At least this many people voted! Hooray community! (Photo by Frank Rumpenhorst-Pool/Bongarts/Getty Images)
June 12 -- that delicious and triumphant Sunday night -- was not the first time I shed tears (yes, multiple) over the Dallas Mavericks. That should tell you plenty of things:
- I love the Mavericks and basketball with every fiber of my being.
- I take the game very seriously. And this team.
- I'm an emotional drama king. And a big baby.
So on that note, hello! My name is Josh Bowe and I'm thrilled to be joining the wonderful team and community here at Mavs Moneyball. I'm a combination of excited, nervous and nauseous. A lot of people care about this site. A ton of people took part in the voting process. I will do my best to not let you down. I refuse to be the Tariq Abdul Wahad of this excellent site and writing team.
I'll start with a little background about myself so you'll know a little more about me and where I came from:
I'm a 22-year-old senior at the University of Texas-Arlington and a DFW native. I'm the sports editor at the student newspaper there, The Shorthorn. I've been involved with sports writing since high school. I originally started my college career at the University of Kansas and wrote sports for their student paper as well. Once I realized the state was in a constant blizzard from October to April, I high-tailed it back to DFW.
Currently, I'm in San Antonio until the beginning of August (GASP! THE HORROR!) but fear not, I'm here for an internship at the San Antonio Express-News. I also freelance sports for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. So needless to say, I like writing about sports. A lot. My Maverick fandom reached its boiling point from watching Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Finley and Steve Nash running and gunning up and down the court. Sadly, I'm still a bit young to consider myself a veteran-hardcore fan (I know many of you are troopers from the 80s and 90s) but make no mistake -- there's nothing I love more than this team and this sport. I played basketball through high school and continue to shoot hoops every now and then to keep my sanity. As for my writing style, I'm big into the more advanced stats but realize that basketball needs to be watched to be grasped, not burying your nose in a stat page. I feel most advanced stats usually just back up what our eyes are seeing. They are a tool to help us understand the game. I promise not to write posts that bore you to tears with only numbers and facts. I also hope to entertain you with my viewpoint of this beautiful game.
I know I dragged this on way too long so I'll wrap this up. I'm thrilled to be here and hope to continue to provide this website with the content not only it needs but deserves right now (FYI, I love all things Batman. I promise to keep the mentions and references to a minimum). Also, feel free to follow me on Twitter! It's a little basketball barren now, but I always tweet during games, etc.