I’ve written some scholarly stuff for academic conferences and for some publications, but I won’t bore anyone with that kind of thing here. Instead, take a look at these:
BASEBALL SUPERSTITIONS (April/May 2017)
For the April/May issue of Grand Strand Magazine, Joe Oestreich and I teamed up again to write about baseball superstitions. The article focuses specifically on the superstitions and rituals the players and fans of the Coastal Carolina University baseball team followed during the team’s 2016 NCAA championship season. The most well-known of these stories is about Rafiki, the stuffed monkey that the Chanticleers adopted near the end of the 2016 regular season and carried with them throughout the post-season and the College World Series in Omaha. But Rafiki is just the beginning. Read more about how the players and fans kept the mojo working here at the Grand Strand Magazine site.
TRAVELING WITH THE CHANTS (23 March 2015)
During the opening weekend of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, Joe Oestreich (my writing partner on the forthcoming book Lines of Scrimmage) and I tagged along with the Coastal Carolina University basketball team, cheerleaders, and pep band on the trip to Omaha, where the 16-seeded Chanticleers were paired against the 1-seed Wisconsin Badgers. For a glimpse behind the scenes, check out the story we wrote for , “16 Things You Learn About the NCAA Tournament While on the Road with a 16 Seed.”
FIRED UP! READY TO GO! (25 September 2014)
To mark the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Conway (SC) football boycott, Joe Oestreich and I wrote a retrospective for the Myrtle Beach Weekly Surge. This article is essentially a preview of our forthcoming book about the incident, Lines of Scrimmage: A Story of Football, Race, and Redemption, which will be published in September 2015 by the University Press of Mississippi. To read the article, click HERE or on the accompanying photo. To read the book, hang on for a few more months.
This photo (taken by Charles Slate for the Myrtle Beach Sun News) captures a scene from a 1989 NAACP “March Against Intimidation” through the streets of Conway. “Fired up! Ready to go!” was the signature slogan of the protests, which grew to become known as the Conway Movement. Barack Obama says that he borrowed “Fired up! Ready to go!” from a Greenwood, SC, woman named Edith S. Childs. Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivers of the national NAACP says that Edith S. Childs borrowed it from the Conway Movement.
From 2002-2012, I wrote a newsletter/blog on and off. Plez-Splanations featured anything I wanted to write about: sports, news, politics, memoirs. I don’t have them all archived, but I do have what is up at the Blogger site. Of special interest to people who remember the Johnson City music scene of the 1980s and ’90s and to fans of Joe Oestreich’s Hitless Wonder is the most recent issue, #119. In it, I review Joe’s book and weave in a number of anecdotes from my time playing music in the Johnson City area. Click on this link (Plez-Splanations) or on the Blogger image to go to the site.
After Joe and I began writing Lines of Scrimmage in 2012, I had to take a break from writing the blog, but I’m considering taking it up again. If I do, I’ll be sure to put an update on this site.
I also do some writing for Colin Gawel’s Pencil Storm site from time to time. Colin is the guitar player in Watershed, the Columbus (OH) band that he and Joe Oestreich have kept together for about 25 years now. Colin now owns and operates not only the Pencil Storm site, but a popular coffee shop in Columbus (Colin’s Coffee). If you have a chance to check out one of Colin’s shows or get a cup of his coffee, please do. Here are links to three articles I’ve contributed to Pencil Storm:
- Why I’d Be Rooting For Portugal (if I cared) An anti-soccer rant
- SEC Bias? What Do the Facts Say? Destruction of the “SEC Bias” argument
- Ranking Every AC/DC Record and a Review of Rock or Bust Self-explanatory