January 18, 2018

Mike Goodpaster

Mike Goodpaster is the founder and co-owner of The Grueling Truth Sports Radio Show. Mike has been a football coach for 25 years, the last 5 as a Professional Indoor Coach including the head coach the with the Evansville Rage, Owensboro Rage and the Northern Kentucky River Monsters, compiling a record of 22 wins 8 losses. He is currently the Head Coach of the Northern Kentucky Nightmare in the AIF.

Mike is also the # 1 ranked private football coach in the midwest by coachup.com and enjoys coaching his own kids in Football, Basketball, and Baseball. His own athletic career took him to Indiana State as a Division One Basketball Player.

When he is not coaching, he continues to stay engaged in sports. He has recently written for sports rants and has published his own book The Rage Within – an autobiography about being a head coach in the world of Indoor Football.

Matt Andruscavage

Host of The 49ers Weekly Show with Dexter Carter, co-Host of the NFL Legends and NFL Pick’em shows, Matt is a longtime NFL fan who enjoys discussing and writing about both the current game and that of any era. Also contributing writer and editor for ninersradio.com.

Larry Lambert

If you think of the staff of the Grueling Truth as a pitching staff, Larry is the knuckleballer. Larry is a Chicago sports fan of over 50 years.  He has closely followed the Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks.  It hasn’t always been easy.

In addition to writing about sports, if you like cartoons, you’ve probably seen Larry’s work and not realized it.  He’s written gags for various syndicated cartoon strips including, Mother Goose and Grimm, Dustin, and Dennis the Menace.  His work has also shown up in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Parade Magazine and Better Homes and Gardens.  He’s also written two books of sports cartoons with a third coming out soon.  He’s also written for TV standup comics.

Look for sports with a Chicago perspective and healthy dose of humor when reading Larry’s work.

You can see his cartoon books on Kindle at https://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A133140011%2Cp_27%3ALarry%20Lambert.

Jeremiah Preisser

A boxing fan of 10+ years, the Denver-based Jeremiah J. Preisser is a former contributor to ringsidereport.com and trueschoolboxing.com. Now he is a member of the prestigious International Boxing Research Organization, a staff writer for ringnews24.com, and an editor, recruiter, staff writer, and co-host for The Grueling Truth’s boxing division.

James Ernest

Senior staff photographer James Ernest is responsible for the visually reporting on the day’s top news stories. Other duties include writing articles for the website, conducting interviews, and occasionally guest hosting shows.

Alex Golden

My name is Alex Golden.  I am just a normal fan who passionately enjoys the game of basketball.  I coach basketball at a private school in my hometown of Indianapolis.  I created my own website ISPN1.com in April of 2015.  Since I created the website, I have managed to create my own Pacers Podcast as well.  I have had positive feedback from my articles and podcast, and look forward to interacting with more fans through ISPN1.com and TheGruelingTruth.net.
I’m sure you can put two and two together, and realize that I am a Pacers fan.  I thoroughly love my Pacers and I am not afraid to show my fandom in my writing.  However, I am unbiased when I give my opinions.  Sometimes I can be viewed as being a homer (which I can be), but it doesn’t happen very often.
With all that being said, I just want to welcome you to the world of Alex Golden’s NBA thoughts.  Hot takes are a regular with me, and I tend to root for the underdogs.  Please follow me on Twitter @ISPN_Pacers to read all of my NBA tweets.  Make sure to check in weekly on TheGruelingTruth.net to read my weekly Power Rankings for the NBA Season and my weekly Pacers Podcast.  This is going to be an epic NBA Season, and I can’t wait to spend it with all of you.
Alex Golden
NBA Writer for TheGruelingTruth.net

Os Davis

Os Davis has been a sportswriter for [redacted] years, covering and enjoying way too much pro football (American and Canadian), basketball (NBA and international), World Cup soccer and cricket in turn. Basically, if it’s a ball game and Os has a forum, he’ll write about it.

Os is of the opinion that advanced stastical metrics are awesome, that the addition of offensive lines to fantasy football is absolutely necessary and that the Los Angeles Lakers shall rise again. He is firmly against price-gouging of fans, Americans pooh-poohing CFL football and that @#@#$@#$ing Washington football team’s name.

Os currently appears on way too many podcasts, co-hosting the Rouge, White & Blue Fantasy Football Podcast, The Truth About Fantasy Football Podcast, the CFL Weekly Pick ‘Em Show and the L.A. Rams 2.0 Weekly Show — plus often the NFL Weekly Pick ‘Em Show.

Joe Pritchard

Joe Pritchard, by his own admission, tweets way too much about the CFL for a guy born, raised, and living in Wisconsin – so now he’s writing for TheGruelingTruth.net and co-hosting the Rouge, White & Blue CFL Podcast. He hopes to soon check off a bucket list item, namely to visit all nine CFL venues in a single season…

Mark Fightmaster

Mark Fightmaster is a lifelong Bengal fan. Mark parlayed a short Division III college career into a 15-year football coaching career spanning junior and senior high football. During this time, he became an avid film study advocate and continues to use that skill while watching football today (sometimes driving those watching the games with him nuts). After college, Mark got into the financial writing world – having been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, and Entertainment Magazine. Mark continues to coach football, now on the youth level, currently coaching two of his three sons.

Ashton Washington

Ashton Washington is currently attending Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas on an academic scholarship. A very ambitious student who idealizes sports journalism and you can tell that just by reading her articles. Be sure to follow her on Twitter, LinkedIn, and even Facebook to check out what she’s up to.

Chris Cooke

Chris Cooke is a native of Evansville, Indiana and a graduate of Wabash College. He is a 2016 inductee of the Greater Evansville Football Hall of Fame. While at Wabash in the late 90’s, he was a part of 91.3 FM WNDY as a DJ and Producer. In 2009 he returned to radio as his Adult Armature Football playing career winded down via broadcasting High School Football and Basketball. During that time he worked play by play locally for 1540 AM WBNL with Allen Buck. During the 2011 High School Football season, he made several guest appearances on 102.3 FM WBTO, ESPN Radio 106.7 FM WYFX, and 91.5 FM WUEV. Cooke was one half of the Evansville Rage broadcast team with Jared Revlett on ESPN Radio 106.7 FM WYFX and their “Sister” station, 102.3 FM WBTO. In 2013, he was also one half of the Owensboro Rage broadcast team with Allen Buck on ESPN Radio 102.7 FM WLME THE GAME and 100.5 FM/AM 1420 WVJS. Cooke once again teamed up with Buck to bring the 2014 home season of Kentucky River Monsters football on MRSN SPORTS RADIO-THE HOME OF CHAMPIONS.
More recently, he covered North Posey High School Football and Basketball on 90.1 FM WSDM during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In 2015, he moved to 106.7 WYFX and currently does play by play for Mater Dei High School Football and Basketball. Cooke has made several guest appearances for Media Five sports over the 2015 and 2016 seasons broadcasting high school basketball games of past state champion Princeton Lady Tigers. In 2016, Cooke became the Co-Host and founder of Gameday I.Q. a weekly sports show heard at thegruelingtruth.net. Additionally, Cooke currently guest hosts “Leadership Connection”, a one hour show focused on local leadership in the Evansville, Indiana area heard on both 98.5 FM and 1400 AM.

Allen Buck

Allen Buck was born in Southern Indiana, the product of a high school principal and a stay-at-home mom who later taught math, English, and whatever else was needed to help adults to attain their GED. His coaches were firm taskmasters and the principles he learned from his parents and coaches serve as the basis for his approach to coaching.

He has two adult sons. When they were three and seven, he and their mother divorced. She moved several states away so he gained custody and raised his sons. He recognized very early that these were not quiet, mild-mannered children so he channeled their ample energies into athletics. Naturally he followed and that was the beginning of his love affair with coaching.

He has coached football, basketball, and baseball for over twenty years, with players ranging in age from 6 to 18 year old seniors in high school. He also provides radio commentary in football, basketball, baseball, and softball. Game knowledge and the ability to communicate it serve him very well in coaching and broadcasting.

He was lucky to have coaches whose messages beyond the sport dovetailed nicely with the principles he learned at home. He has passed these along to many players over the years but he has seen too many coaches who did not grasp the concept. That is the reason for the book, “Be the Ultimate Sports Coach: The Definitive Practical Guide to Coaching Youth Sports. The How, The Why, and What to Avoid”.   He wrote that book with the hope that it would benefit kids by helping coaches everywhere to understand that the best coaching involves more than just the “X”s and “O”s.

Buck began broadcasting high school sports in 2009 teaming with Chris Cooke in football and basketball for WBNL 1540 AM. That led to guest appearances with ESPN radio 106.7 FM WYFX and 102.3 FM WBTO. In 2013, the pair broadcast the Owensboro Rage professional indoor football games for ESPN Radio 102.7 FM WLME THE GAME and WVJS 100.5 FM/AM 1420.

In 2014, the team of Allen Buck and Chris Cooke were called upon to travel to Cincinnati to broadcast the Kentucky River Monsters indoor professional football games via MRSN SPORTS.  More recently, he covered North Posey High School Football and Basketball on 90.1 FM WSDM during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

In 2015, he moved to 106.7 WYFX and currently does color commentary for Mater Dei High School Football and Basketball.  Buck has made several guest appearances for Media Five sports over the 2015 and 2016 seasons broadcasting high school basketball games of past state champion Princeton Lady Tigers.  In 2016, he became the Co-Host and founder of Gameday I.Q. a weekly sports show heard at thegruelingtruth.net.  

Jim Reaker

Jim Reaker grew up in Northern Indiana earning 6 Varsity letters in football and baseball while attending LaVille High School in Lakeville. The 1980 graduate then attended Ball State University receiving a Bachelor’s degree in social studies education. After graduation he moved to the Cincinnati area to begin teaching and coaching at New Richmond High School. From 1984 until 1996 he coached football, baseball, and fast pitch softball, becoming the head softball coach in 1989. He led the Lady Lions to their first league and sectional championships in softball. Also during this time he earned his Master’s degree in educational counseling at Xavier University.

In 1996 he left the classroom to become a guidance counselor at NRHS and left the coaching ranks to spend more time with his two sons. It was his sons youth sports teams that drew him back into coaching. He coached in the Forest Hills Youth Football organization and the Cincinnati Patriots select baseball organization. Also during this time he became an avid Xavier basketball fan, becoming a season ticket holder and traveling around the country to watch the Musketeers.

After his youngest son finished his high school athletic career in 2013, he returned to the helm of the NRHS softball program, a position he continues to this day. After retiring from the guidance office in 2014, he volunteered to broadcast basketball games for NRHS boys and girls games. In the fall of 2016 he became the voice of the NRHS football Lions on the internet broadcasts and hosts the Roll Pride Coaches’ show every Monday night.

Jeff Zink

Jeff Zink is a retired educator who has had the pleasure of coaching amateur sports on 4 continents and viewing professional ones on 6.

Currently he works as an Ambassador for the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum while also volunteering as a broadcaster for football, basketball, soccer, and softball for New Richmond High School near his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.

His favorite sports memory is sitting in a public house in Gibraltar that was shared by local football clubs who supported Spain and England while the two countries competed during the 2000 European Soccer Cup.

Josh Benjamin

I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and moved to the Hoosier State when I was four years old. I am a middle school teacher in which I attempt to teach reading and journalism this year. I am in my fifth year of teaching and my career ranges from third grade to eighth grade. I have coached football at the collegiate level and the high school varsity level for a total of nine years. Also, I have coached high school baseball and basketball. I play slow-pitch softball, golf, and any other sport to TRY to stay in shape. I played football and golf at Franklin College where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.
I have an amazing wife that takes care of me, and a son (his middle name is Heisman!) that is almost 2 years old. We enjoy family time, playing softball, and warm weather!
I have two shows on The Grueling Truth. My own show is “Real Deal”, in which I talk about whatever I want (which is awesome!). My other show “Irish Football Weekly”, I co-host with Tony Hunter (former Irish Tight End), and we talk about the past and present of Irish football. ​​
You can add me on Facebook (just make sure you message me so I don’t think you are creeping on me!) and follow me on
Twitter (@coachjb4)!

John Einreinhofer

John Einreinhofer is a native of Newfoundland, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Ithaca College with B.S. in Television/Radio with an emphasis in Sports Communications and a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law. He is an attorney who has practiced law for over twenty-six years. He wrote for newspapers and broadcasted sports while in high school and college, as well as participated. He played football and ran track while at West Milford Township (N.J.) High School and at Ithaca College. He has been a life-long follower and historian of boxing and fights he attended live include but are not limited to: Morales-Barrera I, Holyfield-Lewis I and De La Hoya-Vargas. Other fighters he has seen fight live include but are not limited to: George Foreman, Mike Tyson, Arturo Gatti, Tim Witherspoon, Ray Mercer, Bobby Czyz, Tony Ayala, Jr., Frank Fletcher, Miguel Cotto, Michael Grant, Andrew Golota, David Tua, and Roy Jones, Jr. He takes a special interest in analyzing and attempting to forecast the performance of boxers in fights. He intensely follows football, baseball, basketball, hockey and MMA, as well as boxing. He regularly attends West Virginia University football and basketball games. He has coached youth sports including hockey, football, baseball and basketball. His law practice is primarily based in Charleston, West Virginia and he splits his time between that area and his hometown of Newfoundland, New Jersey.

Phil Walton

I was born in Birmingham England and I support Birmingham City football club (I mean soccer…sorry!) I was luckily enough to play semi-professional soccer for several seasons, worked as a soccer coach for many years and have also managed a title winning side.

I graduated from University with a Business Law degree and pursued a career within IT project purchasing. Following my wife’s illness five years ago, we moved from the City and relocated to small village on the Welsh border, where I spend my time relaxing with my family.

As my 40th birthday approached I challenged myself to learn a new sport as I’d become despondent with elite soccer in the UK. It started with baseball, however, the more I read about American football the more I became encapsulated with the sport. From the influence of roster building by General Management, the rollout of the draft to the passionate support of school football.

I’ve been fortunate enough to link up with several USA based Baltimore Raven’s fans and discussed with them the potential of a UK based NFL franchise and their planned pilgrimages to London coupled with the sport being more popular here in the UK and Europe (tickets for the two Wembley based 2017 games sold out in a day) I have created the following website: https://www.ukamericanfootballfans.co.uk

I’ve written soccer based blogs and articles in my dark past! I’m thoroughly enjoying my American Football journey and I’m embracing the sporting culture of the US.

I’ve taken a monumental decision to pursue sports writing full time. Which has brought me here to thegrullingtruth.net to discuss the demand of the sport outside America, investigate and debate the future business and potential playing markets of the NFL and learn more about the game as I go.

Malik Zorrok

My name is Malik Zorrok, a college student majoring in journalism, currently living in Boston. Have been a sports fan, particularly a Boston sports fan, ever since I was young. Currently covering the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox.

Brandon Blakney

Brandon has six years of sports writing and broadcasting experience. Currently he covers High School Basketball in the North Carolina Triad area for the Winston Watch.
He has also been published by sports rants, he covers ACC Basketball and the Cleveland Cavaliers for The Grueling Truth.

Graham McGowan

Graham McGowan was born in Orlando, Florida, graduating from Winter Springs High School in 2005. After attending the University of North Georgia, Graham enlisted in the United States Army where he and Out of Left Field co-host Chris Furry met at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.

After leaving the US Army, Graham returned to Florida where his love for baseball brought him back to the field, this time as an umpire. Since his first game in February 2009, Graham has continued to learn and perfect his craft on the field. Graham has worked multiple State Championship tournaments for Little League International, Florida High School Varsity baseball, as well as the National Club Baseball Association, and extended spring training for the Washington Nationals.
In Graham’s words, “My goal for this show is to be the most well-rounded baseball show in sports media today. Asking Chris to co-host with me was a no-brainer. His passion for the game of baseball and knowledge of the game from a hitter’s perspective is invaluable. As an umpire, I enjoy bringing that side of the game to our show plus the understanding and knowledge I have gained about pitchers from working behind the plate for almost a decade. Thank you to all of our listeners who have been with us from day 1 and for everyone who supports us!”

Eddie Cohen

Host of the Big Star Show, a podcast about sports, life and the Dallas Cowboys.  Former football player.  Life long sports fanatic.  Real estate agent.

CJ DeSimone and Carlos Sardinas

We are the “Comic Relief” of the NY Jets family of podcasts! We like to have fun and enjoy ourselves while cheering and debating about our beloved NY Jets. Give a listen and tell us what you think.

www.soundcloud.com/the-jets-fa ctor-podcast

Dave Siderski is a passionate student of boxing and NFL history and also an avid all around sports fan. He is a resident of Boston’s North Shore and grew up as a New England Patriots fan, even when it was not fashionable, along with watching the likes of all-time great boxers such as Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, and Roberto Duran.

Dave has written for other boxing websites and currently manages two groups on Facebook:  “Mythical Boxing” which focuses on “dream”, “what if” boxing scenarios and “Mythical Sports” which focuses on more general sports related content. A Data Analyst by day, Dave combines a creative and analytical approach, while occasionally adding his twisted sense of humor, to produce content that is entertaining and thought provoking.

Troy Otradovec (AKA Troy Robert) joins The Grueling Truth as the co-host of Go B1G or Go Home and The Red Light Sports Ramble. He was born and raised in the Frozen Tundra of Green Bay, WI. Therefore, he was forced to know about the game of football before he could talk. His Big Ten knowledge comes from following the Wisconsin Badgers and being a Big Ten fan, when the conference actually had 10 teams.

Outside of co-hosting Go B1G or Go Home and The Red Light Sports Ramble, Troy also hosts two radio shows. “Talking Sports with Troy Robert” can be heard every Saturday morning on WFSN 96.7, in Union City, PA. The show streams on http://radio.ucfsc.org/ at 11am ET. “The Black and Gold Championship Hour” airs every Saturday morning on WXED 107.3, in Ellwood City, PA. You can listen to the stream on http://www.wxedfm.com/ at 11am ET. His love of hockey can be heard every week on https://www.youtube.com/user/johnstowntomahawks when he hosts “Hawkey Central” with Johnstown Tomahawk coach Mike Letizia.

Troy graduated from Full Sail University; in 2015, with a Masters Degree in New Media Journalism. When he is not following sports he is most likely watching a weather channel because of his fascination with the weather. Also, he spends one weekend a month volunteering for the American Red Cross, in their public relations department.

You can find him on the following social media outlets:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/redlight.ramble

LinkedIN https://www.linkedin.com/in/troyotradovec/

Jonathan is a small town Wisconsin boy. Jonathan completed an undergraduate degree in history with a minor in economics before embarking on a career as an attorney. He uses this background in research and writing to engage in his first true love, sports. Primarily a football fan, he writes about whatever issues come to mind. Jonathan writes for several online sites and is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). Jonathan is also a twice deployed veteran and a retired Army officer. He lives in Central Wisconsin with his wife and four children.
Christopher Benedict resides in Huntington, New York which is the
birthplace of Walt Whitman and Gerry Cooney. Taking into consideration
Benedict’s passion for both writing and prizefighting, this admittedly
odd pairing makes perfect sense. Although a native Long Islander, his
longtime devotion to the Boston Red Sox, UConn Huskies, and Marvelous
Marvin Hagler conspire to make him an absentee New Englander at heart.
He enjoys weaving together his complex love of boxing, storytelling,
and history embellished by a commitment to find the devil in the

Matt Minich

Matt Minich is a proud South Dakota State University alumnus who coached college football at multiple levels for over a decade. He is an old school guy who believes in playing sound defense and running the ball on offense.
Sheila Oviedo works in research by day and is an avid boxing fan by night. She learned to box in Boston six years ago, and now lives in New York. Most Saturday mornings, she trains at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. Sheila advocates for equal opportunity for women boxers.

Paul Cupitt is a member of the International Boxing Research Organisation and has more than 12 years involvement in the boxing industry in Australia as a fighter, trainer and official. Paul was the State and National Amateur Boxing League champion in 2012 and has also fought as a professional. He has trained state champions at both amateur and professional levels and worked as a second in the corner in a number of Australian title fights as well as having experience as a judge and referee in amateur contests.