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The duties of my day job these days have sort of kept me away from writing here for awhile, so with the refreshed look on the site and across the SB Nation family, I figured I would share my story with you all.
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Despite what anyone will tell you, living in the state of Michigan comes with a choice you make very early in life. This is either a Maize and Blue or Green and White state. There is a very silent majority of people who went to the smaller schools who would dispute this, but it is just the way it is.
As a kid, I skewed towards the maize/blue side of things. I didn’t hate Michigan State, and I still don’t, but I came from a family with no ties to either side, so the choice was mine to make and Michigan just had a richer history.
It’s hard to pinpoint what my first memories of the team were, but I really wasn’t a huge follower of sports (more of a Lego and cartoons guy) until I was about 10 years old when the Red Wings won their third Stanley Cup of my life. The team I really got into was the 2003-04 Detroit Pistons, but I suppose that was around the time where I really followed the Wolverines closely, as well. Most of those memories include Rose Bowl disappointments.
So that Chad Henne, Mike Hart, Jake Long, etc. group was really the first I can really recall vividly to this day.
The Rich Rodriguez era coincided with the time I was in high school, which also was when Dan LeFevour and Antonio Brown were doing their thing up at Central Michigan University. I’d be lying if I said that allegiances didn’t begin to skew more towards the Chippewas, and I have zero issues admitting that. It set me up on the path I am today, graduating from CMU in 2016.
When I took a visit to Trenton High School while I was still in eighth grade, their television studio was a huge draw to me. It was then that I knew I wanted to get into sports media. As it turns out, it would set me on a journey to where I could combine my passion for the Wolverines as a youth with my hunger to make it in a cutthroat industry.
I bounced around the blogosphere a bit, keeping my head down, grinding away, before I ultimately landed here as a recruiting guy under Joshua Henschke. He’s moved on to great things, and I was fortunate enough to succeed him as the managing editor of this site.
Some people are not objective at all in their work. I’d like to think that I have a level-headed voice when it comes to Michigan, but sometimes it tips one way or another. That’s just human nature.
My fandom has shaped my career. Some people will lock it away in a box and pretend it never existed. Those people are called robots.
As a Detroiter and Michigander, I carry a piece of these teams with me wherever I go. Call me a homer if you must, but going through five years of college and just as many of attending the school of hard knocks, it has a way of humbling you.
I’m grateful for Detroit. I’m grateful for Michigan. And most importantly, I’m grateful for this site and what we have going here. We appreciate you coming along for the ride, and hope you’ll share your stories with us as well.
I mean, there’s a prize on the line. You’d be silly not to!
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