A blog is nothing more than just one person’s view on the world around them, so if you’re going to be reading my blog, I may as well give you some insight into who I am upfront. I was born and raised in the Washington D.C. area, and although that affects my sports allegiances, don’t expect me to talk too much politics.

One thing you’ll definitely notice about me is that I like LISTS. I like reading, creating and comparing lists. If a list isn’t ordered or ranked, it’s just a bunch of bulleted items. I don’t typically discriminate when it comes to lists. Whether it’s something I’m interested in, something I hate, or something I don’t know anything about. If it’s a ranked set of items, I’ve got at least a bit of interest in giving it a look. I also like to PREDICT things. I like to take my perspective and see how well I can guess at what outcomes will be. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to do better than the so-called “professionals” at predicting, and other times a coin-flipping toddler would do better.

I love MOVIES. I prefer to watch them at the movie theater, but I’m also too cheap to see all the movies I want to see in theaters, so for some movies, I either have to find a discount theater, or wait to see things on DVD. I don’t pay for HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, or any of the other cable movie channels, but I do subscribe to one of those services where you rank movies online (my list has HUNDREDS in the queue). Which DVD delivery service? I’m not going to say because that’s free advertising. I watch on average one movie a week, but it would be more if I didn’t watch so many television shows on DVD… but that’s a story for a different blog entry. Favorite TV shows and movies in all sorts of various categories will definitely be the topic of many a future list.

As is the case with many native Washingtonians, the Redskins are without a doubt my favorite sports team. I can be having a perfectly good week, but once Sunday rolls around, if the burgundy and gold hometeam loses to the Cowboys, there’s a good chance that I’ll be in a bad mood – for at least a couple minutes anyway. When I have kids, they won’t be allowed to have blue or silver stars painted on their face at carnivals. Not even if they become big fans of KISS. There will be much, much more Redskins talk in future blogs. Quite possibly one after every game, though I won’t limit myself to that schedule. It might be more frequent.

Fantasy football is the greatest. I am by no means an expert at it, but usually if I finish outside of the top 3 in a league, it’s usually because of an injury to a key player. I don’t think I’ll be providing any fantasy sports advice because the guys (and ladies) who are trying to keep me from a trophy in 2009-2010 would no doubt use it against me.

I’m not a bandwagon jumper. In fact, I’m more likely to jump off of a bandwagon once it gets too full. More about that in future blogs, but I can say that it involves Red Sox Nation. The Atlanta Braves have been my team of choice since I was five years old anyway, and Boston wasn’t going to ever take that top spot. If anyone does, it’ll be the Washington Nationals, but they have a lot of work to do. As for the Orioles? They never did catch on with me, and after the way Peter Angelos acted towards the Nationals? No thanks. Plus, if you’ve ever been in DC on a weeknight, you know it’s almost impossible to get to Baltimore for a 7 pm game start unless you leave REALLY early.

The only way I’d go up to Baltimore to see a game would be if someone could promise me I was going to get to see the New York Yankees lose, and I don’t think a guarantee like that would be possible even if the Evil Empire had to play without a short stop or a center fielder. The pinstripes could still find a way to win 2 of 3 against the Birds. That was part of the reason I joined Red Sox Nation in 2001, but I’ll talk more about that in another blog.

I spent way too much time talking baseball before discussing hockey. I haven’t decided whether football or hockey is my favorite sport, but they’re both considerably higher than baseball. The Pittsburgh Penguins in the early 1990’s might be the one example of when my allegiance started as a bandwagon thing, but most people from the D.C. area weren’t hockey fans in the late 80’s or early 90’s when I was growing up, so you’ll have to cut me some slack on that. I learned to love the Washington Capitals about a decade ago, and I’m more than happy to Rock The Red, even if they’re playing the Penguins.

Basketball doesn’t have much of a hold on me. Like all other guys my age, I grew up in awe of the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan. I never saw a live Bullets game, but I did go to the arena once when the name changed and the Washington Wizards had Michael Jordan on their squad. I haven’t cared enough to go since then.

I don’t watch college basketball aside from the months of February, March and early April. For reasons I don’t even remember, I’m a Michigan Wolverines fan for college football and basketball. I don’t pay for the Big Ten Network, so access to their games is limited. In a future blog, I’ll explain why I’m not a fan of UNC, Duke, or the University of Maryland.

The past couple years, I’ve become more and more interested in MIXED MARTIAL ARTS. In future blogs I’ll explain my first exposure to MMA, the show that sparked my renewed interest, my thoughts on the “hardcore” fans, reviews on articles (and podcasts) I’ve read (and listened to), as well as the occasional analysis on the periodic lists generated by major publications regarding the fighters in the various divisions across the sport.

And yes, MMA is a sport. Other televised contests which some people consider to be “sport” are not “sport”, but that’s a major blog entry for another day. I guarantee that a large percentage of the readers of this blog will disagree with me on that issue. In fact, I’m sure that some of the other writers I’ve asked to contribute to this multi-author blog will disagree with me. I know they will because we’ve had those discussions before. We each make good arguments, but I’ll let you decide (and comment, if you wish) as to why my argument is the best… or not.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve consistently been a fan of professional Wrestling. Before you ask, the answer is “Yes, I know it’s fake. I’ve known it was fake since before Wrestlemania 7”. Soap operas are fake, too, but that doesn’t keep women from becoming emotionally invested in it. A similar attachment is true with wrestling. Instead of a woman hoping to see their favorite actors get married, wrestling fans want to see their favorite competitors win a championship. Similar victories and revenge motives play out in both mediums. I would guess that I’ll be posting a blog dedicated to WWE, TNA Wrestling or Ring of Honor at least twice a month.

MUSIC was a huge part of my household growing up. Because of the various influences I had, I’ve become a fan of just about any kind of music you can think of. That’s not to say I enjoy all music from all genres, but there are a few songs from each genre that I could list off as being great songs that I enjoy listening to. In a future blog I’ll talk about about the many influences that came about along the way.

What kind of American would I be if I wasn’t a big fan of television? Not normal, that’s what. Even without any of the premium movie channels, I fill my TiVo week after week without fail. Anytime someone tells you that TiVo will change your life – they’re right, and the change is for the better. For transparency sake, I don’t receive any money from TiVo for sponsorship (though I’d be willing to accept free product), but I’m such a big fan of TiVo that I’ll talk about it for free. I don’t use the term DVR to refer to what my TiVo does. TiVo did it first and it does it best. More on that in a future blog… as well as a slew of shows lists.

Unlike the stereotype, I’m actually a man who can cook – and I’m not just talking about scrambled eggs & toast. Some of the men in my family and my circle of friends are really good cooks, and there will be some talk on occasion about the culinary arts and why more men should attempt them. Also in my spare time, I do things like write short stories, play video games, dabble in photography and small electronics. You’ll be sure to see mention of these things as more blogs appear.

I’m not going to talk about what I do for WORK because of a few reasons. I don’t let my job define who I am… and there’s nothing really to talk about. (for anyone out there who is wondering if maybe I work covert ops or something like that? keep dreaming, my job’s not nearly that cool).

What else is there to know? Did I forget to tell you something important which would sway a person’s decision of whether or not to read the blog entries I post? I hope not, but chances are that if you’re reading this, you either know me and have an interest in what I have to say, or you’ve already read some of my blog entries and you’re coming back to the introduction – so you’re already reading my blog. Either way, I think what I’ve written here is sufficient for our purposes.

Hopefully you enjoy the blog entries to follow. I will be contacting friends and family to ask them to contribute as well in the hopes of entertainingly informing you about different perspectives about the more interesting parts of the world around us.