May 14, 2018 is a day that I'll never, ever forget. The day that I finally left cube life forever and joined this crazy ass world as a blogger. I still have no idea how to explain to people what I do exactly since the look I get when I say blogger is always met with confusion. But with it being the 2 year anniversary of that and nothing really happening in the sports world I started thinking today about all the shit I learned during this time. Going to steal a page from Trysta with her sermons here, maybe sound a bit corny, but put my thoughts on the blog. That's literally what I'm paid to do, even if it's weird blogging about yourself but I have a lot of thoughts. So here we go.
I'm actually thankful to work in the cubes
So my background is a bit different. I went to school for journalism, graduated with a journalism degree, spent a year as the sports editor, all that good shit, even if I don't write like that anymore because fuck AP style. Can't even say fuck in AP Style actually. I know I don't write 'correctly' but I write like I talk. That's just how I prefer to do it. But after graduating in 2009 I got out of journalism. Worked at Vermont as a sports information director, then moved to Cincinnati and did 3rd party logistics sales before getting into the world of purchasing. I ultimately worked my way up to run a purchasing department, at the same time Keith brought me on to write part time. More on that later. But I'm thankful for that. Why? Because I never want to go back. Do you know how much a regular ass job sucks? It's not for me. I get way too bored. It's too mundane. I can't deal with the office bullshit. Knowing that's the alternative it just makes me a) be thankful for Barstool and b) work my ass off even more. Nearly a decade in the cubes will do that to you, just to circle back.
You're bullshit if you aren't yourself
I learned this the hard way. If you are just a 'reporter' you ain't going to make it here. Barstool is based on being ourselves. We're fans. We like certain things, we hate certain things. That's what people care about. No one cares about a game recap that you can get from anywhere. It's why we'll always be better than any other website out there.
Well, they are a work in progress. Next.
Listen to Lil Dicky call his shot
I was recently listening to this because no one is hotter in the TV streets right now than Lil Dicky. He called his shot. Now I'm not even 1/1,000,000th of what Lil Dicky is, but it's a way to live life. When Keith let me write part time I was thrilled. I was a Stoolie at heart and spent my first year out of college reading it as much as possible. I wasn't going to let this opportunity slip. So I blogged ... a lot. I made that 'my thing.' But also I wasn't going to let a lack of work ethic be the reason I couldn't advance here. I wanted to work here. I set that as my goal. So I did everything possible to do that. Do the same, if you can. I worked 8-5, snuck in blogs at my office, came home and wrote. I became addicted to the grind because that's how Barstool survives. Dave is the biggest grinder in the world. Big Cat works his ass off. Everyone does. That's why, again, we're the best website, media company, whatever you want to call us in the world.
A text from Dave is terrifying
There's nothing more terrifying than a text from Dave. It's never good. I'd say highly avoid getting those by not fucking up. Just want to put that out there. Don't fuck up.
Don't give a shit what people think about you
This is by far the toughest one to accept. But if you want to start blogging, podcasting, video, whatever, people are going to roast you. Luckily I've been roasted by friends for years. You want to be liked, that's just normal. But it's impossible to hit 100% here. It goes back to being authentic.
The 9-5 work place is a joke
Being forced to sit in a cube for 40+ hours a week? The fuck is that? That's why I love this place. You get what you put out. You work your ass off. Sure you may be 'on' for more than 40 hours a week. But does it feel like work? Hell no. I get to talk about hoops for my living. Do you know how goddamn awesome that is? I've wanted to work in hoops in some capacity since I could talk. I learned how to read by my pops teaching me hoops box scores. As a kid I would only watch Georgetown (no idea why) hoops. But sitting there pretending to work? That shit is a joke. Actually work. Actually find content. Actually get stuff done.
Pants with a belt or zipper? No thank you
This is actually the biggest pro (outside of having my dream job) of this all. I wear gym shorts, pajama pants or sweatpants year round. I don't have to put on khakis and a polo. I don't have to wear dress pants. I'm a soon to be 33-year old blogger who works in his basement that's married with a kid. I'm a walking stereotype and that's perfectly fine with me.
If you don't take a risk, you aren't living
I met Dave at the 2018 Final Four in San Antonio to talk about making the move to full time. He told me that he knew I had an office job and was settled with that and this would be a contract based job. He wanted to be upfront with me - literally the only thing you could ask for. I didn't even think twice. Yeah, I didn't care. This was it. This was my chance to get my dream job. You'd be fucking crazy to say no to taking a risk. It doesn't matter what field you're in or what you're doing. If you don't take a risk, you're selling your life short.
Don't give Dave a wrong pick
Boy, did I learn that one the hard way. Dave casually asking me who I liked on the very first game of the 2018-19 college hoops season. Told him I liked Kansas (that paid off) but also that I liked Kentucky (whoops). Don't ever do that unless you are 100% confident in a pick. You'll have to make a pick like this on radio then
These last two years have been awesome, with that said it's with a heavy heart I'm going to announce
Let's run this shit back again. I just signed a new contract and there's nowhere else I'd rather be. I'm going to be blogging my ass off even longer now for Barstool. To everyone who reads, comments, tweets, interacts, thanks. It's been a fucking blast. I've gotten to do some cool shit thanks to this job and I couldn't be more thankful. I'm very lucky, consider myself the luckiest for this. I'm just a regular ass guy that loves sports and working. With Erika and Dave leading the way we ain't ever going to lose and we ain't going anywhere. Couldn't be more thrilled to be on this ride.