Kirk Mango

Kirk Mango


Hi, and thanks for visiting my profile page here at Bleacher Report. As a writer, I also publish articles at "The Athlete's Sports Experience" for the Chicagonow blog network, at for their Weplay Moms section "Expert Advice For Sports Parents." Several of my articles have been featured on the Gatorade Moms website ( for their "Articles & Advice: You and Your Athlete" section.

In addition, I am the author of "Becoming a True Champion: Achieving Athletic Excellence From the Inside Out" ( released this past May by Rowman & Littlefield. The book was written to address the “winning at all costs” attitudes and loss of perspective in our current sports and youth sports culture, along with giving athletes the tools they need to reach whatever levels of athletic success they so desire.

As a former athlete, I was a Division I National Champion, 3-Time All-American, 3-Time Hall of Fame Athlete, and in 2009 was selected as #8 on NIU's Top 50 Huskies Athletes of All Time list. I have also been blessed with two athletic daughters who were fortunate enough to earn themselves Division I scholarships to play their respective sports in college.

As an educator, I teach physical education at Downers Grove South High School. I have been teaching for over 32 years, and coached 17 of those years (12 of them as a head coach). Since my profession is one that promotes physical fitness and wellness, I work out regularly in order to set a good example for the students I teach. I believe that trying to encourage high school age students to make sound choices regarding exercise and diet becomes much more difficult if you cannot practice what you preach.

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  • Meredith Day posted 2124 days ago

    Meredith Day

    Of course! Glad I could help. I just popped back in to put em-dashes instead of the shorter dashes.

  • Meredith Day posted 2124 days ago

    Meredith Day

    Hi Kirk, thanks for clarifying your position. I think if you changed the last paragraph to refer to other forms of "cheating," that would work. Something like, "By this precedent, poor, unethical, cheating behavior causes one to lose a whole season, and the financial reward that goes with it, or possibly an entire lifetime of seasons (lifetime ban). The culture - not only of bounty systems, but also PEDs and other forms of cheating - will quickly change because no one will want to risk getting slapped with such harsh penalties."

    It's up to you, of course. Let me know if you want me to take a look at whatever you decide to change it to. Thanks!

  • shawn samsel posted 2181 days ago

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  • shawn samsel posted 2181 days ago

    shawn samsel

    What a freakin nitwit... Toradol?? Really?? Get a life.

  • Amy Lu posted 2210 days ago

    Amy Lu

    It's been 9 days since you left a comment on my Bulletin Board, but I only just received a notification today. I apologize for the long wait! This concerns your question regarding italicizing quoted material and using quotation marks for emphasis.

    Another copyeditor might share a different opinion, but here is what I have to say: Context alone can help readers differentiate between quoted text and emphatic text. For example, I knew that "higher-end deals" wasn't emphatic text because it's a full-on phrase and is more specific. Now if you wrote "higher-end" deals, I might have thought it was emphatic; it sounds far more sarcastic. To summarize, it has a lot to do with tone and specificity!

    Explanation aside, italicizing quoted material is really a matter of style. If you think it would really benefit readers, feel free to do that. The downside, however, is that it can diminish the impact of italics if not used sparingly. I hope that helps!

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  • The Enforcer posted 3445 days ago

    The Enforcer

    I've been meaning to get in touch with you, but for whatever reason, haven't. Sorry about that! I did stop by your website, though. Let's talk. You can email me at