Apologies for getting this up a
little late, the internet demons were wreaking havoc with my computer
The Fire comes home today. The
team is done with the Phoenix phase (that has a nice little ring to
it...) of their preseason training and will spend the weekend resting
in Chicago before heading off to Guadalajara, Mexico for two more weeks
I thought about writing
what would've been a poorly researched (I've had a busy week...)
article assessing the two weeks the Fire spent training in the Valley
of the Sun, but ultimately decided not to (but for those of you wondering,
I think the start of the preseason went well). Instead, I've
chosen to use this space (which I suppose is unlimited, we are on the
web after all) to tell you all a little bit more about myself - something
I've never done in the 8+ months I've been writing on this site.
Continue after the jump if you want
to read a stripped-down, bulleted version of my life as it stands.
If that's not your thing, I totally get that. I don't expect
all of you to want to read about a 19-year-old's personality/interests. Here
- I'm a sophomore at Northwestern
University in Evanston IL, where I'm majoring in Journalism and Economics.
- I recently took over as
president of my fraternity (Phi Delta Theta). I can't decide
if I like it or not.
- I love soccer.
- I like writing.
- I don't know if I want
to write about soccer for the rest of my life.
- I love movies. Some
of my favorites include City of God, The Departed,
Gangs of New York, The Big Lebowski, Caddyshack,
Blood Diamond, Snatch, Almost
Famous, V for Vendetta.... And many, many more.
- I kind of like TV, but mostly
stick to watching sports. When I do hit up the network channels
during primetime, it's almost exclusively for "30 Rock."
I also really like "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "South
Park." Oldies that I love include "The Wire" and "Arrested
Development." Oh, and I used to love "24," but we grew apart...
- I have an incredible range
of music tastes. Before my old computer died and took my iTunes
away, I was pretty deep into the bands Animal Collective, Wolf Parade,
The Beatles, and various rap music (Wu-Tang Clan being a common selection).
I told you it was a big range.
- Favorite books include,
Brave New World, Soccernomics (seriously, READ THAT BOOK),
For Whom the Bell Tolls, Huckleberry Finn, the entire Harry
Potter series (what can I say; I kind of grew up with that series),
and the Lord of the Rings series.
- I like to think of myself
as an interesting person with interesting thoughts. However, I
have a mildly debilitating belief that I'm not and that I don't.
I'm insecure like that.
- I will regret telling you
these things some day.
- I'm a huge Cubs fan.
- Relatively speaking, I have
an absolutely fantastic life. I'm a very lucky guy.
- I don't particularly like
watching the NBA, but I love reading Bill Simmons (who writes a ton
of NBA columns) and Bethlehem Shoals (NBA writer for Fanhouse and freedarko.com). Both are fantastic writers. It'd be incredible to have their talent.
- When I played soccer, I
was a central midfielder. My best skill was yelling at the ref.
I think I was my high school team's leader in yellow cards for dissent.
My coaches loved that about me....
- I have no idea why I'm
telling you all of this.
- I'm mildly excited and
tremendously terrified about people's reaction to this blog post.
Thanks for sitting through that. Hopefully you know me a little better now. If you have any questions (i.e. "why the hell did you just waste my time with that?" or "why do you think I care about your interests?" or "where's the damn Fire coverage?" ) ask away in the comments section. I'm hoping to be back later in the day with a post that actually pertains to the Chicago Fire. Until then...