Before we begin, I want to make one thing clear: I’m very tired right now. It’s almost 1 AM and I’m just starting this. But that has never steered me away from writing in the past. This is a special piece for me to write as well. So let’s begin.
I want to write for a living. I want to work for Grantland.com, because it is simply incredible. The cast of writers there is stellar. Two of my writing heroes are employed there.
Bill Simmons is the patriarch and boss at Grantland. Hopefully one day I will call him boss. Possibly one day while drunk at a hockey game I will call him dad. You just can’t predict these things.
Chuck Klosterman has contributed to Grantland much in its two-year existence, and has contributed to me that having red hair and glasses while also being obsessed with pop culture can actually lead to a career as a writer. This sounds like nothing, but I’ve never been happier than the moment I realized this.
But there is still someone. Someone that is my role model on how to make it as a writer. Especially at Grantland.
That man is Rembert Browne. To say he is a hero of mine is an understatement. He worked his way from a simple blog onto Grantland in under a year. And is without a doubt one of my favorite reads every single time he posts something new. He is smart, hilarious, insightful and just overall fun. I hope to grow up to be like Rembert. This is weird, seeing as Rembert is only a few years older than me. Regardless of this, it is still true.
Anyone that can go from a brilliant blog
Is a hero of mine, and following in his steps I will be writing here every day in a full effort to follow in the footsteps of a great man. Hopefully I’ll reach the same point he did. Time will tell.
Something important to mention before we get going. This is a large part of who I am and what I will talk about. I suffer from Osteogenesis Imperfecta. This is a condition that causes, for lack of a more elegant term, “brittle bones.” I have suffered ten major fractures in my life, the most recent being a broken tibia and fibula while walking to class 9 days before graduating high school. I’m currently in a leg cast and recovering.
I’ve never been able to play organized sports. It’s tough. I’m addicted to sports, so I want to cover them. It’s who I am. I live with it and stay positive. Establishing this now will make for an easier time later. Thank you for that.
If you don’t already know me, I’m Connor Lenahan. And despite fragility, I am unbreakable. And welcome to what is sure to be the craziest thing I’ve ever done.
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I love you.