—my aunt is a member of both the Songwriters and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This is a totally useless fact when it comes to sports and Bleacher Report, but it is incredibly cool and I will brag about it until the end of time.
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Thanks for the compliment, Rick! I really appreciate it.
And don't mention it on the Price piece. That was very well written and was about a subject that I personally agree with. Nobody should be above the game, especially the umps. They are there for one reason—to keep the game moving.
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can you write an article on who is the best pitcher in baseball ( Justin Verlander or Clayton Kershaw) please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for the props, Rick! Much appreciated, sir... and happy holidays to you and yours.
props to you on your article about youkilis being a good fit for the yankees. he just signed with them
PM your official prediction PAC vs JMM 4
Just wanted to mention on your article, "Ohio State Football: Highlighting Scariest Games Remaining on Buckeyes' Schedule" you said, "...and while current QB Joel Stave is certainly no Wilson..." However, Stave is out for the rest of the season with a broken collar bone which he suffered while playing Michigan State two Saturday's ago.
The current QB will be Danny O'Brien (the transfer from Maryland) who was pulled earlier this season for his inconsistent play.
Rick, I disagree with your unbreakable sports record. I know one that is harder to beat and will likely never, ever be beaten. Can anyone beat the Red Sox comeback against New York in 2004? Sox were down 3 games to 0. It was the bottom of the ninth. 2 outs. No one on base. And they came back and won the series. The only way it could be broken is if another team was losing game four by a bigger deficit. Won't ever happen. Unbreakable!
Rick, you have me curious. What is the name of your aunt who is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. I'd like to track her down on their websites and learn about her and the contributions she made to music to garner her entries into these halls. You can include this with the other piece of info about who you would take out of your greatest throwing arms of all-time list and replace Warren Cromartie with. Also, I would appreciate it greatly if you would also tell me where on the list you would place Cromartie. Again, you can send your reply to my firstname.lastname@example.org e-mailbox. Thanks!
With your mention of leaving Warren Cromartie off your greatest throwing arms of all-time list (I'm surprised that you did, considering you had his two other outfield co-cohorts, Andre Dawson and Ellis Valentine on your list but, hey, things happen, right?), I now wonder who you would've taken out to put Cromartie into it. If you would please send your response to my email@example.com e-mailbox I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance!