STAFF

Trevor Jackson: [BIO]Editor-In-Chief
Cory Grubbs [BIO] – 
Head Writer/Editor
Bill Thompson: [BIO] – Head Writer
Ken Morris: [BIO] –  Writer
Adam Banig: [BIO] –  Writer
Trevor Morton: [BIO] – Writer
Kyle Plum: [BIO] – Writer
Miles Horton: [BIO]Writer
Darren Carter: [BIO]
Writer

Contributors

Pasquale Prezioso – Wizards
Delonte’ Nash – Redskins/Wizards
Josh Stendeback – Redskins
Derek Goode – Redskins/Nats/Wizards
John Byrnes – Nats/Wizards/Redskins
Otto Ruefli – Orioles
Asad NaqviBoxing
Brett Krupinski
Orioles
Mike Johnson
Redskins
Saam Bozorgmehr
Caps/UMD

 

 

 

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  • Trevor Jackson

Editor-In-Chief

Trevor Jackson - editor in chief

Twitter: @tjackson85

Articles by Trevor J

Favorite Sports:

       To watch:  Basketball / NFL / Baseball
       To play:  Basketball / Golf / Flag Football / Softball

Favorite Teams:

Wizards, Redskins, Orioles, Nats, Caps

Quote:

“Heroes get remembered, but legends never die.”

Fanhood:

I have loved basketball ever since I can remember.  Growing up, I played every sport imaginable, but basketball was always my passion.  My whole life I have enjoyed watching basketball, playing basketball, and talking basketball.  I can remember going to my first Bullets game as a child, and being close to the court and seeing Gheorghe Muresan.  I also remember opening up a slick, light blue Starter Bullets jacket one year for Christmas, and have been a Bullets/Wizards fan as long as I can remember.  Most people are thrown off when I tell them that I like the NBA over the NFL.

I do however consider myself a die hard Redskins fan.  The reality of the Redskins recent years has worn on me quite a bit, and has polished me into more of a realist than my old homer self.  I am still a huge fan, and can’t wait for the Skins to be relevant again.  I have recently been trying to get back into baseball with a slight edge going toward the Orioles, but also consider myself a Nationals fan.  My knowledge of hockey is limited to flying V’s and knuckle pucks, but I am learning and watching more.

My Wizards fandom lead me to the WizardsExtreme forums, where I found my type of people.  I forum’d so hard, I eventually became a mod for the site.  I currently help contribute to the media section of the site — including ideas and articles — as well as continuing my role as a mod.  I have been with WE since close to the beginning, and will continue to roll with them as long as they let me.  WizardsExtreme 4 life!

Ankle surgery has put me out of the game I love for now, so I figured why not start a blog.

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  • Bill Thompson

Head Writer

Bill Thompson - staff writer

Twitter: @CoolestGuy_Here

Articles by Bill

Favorite Sports:

       To watch:  Baseball / NFL / NCAAF (minus the Big 10)
       To play:  Baseball / Football / Lifting heavy objects

Favorite Teams:

Orioles, Redskins, UVA

Quote:

“It’s about being relentless in pursuit of your goal and resilient in the face of bad luck or adversity.”

Fanhood:

Grew up in a Redskins and Orioles household, and while my Dad jumped ship to the Nats because of Peter Angolos, I stayed strong.  I root for the Wizards and Caps, but do not know enough about either sport yet to become fully installed into the fan base.  I played baseball all the way through college and football while in high school.  I have been on the same field as NFL Running Back Ryan Williams, CFL Running Back Chris Garrett, MLB Outfielder Justin Upton, and MLB Pitcher Daniel Hudson to name a few.  My favorite memory at Fed Ex field came in Joe Gibbs second season, where with the playoffs on the line the Redskins put a 28-7 beat down on the Cowboys.  My favorite memory of Camden Yards was every time as a kid I got to watch Cal Ripken play the game.

I am die hard for my teams, but not to the extent of blind optimism.  I am not someone who buys into the hype of people, I need to see it first (trust me this makes it really hard being a Skins fan).  My fanhood, however, does not just stay with my own teams as I have developed several “Man Crushes” so to speak.  Players and coaches such as Matt Kemp, Mike Tomlin (dude’s a hard ass), and Derrick Rose.

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  • Miles Horton

Staff Writer

Miles Horton - staff writer

Twitter:  @MilesAbvTheRest

Articles by Miles

Favorite Sports:

       To watch:  NCAAF / NCAAB / NFL / MLB / NBA / NHL
       To play:  Basketball / Golf

Favorite Teams: 

 Cowboys, Orioles, Duke, Tennessee Volunteers, Capitals, Thunder

Quote:

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Fanhood:

Didn’t stick to the script when it came to determining sports teams.  Geography didn’t overpower family backgrounds.  Parents are from TN, and used to spend my summers there.  My father instilled Cowboys football in us at a very early age.  As most of you know, my brother’s name is Dallas.  It’s what we do.  In 1992, at age 5, the first college basketball game I can recall is watching “The Shot” as Christian Laettner hit the buzzer beater to beat Kentucky.  Then as the years passed, I started admiring players like Trajan Langdon, Jason Williams, Shane Battier, and J.J Redick.  Played little league baseball growing up and always loved Cal Ripken, Jr. — the Orioles were awesome back then too; the “Glory Years.”  When the Nationals came in 2005, I couldn’t bail on my team.  I never have, and never will bail.  Remember what you did Nats fans.

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  • Cory Grubbs

       Head Writer/Editor

Twitter: @CoryGrubbs10

Articles by Cory

Favorite Sports:

       To watch:  NFL / NBA / NCAA BBALL / PGA
       To play:  Basketball / Golf

Favorite Teams:

Wizards, Bengals, UNC, Team Tiger Woods

Quote:

“Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser.” – Vince Lombardi

Fanhood:

My sports fan hood isn’t like your typical sports fan. I love the Wizards, the Cincinnati Bengals, and the UNC Tar Heels. Pretty weird hodgepodge isn’t it? My parents were never big into sports so I never had any guidance on sport allegiance from them. My love for the Bengals surfaced when I was in middle school. I never played football because it conflicted with our golf season, but I grew a huge passion for the game of football and the NFL. My aunt was a Redskins fan and my brother was a Cowboys fan. After hearing them bicker and both of their teams not having successful seasons, I decided to go out and grab my own team. I was attracted to the Bengals because at the time I thought they were an up and coming team and I was going to stick with them through thick and thin. At the time they had a colorful loudmouth receiver in Chad Johnson who at the time backed up his words and antics with his production on the field. Carson Palmer was just drafted and he looked to be the real deal as well. Since that point on I was a diehard Bengals fan and I’m currently am in the process of working up a Bengals tattoo that I’m going to get.  My love for the Wizards also came at an early age. My aunt, who is really the only sports fan in my family, took me to a Wizards game when I was in middle school and ever since then I have been a huge Wizards fan.  My Tar Heels fandom comes also from my aunt who I remember watching games at an early age in her basement and sitting in her Tar Heels bean bag chair. I love my teams to death and stick with them through thick and thin. Unfortunately for me, it’s been a lot more thin than thick these last ten years. Luckily my Tar Heels are good for a tile every 5 or 6 years.

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  • Kyle Plum

      Staff Writer

Kyle Plum

Twitter: @kapey155

Articles by Kyle

Favorite Sports:

       To watch:  NFL / USA Men’s National Team Soccer / MLB / NHL /  NCAAB
       To play:  Golf / Soccer / Basketball

Favorite Teams:

NY Giants, USA Men’s Soccer, Nats, Caps, Hoyas, Wizards

Quote:

“You want something? Go get it.” – Will Smith in the Pursuit of Happiness

Fanhood:

I am not your typical sports fan.  Having two older brothers, I was always active with sports; playing basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey (YES, even hockey), and just about every other sport out there.  However, the one sport I kept close to my heart was soccer.  There is no sport I felt more at home with.  I remember watching (and being ball boy for 8 years running) both of my older brothers play for Brentsville High School.  I just understood the game.  Anybody with a passion for a sport they love is familiar with that antsy and jittery feeling as you are lined up for tip-off, the drop of the puck, the first snap, or the first pitch.  This feeling was never stronger for me than waiting for the ref to blow the whistle, signaling kick-off.  There is no other event I would rather watch than a game featuring the USA Men’s National team in the World Cup.

With that said I am a die hard New York Giants fan and have been ever since I can remember.  Some Sundays you will see my wearing my Rodney Hampton Starter jersey I had when I was a kid.  Growing up I remember my dad being disgusted with the NY Giants fans as they bombed snowballs at players, coaches, and refs, in the Chargers game back in ’95.  I was 8 years old at the time, and not understanding the severity of it, I cried.  Hearing my Dad talk so negatively about my team hurt me.  Aside from the NY Giants, I am a hometown fan, following the Caps, Nats, and Hoyas religiously.  Growing up in the DC area and now working in the District it’d almost be a crime not to be.

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  • Trevor Morton

         Staff Writer

Twitter: @TrevorMorton21

Articles by Trevor M

Favorite Sports:

       To watch:  NHL / NFL / MLB / NBA
       To play:  Hockey / Football

Favorite Teams:

Redskins, Caps, Nats, Wizards

Quote:

“That’s a clown question bro!”

Fanhood:

I really had no choice on what team to root for in my household growing up — it was Redskins and that’s what it was going to be.  I remember crying after we lost in the playoffs to Tampa Bay back in 1999 or 2000. I eat sleep and breath the burgundy and gold. I love my Skins, but I REALLY love my Caps. I fell in love with hockey some years back and since then became loyal to the game.

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  • Darren carter

        Staff Writer

Twitter: @RoachSanderson4

Articles by Darren

Favorite Sports:

       To watch:  NBA / NFL / NCAAF

To Play:   Basketball

Favorite Teams:

Bulls, Virginia Tech Hokies

Quote:

“I love it.  Now make me hate it”

Fanhood:

My father was in the Air Force for 20 years, so I moved around often growing up.   I lived in a handful of different states and couple different countries.  By the age of ten I had moved five times (about once every 2 years).  Our family’s last destination was Virginia.  And for a sports fan there was and is one huge problem with the state of Virginia, there’s no professional sports team in the entire state (and Hampton Roads Virginia is just too far away for D.C. teams to count).   So, from my nomadic childhood to finally setting up shop in a state with no professional sports team I had no inherited allegiances to any one team.

So, I, unlike many sports fans could choose any sport/team to like, be a fan of, and follow.  Because I have no specific city/sports team to be “loyal” too, I’m a fan of a collection of players rather than the actual organization itself.

I started watching the NBA consistently back in the early 90’s around the age of 9.  What drew me in was the fact that was around the time I started playing basketball and realized “Hey, I don’t suck at this”.  Being really into playing basketball, I found myself watching it on television when I wasn’t out playing on the court.  You can learn a lot and improve your game from watching some of the greats.   So I’m really just a NBA fan overall.  I will never know the proud feeling of being a fan of a city/team that “I’m from”.

Fast forward to the early 2000’s and the Chicago Bulls were not a good team to say the least.  However I found myself liking the draft decisions of John Paxson and Gar Forman.  I loved how they either drafted or acquired young talent and were building from scratch and I liked many of the choices they made from Elton Brand, Tyson Chandler, Loul Deng, Captain Kirk (Kirk Hinrich), Ben Gordon and Joakim Noah to name a few.  Not all these players worked out with Chicago at the time but they were still good decisions nonetheless.  Notice I didn’t mention Derrick Rose in that list of players.  Why?  Because I’m not a bandwagon fan.  I chose to fan/follow the Bulls prior to the improbable 2008 draft, where Chicago only had a 1.5% statistical chance of getting the #1 pick (where they drafted Derrick Rose).  So I can proudly say I’ve been a fan of this current Bulls team way back while they were rebuilding (and even sucking).

Being a fan of Virginia Tech is simple.  I went there for college.  Yep, not too much to that one.

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  • Adam Banig

    Staff Writer

Adam Banig

Twitter: @avbanig

Articles by Adam

Favorite Sports:

       To watch:  Football / Basketball
       To play:  Football / Basketball

Favorite Teams:

Redskins, Steelers, Wizards, Thunder, Capitals, Ohio State, WVU, Maryland

Quote:

“No pressure, No diamonds” — Robert Griffin III

Fanhood:

I was born in Silver Spring, Maryland lived my whole life in Gaithersburg, MD/ Germantown except during college at WVU and Towson. I was born to parents from SE Ohio who were Steelers fans in the 70s. So when I was born I was a Steelers and Ohio State fan. When I went to elementary school my best friends were Redskins and Maryland fans. I became the same and in the 80s and early 90s we were winning so it was a fun. I became a WVU fan when I attended college there in the late 1990s.

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  • Ken Morris

                       Staff Writer

Ken Morris

 

Twitter: @thekenmorris

Articles by Ken

Favorite Sports:

       To watch:  Baseball / Football / NCAA Basketball / Golf

       To play:  Golf / Lifting light objects (love ya Bill)

Favorite Teams:

Nationals, Redskins, Capitals, Duke Basketball

Quote:

“The difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. The old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. The new ballplayer cares about the name on the back.”

Fanhood:

Sport is what I’m a fan of. It can be anything (but soccer) and I will stop and watch it. As far as team fanhood I am a DC native. Redskins, Nationals and Capitals basically sum it all up.  Not too much of a Wizards fan, as I stopped following basketball when Jordan retired the second time. But if they are in the hunt I will cheer for them.

I played baseball for as long as I can remember. Bill Thompson (a fellow writer for this blog) and I have grown up either playing with or against each other. My favorite moment of my baseball career was winning the 15 and under AAU home run derby, which had some other super stars in it like MLB Players Justin Upton and Brandon Snyder. I also made a trip to a High School State Championship game and to the JUCO College World Series at Frederick Community College.

As for most of us our sports career is cut short for some reason of another. Now that I’m no longer a player I hope I can give the rest of the world the insight of what sports mean to the athletes that play them. Being a sports writer was never the goal I had in mind, but it keeps me involved with the game I love and brings a smile to my face. Thank you to everyone that takes the time to read and listen to what I have to say.

I also run a sports podcast called The Barstool Barons. We can be found on iTunes or www.thebarstoolbarons.com. Also you can follow us @barstoolbarons.