The Writers

Ian McBlogger

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Ian started his Steelers blog, The Steelers n'at (thesteelersnat.blogspot.com), in the summer of 2008 after graduating from Allegheny College. Ian has lived in Western Pennsylvania his entire life and has been a football fan since he was in diapers. Ian lives outside of Pittsburgh with his wife and 1-year-old son, who Ian wrapped in a Terrible Towel shortly after he was born. In addition to writing about the Steelers, Ian is a fan of NCAA Basketball bracketology and has done better in Predicting the Field than ESPN's Joe Lunardi and CBS's Jerry Palm in each of the last 3 years.

Jerry DiPaola

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Jerry has been an associate editor and staff writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, where he covered the Steelers as the paper's beat writer for more than a decade. Currently he covers the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Power football for the PTR and he is a featured columnist here on Steelers24x7.com.


Jim Williams

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Jim is a sports media columnist for Examiner Newspapers in Washington, DC and France 24. He is also an Emmy and Ace award winning TV producer, director and writer.

You can hear Jim Monday and Friday at 7:25AM on the Morning Show heard on Team 990AM in Montreal.  

Jim loves to write and to find out why people like TV and what they enjoy....and also don't like. 

Bobby Curran

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Bobby is a graduate of Towson University. Before going to Towson, he was the Sports Editor for the Montage at CCBC Essex. He is a varsity football coach in Baltimore County. Bobby is originally from Baltimore, MD and is a Steelers fan through and through. His devotion was grown during the time of the lack of NFL football in Baltimore from 84-96.

Dale Grdnic

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Dale is a freelance writer-editor with some 30 years experience in communications and he is now covering the Pittsburgh Steelers for his 18th season.


Amanda Rae

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Amanda Rae is a nurse by trade and sports fan by birth. Born and raised in southwest Pennsylvania, she is a lifelong fan of the Pirates, Penguins, Pitt Panthers and, of course, the Steelers. Standing at just 5'1", it is amazing she has not been killed while challenging opposing teams' fans to fights over her beloved football team. Her obsession with the Steelers runs deep, traveling across the country for games and naming her cat after Head Coach Mike Tomlin.

Amanda's favorite football moments are being in Heinz Field for the 2008 AFC Championship Game & the 2010 Divisional Round playoffs when the Steelers beat the Ravens both times en route to a Super Bowl appearance. She would like to thank Joe Flacco for his charity over the years and her dad for being smart enough to get season tickets in 1973.

Follow Amanda on Twitter @PghGurl


Chris Johnston

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The Complete QB Team Clinics and Individual Coaching Sessions are provided by the Complete QB Founder and Director, Christopher Johnston. For over a decade, Coach Johnston has trained young men in the Quarterback position, including high school Quarterbacks who earned HCIAA Honors in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. His success with Quarterbacks is due to Coach Johnston's approach as a teacher of those playing the position.

Coach Johnston was previously the QB and DB Coach at Hudson Catholic Regional High School (2007 Group 3 State Semi-Finalist and 2008 Group 2 State Finalist) in Jersey City, New Jersey. Coach Johnston also served as the Defensive Coordinator, Assistant Head Coach, and Quarterbacks Coach at Xavier High School in New York, New York. Coach Johnston's assessment and coaching skills have earned him a solid reputation for his ability to develop Quarterbacks among his coaching peers and thousands of athletes.

Since 2004, in addition to his on-field coaching experience, Coach Johnston's expertise has afforded him multiple opportunities to appear regularly on a variety of Sports Talk Radio Shows regarding the NCAA and NFL Quarterback play.


Jimmy O'Brien

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Jimmy O’Brien is a football and NFL Draft junkie, who went to Penn State to major in pigskin, only to learn that you were required to choose an actual academic course of study.  Perplexed, he settled on a career as a sports writer, eventually (7 years later) earning a B.A. and Masters in English, and a Ph.D. in watching college football.  He is the founder of PhillyJimmy Philms, which produces NFL prospect videos featuring small school college players, and is currently a film contributor and writer for Draftbreakdown.com.  Jimmy can be found on twitter @phillyjimmy or online at phillyjimmy.com

Jim Breakwell

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A lifelong Steelers fan, (well almost...he jumped on the bandwagon at the age of 7 and admits to being a fair weather fan) Jim was introduced to the Steelers by his grandfather in 1970, just about the time that the 39 year cloud of losing seasons began to clear over the Steelers.

Then and now the weather was not just fair but great!


Kurt Backert

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Kurt's passion for the game began in the 60's watching the Colts on TV and at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. He began following the statistics of not only his beloved Colts but also those of the Colts opponents, with a keen eye on Vince Lombardi's Packers. His thirst for and attention to statistical detail would eventually lead Kurt on a journey to the world of fantasy football in the late 1980's where he's captured more titles than John Wooden's UCLA Bruins
Kurt carries a distinction that no other fan of the NFL can boast about.  He is the reigning NFL National Trivia Champion and he credits his Dad for passing on such passion for the game, something Kurt also hopes to pass along to his 9-year-old son.

Aaron Wilson

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post as well as the Baltimore Ravens for The Carroll County Times and Ravens24x7.com. He has previously covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans and has covered the NFL since 1997.  He has won several regional writing awards, including, most recently, Best Sports News Story for the state of Maryland in voting conducted by the Associated Press managing editors. 

Kris Jones

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Goob, the winner of the DirecTV 2010 Ultimate Displaced Fan contest was raised in Pasadena, MD and graduated from Towson University in 2007. Goob began making videos or GOOBVISION as it's known on Twitter at the start of the 2010 season. He stars here in RaveOnTV.

He has been featured on shows such as The Jim Rome Show, ProFootballTalk Live, The Michael Irvin Show, The SiriusXM Blitz with Rich Gannon and Adam Schein, MadDog Radio on Sirius XM with Christopher "MadDog Russo" Two Live Stews, The Tony Bruno Show, FoxSports.com to name a few (or is that a lot?)

Goob currently lives in Raleigh, NC and is president of the NC Ravens Fan Club which has 150 members.

Twitter: RavenManiac 

Riley Babcock

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Riley Babcock was born and raised in Maryland where he took a big interest towards sports at a young age. The Baltimore Ravens soon became his main interest which led to his eventual hiring as Editor of the Ravens blog, Ebony Bird, in early March of  2011. Riley is an avid follower of all sports, but is primarily into football, specifically the NFL. With eyes glued to ESPN 24/7 and the NFL Network, you can count on Riley always being on top of the latest sports news and providing readers with quality content year round.


Derek Arnold

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Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest and has been writing about the Ravens and O’s ever since under the name “NestMinder.”

Derek’s work has been featured on Charm City Current, Bleacher Report and WNST. In January 2011, he accompanied GOOB to Dallas and watched the Steelers lose the Super Bowl.

Follow Derek on Twitter: @BMoreBirdsNest


Tony Lombardi

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Tony is Profootball24x7.com's founder and has been contributing columns and reports for the site since its inception on July 3, 2003.  His work has been featured on various sports websites and he has been a guest on several local and out of town sports radio programs. 

A diehard Fab Four fan, Tony aspires to settle down nearby Mallory Square, is a frustrated musician who thinks beating on the steering wheel is akin to being John Bonham and no, he isn't related to THAT Vince Lombardi although his grandfather, uncle and cousin all share the name.

David Elfin

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David Elfin first covered the Redskins in 1989. The former President of the Pro Football Writers of America, Elfin has written five books on the Redskins. The latest, “Washington Redskins: The Complete Illustrated History” is now on sale in Washington area stores and online.


Michael Fast

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I was born and raised in Baltimore. While at Towson High School, I played football and gained an appreciation for the game and its subtleties.

After a year at York College of Pennsylvania, I transferred to Towson University. At York and Towson, I hosted various radio shows, wrote for the school paper, spoke on a panel RE: college game day presentation at IBS conference in Manhattan.

Currently, I'm one of the Public Address Announcers for both Towson University and the University of Maryland.


Andy Gershman

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Andrew Gershman was born and raised as a sports fan in Richmond, Virginia. In the Summer of 2009 Andy moved with his family to Jerusalem, Israel.  Shortly after, he appeared weekly as a co-host of the American Sports Talk Show on RustyMike Radio. The show featured interviews and talk with some of the biggest names in sports from the US and Israel. In October of 2010 Andy, along with 2 other partners, launched Israel Sports Radio, the first all sports talk network in the Middle East. The American Sports Talk show moved to a nightly format and once again featured guests from around the world. in addition to radio, Andy has written blogs for Israel Sports Radio and appeared in the Jerusalem Post.

Andy holds a BS from Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts, and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Andy and his family recently moved back to the US and currently live in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Leif Swenson

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Tim Williams

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Like many Americans, Tim Williams has long spent Sundays on a quest for the perfect combination of televised football, chilled beer, and loaded nachos.  For many great NFL moments since he was old enough to understand football, Tim has been on a couch, closely observing the game from home.  

Josh Page

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Coming soon! 

Justin Ford

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Justin was born in Detroit, Michigan and was raised with a football in his crib. He has also lived in Hartford, Connecticut, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Justin is an NFL Draft analyst and enthusiast.

Justin first began to love the idea of building a team through the draft from his father, Gary. When Justin was young and would watch football with his father, the announcer would say something like “That was all Thurman Thomas on that play.” His father would show him that it was actually the pulling guard and great down block by the tackle who made that play. Since then, Justin has been evaluating players for the draft, free agents and grading teams’ offseason moves.

Justin has a love and passion for all aspects of the game. From on the field play, to identifying value free agents, navigating the salary cap and mostly the NFL Draft. Justin will take his love for all facets of the game and make well informed opinions about your favorite teams’ future.

Justin currently works for CBS Radio and is a board operator at 106.7 The Fan, DC Sports.

Super Bowl winning teams are built in rounds 3 through 7.

Follow him on Twitter - @JRFord0 

Will Spencer

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Will Spencer, the founder and lead content writer for Draft Breakdown has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. From Baltimore, he’s had draft related articles published on the Baltimore Ravens official website, Scout.com’s Orange and Brown Report as well as Ravens Insider. Will is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Will graduated from the Sports Management Worldwide Scouting and General Manager class in 2009. Click here to see links to articles written by Will and hear audio of Will on various radio programs and podcasts.  

Dev Panchwagh

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Dev Panchwagh is a versatile analyst who breaks down the Xs and Os of the game and has been a columnist/analyst for Ravens24x7.com since the summer of 2004. In his regular season column Battle Plans, Dev highlights the Ravens' keys to success against each opponent they face. 
Dev's start as a sports journalist started modestly, when his contributions to sports talk radio were noticed, leading to duties as a regular columnist for the Scouts.com network before joining Ravens24x7.com.  It would be very difficult to find his rare combination of youthfulness, knowledge and insight in all facets of football anywhere else.  Fortunately, Dev brings it here each and every week.

Brian McFarland

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Known on Ravens Message Boards as "B-more Ravor", Brian is a life-long Baltimorean and an avid fan of the Ravens and all Baltimore sports (yes, even the Orioles still).   A PSL holder since 1998, Brian has garnered a reputation as a cap-guru because of his strange (actually warped) desire to wade through the intricacies of the NFL's salary cap and actually make sense of it for those of us who view it as inviting as IRS Tax Code. 
Brian, who hails from Catonsville, MD and still resides there, is married and has two young children.

Mr. Mojo Rizon

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Mr. Mojo Rizon is 24x7’s answer to The Sporting News’ “Fly” and The Sun’s exiled “Mr. Flip.” If you are familiar with those columns, you’ll get it.  If not, sit back, brace yourself and enjoy.


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