John Howell

John Howell


John Wingspread Howell is a native of Buffalo, has lived in the Rockies, the Southwest and the Midwest, most recently Chicago, and has returned to Buffalo where he currently lives with his wife and teenage daughter. He is a writer, theologian and business consultant.

John is Bleacher Report's Premier Underdog and WPS correspondent. He also writes about Buffalo sports.

John has a spiritual attraction to underdogs in sports and life in general and sees sports as a great metaphor for the struggle of the little guy to beat the odds and win at life. Coming from Buffalo, this may not be surprising.

The underdog fascination may also explain why John is an avid soccer fan, since in the United States soccer is the stepsister of homegrown sports, and why he is especially enthusiastic about the Chicago Red Stars and the WPS, because they are the stepsisters of the stepsister. "Underdog issues aside, soccer is a beautiful game-- perhaps the most beautiful in the sheer choreography of play. But I do have some American red blood in me," Howell says. "There's nothing more beautiful than a Hail Mary or a shot from downtown to end a football or basketball game at the buzzer. Especially if the underdog is the one winning with such a play.

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  • Will Tidey posted 2942 days ago

    Will Tidey

    Hey John, send me an email to when you get a chance. I've got some info to pass your way.

  • Scott Gyurina posted 3590 days ago

    Scott Gyurina

    Mr. Howell,

    Seeing as you are a member of the Sports and Society community and the ultimate fan of the underdog, I thought you may be able to appreciate an article I wrote about one of the ultimate underdogs in sports...
    I'm not entirely positive how it will be received by the theologian side of you, but I hope you will check it out and find something of value in my piece. I look forward to checking out you whatyoucan'tsayatparties blog..Thanks for your time, Scott

  • Kevin Lindsey posted 3623 days ago

    Kevin  Lindsey

    Thanks for posting a like rating on my article.

  • Kevin Lindsey posted 3623 days ago

    Kevin  Lindsey

    Interesting bio, you must love being able to weave the Frank Reich led 35 point comeback in your presentation.

  • Bleacher Report posted 3627 days ago

    Bleacher Report

    Hi John,

    Read the latest...thanks, bro. Stephen Strasburg should make the All-Star NL Team

  • Stew Flats posted 3635 days ago

    Stew Flats

    World Cup Power Rankings 3

  • Stew Flats posted 3648 days ago

    Stew Flats

  • Stew Flats posted 3654 days ago

    Stew Flats

    I thought you may enjoy this John, let me know your picks!

  • mitch howard posted 3655 days ago

    mitch howard

    John, are you interested in writing for a website dedicated to Americanizing Soccer? please email me

  • JW Nix posted 3737 days ago

    JW Nix

    a remembrance :