John Howell

John Howell

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John Wingspread Howell is a native of Buffalo, has lived in the Rockies, the Southwest and the Midwest, most recently Chicago, and has returned to Buffalo where he currently lives with his wife and teenage daughter. He is a writer, theologian and business consultant.

John is Bleacher Report's Premier Underdog and WPS correspondent. He also writes about Buffalo sports.

John has a spiritual attraction to underdogs in sports and life in general and sees sports as a great metaphor for the struggle of the little guy to beat the odds and win at life. Coming from Buffalo, this may not be surprising.

The underdog fascination may also explain why John is an avid soccer fan, since in the United States soccer is the stepsister of homegrown sports, and why he is especially enthusiastic about the Chicago Red Stars and the WPS, because they are the stepsisters of the stepsister. "Underdog issues aside, soccer is a beautiful game-- perhaps the most beautiful in the sheer choreography of play. But I do have some American red blood in me," Howell says. "There's nothing more beautiful than a Hail Mary or a shot from downtown to end a football or basketball game at the buzzer. Especially if the underdog is the one winning with such a play.

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  • John A posted 839 days ago

    John A

    Yes, that person probably hasn't been to Buffalo. And, I don't know how any city can make somewhere like Salt Lake look like Vegas. That is almost impossible.

  • Will Tidey posted 859 days ago

    Will Tidey

    Hey John, send me an email to wtidey@bleacherreport.com when you get a chance. I've got some info to pass your way.

  • John A posted 1278 days ago

    John A

    John,

    I know that you are a Buffalo native, so I have a quote for you from someone on another board. This isn't my opinion, but I want to run this by you:

    "Buffalo makes Salt Lake City look like Las Vegas".

  • Scott Gyurina posted 1507 days ago

    Scott Gyurina

    Mr. Howell,

    Seeing as you are a member of the Sports and Society community and the ultimate fan of the underdog, I thought you may be able to appreciate an article I wrote about one of the ultimate underdogs in sports...
    I'm not entirely positive how it will be received by the theologian side of you, but I hope you will check it out and find something of value in my piece. I look forward to checking out you whatyoucan'tsayatparties blog..Thanks for your time, Scott

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/429879-dont-ask-dont-tell-the-plight-of-gay-athletes-in-pro-sports

  • Kevin Lindsey posted 1540 days ago

    Kevin  Lindsey

    Thanks for posting a like rating on my article.

  • Kevin Lindsey posted 1540 days ago

    Kevin  Lindsey

    Interesting bio, you must love being able to weave the Frank Reich led 35 point comeback in your presentation.

  • Bleacher Report posted 1544 days ago

    Bleacher Report

    Hi John,

    Read the latest...thanks, bro. Stephen Strasburg should make the All-Star NL Team

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/413185-i-elect-stephen-strasburg-for-midsummer-classic-so-should-you

  • Stew Flats posted 1552 days ago

    Stew Flats

    World Cup Power Rankings 3

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/409584-fifa-2010-world-cup-power-rankings-group-stage-three

  • Stew Flats posted 1565 days ago

    Stew Flats

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/403339-2010-fifa-world-cup-power-rankings?just_published=1

  • Stew Flats posted 1571 days ago

    Stew Flats

    I thought you may enjoy this John, let me know your picks!

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/400445-fifa-2010-world-cup-post-tournament-awards

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