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Offering the perspective of a lifelong college football fan with a novelist's insight and touch, the storyteller in me guides my right brain as the left side sorts through the numbers. It all sloshes around in my skull, resulting in what has been called an unusual point-of-view.
I played the game during the final days of the shamed Nixon Administration as a 5-10 175 lb. offensive lineman on the high school level. Accepting the anonymity, I was motivated by a) my team's victories, and b) executing the pancake block. My last year, we were 6-4 and I usually got 1 to 2 or sometimes 3 pancakes a night. That's not quite IHOP, but it was good enough for some All-Whatever votes.
The pancake quarry was generally maniacal linebackers who didn't know what the hell they were doing. It was big-time fun.
Check out the bent nose in the photo. It's sort of looking your way. One crisp moonlit Friday night in the autumn of 1973, an opposing linebacker delivered a forearm shiver through my facemask squarely to the nose. It was painful, but I turned around when the whistle blew and walked to our huddle, thinking nothing of it, just another day in the neighborhood. My teammates told me the nose was flat against my face. I felt the nose. They were right. The only choice I thought I had at the time was to set the broken nose to its near-normal position by pulling the nose away from my face, then line up and go after that linebacker's head. If I would have used my left hand to set the nose, the nose would be bent the other way.
And, that's how I write.
I have been writing sports since 2000, covering the NFL and the Pittsburgh Steelers for the now-defunct Football Network, and for Lindy's online. In recent years, I have blogged about West Virginia football, following the Mountaineers during their 2006, 2007, and 2008 seasons, and wrote about West Virginia football for Bleacher Report in 2009 and 2010.
I have written two novels. The first, Wise Fools, a 32.00 USD 225,000 word gushing, foaming, swirling brain download, like an endless roaring stream of Class V rapids, has a 1970s pine-riding college football wideout protagonist. The second, Risk, Return, and the Indigo Autumn, half as long, much more reasonable and readable and enjoyable, is available for a quarter of the price in the Amazon Kindle format as well as on iBooks. That novel is the story of the pine-riding wideout and his final months as a loser stockbroker during the go-go days in the decade of the '80s.
Also in my mind is a screenplay about college football in the decade of the 1960s.
No problem, Tim--thanks for a great read!
Thanks Tim. I just needed a few days break. It gets frustrating working 3 or 4 hours on an article and then after less than 24 hours it gets moved off the page. Regardless of the number of reads and comments. And recieving nothing for it. If Alex and you are writing here for free, what chance do I have of ever earning a dime for all my research and keystrokes? I'll be back, but it has to be fun again.
Thank you Tim.
I've figured something out, Tim. I knew it before I read your Bio. You are a writer who is a sports fan. Alex and I are sports fans who like to write. I'm going to order your second book.
Your natural talent is screenplay writing. I have only read maybe six people in my life that create and keep images in my head as I read.
When I saw the movie Forrest Gump, I knew they had it wrong. I had already seen the movie because Winston Groom played it in my mind as I read his book. What an incredible gift you have. God bless you and guide you in all your endeavors.
Quit running away from your natural talents. You could also write an incredible childrens book. I don't mean pre-school. I'm talking 12-17, when the imagination is fertile.and unsullied.
Just an observation from a friend and admirer.
No problem, Tim. I'm glad I could help.
You OK? Your kind of quiet lately.
You've got a new fan, Mr. McGhee
No problem, Tim! I love the passion. It really comes across in your writing. Keep it up!
thanks for keeping it in perspective and realizing it is not a personal attack in any way
Tim I read your article about Bipolar runners! It helped me so much. I have been just diag. I am a runner as well. Just BQ for this April. I would love more support.