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Sports On My Mind is just me writing what I do. Nothing is off limits – not even me. I only hope to provide clear analysis of sports and sports-related events that rule the day; and some events that might be off the beaten path, too.

I grew up in the culture that is sports, so there’s plenty that rankles the hell out of me about the sporting universe and I have no qualms about expressing what I love about it and what rankles me. I hope to spit it all out here.

What are my “bona fides?” Let’s see, when I was a 20-year old pup working at a weekly newspaper in Northern Virginia I was voted the George Mason basketball writer of the year by the hoops portion of the GMU athletic department staff. That means my work was awarded over the writing from the Washington Post and Washington Times beat writers.

That same year, when Steffi Graf granted no private interviews due to the on-going tax evasion problems her father was having, she allowed only two people to conduct one-on-one interviews with her: Dan Jenkins, then a senior writer a Sports Illustrated and me. My piece, a part two of a series on life on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour, was one of the articles they used for their national press packet, and was one of the highlighted article displayed as the tour traveled from city to city that season.

As a spoken word poet, in 2001, I was the only featured solo spoken poet chosen to perform during the annually-held International Music and Film Festival, in Austin Texas. That same year I was picked as the featured spoken word poet from Texas to participate in the Austin International Poetry Festival (generally one Texas film maker, one featured Texas musical group, and one, either solo spoken word poet or spoken word group is invited to participate in the festival).

Everyone who knows me from The Starting Five: this is where I began in October, 2006 and I’m happy to be back.

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Written by dwil

March 23, 2007 at 4:56 pm

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  1. I came accross your website while searching for any group or organization that is trying to support Pacman Jones. I am very disturbed by Pacman’s punishment, as well as the overall treatment of professional athletes by the major sports organiztions. If you are aware of any organizations working on either supporting Pacman or supporting the labor rights of atheletes I would appreciate it.

    Thanks,

    Avery

    Avery

    April 20, 2007 at 6:31 pm

  2. I am telling as many people as I can about this site….this is SUCH a breath of fresh air!

    Miranda

    June 10, 2007 at 9:10 pm

  3. Can you guys help me get this guy fired:

    http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_6125722

    Cliff

    June 14, 2007 at 1:12 pm

  4. Thanks Miranda!

    dwil

    June 19, 2007 at 10:42 pm

  5. Yes, thank you Miranda. Welcome fam!

    mizzo

    June 19, 2007 at 10:48 pm

  6. Dwil – I just saw your byline at Chicago Sports Review! I wrote a piece for them back in March. Glad to see your name up there as well.

    Extra P.

    June 22, 2007 at 7:10 pm

  7. Cool man, thanks…

    dwil

    June 22, 2007 at 7:43 pm

  8. I’ll be curious to see if you guys write anything about Chris Benoit. Is everyone just going to blame Vince McMahon and the WWE for Benoit’s disgusting actions? Given the steroids connection, will there be fallout for this country’s professional sports leagues?

    Honestly, I think this story, and how it may impact the perception of PEDs in this country, is right up TSF’s alley…

    CJ Scudworth

    June 27, 2007 at 10:26 am

  9. If you guys have a tips email, I apologize, but I didn’t see one. If you haven’t read about this yet, I figured you’d be interested:

    http://thewizardofodds.blogspot.com/2007/06/florida-state-recruits-banned-from.html

    Extra P.

    June 28, 2007 at 2:59 pm

  10. CJ,

    If it had been an NBA player who dad done what Benoit did, the media fire to get rid of the thugs in the NBA would have been the biggest sports story ever. Yet about Benoit, hardly a peep.

    KevDog

    June 28, 2007 at 3:17 pm

  11. I think the Benoit story is starting to gain momentum, KevDog. While channel surfing tonight I saw it being played on both FNC and HLN. I think Benoit’s dad put it best when he said something to the effect that an irrational action can’t be explained, but we’ll see if the media makes this all about steroids or just latches on due to the grisly details.

    By the way, for what it’s worth, it seems AI’s trial is getting scant attention…

    CJ Scudworth

    July 3, 2007 at 4:54 am

  12. Has anyone read Scoop Jackson’s recent column for ESPN Page 2, and the commentaries he has received? Talk about “narrow-minded”(the responses).

    Marc A.

    July 6, 2007 at 4:56 pm

  13. Yeah, Scoop Jackson is really great!! The way he postures like a teenager and writes like a 40-yr old man still trying to be ‘down with the hood’. I especially love that he plays the race card in every single article he writes. Hey, at least he isn’t an apologist for hip-hop artists and entertainers as they provide a shining example to the African-American youth in this country.

    benchthefive5

    July 9, 2007 at 9:44 pm

  14. Seriously Dwil, no take on Benoit yet?

    Marin

    July 10, 2007 at 4:46 am

  15. Hey Dwil Tell us again how you have Vicks back. Your as big an Idiot as Vick himself. HAHA!!!!!!!!!!

    Paul

    July 18, 2007 at 3:28 am

  16. Hey DWil,

    Mike says he will see you in hell!

    God

    todd

    July 18, 2007 at 8:10 pm

  17. Great work Starting 5! It’s about time someone communicates and address the media and athletic community with honesty and facts.

    Phil4Real

    July 27, 2007 at 4:01 pm

  18. “Whitlocks boy” is so right. I forwarded this site to my coworkers (black, white, asian, middle eastern) and they all saw the ignorance of these five “journalists??”. I would be real scared if blogs with the mindset of these five jokers ever made it mainstream. GO WHITLOCKS BOY, the only people who truly see the false message they are trying to portray are educated and sensible people. Can you let us know what form of higher education you gentlemen received in a bio except for “ummm we’re five guys who like uhhh sports and love to use the race card” uhhhhh. yeah. BTW, the company I work for is a fortune 500 company and the interns make close to $60k/yr, even the african americans thought your writing was sending a terrible message. reality sucks guys.

    Bill

    July 27, 2007 at 10:50 pm

  19. I am an average white guy who reads this board. At first I was discouraged. But I decided to stay a read. I don’t agree with everything that is posted here but some of the content I do believe is true. In order to have a discussion with someone you first must show them that you respect there opinion, even if you disagree with it. Only then will people respect your opinion. I try to argue the white point of view without being dogmatic. And I am willing to agree to disagree if my point is not accepted. In the end, it is an exercise in accepting others.

    JKG

    July 27, 2007 at 11:38 pm

  20. TSF,

    We would like to invite you to our new social network for sports fans,
    FantasySportsMatrix.com (FSM). We are launching in a few weeks and would be delighted if you took part in our private beta testing program.

    If you’re interested, please visit our site and submit your email address.

    Cheers,

    Michael Vu
    CTO/Founder
    http://www.fantasysportsmatrix.com
    …a social network for sports fans.

    Michael Vu

    August 27, 2007 at 1:09 am

  21. I just found this site — today being 28 August 2007. And I can’t believe what I’m reading; I can’t believe I haven’t seen this before. This is like the website I’ve been wishing existed and it is my own damned fault for not having coming across it before. Seriously, the discourse of contemporary sports needs you guys SO BADLY and I’m literally moved to tears that you guys are saying what you’re saying. Of course I’m drunk, and I just quit smoking, and I’m staying with fam which is always a turmoil, and so on. But really, I sincerely consider this to be a HEROIC F—ING BLOG and I am swollen with admiration. Thank you for being so damned smart and for saying what NEEDS TO BE SAID. If there were ANY justice it’s you guys who would be telling me about the sports world on channel 530 right now. Peace.

    g-mo

    August 28, 2007 at 5:24 am

  22. G-Mo
    Thank You.

    dwil

    August 28, 2007 at 6:16 am

  23. Just found you guys and am glad to know that alternative reporting exists to offset the foxnews of sports (espn) which is in my hometown and is shameful.

    greg

    August 29, 2007 at 4:03 am

  24. G-Mo
    “But really, I sincerely consider this to be a HEROIC F—ING BLOG and I am swollen with admiration. ”

    Absolutely G-Mo. I don’t know what the payoff is for these dudes in the long run. Let’s enjoy it as long as we can.

    KevDog

    August 29, 2007 at 4:41 am

  25. I thought you didn’t delete comments. Sorry to call you out but I know you deleted a handful of “non-cursing” comments by people who did not “love” your website. Where’d they go, oh the delete button. Fake.

    Bill

    August 29, 2007 at 1:11 pm

  26. This site is great, I just stumbled across it and having been reading it for a few days. The articles by your team are just the truth, y’all doing your thing man. The comments are so similar to thoughts that are in my head both negative and positive, that’s the beauty of the site, grown folks. I just stumbled across the site and have forwarded it to others that are looking for a site such as this. Great work, much respect!

    blacknblue

    August 30, 2007 at 7:36 pm

  27. The image of O.J. Mayo being photographed inside his school’s gymnasium needs to be credited as: Photo by Howie McCormick/The Herald-Dispatch or it needs to be removed. The image is copyrighted material.

    Howie McCormick

    October 13, 2007 at 12:22 pm

  28. Dwil what’s up, I see the racist whiteboys are following to this site, hey Mitchell is going to out most you steriod pumping roid rage whiteboy baseball players who have ruined baseball in the last 20 years. Hey I got a question for our white enemies, why you can a man kill eight dogs and go to jail and you whites act like it’s the second holocaust but kill one 14 y.o. black boy and it’s because of sickle cell not the fact that 6 guards choked the life out of the kid and in a all- white jury “those people” said not guilty.

    I wouldn’t wish White Americans on my worst enemy.

    Eric Daniels

    October 13, 2007 at 3:44 pm

  29. Eric-
    It seems a bunch of comments from TSF got carried over to here…. that’s all.

    dwil

    October 13, 2007 at 4:42 pm

  30. Great blog! I was wondering if you would be interested in a blogroll?
    I run a baseball card blog.
    Thank you,

    http://waxheaven.com

    Mario C.

    November 9, 2007 at 8:42 am

  31. Just wanted to say I appreciate this blog and I will be coming back to visit to give my ongoing support of your efforts.

    I was trying to figure out how to contact you (couldn’t find it) so I could email you this new item that is timely for this week:

    http://blackfivesblog.com/?p=235

    All the best,
    Claude Johnson
    Black Fives, Inc.

    Claude

    November 14, 2007 at 10:45 am

  32. I just caught up with your whereabouts from MC Bias’ blog. Glad to see you’re still around, writing what you do.

    Extra P.

    January 3, 2008 at 4:40 pm


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