Eric Woodyard

I was raised on Avenue B, grew up idolizing Mateen Cleaves, listening to the Dayton Family, and still to this day I haven’t seen a better basketball player perform in person than Cory Hightower.

In 2006, I graduated from Flint Southwestern Academy. And in 2010, I graduated as a Bronco from Western Michigan University with a degree in journalism.

Don’t get it twisted though, I will always be a Knight. So when my fellow Knight Mark Ingram won the Heisman trophy in 2009, I talked trash to everyone who wasn’t on his bandwagon. Shoutout to Charlie Bell too, he still has the Knights looking good on the hardwood with the Golden State Warriors. Anthony Crater’s balling at South Florida and Quintin Woods is graduating from Kansas and looking for a shot at the NFL. That’s how we Flintstones roll.

We support those trying to make it, rep hard, and we’re confident in our abilities. It can be described as having that “dog” in you. Take Mateen, for example, fighting through that ankle injury in the 2000 National Championship and still leading his troops to victory or Ingram gaining more yards after the contact on the football field. That “dog” wasn’t put in them overnight, it was something that was put in them as children from their environment.

I understand that it’s a grind to make it from our city, and that only the strong survive. I say our city because I’m in the same situation as everyone else residing in Flint, and I generally care about what goes on. It’s our city. I care about how we are represented to the world as well as what changes are being to made to make it the best possible place to live.

This is why in some ways, even as minute as it may seem, I feel like I can make an impact by telling sports stories for our local paper. Sports has put our city on the map. It has served as our pipeline to be talked about all over the country. We have such a rich history of producing top-tier athletes. Some of those athletes have made it and others have succumbed to the pitfalls here that have landed them nowhere. I want to tell all these stories.

The toughness that I learned here has allowed me to travel all around the world and meet an endless amount of people in prestigious places and I’m always proud to tell them where I’m from. I’ve interviewed rappers, shook hands with basketball legends, took pictures with superstars but none of this would have been possible if I didn’t develop the grind that I learned in Genesee County.

If you aren’t from Flint you may not understand any of these things, and I’m aware of that. But this is my connection to the city. I am willing to serve as your voice for any sports story, past or present, that you’ve always wanted to read about. Just hit me up by phone or by e-mail. I’m home!

*this post can also be viewed on mlive.com!

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2010 in review

January 2, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 60 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 189 posts. There were 77 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 33mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 18th with 223 views. The most popular post that day was Bring Home The Slam Dunk Crown, Shannon Brown!!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, blogs.detroitlions.com, search.aol.com, twitter.com, and mariaozawa2u.blogspot.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for floyd mayweather, mark ingram, shannon brown, kirk cousins, and blair white.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Bring Home The Slam Dunk Crown, Shannon Brown!! January 2010
1 comment

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Mark Ingram Jr. is the next! October 2009
3 comments

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Floyd Mayweather Could Be Boxing’s Greatest! September 2009

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Louis Delmas is the REAL Defensive Rookie of the Year! January 2010
3 comments

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Heroes For Kids (…A golf benefit for Saginaw youth recreation programs) July 2009