Thanks for visiting my website. For those who don’t know me, I am sure there are lots of questions about why I started my own site. So, let me try to answer them—
WHO AM I? I am 42 and live in Plainview, New York with my wife Keri, our son David (born 3/9/09) and our two cats, Fox and Frank (RIP Jerry 4/8/06). Most recently, I was Managing Editor of NCAA.com (employed by CBS College Sports) and I occasionally freelance for FOX Sports and MSG Radio Network (among others) as a statistician. In addition, my first book, entitled "Being There", hit shelves in Spring of 2007. I have been in sports since college and, in previous lives, worked full-time for both the NBA (1996 to 2003) and the New York Islanders (1991 to 1996).
WHY AM I DOING THIS? The idea really blossomed from e-mails I was sending home to friends and family while I was working at the Olympics in Athens, Greece in 2004 (available here). Rather than having to tell everyone the same stories repeatedly when I got home, I decided instead to send a daily e-mail detailing my activities and stories each day. The response I got was overwhelming. I was told again and again how much fun the e-mails were and how people were looking forward to getting them. I enjoyed writing them, so I figured, let’s do it again.
That brings me here, where I can write about anything and everything I want to – from my pet peeves to the games I work to random observations I have during the day. But this is going to be about more than just my ramblings. There is a lot to celebrate in my life and that will all be covered here. Just explore and have fun.
WHY "THE MIRL"?: Why not? Look at my name. It makes sense, no? Friends and family have called me Mirl since I can remember - it was even on my license plates when I had a car (no need to have one now while living in NYC). So, I say it again - Why not?
MORE ABOUT ME: I was raised in Kings Park, New York, which is on the North Shore of Suffolk County on Long Island. I graduated from Kings Park HS in 1987 and went on to New York University, where I graduated in 1991 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. It was while at NYU that I discovered the world of sports broadcasting and journalism. I got involved at both the newspaper and radio station, but that eventually became radio only and, by my senior year, I was Sports Director of WNYU. I also did internships at NBC Sports (1989) and WFAN (1990). After graduation, I quickly realized that broadcasting wasn't really for me, but I wanted to stay in sports. After a few months of job hunting, I landed in the Media Relations Department of my favorite team growing up, the New York Islanders. I spent five years with the Isles (1991-96) before heading into Manhattan and the NBA League Office in the Basketball Operations Department for seven years (1996-2003) and then a wild and wacky run with CSTV/CBS College Sports/CBS Interactive as Editor and Senior Editor of CSTV.com and then Managing Editor of NCAA.com (2004-2010). And that takes us to where we are now - back to life as a freelancer.
So that is the quickie bio. There are some fun stories, many of which I will be sharing over the days, months and, hopefully, years to come. I look forward to entertaining everyone.