In my current phase of life I am an English teacher residing in the southeast where the nearest professional sports teams are the Saints and Pelicans.

That may leave some of you wondering why I cover Chicago sports.

I was born and raised in Chicago, the south side to be exact. My environment was tough, but my mom was tougher. She insured that I never wavered in my academics as that was to be my ticket to better things.

She was right.

It was during my high school years that I moved to the southeast to stay with my father. I attended and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BA in Philosophy and English. After a couple of years of finding my professional groove, the world of education came calling. I answered.

I am by no means a success story you'd find on some made-for-TV movie, but I can provide for my family, and I have enough work/life balance to do things that I really enjoy, like writing about the sports teams that helped bring some light into my often bleak childhood.

Though I am not paid for what I do, I appreciate the exposure and opportunities B/R provides. I write because I love it, I'm good at it, and I hope to one day turn this passion into a profession. Thank you for reading my articles. Whether you agree or not, the time you spend to hear what I have to say means a great deal and I truly appreciate it.

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  • Gary A. Engberg posted 937 days ago

    Gary A. Engberg

    James, Can you tell me the name of the pre-draft facility and camp that future NBA players go to in Chicago to improve their game before the draft. Dekker, Kaminski, and portis all went there to improve their game before the draft. What is the name of this camp for future pros/ Thanks much, Gary

  • Romantic Warrior posted 991 days ago

    Romantic  Warrior

    Good article, Rose proving....Thanx much.

  • Steve Merritt posted 1320 days ago

    Steve Merritt

    James, really nice to get you posting big numbers for reads and comments. Much better than the Yahoo days, huh? Keep up the good work.

  • Dustin Brown posted 2055 days ago

    Dustin Brown

    No problem, man.

  • Bob Bajek posted 2055 days ago

    Bob  Bajek

    James, keep up your solid Bulls stories. I enjoy reading them. Bob

  • Ben Scully posted 2096 days ago

    Ben  Scully

    Hey James,

    What do you think about a possible trade involving Boozer and Brewer to acquire someone like Josh Smith? It could make sense, Jimmy Butler would take Brewers place, and Josh Smith is easily a HUGE improvement on defense, and possible even better offensively than Boozer. Then if we re-sign Asik, and draft a SG like John Jenkins to backup Hamilton, our bench would suddenly have a offensive weapon, and our first team would be much better on defense. Anyways, would it work? And what are the chances of the Bulls even giving up Boozer?

  • Bob Bajek posted 2138 days ago

    Bob  Bajek

    James, which game did you attend as a child? The only professional games I've gone too are the Cubs and Sox a few times (usually in the upper deck).

  • Darrell Horwitz posted 2181 days ago

    Darrell  Horwitz

    Hey James,

    I just wrote a story on the Bears general manager search and my thoughts about it. I would really love to hear your thoughts on that. Thanks.


  • Darrell Horwitz posted 2203 days ago

    Darrell  Horwitz

    Hey James,

    I wrote an article questioning Thibodeau's prolonged use of both Rose and Deng and the consequences it might have on the team down the line. Love to hear your opinion on it. Thanks.


  • Darrell Horwitz posted 2205 days ago

    Darrell  Horwitz

    Hey James,

    Just wrote a new article on Lovie and the Bears after yesterday's press conference. Let me know what you think when you have a chance. Thanks.