2008 and Forward: Accolades Along the Way (Including FOXSports.com)
Over the duration of my writing adventures, I have accomplished the following:
- Freelance Contracted Writer at FOXSports.com 2008-09
- Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) – Member and Voter since 2009
- U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) – Member and Voter since 2015
- Natural Featured Columnist at BleacherReport.com
- Columnist – First and Big Ten – ChicagoNow.com (Chicago Tribune Media Group)
- Covered College Football live both in the Big Ten and ACC conferences
- Featured on FOXSports.com, AskMen.com, CBSSports.com and BCSFootball.org
- Radio and Podcast Personality
- Formerly a regular guest on the Terry Ford Show (580 KIDO, Boise, ID)
- Formerly a regular guest on the M&M Show (1350 WOYK, York, PA)
- Appearance on Bulldog Sports Radio (2015)
- Guest on other miscellaneous radio shows and podcasts
- Finalist for the 2010 Last Fan Standing Contest
- Maintained KP’s Blog at FOXSports.com from 2005-2009
2009: The Wife Hates Sports is Born
With the FOX Sports blogging community disbanded, a number of us went on to create our own sites. For me, as always, I needed a unique idea that was different.
One day, on a road trip to Maryland, I was listening to Baltimore Orioles talk radio. The WIFE – who was the fiancé at the time – jokingly said that I was lucky to even have the station on during the trip. That’s when it hit me and I said, “My Wife Hates Sports” – that should be the site idea.
She agreed it was the right idea and a good one at that. At the time, My Wife Hates Sports was blocked as an unused, but taken domain. I instead bought The Wife Hates Sports, which in the end, was better as the more general term and jiving with husbands that often referred to their spouses as “the wife”.
The Wife Hates Sports was born. Now, it was time to get to work.
Dedicated to those Armchair Quarterbacks whose Wife has the Remote
This was the first (of many) slogans I adopted for The Wife Hates Sports. It focused a lot on the wife hating sports and meshed with a lot of pop culture and TV control (or lack thereof).
In the end, with the shift to streaming and less remote control time, this no longer made sense. The concept was also way too broad. The WIFE also began to appreciate some of the successes of the site and started providing less obvious material that fit the theme.
Everything was backfiring and a bit of a struggle. But, at least we had some cool apparel.
You Drink the Kool-Aid, She Drinks the Haterade…
My next slogan for The Wife Hates Sports was “You Drink the Kool-Aid, She Drinks the Haterade, Let’s Call the Whole Thing a Blog”. This was a spin of the famous song by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.
It fit the site and my overall creative personality, as well as my appreciation for music of that era.
During this time, we expanded on “The Thin Line” theme, with the “Why Man Loves” and “Why Wife Hates” sections. There was also significant blogging and a buildup to the Wifetionary, the site’s custom dictionary of unique terms tied to wives that hate sports.
As the phrase goes, “there’s a thin line between love and hate”.