Every time someone asks me what this website is going to be, and I explain it, they say “oh, well it’s your own Grantland.”
It crushes me every time. Bill Simmons did not event writing about sports and music. I guess he did make it more popular though.
I mean really, my dad and John DeBella combined sports and music years ago on the radio. That worked out really well right?
My passions in life have always been sports and music, and here I am at 35 years old, with a career (notice I said career, not job, I don’t have a job) that surrounds me with both.
The work I’ve done has always needed the stamp of someone else’s approval though. Whether it be the radio station I was working for, or the blog I was contributing to.
For once, I will have a place that needs no one else’s approval. A place where I can discuss sports and share great local music, and the stamp of approval is mine.
I’ve found some people to help me along, and contribute to the site as well.
Fantasource (@fantasource) will be writing The Degenerate, a weekly piece about sports gambling. He’ll give you his picks. For fun only, of course. Unless you’re doing it legally.
Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnsonjr), my longtime podcast co-host, will be contributing a weekly sports Top Ten List, all his opinion, and sure to forget things that happened before 1993.
Ryan Petzar (@petzrawr) is on loan from The Fightins, and has decided to become an Eagles fan. He’s been a Ravens fan, and has stuck by that since moving to Philly. He’s changing his colors to green, and will be writing about the process of going from an outsider to an insider (good luck, dude).
Matt Mac (@_mattmac) makes really odd Photoshop masterpieces that I find hilarious.
Chris DiFrancesco (@CDiFrancesco86) will be writing about the Flyers, mostly because I have no idea what I’m talking about when it comes to the NHL.
Jason (@twothumbswayup) is my brother, and the webmaster. He doesn’t know a thing about sports though. We’re considering an entire section devoted to his cat, Murray.
Then there’s me. I’ll be writing about sports, and I’ll be keeping the spirit of Loud and Local alive by sharing some great local music with you. There will be a podcast too, and that’ll start next week.
This is a place for sports and music, its home is in Philly, and is being viewed through the glasses of opinion and creativity.
I hope you enjoy. At least until I get a job again and never update it.