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Justin Colombo
Editor-in-Chief

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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Ned Donovan
Development Director

Ned is an Actor, Stunt Coordinator, and writer based out of Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Portland, Maine, Ned is an avid follower of all things New England, be it sports teams, breweries, seafood, or Cumby's. He spends most of his free time playing board games, listening to podcasts, and gawking at dogs on the street. He's also a co-founder of the production company Charging Moose Media. You can learn more on his website, www.neddonovan.com

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Kevin Michael Morin
Managing Editor

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech and lives in Brooklyn. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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The Turf Writers

Andrew O'Neill
Contributor

Andrew O'Neill is a sports fan and writer originally from New Hampshire who has been a regular contributor to The Turf since July 2017. He also writes for The Tribe Sports @ thetribesports.com, a blog offering philosophical sports commentary.

Andrew Mark Wilhelm
Contributor

Andrew Mark Wilhelm is a professional Sound Engineer/Designer, and amateur photographer, writer, musician currently working in Santa Maria on California's Central Coast. Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit has made Andrew an avid fan of all things Detroit but nothing more so than his beloved Detroit Tigers. Every year he tells himself he won't drink the Lions Kool-Aid, and every year winds up heartbroken come January. A Spartan by heart, and a Golden Grizzly by degree, you can catch his (almost) weekly Hot Takes every Hump Day here at The Turf.

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Angelica Richie
Contributor

Angelica is an NYC based creative. She has performed in the national tours of Broadway musicals, written for ESPN.com, and teaches theater and dance in men's maximum security prisons. 2018 Broadway Show League Female MVP! Her loyalties stem from her roots, and remain with the 49ers, Giants, Sharks, and UCLA Bruins.

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Charlie Forray
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Charlie Forray is an actor and writer living in Los Angeles. He's also totally a New England Patriots fan but he's wearing a Bronco's jersey in his headshot because orange looks really good on him. Charlie will mostly cover the NFL post season but will also be covering sports that feel emotionally similar to football...but are different...

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Christian Heilman
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Christian is a Video Editor working in the advertising industry. Originally from the Greater Pittsburgh Area now based in Queens, NY he is a life long fan of all things black and gold and wears those colors proudly in the Big Apple.

CJ LaRoche
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CJ LaRoche is currently a Masters student at the University of Florida, graduating with an M.S. in Sports Management with a concentration in Athlete Development in Spring, 2021. In addition, he is a passionate fan of the Mets, Giants, Rangers and the Knicks of New York.

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Craig Kaufman
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Craig has spent the last ten years as a sports information professional, working for several schools across New England at the Division 3 level. A native of Peabody, Mass., Craig is a life-long Boston sports fan. He is also an avid player of fantasy football and baseball, and commissioner of the AKA Family Fantasy Football League. Like most other Turf team members, Craig has a penchant for theater, spending his high school and college years as a set designer, sound designer and theater shop worker. He became a father shortly before the coronavirus pandemic, and as such, hasn't really left his home since last December.

David Bolton
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Dave is a journalist, writer and blogger who moved to Boston MA from London to 2009. In his previous lives he has worn a suit to work, run a small and unprofitable record label, managed a heavy metal band and gained a degree in Media Communications at the age of 37. Dave is quite keen on Tottenham Hotspur, the England national football team, the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins. Dave also has a soft spot for the New York Mets ... as he believes that all sport revolves around fan-focused misery. With that in mind, he has no interest in the New England Patriots or Manchester City.

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Ellen Adair
Contributor

Ellen Adair is an actor, probably best known as Janet Bayne in “Homeland,” Bess McTeer in “The Sinner,” and Bridget Saltire in “The Slap,” but has been in a lot of other TV shows, films, and theater that the truly curious can investigate at www.ellenadair.com. As a human being, she is best known for her unhealthy love of baseball. It says so on her business cards. She loves baseball in general, but the Phillies are her life partner. She is the author of "Curtain Speech," from Pen & Anvil Press, and is working on bringing to life a TV series about baseball writers. Connect with her on Twitter at @ellen_adair or Instagram at @ellenadairg.

Jake Bridges
Contributor

Jake is an NYC based actor who loves to put off daily responsibilities by writing and researching about all things fantasy baseball and college football. He is a life long Auburn Tigers fan, and yes, he does have the same SEC bias as ESPN. Most days, he can be found reminiscing about the 1990s Braves teams or complaining about their rebuild. Auburn 26 Alabama 14. #WDE

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Jamie Amos
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Jamie is an actress, bar manager (and frequenter), beauty blogger, INFP, and of course, NBA fanatic living in Los Angeles. She spends most of her free time curating her Spotify playlists, eating Korean BBQ with her boyfriend, and deciding what color lipstick to wear.

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Jason Barash
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Originally from Pittsburgh, Jason has found himself living in Queens with his wife and working for a tech company based in the city. A sports fan since birth, he follows the Pirates, Duquesne basketball, Pens, Steelers, and Pistons (Grant Hill would have been better than Jordan if he had stayed healthy...prove me wrong). He enjoys playing in various sports leagues and throwing his money away on fantasy sports. Besides that, a good book and video games for a day would be just fine with him.

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Jim Brosnan
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Joanna Krupnick
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Growing up in Washington DC, she never really had a team to call her own: Orioles (I was poor), Ravens (Oh God), Redskins (No.), Nationals (I'm 31.) But in New York, she found the delightfully cheap and scrappy underdogs, the New York Mets. Joanna is an actor and runs her own calligraphy business, Order She Wrote. Just another way into the hearts and minds of baseball fiancès. She also looks amazing in a neon yellow compression sleeve.

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Joe Danbusky
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Joe is an actor who grew up eating, living and breathing sports.  He spent many an afternoon on the soccer or baseball field in his youth (and even gave several other sports a shot) before a series of events put him on the path to pursuing a performing career.  Subsequently, he's worked almost every other type of job you could imagine while trying to support that endeavor.  Whenever he's not working any of those jobs, he can often be found watching, playing or discussing sports in some way.  Most of that banter revolves around the Mets, Giants, Rangers or Manchester United.  His short term goal is to fully convert his fiance into a rabid sports fan, not someone who leaves the room whenever he turns a game on.

Josh Hansen
Contributor

Josh grew up in the midwest and upon graduating from the University of Iowa he wanted to see the world.  After 4 years in Jacksonville he decided he was cultured enough and moved on to Birmingham England (known to the locals as the Detroit of the UK) and then west to San Francisco before settling in NYC.  He pays his bills working in finance making sure the 1% remains on top.  When he is not selling his soul and unable to look himself in the mirror, he spends his time writing mean things about sports while his dog, Sweet Dee, silently judges from her spot on the couch.  He is very biased and never wrong.  He would also like to thank Rotowire for never changing their NBA League Pass and MLB.TV passwords from that year when he was an NBA Beat Writer for the Nuggets for some reason.

Justin White
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A Florida Boy who now calls LA his home now! In my free time all I do is watch sports and look up stats. I love all things college football, especially my beloved Miami Hurricanes! I also partake in my fair share of Fantasy Football and Basketball.

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Katie Pierce
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A native of suburban Detroit it took moving to NYC for Katie to fully realize her love of all things Michigan and Detroit sports. Feel free to engage her in her love of the coolest city and prettiest state in the country and why she will always root for Ohio State to lose every sporting event ever.

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Mark DiGiammarino
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Mark was raised outside of Boston, so his favorite socks are red and the only Giants he'll ever like are the little ones. He is a michelada advocate and a big fan of 8 game parlays that never work. He has been writing about sports since starting his own blog in 2014, Don't Think Just Throw, and is excited to be a part of The Turf.

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Matt DaSilva
Contributor

Actor. Celts and Sox fan. NBA League Pass enthusiast.

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Meg Schneider
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Meg hails from Spring, Texas (it's a suburb of Houston), so you'll hear hear say "Texas Forever" more than any other Turf writer. Though the New Orleans Saints are her number one sports affiliation, and yes, she was a fan before 2009, Meg's starting varsity lineup also includes the Houston Astros, Longhorn and SEC football, and the New York Mets. Meg is an actress, crossword puzzle enthusiast, and bartender in Manhattan's Upper West Side.

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Michael Mahany
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Listen, just because I’m more of a Dodgers-era Piazza guy than a Mets-era Piazza guy doesn’t mean I don’t love the New York Metropolitans with all my heart — it’s just, there’s something about growing up playing catcher for the early-90’s Southern California South Sunrise Little League triple-A Dodgers that has a lasting effect on a man.

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Michael T. Lacey
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Actor and stage manager with a recurring case of the gay and an insatiable love for numbers all dem Bruins doe. Why else am I on this site?

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Paul Radassao
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Lighting Designer by day, sports fan the rest of the time. New York City is the best city on Earth. Getting mad over the Yankees, Giants, Knicks, and Rangers occupies most of my time. Bowling and Golf are the only sports I can play. Joey Chestnut is America's greatest athlete.

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Ryan Kelly
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Ryan Kelly lives in Cambridge, MA, a stone's throw away from his beloved Boston teams. When he is not working as an editorial assistant, he is providing commentary on the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins for The Turf.

Ryan MacPherson
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Ryan grew up outside of Boston in Waltham, MA watching the Pats, Celtics, Sox and Bruins. Despite now living in the vastly inferior sports city of NYC, he remains a die-hard Boston sports fan and is often "that guy" in the bar ridiculing NY sports.

Ryan works in tech and is the Co-Founder and President of the recently incorporated Emergent TheaterWorks in NYC, a non-profit theater company focused on producing new and underdone works.

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Ryan Matott
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Human, Father, Husband. Still holds a grudge against Claude Lemieux. Podcast host, tall person. Hates Arsenal. Judges people who drive BMWs. Learning to appreciate eggs. Prison-yard stares and Fleur-De-lis tattoos

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Sarah Jane Schostack
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Sarah Jane, Sarah, or SJ-depending on the source-is a director, educator, theatre artist and now, sports blogger. She lives in Queens with her darling, not-so-sports-fan boyfriend. She played ice hockey growing up for the NJ Quarry Cats and various other teams. Being team captain her last two seasons is the most important achievement of her life to date. She proudly also was about a quarter of the size of her opponents and often led her team in both penalty minutes and enthusiasm. She's a Pittsburgh Penguins and Steelers fan (thanks, Momma!) and a New York Yankees fan (thanks, Poppa?) and was given zero choice on all three of these teams. Other hobbies include reading non-fiction books, cooking, and being spunky. Check in with her for all your greater hockey needs!

Scott Thomas
Contributor

Scott Thomas is a former AAU National Karate champion who now acts Off-Broadway. He can be seen in A24’s Skin this summer; as importantly, he’s a Bulls fan. Should you crave his Marvel Cinematic Universe takes, he co-hosts THE INFINITY PODCAST with Patrick Willems and Rachel “Quirky” Schenk. Should you wish to debate how clutch Russ is or Mitch Trubisky with him, you can do so on Twitter or Instagram at @OGScottieT. Current cast member of Ten Bones “Entirely From Memory” series at Littlefield, former ringer for the War Horse softball team. BEAR DOWN.

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Sydney Van Gorp
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15 years and counting NY implant born and raised in Die-Hard Chiefs Country, but born a Yankees fan. Walking Contradiction. Weeps during sports movies. Professional sports arguer. Lover of goats. Will wear the same shirt during the playoffs if her team is winning. She IS the crazy blonde woman screaming during all major sporting events that you are either afraid of or in love with.

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Terry Cudmore
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Terry is from Massachusetts and is a passionate fan of the Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins. He also will admit he only pays attention to Syracuse basketball when they're good. If there's a Twitter trade rumor even remotely associated with one of his teams, he's likely fallen for it. Finally, he believes 100% that if the Celtics had beaten the Heat in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals they would have swept the Thunder in the Finals.

Tristan Tierney
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Tristan is a sophomore Musical Theatre major at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. Although he looks twelve in his profile picture, Tristan just turned nineteen, still making him the baby of The Turf family. But don't let his youthful age deceive you, Tristan has been a sports fan since the age of two, when he'd watch the "ankees" with his grandpa (he didn't find out they were called the Yankees until he was six). While you were playing Pokemon and watching Dragon Ball Z as a kid, Tristan was collecting baseball cards and watching ESPN, hanging onto every word like it was a changeup right over the plate. Originally based out of Syracuse, NY, Tristan is a huge New York sports fan (Syracuse/Yankees/Giants) and follows his teams religiously. When he's not in class or sleeping, you can find Tristan secretly watching sporting events on his phone during rehearsal.

 

 

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Violet Jones
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Violet is a scenic designer/professor living in Brooklyn. She grew up in Texas but was embraced by Michigan and now lives in New York City. She primarily loves baseball and hockey and dabbles in football as well. She roots for a lot of teams because she's moved a lot and thinks that liking multiple teams and bandwagoning are good and she will die on that hill. You'll mostly hear her talk about the Phillies, Tigers, E-A-G-L-E-S, Red Wings and Blues(I miss you David Backes). Don't get too attached to those teams though, she is really terrible at committing. Oh, and she's a proud trans woman but don't make a big deal out of it ok?