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Daniel Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. Solzman is the editor of Redbird Rants and is a staff writer for Wildcat Blue Nation, FlickSided, and Hidden remote. In addition to the Cardinals, Solzman roots for his beloved Kentucky Wildcats, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Solzman is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and comedy writer. Contact Daniel at dsolzman AT hotmail DOT com.
I played baseball through college at Washington University in St. Louis. I coached at the high school level. I have a background in broadcasting. I want to jumpstart conversations around the St. Louis Cardinals.
I'm a rising junior at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana where I play football. Instead of writing a long boring bio, I'll give you some quick facts about myself. You're probably wondering where I got the name Hamm, truth is, to this day I still am as well. Hamm is my middle name, short for Hammond, and my dad thought Hamm Hooper would have a nice ring for an athlete. I guess I fulfilled my dad's prophecy somewhat by taking my football talents to the D3 level. To make matters worse, Michele is my real name. That's right, it's spelled like Michele, after my Italian grandfather. When it comes to my name, it's really a double-whami. I missed the first eight innings of possibly the greatest Cardinals game ever to be played, Game 6 in the 2011 World Series, because of a football game. I'm convinced me finally turning on the game sparked the ninth inning rally.
Ryan Smith is a native of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and recently earned a BA in Writing and Rhetoric from the University of Rhode Island (2014). Smith has been a diehard Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Cardinals, Montreal Canadiens, and Providence Friars Men's Basketball fan his whole life.
I was born and raised in the St. Louis area and have been a St. Louis Cardinals fan all of my life. After graduating high school, I went to the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T) and majored in Ceramic Engineering. I have bounced around to a few places after college working several jobs and am now in Davenport, IA. Unfortunately, shortly after moved here, the Quad Cities single A baseball team switched affiliation from the Cardinals to the Astros. The Quad Cities is a unique area because about half the people here are Cardinals fans, the other half are Cubs fans. But, the best thing about the Quad Cities is that I met my wife here. We were actually just married in November 2013.
First and foremost, Ryan is a husband, and a father. He is currently the Co-Editor for Writing Illini, and is also a Contributor for Redbird Rants on the Fansided Network. Ryan has been an Illini fan since childhood, and is currently hoping that sustained success on the football field is right around the corner.
Kyle Franzoni has the unfortunate distinction of having his very first baseball memory be that of Mookie Wilson's slow grounder going through the legs of Bill Buckner. Since then, it has been an up and down love affair with the game, which naturally lead to putting his thoughts to digital paper and trying his hand at writing about the game he loves. A native of Vermont, where he lives with his wife and twin sons, Kyle is editor of Jays Journal and is the Editorial Director for FanSided MLB.
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