It occurred to me a week or so ago that I never really formally introduced any of the staff that is contributing content to KC Kingdom. They are the knights of this site’s round table and a big part of the community we’re working to build. With that in mind I thought it would be beneficial to provide some information about each of them. To facilitate this process I came up with eight incredibly unimaginative questions and posed them to the staff (and answered them myself).
Next up we have the first of our three new Chiefs writers, Ryan Ulrich.
How did you become a fan of the team you’re covering?
Since I’ve always lived in Pennsylvania, it seems a little odd to most people that I LOVE the Chiefs. I became a huge fan of the team because of my dad. He has loved them all his life, so as a kid, I always wanted to watch the games with him. His passion for them came from back on the infamous Christmas day game that went on forever (or so he says). I am a very loyal person, so although I’m only 28 and haven’t lived through much great KC football, I’ll always be a huge fan! We buy NFL Sunday Ticket and the MLB package every year and rarely miss any games.
Where did you grow up and where do you currently live?
Guess I should have read the questions before I answered this one in the first one :). I was born and raised in Central PA and don’t think that I’ll ever be leaving now that I purchased my first home. However, I’m really looking forward to my first trip to Arrowhead. I just want to wait until it is under better terms and with football that is worth traveling that far to watch.
What is your college/educational background?
I have a BA in computer networking. I get certified in various programs from time to time. If it’s nerdy, chances are I have learned about it.
What do you do for a living?
I”m an IT Technician. I do everything from hardware repair to networking and server maintenance. I’m one of those jack of all trades master of none kinda guys.
What is your family situation (wife, kids, etc.)?
I’m divorced with no kids and happily playing the field at the moment.
What do you like to do for fun (sports related or otherwise)?
I play in a pick-up basketball league and a flag football league. I like to keep myself busy. I’m an avid weight lifter and go to the gym 4-5 times a week. I’m a huge movie buff and have about 1,400 DVD’s currently. I’ll do anything that keeps the mind busy. One day I’m into an action movie and the next day I can read a computer manual front to back. I like to keep my hand in a little bit of everything to keep life interesting!
What is your favorite sports moment or memory?
I would have to say my best sports moment can be summed up by just one name: Barry Sanders. In my lifetime, I’ve never enjoyed watching one player so much. It’s hard to even list one single moment when the guy had a highlight nine out of ten games. He was by far my favorite player I’ve ever watched!
What are your least favorite team(s) and why?
The Pittsburgh Steelers! I hate them with a passion. Maybe there is a hint of jealousy there, but living in PA all my life, EVERYONE is a Steelers fan. I wouldn’t mind if they weren’t such pricks about their “dynasty” of a team. It added some fuel to the fire when Haley went there. However, I did get to go see them play Monday night a month back. It was the worst weather I’ve ever sat in for that long, but it was nice to see the Chiefs put up a fight.