I was spoiled by sports from a young age, growing up in Pittsburgh at a time when the Steelers were winning four Super Bowls in six years and the World Series champion Pirates were a "Family". I'm also a voracious reader. There was a time I subscribed to five different sports magazines (my brother got a sixth) and a daily newspaper and read them all cover to cover. My love of sports and sports writing came together at Notre Dame, where the Irish won the national championship during my sophomore year and my major was, essentially, covering sports for the student paper. Drawn by its reputation as a writer's paper, I've spent the past 20 years at the Tampa Bay Times, working as a reporter, editor and digital editor — and reading some of my favorite writers. I arrived in time for the "Hit Show" and was fortunate to experience the Bucs' Super Bowl victory, the Lightning's Stanley Cup and the Rays' magical 2008 and 2011 seasons. Almost as fun as watching the games themselves? Reading and writing about them.