There are a lot of new faces around here, and some veterans as well. We here at Grizzly Bear Blues wanted to allow them to introduce themselves. So without any more fanfare...today’s
victim participant: Kevin Yeung
Hey! My name is Kevin. I was born and raised in metro Vancouver, but I flew over to Toronto for university this summer. I'm a first year student in the Sport Media program at Ryerson University, and I also do sports on the Internet at Grizzly Bear Blues (duh) and SBN Thunder site Welcome to Loud City.
The SB Nation network caught my eye basically the day I started reading, and I built up a portfolio around the Internet to be able to make a strong application. I sent it in to Kevin Lipe right around the time he left for the Memphis Flyer, so I might actually be the last dude he approved into the site. Woo.
Zach Lowe is far and away my number one influence. He's amazingly on point in his analysis while writing with an engaging voice, and while many other writers are able to build a following on their prose or humor, being technically and thoroughly correct like Lowe is what appeals to me. And then when I get worried that I'm too focused on the gritty basketball details and not focused enough on being an accessible and interesting writer, I look to folks like Andrew Sharp, Matt Moore and countless more for good prose. Which, of course, is an important part of writing that I've probably been neglecting.
At some point in my early childhood, when I saw teal jerseys on TV and the Vancouver Grizzlies logo on various pieces of memorabilia around the city. It just kinda stuck with me even though I didn't really watch basketball. When I really started watching hoops in '07 or '08-ish, I kind of floated around the regulars on national TV (KG-led Celtics, LeBron-led Cavs, Nash-led Suns) for a while, but eventually rediscovered the Grizzlies. Right around the time that Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph hit it off as a frontcourt pairing, and grit-and-grind became a thing.
Honestly, it might've been the second half (post-Marc injury) of last season. After such a crushingly depressing first half, they turned it around in such a way that I don't think I've ever enjoyed being a Grizzlies fan as much as that second half stretch.
In retrospect, when they left Vancouver. I was young enough that I didn't really notice when they left in 2001, but now I wish they stayed home for my own benefit. But as far as I can tell, Memphis has been a great home for the team too!
This Bryant Reeves jersey: http://sportchange.
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Hockey. Go Canucks.
I'd be a heel.
Apart from basketball? I guess the answer has to be shoes.
Spring Breakers. It's one of my favorite movies.
Yeezus. Come at me.
I thought Justin Bieber's Journals album was fantastic.I'm a huge fan of Sonny Weems.I liked Fool's Gold (Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson) a lot.