Boston. Sports. We all love them in our own special ways. We came together at the end of July 2007 to start a blog based on our passions and visions dreaming of Boston sports and our tears of sadness and joy living with Boston sports. Now it’s your chance to learn about the people behind the voices you read each day.
I publish articles in all sections at Sports of Boston. Call me a Jack of All Trades (or super utility man, if you prefer).
Entering the year 2000, no Boston teams had won their sport’s championships since 1986. I was a distraught 14-year-old kid and would do anything to actually see a champion in my lifetime. Fortunately, I didn’t have to wait much longer to get my wish. Since 2001, the Patriots have won three Super Bowls, the Red Sox have claimed three World Series crowns, the Celtics won their 17th NBA Championship, and the Bruins won their first Stanley Cup in 39 years. Our four teams have won eight titles since 2001. This is why I love Boston sports.
On a more personal level, I graduated from Boston University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. I have wanted to be a sports writer for as long as I can remember, which brings me to my current position at Sports of Boston. I currently work as the Digital Media Manager for WMUR-TV in Manchester, New Hampshire. All opinions and posts written by myself or my staff writers absolutely do not represent the thoughts or opinions of WMUR-TV or Hearst Television.
I previously worked as a web producer at CBS in Boston and at WHDH-TV (Boston’s NBC affiliate) from 2007-2012.
The Sports of Boston community was founded on the basis that there is no other site in the Boston area like it. While the idea for the site came months before its debut, it took an extremely significant event to motivate us to start it up. That motivation came on July 31, 2007, when the Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett and the Red Sox acquired Eric Gagne (which seemed like a good move at the time). The day brought a tremendous amount of sports excitement to the city, and we all wanted to be apart of that. Ten days later, Sports of Boston was born.
If you have any questions, or you want to privately comment on any of my posts, please feel free to email me: kc at sportsofboston.com.
I’m the behind-the-scenes tech guy at Sports of Boston. I’m responsible for making sure all the moving parts assemble together so you can experience Sports of Boston the way it’s been envisioned. I’ll also write some news stories and perhaps even a few statistical-based columns when I have time.
I was indoctrinated into the world of Boston sports when I was little. My dad always brought me to summer games at Fenway Park during the days of Dwight Evans, Ellis Burks, Wade Boggs and later with Mo Vaughn and Pedro. I even saw Jose Canseco pitch in a game for the Red Sox. I think I witnessed one of the biggest home runs ever at Fenway when Frank Thomas completely crushed one over the top of light tower in left field: it was a sight to behold. Recently, I’ve also seen some awesome walkoff home runs by Ortiz; there’s always a special feeling at Fenway when he steps up to the plate, spits in his batting gloves, claps his hands, and walks into the batter’s box; you can almost feel that you’re on the verge of something special.
I also remember one Celtics game, the date: March 15, 1992, Celtics vs. Blazers at the old Boston Garden. Pre-game word was that Larry Bird wasn’t going to play because he was sick, but as a consolation, I’d still be able to see Clyde “The Glide” Drexler beat up on the Bird-less Celtics. Well gametime came, and Larry Bird suited up! In an epic double overtime game, the Celtics pulled it out with Bird hitting a miracle three-pointer to force overtime and carrying through to the second overtime. My voice was so worn out from cheering during the game, I couldn’t talk for a few days afterward…
I graduated from the College of Engineering at Cornell University with a degree in Information Science, Systems, and Technology. What the heck does that mean? It’s basically a combination of lots of math, software engineering, probability, statistics, human-computer interaction, and some artificial intelligence thrown in. Pretty fun stuff!
When I’m not blogging, I’m usually at my day job as an IT Consultant for Sapient working as a Program Manager. When I’m not doing either or finding ways to avoid sleeping, I’m probably working on one of my various side projects dealing with music…more on that later.
If you have an suggestions for cool things you’d like to see at Sports of Boston, found some annoying bug, or want to talk about some hair-pulling engineering problem you can’t figure out, you can reach me at chris at sportsofboston.com.
Hey, how are ya? I’m not that good at intros, but I should seem relatively familiar. Growing up, before the Boston sports allegiances could set in, I was like most other kids, watching the dominant Cowboys, Bulls, and for some reason, the Blue Jays (probably something to do with the mascot). I’ve always been kind of random, anyway.
Now, I pay closer attention now that I know more about the players and strategies. You know how a lot of people always watch and know what the coaches should have done? That’s me.
Unlike many others here, who actually have or are going for journalism degrees, I graduated from Northeastern University in January 2010 (thanks for the timing, economy) with a B.S. in math. I came across Sports of Boston in July, 2009, when the internship market at Northeastern was pretty dry, and have been here ever since, writing, editing, doing the Pick ‘Ems we all know and love, and generally going over the four major area sports.
Hello everyone. My name is Pete. With the exception of a small hiatus in the fall of ’07, I have been with this blog since its inception. I was originally hired to be in charge of fantasy sports, but since then, I have expanded my role here greatly by becoming a contributor in all areas as well as becoming a full time editor in 2009.
On a personal level, I am a graduate of Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, MA (before it became BSU) majoring in Communication Arts and Sciences with a concentration in Television Production. Currently I am a Mail Distribution Clerk at Arbella Insurance in Quincy. Hey, it pays the bills.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me because it is you, the reader, who makes this site possible
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Nick Bohlen, and I am here to bring you expert analysis and entertainment (okay, mostly entertainment) across the Sports of Boston spectrum, including Red Sox, Patriots, and Celtics coverage.
I grew up in the rural hills of Vermont, breathing and bleeding the Red Sox while listening to game broadcasts on WEEI. I was unwittingly drawn into a lifetime commitment of rooting for the Red Sox by the silky smooth radio voices of Joe Castiglione and Jerry Trupiano and by my dad’s nightly fanaticism. I should have known the Glory Days of not being cursed would come to an end sooner rather than later – thanks, 2011 Red Sox.
While I’m a diehard Red Sox fan first and foremost, you can still find me hanging onto the edge of my seat during Tom Brady two-minute drills, and completely and utterly dejected after a game-tying three-pointer by Ray Allen bounces harmlessly off the rim. Sad (but proud) to say, I live for Boston sports.
I played sports throughout high school, but found out quickly that I was better suited putting pen to paper than putting bat on ball. Now that I’ve graduated from college with an English degree saying I have officially mastered my native language, I hope to combine sports and writing into some semblance of a (likely poverty-stricken) career.
Please let me know what you enjoy and what you don’t enjoy at nbohlen at sportsofboston.com. I would say you’re more likely to hear from me if you give me positive feedback, but that’s just not true – I’m a sucker for a good debate, and nothing will bait me into a response like a (decent-to-good) counterargument.
Also, if you’re a sucker for good debate, too, check me out over on my blog Roommate Rivals for a healthy dose of sports talk and trash talk between two impassioned fans with nothing better to do than blog-fight over who has secured bragging rights and sports supremacy.
I’m Kyle Benson, from southern NH, and all my life I’ve known I have wanted to be a sports journalist.
I am a big NHL fan; hockey is my favorite sport. I also love heavy metal music.
I am attending Northern Essex Community College, majoring in Journalism. I am the new Sports Editor for NECC’s award winning school paper, The Observer.
My name is Brendan Gallagher, from Central Massachusetts (Hudson, specifically). I have been in love with sports my entire life, and of course New England is the perfect place to be a sports fan. My first love has always been baseball and the Red Sox, but I was also raised as a passionate Bruins, Celtics, and Patriots (thanks Dad) fan as well. Boston is Titletown, and there’s really no debating it.
One of my first real memories as a kid was sitting with my Dad, watching Pedro Martinez strike out literally everyone, then watching Nomar put the team on his back with a million RBI. Then came the magic of Tom Brady, Adam Vinatieri, David Ortiz, Nathan Horton, the list goes on and on. That long list is what makes Boston such an unrivaled sports environment.
Most of my work will probably be on the Red Sox, but I will occasionally throw my two cents in on the Pats and B’s as well. Feel free to disagree with anything and everything I say; I welcome comments and a good, reasonable debate. My Twitter handle is embarrassing and ridiculous but feel free to follow it anyway: @heshugedood. I feel very fortunate to be here at Sports of Boston, and I know it’s going to be a fun ride.
My name is Matthew or Matt or @FunEGuy13 for those of you on Twitter. I’m constantly glued to the television watching all sorts of sports from this region, from the Red Sox racing towards an American League East title this summer to the Bruins looking to repeat as champions this winter. I’m passionate when it comes to following New England sports, but must admit that I’m not a fan of most of the teams from this region, which I have found reduces any bias in my writing. My allegiances in MLB and the NFL are to the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Rams, though I am a Bruins and Celtics fan. Despite the love for the Braves I might have, I believe my best work does come when analyzing the Red Sox, as the local coverage I’ve seen in this area in the last seven years has really sharpened my look at the franchise.
Still a teenager (at least for a few more months), I am entering my sophomore year at Wheaton College in Norton Massachusetts, where I am working towards a major in Mathematics and two minors in Education and in English. My love of numbers directly correlates to my appreciation for baseball, where numbers are often more sacred than the players themselves. I grew up in Winchester Massachusetts where I still reside during the summer and winter. Growing up I didn’t play many sports outside of a little bit of baseball, but currently enjoy recreational forms of baseball, basketball, and soccer, as well as any other sport that presents itself.
I’m also a huge fan of fantasy sports, where in my opinion, fans become even more educated on leagues and players than they are simply watching sports casually. I’m always playing some form of fantasy baseball or football depending on the time of year, and enjoy following my players as long as my teams are in first place, where they belong. While I am certainly passionate about sports I also enjoy listening to music and reading. Currently my iPod is loaded with Taylor Swift and Maroon 5, but I also find myself listening to the Moody Blues and Led Zeppelin from time to time. As for reading, I’m trying to return to that childhood passion of mine with a summer of Wuthering Heights, Harry Potter, and The Count Monte Cristo to name a few. I’m always taking suggestions!
I must admit that I have the decency to respect rival athletes to the New England area. The big one I know I’ll get in trouble for is my appreciation for Alex Rodriguez, amongst other Yankees players. I respect the greatness of this era, no matter the controversy, and will always stand by that. My greatest memory in all of sports is being at Yankee Stadium when A-Rod launched his 500th career home run, and chances are that will stand for my lifetime.
I’m all over social media for anyone looking to find out more about me. As I mentioned before I’m on Twitter @FunEGuy13 and you can find me on Facebook as well. I hope that my time at Sports of Boston is just the start of a lifetime of being able to write about sports and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity.
Oh Heavens, am I the first woman to grace the blog at Sports of Boston? I love all things Red Sox, minor league baseball, basketball, college sports and entertainment. I have opinions about everything. I am not afraid to share them, despite my quiet demeanor.
I love to laugh, take long walks on the beach, and deplore romantic dinners in restaurants. Please contact me if you think you can handle my opinions on sports.
Hello all, my name is Josh. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston so I’ve been a fan of all things Boston sports from early on. Minus some time in there where I liked teams like the 49ers, because they had sick Starter Jackets, and Joe Montana was just a blast to watch (probably why I love watching TB12 so much). I also had a stint with the Bulls, again starter jackets and of course Jordan, but who didn’t love watching M.J.?
As I got older, my loyalties to the Boston sport scene became more firmly entrenched. My favorite championship has to be the 2011 Bruins because playoff hockey is just so much more intense than other playoffs. I currently attend every Patriots home game without fail. I was also fortunate enough to be at the infamous “tuck rule” game. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything like that in my life. The whole stadium was on cloud 9 after the game and you couldn’t walk down the corridor of Foxboro Stadium (last game at said stadium) for five feet without getting an anonymous high five.
I played football, baseball and basketball for my entire childhood. I finally picked up hockey my junior year of high school and immediately regretted not starting sooner. I continued to play football throughout college at Norwich University (division III).
Some other fun facts: I served in the Marines as an Infantry officer for 6 years. I recently graduated from Boston University with a Masters in Journalism. My father is an ironworker who helped put up the T.D. Garden so I got to visit the locker rooms before any players were in there, walked on the roof, and saw the scoreboard while it was still on the floor.
Look for me mainly in the Patriots and Bruins section and some forays into Now and Opinion.
Hello readers, my name is Brad, and I mostly write for the Bruins and Patriots, but have enough knowledge to contribute to the Celtics and Patriots. Also, I have a weekly pro wrestling column called Brad’s Bumps, where I critique and explore options Vince McMahon can make to further improve his product.
I was born and raised on the outskirts of Boston. My entire family is huge Boston sports fans, so Boston sports have been happily burned into my psyche for my lifetime. I was just coming of age of comprehending and analyzing sports when the Patriots won their first Super Bowl in 2001. Ever since then I cannot get enough Boston sports.
I have to say my favorite team to watch is the Boston Bruins, and I can proudly admit crying when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011. While hockey is my first love the Patriots are a close second ever since the emergence of Fantasy Football. Then obviously, I will watch the Celtics and Red Sox if I manage to get the opportunity to do so. Furthermore, I have been a lifelong wrestling fan since I was in diapers. I can distinctly remember cheering on Mick Foley and Goldberg to victory over their ominous opponents. I know this product is designated for kids but I honestly cannot get enough and I constantly watch everything I can about pro wrestling.
I just finished my third year at Fitchburg State University, and unlike most of the astute writers here, I am actually not pursuing a Journalism or English degree. However, I am working on my double major in Communications/Media Arts and Game Design. If my education is any indication, I am a very determined and hard worker, who does his homework, and provide that enthusiasm in everything I do.
If you love me or hate me, comment on one of my posts or email me at blewis at sportsofboston.com. I am always in the mood for conversation or argument!
My name is Brad McKenney, from Cumberland Maine. I am currently a rising senior at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster PA, majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Spanish. Like the other members of the Sports of Boston team, I too am an avid fan of Boston sports.
Above all else I am a die-hard member of Red Sox Nation. I still remember crying after the Aaron Boone homerun off of the Wakefield in game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, and exactly where I was then Keith Foulke fielded the weak groundball of the bat of Edgar Renteria before shoveling it on to first for the final out of the 2004 World Series. Following the Red Sox in second place are the allegiances to my favorite basketball teams; of course the Celtics, but I’m also a huge Duke fan.
I’m a fan a hard-nosed, scrappy athletes that will do anything to help their team win. I hope to bring a similar attitude as a contributor to the Sports of Boston team. As a new member of the team, I am very excited to contribute, and thankful for the opportunity. If you have any concerns, questions, statements, or simply just want to talk Boston sports, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]
Thanks for stopping by! I’m the Bruins Editor for Sports of Boston and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I’ve always been a sports fan growing up, but it wasn’t until recent years that I started writing about it. I’m probably one of the biggest Bruins fans you’ll ever meet. I always liked them, but it became a passion during the ’07-’08 playoff series against Montreal. I’ll never forget Marco Sturm’s goal to put the Bruins up with minutes left in Game 6. They lost the series, but brought the love of hockey back to Boston. Seriously, I just watched it again as I typed this and I got goose bumps.
I graduated from Saint Anselm College with a degree in History (another passion of mine) and a minor in Communication. In addition to my writing-intensive major, I wrote sports for the student newspaper and contributed stories to the college blog. So yeah, I like to write. I work in the Corporate Communications office at Arbella Insurance in Quincy. I’ve also played hockey my whole life and played for the Club team at Saint A’s.
I always love a good sports debate, so please feel free to comment on my pieces or shoot me and email for a discussion! Follow me on Twitter at @Burga17.