Ryan Henry Joe, born in Northern California in the 1980s, lived through the 49ers’ glory years. Unfortunately, he only really started taking an active interest in the team around the time it hired legendary coach Dennis Erickson, who led the 49ers to mediocrity his first season and shit the bed his second. Ryan occasionally writes for Publishers Weekly and is senior editor for AdExchanger. He too purchased an MFA from Columbia University, stored in a drawer somewhere.
Dan Bjork chose his alma mater solely because the New York Jets practiced there. The owner of no less than 10 NYJ Starting Lineup figurines, he holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and is currently an Upper West Side nanny.
Every time Jay Cutler turns over the ball, a little part of Adam Boretz‘s soul dies. An editor at Publishers Weekly and web editor at The Millions, Adam holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University and has endured more than 30 seasons as a fan of the Chicago Bears.
The daughter and granddaughter of avid gridiron fans, Chandler Klang Smith never quite wrapped her mind around the whole football “thing.” But after hearing the legend of the Cleveland Browns and their unstoppable Factory of Sadness, she found herself drawn into the human pathos — or perhaps bathos — of the sport. She is the author, most recently, of The Sky Is Yours (forthcoming from Hogarth/Crown) and teaches and tutors in New York City.
As a child, Rob Casper used to cry into his pillow when the Green Bay Packers lost. Now he is the only member of his family without Packers stock. He is the founding publisher of the literary magazine jubilat (which once featured ghost illustrations of hand signals for an anonymous team’s defense) and works as the head of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress.
As a child in Cincinnati, Yona Harvey was overlooked for “Best Bengals” apparel on spirit day at school. The contest judge declared her own son the winner. Unsurprisingly, Yona grew up and became a Steelers fan. She’s the author of Hemming the Water and teaches in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh.