Getting to know you

Apologies for getting this up a
little late, the internet demons were wreaking havoc with my computer
all morning.  

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
of training. 

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
we go...

  • 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
    , 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  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...

Filed under: 2009-10 Offseason, Other

Tags: My life


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  • Conceptual Inertia. If you think big enough, you'll never have to do it. - Not me

  • have you ever met ron santo? or any other cub? wrigley field is the best place in the world to be on a hot summer day, agree?

  • In reply to bert:

    I have not met Ron Santo. Though I love him on the radio. He's certainly not the most insightful analyst I've ever heard, but his emotion -- completely unmatched. And Wrigley is the best. No doubt.

  • Will any of the games in Guadalajara be televised/available for streaming?

    (and Amen to the WTC, Wire and 30 Rock...did you see this:

  • In reply to RadioGonzo:

    Love the video. I've asked if the games will be televised and am currently waiting on an answer. I don't think they will be however.

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    I've received word that there will be no TV or streaming for the games in Mexico. It'll be the same set up (i.e. twitter feed) as the Phoenix games.

  • In reply to SamuelStejskal:

    Dude... V is a favorite movie? That's like calling Howard the Duck a classic...

  • In reply to Graeme:

    What can I say? I like the movie...

  • Nice to know alittle more about yu' Sam. Just a little tidbit on myself, I'm a music producer and I saw you like both sports & music so check out this new mash up me and a friend of mine did for when you get the chance!

  • I'm the guy who posts your link on big soccer. I'm also a huge Cub fan. While your 19 and I'm 63 I consider myself lucky in that I've have had a great life so far.

  • This was entertaining for me. I'm sure there are bigger things in the world the our beloved Fire but hey good to have a guy that answers question and is willing to ask question. I like this blog but maybe you can reach out to section 8 and have then visit or throw a comment here and there... Just trying to help out...

  • Cubs? Really? And you otherwise seem like such a rational guy.

  • Nice post. Coming from a fellow center mid/complainer, nice post.

  • I enjoyed the post and good to get to know you. Soccer in the Sun and Shadow is probably my favorite soccer book. An excellent read. I just bought Soccernomics this past weekend.

  • Hey Sam. It sound like you no longer play soccer competively? If not, why did you stop playing?

  • In reply to pensare33:

    Went off to college and wasn't anywhere near good enough to play NCAA. I play Intramural here at school but for now that's about all I can fit in.

  • Hey Sam. It sounds like you no longer play soccer competively? If not, why did you stop playing?

  • Blood Diamond is personally my favourite movie of all time!.. Leo was unbelivable in that role!

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