This weekend, KC Kingdom welcomed a new knight to our round table. Josh Michaels is that knight and Ben and I are pleased to have him joining our team. Josh will be primarily covering the Chiefs in the coming months, with maybe some articles on his beloved Tigers as well. We are excited to to bring our audience even more steady content on our Chiefs with news, analysis, and player profiles. Josh has hit the ground running, already publishing two excellent articles (a little something on Dwayne Bowe and a nice look at Knile Davis). He did take some time to answer the same eight “biographical” questions that the rest of us have done along the way. Get to know your newest knight:
May 15, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; A general view of the Kansas City Chiefs practice field after the organized team activities at the University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
How did you become a fan of the team you’re covering?
I was born and raised in the suburban city of Blue Springs, MO. For those of you not familiar, that is 20-30 minutes east of downtown KC and only 15 minutes east of the Truman Sports Complex. My dad was always a very loyal fan to the local teams and so are my older siblings, so I grew up with fall Sundays dedicated to Chiefs football. Though the Chiefs have mostly been disappointing or heartbreaking my entire 24 years of existence, they are my team. I’m a firm believer in the “ride or die” term for how you should be toward the team you cheer for. After all, it’s the bad that makes the good taste so much sweeter!
Where did you grow up and where do you currently live?
I grew up in Blue Springs MO, and I’m currently living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana attending school. I’m only a stone’s throw away from LSU’s campus and their legendary college facilities. I was at the Chiefs first win in the Superdome last season, and I will definitely be there in August as well for the first pre-season match-up with the New Orleans Saints.
What is your college/educational background?
I’m currently working on getting my liberal arts degree here in Baton Rouge. Once I finish with community college, I will more than likely stay here for another two years and finish with my bachelors degree in Mass Communications, broadcasting and journalism from LSU. Just to avoid confusion, my college team is Mizzou and always will be, even if I do end up an LSU alumni.
What do you do for a living?
I’m currently work in a restaurant called Georges here in Baton Rouge. I’ve become quite the cook over the last year or so. The job is perfect for what I’m doing here in Baton Rouge and I’ve also gained a few new eyes to the Chiefs and FanSided scene.
What is your family situation (wife, kids, etc.)?
No wife or kids yet. I’m working on me first and would like to finish my degree before I get married.
What do you like to do for fun (sports related or otherwise)?
I love playing some pick up basketball, even though I’m always the worst player on the court, I love the game and I still manage to put up some good stats here and there. I also am a sports video game enthusiast. I love hopping on NBA 2K13, Madden, or Tiger Woods, and duking it out. I even love taking it old school and hopping on the original Xbox to take you down on MVP baseball 2005.
What is your favorite sports moment or memory?
Wow, this is a great question. For me personally it would have to be when my high school baseball team won the state championship in 2007. I didn’t play for the team, but I traveled and announced the games as the team’s PA. That season, we won 25 games and I got to announce our game with cross town rival, Blue Springs South at Kauffman Stadium. Being a part of that team and winning that title was one of the greatest sports related feelings I will ever experience. As far as my professional teams, it hasn’t happened yet. Once the Chiefs or Royals or even Mizzou win a championship, then I can say that was the greatest moment.
What are your least favorite team(s) and why?
In this exact order, are the teams I hate the most. Number one, the Broncos. Since I was a kid, I despised the Bronkeys. A lot of it has to do with my grandparents being from Denver. We would sometimes open Christmas gifts that would be Bronco sweatshirts or coffee mugs. That was always extremely annoying. On top of that, they landed Peyton freaking Manning. As if that guy hasn’t crushed me enough, (2003 divisional round of the playoffs) he decided to join the team I hate the most. Number two, Kansas Jayhawks. I have to hate them because I’m a Mizzou fan. However, I’m not as hard on them anymore, considering the conference re-alignmen,t but don’t get it twisted, if I see a KU game on television, I’m cheering for the other team. Number three and four are the Raiders and Chargers. Not much needs to be said about the Raiders, they’re the Chiefs oldest rival and the Chargers have Phyllis Rivers. The best of the rest goes to the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys. I cannot STAND how much press these two extremely average franchises get. Especially Dallas.
I’m honored to have joined the KC kingdom family and I hope this has given you some insight to who I am. I promise to continue working hard to provide the fans of FanSided.com with the most accurate and insightful information. Thank you for the support.