Tom has hit the ground running and has already published his first article with us. Check out his observations about Charlie Weis running out of time already at Kansas. He also discussed how the Kansas State Wildcats can’t afford mistakes here.
Like all of the new writers to KC Kingdom, Tom took a few minutes to answer eight questions so we can get to know him just a little better. Here are his answers to those 8 questions:
How did you become a fan of the team you’re covering? The two local teams I am passionate about are the Royals and K-State. My father attended K-State and my mom is from Manhattan, so I never really had an option to choose another team. As far as the Royals, my dad’s company had season tickets when I was little, so we attended games quite often. Sadly, I was only four in 1985, so my dad did not take me to game seven with him.
Where did you grow up and where do you currently live? I was born and raised in Kansas City and still live in Kansas City.
What is your college/educational background? I graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in print journalism.
What do you do for a living? I work at a food sciences laboratory in Kansas City
Do you have a family? I do. My wife Jesicha and I have been married for eight years and we have two sons, Layten who just turned five, and Connor who in five months old.
What do you like to do for fun (sports related or otherwise)? Depending on the day, I like to play golf. Some days I’m decent, most days I’m not very good at all. Other than that, I spend a lot of time chasing my kids around and watching baseball/football/basketball.
What is your favorite sports moment or memory? I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have because I was in the press box covering the game, but the 2003 Big 12 Championship win for K-State over Oklahoma. It was unexpected to say the least.
What are your least favorite team(s) and why? I’ll go with the Chicago White Sox. Royals always seem to struggle on the south side of Chicago. I attended a game there once and the fans couldn’t have been more rude. Nothing whatsoever to like about the White Sox. KU is another easy answer, but the games have been so lopsided for so long in basketball and football that my hatred has subsided a bit. Plus my wife is a KU fan, so I have learned to hide my hostility towards the Jayhawks.