“I miss the atmosphere, waking up Saturday mornings and getting ready for games. It was a way to get the whole student body together”. Will Hermanson, a senior and transfer student from Northwestern College in Iowa, reflects on his time of cheering on a nationally competitive football team, “I like watching
most other sports, but football brings out something special”.

    Many colleges and universities around the U.S. have a great tradition in football, but as the leaves change color and the air gets cooler, at the University of Wisconsin-Superior you will not find a college football game being played at Ole Haugsrud Stadium on an autumn Saturday afternoon.

    UWS football ended abruptly after the 1992 season was suspended two games into the season. There are many different theories and view points as to why the football team was really shutdown, but the most accepted is the apparent lack of players that came out for that final season.

    According to Dave Kroll, who has been the Head Athletic Trainer at UWS for the last 20 years, only 48 players came out for the first day of practice in the fall of 1992. And although they were severely short on players the team had talent and the season looked promising.

    “We brought in nine great skill- position players from Hibbing Community College that year, and we were going to be good” said Kroll, “The only thing is that they were found ineligible because they never went to class and got bad grades at Hibbing,”.

    There are several different theories surrounding the recruitment issues that plagued the football team during its last few seasons. One was that new head coach Dan Lounsbury didn’t recruit enough players to come play for the team.

    “Lounsbury was a full time coach,” UWS Athletic Director Steve Nelson said, “but he didn’t recruit like a full time coach and there were low numbers because of that.”

    Although, it may be hard to imagine that the main reason the football team was axed was because Coach Lounsbury may or may not have recruited enough players for the 1992 season. After coaching at UWS, Lounsbury went on to work on the collegiate level with Texas, TCU, Tulsa, Purdue, Cortland State, Southeastern Oklahoma State and now coaches with Texas A&M-Commerce. Lounsbury has also worked with several pro and semi-pro football teams.

    It was reported in the September 25th, 1992 edition of The Promethean that there were 90 recruits that season and there was expected to be 65-70 players in training camp; barely half of that showed up for the first practice.  Dale Mundle, a UWS football player from 1989-1991, thinks otherwise about the recruiting issue.

    “I often suspected the recruiting budget was slowly being cut” Mundle said, “The year I was there we had players from California, Texas and from all over the place.  Many of them went home for different reasons, and we never got anyone to replace them."

    In football, there is much more money being spent to recruit new players as opposed to other sports because there are a lot more spots to fill on a football team.

    Although they had a lack of players, things seemed to be turning around with Coach Lounsbury after finishing with a 2-6-1 record in 1991, his first season with the team.

    “We’d have a few thousand fans at the home games” Mundle said, “We weren’t winning the conference championship let alone many games, but we were competitive and fun to watch.”

    After the first two games, what was left of the team became plagued by injuries.  Six players were out indefinitely with injuries and another six would have been game time decisions.  This left only 22 players to take the field had they continued to play games.

    “You can’t have a college football team with 48 guys, and after academic problems and injuries in the first two games of the season, we were down to 22,” said Kroll.

    Their final season ended with a 1-1 record before starting conference play. They won their last home game ever, defeating Concordia St. Paul 27-22. The following week after that game was played, UWS athletic director at the time Patricia Dolan held a press conference to announce the rest of the games for that season would be forfeited.

    A 1988 UWS student athlete graduate, Beth Clark recalls about hearing the news of the cut football program:

    “It was a tough time” Clark remembered, “People were disappointed because there was a great tradition and then so quickly it was gone.”

    Clark, a hall of fame inductee at UWS, has gone on to teach and coach volleyball and girls’ basketball at Hermantown High School. Just recently she acquired the athletic director position at Hermantown. She weighed in her position as an A.D. if she was put into Dolan’s position:

    “It would have to take place over an extended period of time because to me it’s hard to justify cutting an entire program after one bad year” Clark said, “Obviously the decision was tough, but you can’t second guess the A.D. We’re on the same page and whether you like or not, you need to support what’s best for the school.”

    Though the football team was dropping in numbers, the fans in the stands were not.  And although there was still quite a fan base, the football program in general was in trouble for quite some time.

    “The last few years was a continuous downward spiral, despite the fact we were playing better” Mundle said, “The program had no stability, there were three different head coaches in the last four years the program existed.”

    After the 1992 season ended, it was announced that the football program would be shut down indefinitely.

    “It came to the point where it felt like we [Athletic Department] were throwing money down a black hole,” said Nelson.  “The athletic director needed to assess what she had at the time, and the decision had to me made,” he added.

    There isn’t one particular or major reason why UWS football did not return to the field in the fall of 1993. There are rumors that they were just too bad of a team to continue, that there was not enough money in the budget and that it needed to be cut to even out men’s and women’s sports. As there is truth to some of this, much of it is off kilter.

    Another theory that suspending the season ended up not being temporary was the relationship between Head Coach Dan Lounsbury and the Athletic Director at the time, both of whom were unresponsive to comment requests.

    “There seemed to be a bad relationship between Dolan and Lounsbury, and instead of solving the problem by giving Lounsbury options, Dolan cut football for good,” said Kroll.

    “Dolan was an interim A.D at the time” Mundle added, “Did the fact that the A.D and chancellor were both women at the time play a role in the football team being cut”?

    There are many different theories about why the football team was cancelled and the finger pointing could go on forever, but none of that would change the fact that there is no football team and there most likely never will be again. And although it’s seen as negative that there is no football team, cutting the program brought some good opportunities to UWS.

    “We have been able to add and fund a lot more sports that fit our small university better than football” Nelson explained, “We were ahead of the curve by adding women’s hockey ten years ago, and the opportunity has really paid off for us.”

    This also created more opportunities for student
athletes coming to UWS.

    “With no football team, we [UWS] have more sports, which in turn give more student athletes an opportunity to play a college sport,” said Logan Campa, the UWS Student Body President. “If we had football right now, we probably wouldn’t have as many sports, and we wouldn’t be giving as many people opportunities to succeed,” he added.

    There are many grumblings about whether or not UWS will field a football team ever again, and many people would like them to. Even 18 years after the football program was cut, the wounds of not having a team are still open, and students today would still like to see college football at UWS.

    “I understand why we don’t have a football team, but it is a real disappointment,” said Campa, “I feel it would help with campus involvement, and with no homecoming it seems like there is little tradition”.

    Many other UWS students also feel like they are missing out on something special without having a football team, or homecoming.

    “You lose that whole environment – cheering and rooting for the home team and meeting new friends in the stands” sophomore Jordan Peterson said, “Having a football team would add to the ‘college experience’ and I think it’s a little ridiculous that we don’t have homecoming”.

    Having been a collegiate athlete, Clark reflects on her time as an athlete and stresses its life lessons:

    “It’s an experience you can’t duplicate. Ten years later you’ll look back and want to do it again” Clark said, “You’re put into an environment where you meet new people and you deal with winning and losing and the intensity of it all. It’s just a great experience.”

    There has been talk about whether or not having football would help UWS’ enrollment, but this is an interesting subject according to Julius Erlenbach, the Chancellor of UWS.

“There would obviously be an increase in men at UWS, but I think we are right where we should be with enrollment. Many students like the small feel of the campus, and that is why some come here, so it really depends how you value these things,” he said.

    Unless something dramatic were to happen in the near future, the University of Wisconsin-Superior will continue to go on without a football team.

    “If there was talk about adding a football team, the big question would be about being able to viably recruit a full team,” said Erlenbach.  “With how much money it would cost to bring back football, and the amount of commitment needed, the costs definitely outweighs the benefits in this situation,” he added.

    In the many years of UWS football, in which the Yellow Jackets compiled a 206-340-37 record, there were many achievements in the early years. UWS won six conference championships from 1913-1940, and 19 players went on the play professional football, six of who went to the National Football League. In their most successful seasons the ‘Jackets were coached by Ted Wheratt, Ira Tubbs (who was also the inventor of the air needle used to blow up athletic balls), and Mark Dean.  All three of these coaches finished with career records over .500.

    Of the six players that played in the NFL, two of them stand out the most. Don Moselle played for the Cleveland Browns in their inaugural season and won a Super Bowl with them. More well-known and being a Superior Native, Doug Sutherland was drafted by the New Orleans Saints but spent most of his career as a Purple People Eater with the Minnesota Vikings. After these early years of success, UWS fell into a bad rut, and never seemed to get out of it.

    As of now, and in the near future, the only teams you will see on Ole Haugsrud Stadium are the Superior Spartans (High School), Superior Stampede (Semi-Pro), and various UWS intramural flag football teams.

    The real reasons as to why UWS cut its football team and whether or not there were hidden agendas involved still remain unknown and are left up to personal opinion.  But the facts remain the same, there’s no more black and gold at the Ole except for distant memories and a forgone tradition.
 
 
    August 7th, 2011 will forever be remembered as the day a vicious and senseless act was committed against one of our brothers in the San Diego Police Department.  Officer Jeremy Henwood was taken from us in the worst way, murdered in cold blood with no chance of self-defense.  But we will not remember him for the way he left us but for the way he led us, worked with us, and protected us.
    Although Jeremy has left us, he will always be with us and his spirit will forever watch over us as we try our best to serve and protect as he did.  His actions as a San Diego Police Officer have forever impacted us, and we will never forget the lessons he taught us.  Whether it be to check every resource and think outside the box in a missing child case or to go over every symptom of a possible drunken driver, Officer Henwood’s teachings will continue to be used every single day.
     Jeremy was a man who lived by the book.  He was always a step ahead of everyone else, thinking of ideas to solve crimes that most other officers wouldn’t be able to, making Jeremy a vital key to the San Diego Police Department.  Officer Henwood devoted himself to making the San Diego community a better and safer place to live.  An example of Jeremy’s dedication was the extensive book he created for the sole purpose of stopping and taking drunken drivers off the road.
    Reaching the rankings of Captain in the United States Marine Core, it’s easy to see where Jeremy got his strong values and beliefs; and it’s proof of how successful he was at everything he has done.  Despite his strong work ethic, Jeremy also had a lighter side, and he had some odd hobbies.  One thing Jeremy enjoyed doing was buying expensive, custom couches that were too big for his apartment.
    It was very clear how much Officer Henwood meant to his coworkers and brothers by the onslaught of fellow officers that responded his aid after he was cowardly attacked.  In fact there were too many officers that responded to the scene and many were sent away to find Jeremy’s attacker.  If there is such a thing as justice it was provided as the shooter was gunned down in a fire fight.  And even though Officer Henwood had no chance to defend himself, he was able to commit one final deed to society.  Just before he passed on, Jeremy selflessly donated his organs to other people in need, thus saving a few more lives before his shift was over.
    Officer Henwood was a brave man and he deserved a better fate than he received, but he will never be forgotten.  Jeremy’s values and lessons will forever be remembered in every single officer he came in contact with, and those same officers will pass on those values and lessons they were bestowed upon.  Officer Jeremy Henwood, you may rest now brother…we have the watch.
 
 
    Hello there everybody! I know it's been awhile since I've posted but I've been super busy and I've been super lazy - which ever is a more viable excuse for you to accept. I had some family in town over the last few weeks, which was very nice. My uncle, who is two years older than me (so he's more like a brother), was home from San Diego; and my father was home from Jacksonville, FL. By the way I am the ONLY Doffing in Duluth. Or Northern Minnesota for that matter, which is kind of weird when you think about it.
    All that aside I've also been in a stint of writer's block, which may be evident in this blab-filled post. I haven't been sure of what to write that may be relevant to anyone else. I could have written about the Wild Development Camp Scrimmage, but that post would have been one big paragraph about how awesome it was to be in a hockey rink while it was 130 degrees outside with 300% humidity. I could have written about Captain America. But that post would have been one big paragraph about how awesome it was to be in a movie theater while it was 130 degrees outside with 300% humidity.
    I've also been distracted lately because I'm on the verge of doing something big this winter, and I'm really excited because it's something I've wanted to do for awhile and now I may finally have the funding and the storyline to get it done. It involves high school hockey in Minnesota and that's all I'm going to say about it right now. But if everything falls into place and this project gets green-lit I will keep everybody updated constantly.
    For those of you who don't know I am going to be a father at the end of this coming January! I say this coming January for those who don't have common sense. I have a bad feeling we are going to be having Twins, too. Ironic. Why is it ironic? Because I felt like saying it. Oh my this is one random and pointless post.
    Let's get on track here...with the MLB trade deadline approaching in less than a week, everyone in Twins territory is wondering what the Twinks will be doing. They've shown some promise, but I really think they could use another relief pitcher. Capps needs to go and so does Mijares. But I know my dreams won't come true and they BOTH won't get dealt. But Mijares has shown a little better stuff on the mound than Capps. We could deffinetly use a better shortstop, Nishioka simply isn't working out. I've been saying he needs time, he needs time. But even as forgiving as I can be at times...TIMES UP Nishioka!
    The Twins have possibly been in talks about trading Span, but now Revere has been slipping offensively so it might be wise to keep Span around for another year. And I would love to see Delmon get dealt but I have a terrible pit in my stomach that says the Twins will get rid of Cuddyer. He can play any position (inlcuding pitcher as we now know) and he's swinging a hot bat. There are many teams out there that are drooling over Cuddy.
    So here's what I would love to see happen, keep in mind this is what I want which means it will not happen. Mijares, Delmon, and another young relief pitcher (possibly James or Hueghs) for Heath Bell. It seems out there but the Padres are looking for cheaper relievers and they could use a player like Delmon. And could you imagine Bell-Nathan or Nathan Bell? I wouldn't mind picking up Pence from the Astros but they are asking waaaaay too much for him. There's no way the Twins could make both deals, either.
    If you haven't already picked up on it, I'm taking like I believe the Twins are still in the pennant race. And they are. I'm saying it here and right now the Twins will NOT finish worse than 2nd in the AL Central. Are you kidding me? They were 7 1/2 games back in SEPTEMBER a few years ago and won the AL Central. It's still July and they're only 7 games back. The Twins are the best 2nd half team ever in the MLB. Year in and year out they make it interesting. Yes, they are way too up and down right now and no team has ever made it back to .500 after being 20 games under that mark. But if there's any team to finally do it - it would be the Twins. And that's the whole point of the trade deadline for teams in contention - make some trades to give yourself a better chance to get to (and through) the post-season. And I hope the Twins do just that. I'm keeping the faith, will you? Yeah I watched the entire 20-6 romping. I'm throwing back any homeruns from the opposing team, too.
    Bazina! My blog.
 
 
    Living in Minnesota, I am obligated to bring up the weather in 80% of my conversations. And living in Northern Minnesota (more specifically Duluth) I am obligated to bring up weather in the other 20% of my conversations. Seeing as how this is already my fifth blog, I feel it's time to talk a little about the weather. Shall we?
    There is a stereotype out there about the weather in Minnesota that has been floating around: Many would say there's only two seasons in Minnesota - winter and road construction. I'm here to clear the air and say that the previous statement is...mostly true. It's true in the sense that it snows here a lot, and when it isn't snowing there's usually some sort of road construction happening. But during the brief time every year when it isn't snowing, there is some very interesting weather that occurs throughout the Land of 10k Lakes. I think the best way to describe it would be this: imagine if there was a machine that controlled the weather, now imagine if a two year-old was pressing all the buttons and pulling all the levers in every which way on that weather machine. That's what the weather is like in Duluth.
    Yesterday (July 1st) was a prime example of classic Duluth weather. The skies were clear and it was 80 degrees up over the hill with extreme humidity, while it was foggy and about 60 degrees with little humidity downtown near the lake. Then later that day the temperature dropped, the wind picked up and the thunderstorms rolled in and it down-poured for a good two hours. The only other place I know that has this severe of a temperature difference is that of the Grand Canyon, where it's always about 20 degrees hotter at the bottom than it is on top at the rim.
    It's that big lake they call Superior that messes everything up - "the Lake Effect" to be more scientific. Lake Superior creates havoc on the greater Duluth area but it also keeps us safe from things like Tornados, so severe temperature changes are a small price to pay. If you all check out my "Photos" section you will see some foggy pictures I took one morning after work. Perfectly clear sky over the hill, fog of death over the lake and creaping over downtown Duluth. Duluth experiences similar effects during the winter time, too...kind of. During the winter it will usually be warmer by the lake and cooler over the hill - where it will be snowing like crazy, but downtown might only be seeing rain. But then the East side of Duluth will be experiencing hail and West Duluth will be sunny with no precipitation. Still with me?
    I give major props to any weather man/woman that forecasts in this area. It can't be easy predicting the unpredictable. At least in Arizona it's always sunny and hot, with the exception of the rainy season - in which case everyday it's hot and sunny followed by hard rain followed by hot and sunny. In Florida it's always sunny with a 99% chance of rain and 100% humidity. In Minnesota there's a 40% chance of anything can happen.
    Even though Duluth is only about a two hour drive from the Twin Cities, at any given time one can experience several different weather changes throughout the two hour drive. Usually the weather is a lot nicer in the Cities than it is in Duluth, but anything can happen. Anything.
 
 
    The weekend in the Twin Cities (which according to Winnipeg consists only of Minneapolis) was interesting to say the least. I met and made some contacts within the industry, which was awesome. I wrote a blog that met its demise shortly before being published due to my stellar laptop. Ottawa deemed St. Paul the "State of Hockey". Winnipeg officially anounced it's new nickname - the Jets. No Minnesotans were taken in the first round - a first since 2001 when none were taken in the first four rounds. And there were some very interesting trades that occured.
    The first event I attended was at the Walker Art Center where some of the draft prospects were available to the media. It was ok. There really wasn't any reason why this event needed to happen in the Walker Art Center. I understand the Twin Cities wanted to give as many "unique" perspectives to NHL personal as possible, but they didn't need to make all of us walk through a maze of hallways and arrow signs to find a group of 18 year-old hockey players. I described the Walker Art Center as being like the house that the Simpsons built for Ned Flanders when his house was destroyed by a Tornado. A toilet in the kitchen, a hallway that gets smaller and smaller, and a load-bearing poster.
    Then there was a media-reception at the Work Room in Minneapolis, which really should have been called the Media Free-For-All. Free food and free drinks - just what the media is used to. But with people like Joe Quinnville in attendence. It was here I met Dave Isaac - host of Breakthrough Sports radio out of Phoenix, Arizona. Very cool dude. I gave him one of my brand-spanking-new business cards and he replied by telling me he was going to put in some good words about me to people working with the Phoenix Coyotes. Please check out Dave and what he does at www.sportsbreakthrough.com.
    The first day of the draft was filled with surprising turns of events. Although before the draft even started, it became clear to me that the weekend was not going to go as easily as I had planned. As I tried walking through the press gate (with my press pass easily in plain sight) I was stopped by two of King Arthur's knights. The first knight tried to search my camera bag, but before he could the other knight stopped him. He said, "You don't need to search his bag. Don't worry about him, he's not with the media - he's just a photographer". "Thank you" I said to him and I walked away.
    After I put my bag down in the photographers' area I went to explore the media risers. But as I approached the entry way two more of King Arthur's knights stopped me and said photographers were not allowed in the media area, which we clearly should have been allowed in (and eventually were). Myself and a few fellow photographers, including Jim Rosvold who shoots for many publications in the Midwest, camped out in the fan section next to the Lucia family. It was pretty sweet having to get up for the drunk people from Montreal every 45 seconds and being nowhere near the stage to take quality pictures. It's bad enough that I have to deal with that shit, but it's absolutely rediculous that esteemed photographers like Jim and Mike have to deal with it, too.
    Day 2 was much more busy than the first day, which the exception of the first two Wild picks - the second one consisting of a trade with San Jose of Brent Burns and Devon Setoguchi top prospect Coyle. All the Minnesotans that were expected to go, for the most part, ended up going with Lucia as he went 60th overall to none other than the Wild. The Wild later to Seeler, a D-man from Eden Prairie. Two MInnesotans in the 2011 draft to the Wild? Smells like an atempt at retribution for the Leddy trade. The biggest surprise of the day though had to be how far Gopher-commit Seth Ambroz fell in the draft. Originally pegged as the 31st overall North American skater, Ambroz fell to the 128th overall pick. Some spectulation came out afterwards that Ambroz had a few less than stellar skates and interviews, which kind of scared some teams. But none-the-less the Panthers got a steel with Ambroz in the 128th pick.
    Overall I did enjoy the NHL Draft, despite King Arthur's Knights security, and it was cool seeing some past and present NHL players and coaches. Although it is pretty apparent that the draft will not be returning to the State of Hockey for quite some time. And when it does, hopefully photographers will be considered part of the media by then.
 
 
    As per request by a one Mr. Coffman, this latest entry will be my take on sports-related rioting. After the glorious defeat of the Vancouver Canucks last week in Game 7, the citizens of Vancouver took to the streets and rioted. 1994 - the Canucks lose to the Rangers in 7 games. The Rangers  hadn't won the Cup since 1940 - a span of 54 years. The citizens of Vancouver rioted and prevented police from getting emergency first-aid to an injured rioter. 2011 - the Canucks lose to the Bruins in 7 games. The Bruins hadn't won the Cup since 1972 - a span of 39 years. The Citizens of Vancouver rioted and made out with each other in the streets.
    I think the most surprising and disgusting thing I can take out of this whole situation is...the fact that so many people were surprised and disgusted with the 2011 Vancouver riot. I mean seriously! Everyone knows how hated the Canuck fans are. There are Yankees' fans, Lakers' fans and Canucks' fans. Nobody should be surprised at the bad behavior of any of these fan groups. I was not surprised that Vancouver fans rioted nor was I disgusted. This kind of stuff happens - win OR lose.
    Don't get me wrong, I'm not advicating violence and riots, but people should know that it's going to happen; especially when the citizens of Vancouver are involved. Those people up there are atrocious! How soon we forget how mean, unsportsmanlike and just plain annoying those people are. And as bad as they are as Canucks fans, they are even worse as Canadian fans. Does anyone else remember the Vancouver fans spitting on members of the USA Junior Olympics team? I do.
    But why do we riot? It can't be about the anger of defeat or the joy of winning as riots occur after both events. I think there are many people out there that are just waiting for any opportunity to wreck some shit. And once some of these people get together and see other people with that look in their eyes, things go south real quick. I'm not saying all people are generally bad or that people have some deep-seeded death and destruction inside of them. I'm just simply affirming the fact that we aren't that far apart from apes and chimps.
    Setting aside my dislike of the Canucks and their fans this was, by far, not even close to the worst sports-related riot we have seen. A recent article by ESPN's Tom Neumann touches up on some of the worst sports-related riots in America we've seen. In 1984, after the Tigers won the World Series there was a murder and several rapes. Bazinga! And that was in Detroit! After they won it! There are many more bad riots in the article if you want to check it out: http://es.pn/j3S7lV.
    Like the turmoil in the Middle East, rioting has gone on for ages and it will continue for years to come. And take note I haven't even talked about soccer riots. Those people are on a completely different level. All I can say is even in Minnesota were the nice is nicest, we have had our share of riot, too. I say riot (not riots) because the only riot I can think of in Minnesota occured after the Gophers won the Frozen Four in 2003. But then again those are Gopher Hockey fans, and they're almost as bad as Canucks' fans. 
    UMD Bulldogs' Mens Hockey - 2011 NCAA DI Champs!
 
 
    With the 2010-11 NHL hockey season finally coming to end with the completion of the Stanley Cup playoffs, one can only be experiencing the feeling of bittersweetness. Being born in the late 80's and growing up in the 90's in Minnesota I had to look elsewhere for an NHL team to root for (I was barely coherent when the Stars were the North Stars). I can't remember why but I liked teams out East. Boston, Pittsburgh, the Rangers, and yes Toronto, too. Maybe deep inside I always felt that we were going to get another team in Minnesota, which is why I didn't root for many Western teams.
    Being able to finally see Boston win the cup was pretty awesome - it's nice to say that I can watch footage of the Bruins winning the Cup in an era where the score and time are always shown on screen. And what makes it better is the fact that they beat the Canucks to do it. Since the Wild are in the Northwest division I have come to despise the Canucks over the last decade, which has been easy since the Wild have had some success against the Canucks. RANDOM FACT: The Excel Engergy Center, which hosts the Wild, used to be home to Luongo's highest GAA in an NHL building. Can you guess which building the new highest GAA belongs to for Luongo? Yup - TD Gardens, home of the Bruins.
    I've never seen a team as lucky as Vancouver in any playoffs. Ever. They got some blown calls that went there way and so many bounces, too. But that's hockey and I accept that. I've always said no matter how lucky or unlucky a team or player might be - they still have to put the puck into the back of the net; and if they are doing that then nothing else matters. But that doesn't mean a team has justification to win. The Canucks should have lost to Chicago, and then they should have lost to Nashville. The only series they actually should have won was against the Sharks.
    But sweet, sweet justice that Bruins finally get a hook, line and sinker into the Canucks and win on Vancouver's own ice. The Game 7 is great for the sport both financially and for publicity, but it's even better knowning all those Vancouver fans paid all that money just to watch Tim Thomas shutout their beloved Sedin twins and finger-biting Burrows.
 
 
    A young, aspiring journalist I know said she got a job interview through her highlight reel that was featured on her personal website. And as I am a recent graduate with only a part time job AND collecting unemployment (thanks to Sam's Club) I decided it was time to make my own personal website to attract potential employers. And thus the Tree House Chronicles was born!
    The funny thing this isn't the first website I've built. In fact I have several websites that are still up, but thanks to Zach Halverson (@zachhalverson) I was turned onto Weebly, which is a way better host than what I currently have. The current website I have only features photo galleries, which is fine, but I wanted something where I could post photos, start a blog, feature a profile, and just a way to show my all-around journalistic skills.
    I built my first website when I was in the 4th grade (sometime around 1997 to be exact) through the good 'ol geocities host through Yahoo! It featured a profile of myself and pages devoted to my favorite movies, television shows, books, and things to do when I was that age. Very archaic, but also a lot harder than you would think. It was easier to build this site than it was back then to put movie poster pictures on a blank template.
    With all that rambling nonsense being said I thank you for checking out my website and my blog. And I hope you will keep visiting! I promise these will get better - I just wanted to put something in here so it wasn't a blank page. In an upcoming post I will feature the open letter to Sam's Club I wrote after being inspired by a link Ryan Clark posted on Twitter about the funniest resignation letters from journalists.

Stay tuned for more sports fans!