2018 was a year of transition. I moved away from the classroom after nine years, my family moved to Nashville (again), and I started writing freelance with articles published by The Florida Writer, The Golfer’s Journal, Men’s Journal, and G&E Magazine. Currently, I write for AnchorofGold.com, the Vanderbilt SBNation affiliate, about Vanderbilt sports, mostly football and non-revenue sports like soccer, cross country, and golf.
Here are some of my favorite things I wrote. I hope you enjoyed them, too.
“Re-Thinking Youth Sports” April 3, 2018
“There is an overwhelming body of evidence in the medical world that the increased participation in sport specific, majority of the year youth sports is physically, psychologically, and emotionally detrimental to children”
“Golf Guy 2.0” Men’s Journal August 2018
“But Golf Guy has evolved. He wants “authentic” experiences now—not a country club’s superficial trappings. Whereas OG Golf Guy lacked self-awareness for his excess and his narcissism, Golf Guy 2.0, as I call him, is so self-aware that he has adapted a hyper-earnest persona.”
“Sweeten’s Cove” October 1, 2018
“I looked to Sweetens to offer me something it couldn’t. I wanted absolution from my fears and failures, and I wanted reward for my passions. Instead, I was surrounded by a natural cathedral, where all its bigness overwhelmed all my smallness, and I worshiped. I marveled at it’s beauty. It gave me something I didn’t know I needed, which was awe.”
“You Da Man!” October 2, 2018 GandEMagazine.com
“You’ve heard it. It comes a millisecond after the crack of the driver likely cackled out by Golf Guy. He’s wearing a white belt and golf shoes. He looks around for a fist bump because, “You da man” isn’t about the golfer, it’s about Golf Guy. Fans hustle down the fairway to get away from the words lingering heavy in the air like a fart in a spacesuit”
“Interview: Tierney Price and Luke Kornet” AnchorofGold.com October 19, 2018
“Tierney Price and Luke Kornet are former Vanderbilt athletes. She was a conference level triple jumper, and he started on the basketball team. Both now live in New York City where Luke plays for the New York Knicks. Tierney is an analyst on the foreign exchange sales team covering US corporates for Deutsche Bank. They are recently engaged to be married.”
“No Scholarship? No Problem.” AnchorofGold.com October 26, 2018
“The men’s team is not so different in their make up and motivations, except one minor detail. Not one member is on scholarship. There are 307 teams in Division 1 and 12 in the SEC. All of them share 12.6 scholarships with their Track and Field counterparts. Vanderbilt’s doesn’t. Every one of Vanderbilt’s cross country team are non scholarship athletes. So who would run in nearly freezing temperatures without a scholarship?”