Mark Travis is a freshman at Ohio University majoring in online journalism and pre-sports management. Travis started writing back in 2008, when Michael Crabtree and the Texas Tech Red Raiders inspired him to start his own website. Mark’s first site, But The Game Is On, got him his first media credential in the summer of 2008 when he covered the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Houston Astros Double-A affiliate. Travis gained media access to Team USA Basketball, NIKE and the NBA in the summer of 2009 and has interviewed the likes of Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and many other NBA stars. In 2011, Travis partnered up his site with Big Lead Sports, the fifth largest sports property on the internet.
In December of 2011, Travis launched the But The Game Is On Sports Network, featuring websites dedicated to covering the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL as well as college basketball and football. Travis contributes to all sites across his network. Travis is a fan of the Texas Rangers and a supporter of the San Fransisco Giants and Milwaukee Brewers. His favorite players are Ryan Braun, Tim Lincecum and Josh Hamilton. You can follow him on Twitter @Mark_Travis.
Juan Carlos Reyes, known by most as J.C., is a reporter who calls both Houston and Corpus Christi home. He’s worked for various newspapers as a sports writer, columnist and editor. J.C.was also the co-host of his college’s sports radio show, “The Benchwarmers.” Originally from Houston, his favorite baseball team is the Astros and his favorite players, past and present, are Hunter Pence, Jeff Bagwell, Jose Cruz, Craig Biggio and Nolan Ryan. You can follow J.C. on twitter @jcreyes80.
David Getz is currently a band director in South Texas. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 2009, prior to returning to his home in Texas. He has been an avid sports fan since his childhood. He enjoys attending as many LSU sporting events as possible, especially football games in the fall, and is a regular at local Texas League ballgames. David’s favorite baseball teams include the Colorado Rockies and Cleveland Indians. His favorite players are Troy Tulowitzki and Grady Sizemore.
Christian Hoppens, Contributor
Christian Hoppens is a currently a freshman in the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. Hoppens always had an interest in sports, but lacked the coordination and size to actually succeed athletically. He decided the next best thing was to write and report about the games he loves. In 2010, Hoppens had the opportunity to cover the Michigan High School All-Star Game for Michigan State University and interviewed athletes such as current Michigan State WR/CB Tony Lippett.
Christian started his own blog, Sports According to Christian, in October 2011. Hoppens lives in the Metro Detroit area and devotes his passion to the Tigers, Lions, Red Wings, and Michigan Wolverines. His favorite athletes include Pavel Datsyuk, Kobe Bryant, and Alex Avila. You can follow Christian on Twitter @C_Hoppens.
Zac Schmoll, Columnist
Zak Schmoll is contributing a weekly column to The Cutoff Man in addition to his duties as a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report. Baseball has always been his favorite professional sport, and he is particularly interested in trade rumors and speculation stories.
He is currently a student at the University of Vermont where he is a double major in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Statistics. He is also a dedicated power soccer player for the Vermont Chargers. Power soccer is the fastest-growing adaptive sport for power wheelchair users in the world.
Follow him on Twitter: @spinkickers!
Jerry Burnes, Columnist
Jerry Burnes is an award-winning sports writer with accolades from the Illinois Press Association and Illinois College Press Association. He is the former staff writer for the Free Press Newspapers in Wilmington Ill. and currently works for the Northern Star, the student-run newspaper at Northern Illinois University. Jerry received his Bachelor of Science in journalism from NIU in 2009 and is finishing his Master of Arts in communication in May 2012. Jerry’s other works can be found at The View From Seat 113.