Talking about football? Piece of cake. Talking about myself and football fandom? Confusing, complicated, and probably not worth your time to read this, but....what the hey! To give you the Cliff's Notes version, I am a 30-year old red-blooded football fanatic, to which I credit my parents for spoiling me terribly and always keeping our television tuned into whatever college/pro game was on at the time. I'm originally from East Texas, which means I grew up sprinting out of church to get home in time to catch the Triplets play at noon. I was, and still am, a big Texas Rangers fan, as sad as that is to say.
I moved to East Tennessee in high school and attended the University of Tennessee for my undergrad degree and eventually would up in Coral Gables, where I got a JD at the University of Miami. I support both of my alma maters fully, although neither is exactly swimming in success lately. Ironically, my parents are both Gators, so football Saturdays are fun.
I went to my first Bucs game in 2003 when I made it down to Tampa for the first time and had a blast. I followed the team from afar in Tennessee, but after moving to the Tampa Bay area in 2006, the Buccaneers became the home team for me and I've made it to games each year since, along with several Rays games each year.
I joined Buc'Em as a writer in August 2008 and enjoyed documenting the rollercoaster ride that turned out to be the 2008 collapse and the end of the Jon Gruden era. Joel, Jerry, and I carried the site along as best we could and Niko came on board, rounding out a tremendous crew. However, with the talented group of writers we have now, I can say with all certainty that this site has never been stronger. Everybody brings something insightful and unique to the table and I'm proud to be a part of it. More importantly, our work would be meaningless monologues without your readership and participation and I'm thankful and honored that you all, our readership, values our work enough to check it out on a regular basis.