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My love affair with sports began when I was three years old, when I started watching sports on TV and reading the sports section of the newspaper. I knew early on that there would be a good chance that I would become a sportswriter. In hopes of achieving this goal, I have absorbed as much information about sports as possible since that day over 20 years ago. (It helps to have grown up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, a knowledgeable and passionate sports city!)

Though I have mostly followed sports, I played them on occasion. I briefly played tee-ball and town league soccer. I also did karate for about two years. My most competitive athletic experience was as a coxswain for my high school crew team. These were all fine experiences, but eventually, I realized I am designed to cover sports and not to play them. Today, I enjoy playing golf on occasion.

I was introduced to Bleacher Report a few years ago by my best friend (and fellow sports nerd) Tommy Ciampoli. Tommy has written for Bleacher Report as well, and I invite you to take a look at his work. I was introduced to the possibility of writing for Bleacher Report in the spring of 2012, when the internship coordinator was a guest speaker in my Critical Issues in Sports Media course at Rutgers University. Soon after, I applied for the Bleacher Report 2012 Summer Sports Writing Internship, and I was accepted. Following the completion of the internship, I became a College Football Featured Columnist. I held that position in the fall of 2012 and the summer of 2013.

I have since graduated from Rutgers University. In May 2014, I earned a B.A. in Journalism and Media Studies, as well as a Sports Journalism Certificate. I took as many sports-related courses at Rutgers that I could, both inside and outside of my major. I only missed three home football games during my time as a student as well. The first was September 19, 2009 against FIU. T.Y. Hilton, a favorite target of Andrew Luck in Indy, scored two touchdowns for the Golden Panthers in a Rutgers victory. The second was a 43-10 loss to Louisville on Black Friday 2010. The third was September 24, 2011 versus Ohio. Current Cincinnati Bengal Mohamed Sanu caught 16 passes for 176 yards and two touchdowns in that game. I also attended many men's basketball games and a few wrestling matches while there. Some days I wish I was back in school, but other days I am glad to have completed such a life milestone, and I look forward to establishing a name for myself "in the real world."

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  • randy steffens posted 485 days ago

    randy steffens

    Michael Baird just proved that it doesn't take much, either, to voice an opinion...lol. He'll never figure out 'logic' with his biases. Oh well, eh ?

  • randy steffens posted 485 days ago

    randy steffens

    Your system's o.k. - just gave me an opportunity to plug some "less noticeable, but (possibly) equally important" games. If they're not 'marquee matchups' at this point, eventually someone might wish that they had heard or thought about checkin' them out.

  • Robert Baird posted 814 days ago

    Robert Baird

    Michael,you think Alabama will lose this year and Ole Miss just might be the team that does it? You got to be kidding me. I bet your one of the writters that thinks Boise State should be in the National Championship game every year too regardless of their schedule strength. I cant follow the logic of people like you. It just proves to me that it dont take much to land a job as a sports writter lol.

  • Landon Terhune posted 893 days ago

    Landon Terhune

    please write an article bringing up the issue of Connor Shaws speed in the new EA NCAA football. His speed in the 2012 version was 94/81. (acceleration and speed) In the 2013 version it is 78/71. WHAT Happened?! With Connor's running game being such a huge part of our offense this year how can any South Carolina fan expect to play a anywhere close to accurate version of their team in this years game. Maybe it can be fixed if it is brought to attention.

  • Benjamin Klein posted 898 days ago

    Benjamin Klein

    My neighbor and I just loved Ray Bourque and when he went to Colorado, we just followed him and I've loved them ever since. Primed for a great year next season!

  • Kevin Boilard posted 936 days ago

    Kevin Boilard

    Hey, Michael. Small world, huh? Good luck this summer. I just read your first article and it looks like you're already off to a great start.