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Bo Allegrucci - Sport Imitates Life
Bo Allegrucci has been a sports writer and sports editor for various daily newspapers in his native Kansas and has also free-lanced regularly for a handful of high school and college sports magazines. Bo is a University of Kansas graduate and a regular on the Kansas Press Association's annual awards list.

Meri-Jo Borzilleri - Winter Olympics Journal
Meri-Jo Borzilleri is covering her fourth Olympics in Vancouver, but working her fifth. Raised in Lake Placid, N.Y., her first Olympics job was selling bagels with her sister during the 1980 Games.

Antonino Buccellato - Fantasy Football Maniaxs
Antonion Buccellato, aka Fantasy Doctor X, is the founder of Fantasy Football Maniaxs.com. After many years answering questions at CBS.com fantasy boards, a brief stint at Fantasy Football Cafe' and a longer one at addictfantasysports.com, Antonino launched his own website in 2006, unhappy with how most sites were handling the readers. We thrive on accessibility and one-on-one relationship with all readers, as we always answer our emails rapidly in a professional and in-depth manner to help produce Fantasy champions one at a time, all the way to the last week of the season.

Eric Burton - The Sin Bin
Eric Burton, aka "Goon 43," is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Sociology. Currently Eric blogs about NHL Hockey, NCAA Division I Hockey, WCHA and the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux hockey. Eric loves a variety of individual sports like golf and mountain biking as well as team sports like hockey and football. Lastly, Eric is a big fan of the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Racing Series.

Jim Cerny - Jim Cerny's Rink Rap
Since 1989 Jim Cerny has covered the National Hockey League as a member of the media, and has worked five Stanley Cup Finals, four NHL All Star Games, and the Canada Cup and World Cup of Hockey tournaments. After spending four years hosting the talk show "Rink Rap" in New York, Jim became the play-by-play voice of the Islanders in 1997. Jim later co-hosted the talk show "NHL Live" on Sirius-XM, the NHL Network, and nhl.com; and he covered the league as a reporter for The New York Times. Along with penning the Rink Rap blog, Jim is also currently the beat writer for the New York Rangers official web site, newyorkrangers.com.

Wesley Cheng - The Juice *
Wesley Cheng is a 2005 graduate of Syracuse University. He has worked for the South China Morning Post, the New York Sportscene, Rivals.com and Scout.com covering high school, college and professional sports. Wesley has been an Orange fan ever since John Wallace hit a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left against Georgia in the Sweet 16.

Samuel Chi - BCS Guru * / Beyond the Peloton
An award-winning sports journalist, Sam was a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle & Examiner, Contra Costa Times and Pasadena Star-News. During his 20-year career in the news business, Sam covered a variety of events ranging from the Super Bowl, Final Four, the Masters to the Tour de France, FIFA World Cup and the changeover of Hong Kong from Britain to China. Sam is the Editor of RealClearSports.

Jay Christensen - The Wiz of Odds * / The March to Madness *
Jay Christensen, a.k.a. the Wiz, is a former editor at the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Herald Examiner and a host of Sports Byline USA radio program.

Anthony Dion - Fighter's Corner
Anthony Dion, 24, is a graduate of the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Currently, he sports close to three full years of experience as a sports reporter and editor at daily or weekly newspapers. Most recently he has worked for the Glenwood Springs Post Independent as a Sports Reporter in Glenwood Springs, CO. and now covers MMA for fightticker.com. Aside from MMA, Dion loves a variety of sports with football, baseball and golf being at the forefront. His other interests include movies, reading and comedy.

Harry Erney - Front Row 144
Harry Erney is a hobbyist writer whose books include "The Congressman's Son" and "The Abington Chocolate Milk Diet".  He is a full season, front row ticket holder to Citizen's Bank Park where he enjoys his Phillies and the erudite, passionate Philadelphia fans. He lives with his wife and daughter in Abington, Pa.

Dan Flaherty - The Baseball Notebook / The Pro Football Notebook /
The College Football Notebook / The College Basketball Notebook
Dan's sports passions are a mix of his Wisconsin upbringing and long-distance admiration of the city of Boston. He pulls for the University of Wisconsin in college sports, and loves the Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics in the pros. The one exception is his lifelong attachment to the Redskins, drawn from his father's liking George Allen in the late 1970s when Dan was an impressionable nine-year old. Liking the teams he does also gives him an exquisite sense of distaste for all things Yankees, Cowboys, Lakers, Canadiens and the University of Minnesota. Dan's day job is on the marketing side in sports handicapping and he lives just outside Baltimore with his wife Celeste and their dog Moses.

Robbie Gillies - Get In the Zone, Otto's Zone / Looks Like Another Perfect Day
I've been a lifelong Syracuse fan. My mom went to Syracuse, my dad went to Syracuse, my older sister went to Syracuse, my older brother went to USC - no one in the family talks to him anymore. I've experienced the heartbreak of the Richmond Spiders and the joys of Carmelo Anthony. The bottom line is I've been a huge fan of the Orange for years and want to share my thoughts and insights with anyone who is interested. On the other hand, I never had an NBA team growing up. My allegiances bounced from team to team as a kid. But while in college in 2002, when I realized I was going to move to Los Angeles, I picked the Lakers.

Richard Ginn - The Pit Stop
Richard, a long-time NASCAR fan, started off reporting on NASCAR for MVN.com at the end of the 2005 season until the final days in December of 2009. I also did one year of NASCAR fantasy writing for the screamingsports.com website in 2008. I bring a unique look and perspective to NASCAR reporting you will enjoy.

M.V. Greene - DMA 7-22 Sports
M. V. Greene is a purveyor of all sports ... from old school to new school, blogging from Owings Mills, MD and Washington, DC -- remembering ... Cal snagging the soft liner to close out the '83 WS; Jordan's last hurrah as a Wizard; teen daughter following Phelps up the Towson parade route after Athens; AAU girls basketball championships in Orlando; the hopelessness of the fate of Sean Taylor; first seeing Sam Cassell in 10-under; volunteering for the Special Olympics.

Ed Gunther - The National Championship Issue *
Ed Gunther is not a role model. He is decidedly not the most interesting man in the world. And he's probably not your worst nightmare (unless you're a computer that's scared to death of crunching vast volumes of college football data). He is a writer, fond of snark, enjoys a good sandwich, and is rather tired of all the hype, which he tries to combat at every turn.

Justice B. Hill - Justice Is Served
Justice B. Hill, a former assistant sports editor at The Seattle Times and a senior writer with MLB.com, is a freelance writer with more than 25 years as a sports journalist. But I've been a sports fan a lot longer.

MJ Kasprzak - Lambeau Leap of Faith / Shark-Infested Blogger
MJ Kasprzak was raised in southeastern Wisconsin and has been a Packers fan since he can remember. In the '80s, he became a fan of hockey, starting with the Wisconsin Badgers and progressing to the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, and Colorado Avalanche until in 2002, he met his future wife, a San Francisco native. At that point, he adopted the San Jose Sharks and moved to the Bay Area shortly after being married in 2003. His other interests include nature, faith, music and the performing arts; and he writes for PackerChatters, Sports Scribes, Bleacher Report and the Examiner as well.

Maury Litwack - The Sports Lobbyist
Maury Litwack is a recognized lobbying expert and founder of the advocacy training and education firm - Capitol Plan. Maury served on the staff of two Congressmen where he provided legislative expertise and political strategy. Maury left the Hill to expand the Washington office of Miami-Dade County, the 6th largest county in the country. His analysis of lobbyists, lobbying, celebrity advocacy, and earmarks have appeared in political publications such as The Hill, Daily Caller and FoxNews.com and on the radio in programs such as AOL's Politics Daily and XM/SIRIUS POTUS. His take on ongoing tech advocacy issues have appeared in top technology publications Business Insider -SAI, TechCrunch, and Mashable. 

Alessandro Mastroluca - ATP Tennis 360
"What is written without passion, is read without impact." This famous sentence by Samuel Johnson affected all my life and my career until now. I'm Alessandro Mastroluca, 26, an Italian journalist grown with the audacity of a hope, the dream, the desire, the need to be the eyes, the ears, the nose of all the people remained at home. A journalist who simply dream to tell, one day, the same words of the Italian TV commentator after the 2008 Wimbledon final: "Thanks for letting me live such a great emotion."

Dwayne C. Nelson - Sixers Ball
Dwayne C. Nelson is a freelance Web writer/columnist who primarily covers the NFL and NBA. His current work can also be found on Associated Content. Prior to becoming a Web writer, Dwayne spent three years as a copy editor/entertainment writer at The Philadelphia Tribune and six years as a copy editor/page designer at the Courier-Post. A graduate of Temple University with a bachelor degree in Communications, he currently lives in Philadelphia, Pa. His favorite professional sports team is the six-time Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

Demar Richardson - Inside the Pac-12
I graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a BA in World Literature and received my MA in English/Creative Writing from Sacramento State. I have covered California Golden Bears football for Scout.com and covered College Football, the NFL and NBA on AssociatedContent.com since 2006.

Mario Sarmento - Dolphins Watch
Mario Sarmento is a graduate of Florida State University and has a Master's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He has worked as a sports writer for TerraLycos.com, the Lake City Reporter, as a freelance writer for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, and is currently a writer for the Boca Raton News. He has been following the Dolphins since Dan Marino and the "Marks Brothers" dominated the scene in the 1980s, and is an avid fantasy football player. His football highlight was covering the Indianapolis Colts' victory in Super Bowl XLI in Miami.

Glenn Shorkey - Baseline Shorks
As writer for ITS SPORTS! magazine in Tampa, FL, feature articles focused on 'minor' and youth sports (swimming, Little League, 'red chip athletes') and personalities (Gayle Sierens, 1st female NFL commentator), but also pro wrestling, Tampa Bay Bucs football; stringer for USF baseball. Very strong quote generator. College hoops junkie, will know the story with basketball pre-season analysis (Davidson, UNCC). Strong multi-sport background (incl. 12 seasons of rugby, coaching women's inter-collegiate hockey); play and write with interest about life sports (cycling, kayaking, tennis, golf).

Michelle Smith - Left Coast Hoops *
Michelle Smith, editor and founder of leftcoasthoops.com, is an award-winning sportswriter who has more than 20 years experience working as a journalist for some of the largest papers and publications in the country. Smith has spent the last 15 years covering women's basketball at every level and for publications such as the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Examiner, the Oakland Tribune, Sports Illustrated for Kids, ESPN.com, CBS Sportsline, Hoop Magazine, Lindy's Sports Annuals and Women's Basketball Magazine.

Steven D. Stark - The Cup Running Over
Steven D. Stark, a former world sports columnist for the Montreal Gazette and the author of four books and one e-book, has been a commentator for CNN, National Public Radio, and the Voice of America, where his role was to try to interpret American culture to the rest of the world. He has written frequently for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic Monthly, and the Boston Globe where he was an op-ed columnist.

David Steele - The Steele Drum
David Steele was a sports columnist for the Baltimore Sun from 2004 to 2009. Over more than two decades in newspapers, he has been a columnist and reporter for eight newspapers, and has won awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors, the Florida Sports Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the California News Publishers Association and the Association of Black Media Workers. He has co-authored two books, including Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith, which was nominated for a 2008 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Biography/Autobiography.

Tom Stephenson - The Coors Effect
Tom Stephenson would say he's a lifelong Rockies fan, but then the Rockies haven't been around for his entire life. Tom doesn't have a formal background in journalism, but has been blogging about the Rockies since 2005, getting a law degree in the meantime. A former Coloradan, Tom resides in South Texas these days.

John Sucich - 200 Miles From the Citi
John Sucich grew up in Queens, New York, in the shadow of Shea Stadium. He now teaches and writes in Massachusetts, 200 Miles From The Citi (Field). He is a lifelong Mets fan, who decided this year that the qualifier "long-suffering" should accompany that description. He is also a Jets fan born after Super Bowl III, which speaks for itself. He writes on baseball, football, and whatever else in the sports world catches his eye.

Greg Trippiedi - Great Lakes Royals
I'm a lifelong displaced fan who have been following the Royals since the 2003 season, because, well, because we were all promised more than this. I held a position at MVN as a staff writer from July 2008 to July 2009. When I'm not following baseball, you can probably find my in-depth analysis of all things professional and college football across the interwebs. Those who hate my level-headed approach to sports analysis can catch me in the heat of the moment on Twitter @GTrippiedi.

Andrew Tworischuk - Inside Mr. Met's Head
Andrew Tworischuk despises his favorite baseball team. Despite this, he has still supported and loved them for as far back as he can remember. He has survived living in the enemy territories of both the Phillies and Yankees. His articles are a statistical look into the New York Mets' failures and successes. He also has an irrational hated for all things Jeff Francoeur. You can follow him on twitter @andytworischuk.

Brian Wagner - The Purple Trojan
Brian Wagner is a junior at the University of Southern California, majoring in Public Relations and Business. He recently found his passion for sports journalism writing for Most Valuable Network and The Sports Guys, including his school paper, The Daily Trojan. While covering all sports and major issues in the sports world, pro and collegiate football are his primary focuses. As a student manager for the USC football team, he is very experienced in the sport and has an insight into the program no one else has. Born in West Texas and now living in Los Angeles, he has followed his Minnesota-raised father's allegiance to the Minnesota Vikings as his favorite pro team.

Michael Yette - Vikings War Cry
Michael Yette attended The Ohio State University and later graduated from Howard University. As a former sports reporter for WHUR radio in Washington, D.C., he covered the NFL, NCCA football, and professional tennis tour. As a guest writer for the New North Star newspaper, Yette covered the NBA draft. Yette has written for Vikings War Cry since 2008.

Chris Zervoudis - Philadelphia Sports Scene
I'm a first generation Greek American, born and raised in Philadelphia. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May of 2009, reported for philadelphiaeagles.com in 2008, and still work in media relations. I also work for Penn Athletics.com and for Citizens Bank until the end of the Phillies season. I am highly competitive and passionate in general, and when it comes to Philadelphia sports (high school, college, professional) that energy all gets taken to another level. I am well aware of the negative reputation of Philadelphia sports journalists and I hope to bring some redeeming qualities to this city.


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