Hello everyone. My name is Alex Monaco and I am the creator and CEO of Xtra Ordinary Sports. I'm a 21 year old kid from San Diego California with dreams of turning X.O.S. into the biggest online sports network in the world. My whole approach to the world of sports media is different than most. Living by our theme "Xtra Ordinary", I encourage everyone involved in X.O.S. to be themselves. Take me for example. This whole thing started when I was invited to a Cam Newton Pro day last year at my old high school. I was told I could maybe ask Cam one question if I were to be so lucky. Boy did I exceed expectations. I ended up having an outrageous conversation with Cam that went anywhere from talking about breakfast foods, to why aren't there basements on the West Coast, to how awesome him and Tim Tebow would be if they both started from the same shotgun formation. Then, I tossed him a football, went out on a 25 yard post pattern, caught it, and proceeded to do the infamous "T.O. on the Dallas Star throw up my arms on their logo dance", and got Cam to absolutely crack up. I realized at that moment, that if I could capture the same enthusiasm that Cam evoked that day in future interviews with other athletes by simply being myself, that maybe people just might take to it. Since then I've sumo wrestled with Matt Barnes, got skunked 8-0 in beach volleyball using a 10 pound medicine ball against Ryan Clark of the Pittsburgh Steelers, had to do the Carlton Dance for the Rams, Austin Pettis, because my shuttle time wasn't as fast as his, and the list goes on. Case in point, I'm all about bringing the sincerity and genuine moments of the athletes out for everyone to enjoy. Now that I've been able to build a fan base, it's my goal as a servant leader to help manifest each and every player on our team at X.O.S. Every player on this team will be bringing the same outrageous "Xtra Ordinary" mentality to their repertoire while serving you the fans, with as much of a combination of knowledge and entertainment as we possibly can. So sit back and enjoy your time here at Xtra Ordinary Sports because we're working for you!
Hey everybody, my name is Joe Fann and I am proudly from the beautiful emerald city of Seattle, Washington. I'll be your northwest connection as well as your insider for everything hoops. I've been a Seattle sports nut for the Seahawks, Mariners, and Sonics (sad face) my entire life. Growing up with some of the best voices in the game, I too aspire to be a sports broadcaster. If I'm not on the mic for my radio show or calling a Chapman University athletic event, I can probably be found on a basketball court somewhere reliving the high school glory days. I am currently working as a Public Relations intern for the Los Angeles Lakers and I'm also a member of the production teams for the Angels and the Ducks. You can find me on Twitter @Joe_Fann or on my youtube channel at JoeCFann
Welcome sports fans of all shapes and sizes.† My name is Tommy Miers and I am a Junior Public Relations and Advertising major/English minor at Chapman University.† Currently I am an intern at Rep 1 Sports Agency, which is a sports agency for NFL players, but my first love is baseball. Iím from the East Bay and have been a diehard Giants, 49ers, Sharks, and Warriors fan since birth. So lets get after it, to begin: the DH isnít a real position, everyone was on steroids, and I could care less if thereís a keg in every clubhouse across the country. Now we can move on to the real issues.
I am Vince Sapienza a recent graduate from Chapman University with a degree in Television/Broadcast Journalism. I have been obsessed with sports ever since I was a young gun and have not looked back. I played soccer in college for about the same amount of time it took me to write this biography, but I love to write and talk about the beautiful game. It is no secret that my sports allegiance lies in the heart of Denver, CO. I enjoy spirited discussion on all sports and love to share my thoughts and opinions with fellow sports fans. I have been blessed to be able to interview numerous sports athletes, attend many sporting events, and talk about it all. I currently host a radio show on†kaoticradio.com†every Monday from 4pm-7pm. I am always on the hunt to find interesting sports stories and love feedback. I also intern at Fox Sports Radio on the JT "The Brick" Show.
You can leave it up to Pete Evenson to always talk the most trash on the basketball court. And yes, he is able to back it up. Whether heís on the court or in the office, Pete has always been a driven individual. Pete is a Los Angeles native, who grew up rockiní Bulls jerseys until í98 and Lakers jerseys ever since. Inspired by the opportunity to combine sports and all things ďout of the ordinary,Ē Pete joined Xtra Ordinary Sports as a full-time blog contributor. Prior to joining Xtra Ordinary Sports, Pete has worked as the Vice President of Business Development for Evenson Design Group and in marketing and development for USC Institute for Creative Technologies. In 2010, Pete worked for the sports agency, LagardŤre Unlimited, where he assisted with contract negotiations and risk/financial analysis for NBA players under Dan Fegan. He was also part of the Students Taking the Right Step (S.T.A.R.S) intern program for Warner Brothers where he helped develop the SAP Vanguard Project for their Home Video Department, the highest-grossing department at Warner Bros. Pete received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with emphases in marketing and entrepreneurship from Chapman University. At Chapman, Pete was on the menís basketball team and enjoys playing the greatest sport in the world today. If you ever want to challenge Pete one-on-one, be sure to send him a tweet or find him on Facebook.
Hey guys, my name is Thomas Haggerty. Iím coming to you from Phoenix by way of Orange County California and Xtra Ordinary sports. I grew up playing about every sport in the book, but as the competition heated up I was forced to choose one focus. Accordingly, I took my talents to the diamond, playing year round for eight years. After high school I initially came to Chapman University to play baseball but due to intense competition and my lack of desire to continue on, I chose a new direction. The following year I honed my golf skills and was successful in making my mark on collegiate golf. I am currently a second semester senior anticipating my graduation with a degree in real estate and finance. While the stock market is likely up on my laptop, there is zero doubt that Sportscenter is on in the background. I am very passionate about my Phoenix/Arizona teams and will rep them till the day I die! Iíll be coming to you with news from around the diamond all over the league, as well as a few blurbs here in there regarding the teams I love so dearly. Feel free to tweet me @TomasHaggerty or contact me on my blog page with any questions or comments.
What is up yíall! My name is Sammy Cemo and I am proudly from Sacramento California where I grew up and still am a die-hard Sacramento Kings, San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan. I live and die by my teams and am willing to engage in any discussion about the greatness of my organizations. I am currently a redshirt sophomore at Chapman University where I am a Communication Studies major and Leadership Studies minor, but most importantly I am Midfielder/Man-Up Specialist on the menís lacrosse team. I grew up playing just about every sport you could imagine but excelled at Jesuit High School in lacrosse. I have a love for everything sports, from coaching to game play and everything in between. I live in the gym and on the field with occasional visits to class and the library and am here to cover everything you want to know about our obsession with competitive athletics.
Name is Mack Shaw, a Senior, or lack thereof, at Chaptown University majoring in Communications and minoring in lacrosse. I am from the infamous Scottsdale, Arizona, home of Cactus League Spring Training and way too many Ed Hardy shirts. In 2007 I was diagnosed with the incurable disease that is the LeBron addiction. Symptoms include Jerseys, shirts, shoes, socks, shorts, and headbands. Show me a bigger LeBron fan and Iíll show you a liar. I played just about every organized team sport at some point in high school, yes, even playing in National DIII Amateur Paintball competition. Currently, I am a defensive Midfielder and the unofficial team masseuse and hair stylist for Chapmanís men lacrosse team and the defensemen proudly wearing the #69 sweater on the ice hockey team. I am a fantasy sports junkie for just about any sport, specialty being baseball. Iíll be covering everything from fantasy sport predictions and stats, my ignorant opinions, throwback jerseys, and all around the good, the bad, and the ugly (Iím looking at you Chris Kaman) of the sporting world.
Yes, Iím a girl, from Southern California, who loves ice hockey. Quite rare but XTRAORDINARY. My name is Haley Hull, Iím from sunny Orange County where most people prefer flip flops and the sand, yet I prefer skates and the ice. Currently a freshman at Chapman University where I study Broadcast Journalism in hopes of becoming your future trophy NHL sportscaster. With a dad from Toronto, Canada I have been forced to treat hockey as my religion (as it should be treated) and have known nothing but ice hockey for my entire life. I study the WHL, CHL, USHL, OHL, QMJHL, NCAA, NAHL and of course the NHL, more than I study for any test. I believe in the church of the 2007 Stanley Cup Champions, the Anaheim Ducks and pray to Teemu Selanne. I bleed orange, black, and gold. I am an NHL prospect encyclopedia. I live by the motto of the great Wayne Gretzky, ďYou miss 100% of the shots you donít takeĒ. I want to make this interesting so every week Iíll be picking a player of the week from ANY hockey league and I want YOUR opinion and feedback. Feel free to e-mail me or follow me/tweet me on twitter @haleyfh if you want to hear more about the fabulous sorority-girl-hockey-loving life of Haley Forrest Hull.
What's up?! My name is Trenton Schlom and native of Southern California. I am a sports junky. I've grown up going to Laker games with my Pops and I bleed purple and gold. And when I was 10 years old I went to Fenway Park and fell in love with the Boston Red Sox. I am a Television and Broadcast Journalism major at Chapman University, where I am the Sports Director at Chapman News. I played sports my whole childhood, I stunk, and now I stick to playing golf and talking about the real athletes. I've coached basketball at the high school level, and football for middle schoolers. I love working with the youth and hope to be a role model for kids the same way many people have helped me growing up. Sports is my passion, television is my dream and I am up for the ride.
Whats up guy's... My name is Trevor Stone. The first thing you need to know about me is my unwavering love for Arizona sports... The Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Suns and Yotes. Being born and raised in Phoenix by parents who were born and raised in Phoenix by parents who were born and raised in Phoenix could be considered the source of my love. Iíve been attending Suns games since I was 5, with my late grandfather who part owned the Suns during the 90ís, and Diamondbacks games since 1998, their first season. Nowadays I find myself a Business major at Chapman University where I came to play baseball. Though I no longer play, I still love it. Bottom line- I can get along with anyone, but if you love sports, we can get along better.
I've been a sports fan since I first learned how to read a box score at the age of 6. In addition to playing and watching, I have experience working in the industry. My favorite athlete ever is Jerry Rice, and it is because of him I believe that work ethic is the most important characteristic any aspiring athlete can possess.
What up fellow sports junkies!!?? My name is Thomas Wright, a.k.a. T-Dub, and I'm here to lend some San Diego swagger to this Extraordinary world of sports we live in. I'm a friar faithful as well as a proud member of Bolt nation, and I will rep my city till the day I die! After tearing up the San Diego high school sports scene, I cruised up to Chapman University where I now attend as a Communications major in my senior year. When I'm not in class, which for some reason or another seems to happen quite often.. You'll find me in the gym throwing around weights, or on the basketball court rising up on little people. I've been playing sports my entire life, and with this experience I've learned to appreciate all they entail - teamwork, work ethic, competitiveness.. Important qualities in ALL aspects of life. So with that being said go out there and experience it yourself! Lace up the kicks, tighten the racket, strap on the cleats, and soak up all sports has to offer.. Well, after you read my article of course. In the words of one of my good friends and San Diego brothers - Ron Burgundy, stay classy sports world.
My name is Max Piner and I graduated from Chapman University with a business marketing degree in 2011. I was a four year member of the Chapman University Division 3 Menís Basketball team, and a member of the first two teams to go to the NCAA tournament at Chapman in my junior and senior seasons. I carried my passion for sports into a career in coaching as a varsity and junior varsity assistant at Chaminade High School in West Hills, CA this past 2011-2012 season and am currently working on my masterís in Sport Management at Long Beach State University. I have a passion for all sports, and as far as professional sports teams I have always been a big time Los Angeles Lakers fan. Iím here for you all at Xtra Ordinary Sports to cover not only the NBA but also everything pertaining to basketball.
My name is Wes Connolly and I am originally from the Napa valley in the bay area. Growing up I was strongly influenced by my family's involvement with football. My grandfather was drafted by the san Francisco 49ers in 1954. He went to the pro bowl in 1961 and was traded the next year to the Cleveland browns to block for Jim Brown. He revolutionized the game, being one of the very first players to employ an agent for contract negotiations. My father also played college football at St. Mary's in Ca. So as soon as I could start, I began playing full contact football and never looked back. Through out my years (and growth spurts), I've played nearly every position. I learned a thing or two about the game along the way which gives me the back round to discuss the national football league in this blog.
My name is Sammy Santana and I hail from St. Louis, Missouri. I am a communications major with leadership minor. Iíve grown up playing and watching basically every sport possible, which gives me a perspective and out look that can transcend from any sport to any team. I really like to indulge in the behind the scenes stories that make the athlete, coach and person you see on the TV making big bucks. I consider myself a natural at all sports Information and anything and everything that has to do with winning and competition. I have a non-bias but loud opinion on everything that comes out my mouth. So if you want some knowledge dropped on you about sports, I'm your go to guy.†
Rise and grind folks, my name is Kevin Ferrer and Iím coming to you live from Orange California. I grew up a stones throw away from the Angels, and Ducks home fields and from a very young age I was involved in soccer, basketball, wrestling, and football. In high school I excelled in Football and wrestling. And thatís when the idea of coaching truly blossomed. Sports have been an influential part of how Iíve grown up and one-day hope to have the same effect on my players. I love every aspect of sports and can talk for days about it. From coaching decision to player reactions the world sports is something special. If thereís one thing that I love more than sports its sneakers. That has lead me to my school of choice. FIDM. Itís the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise in Los Angeles and I am majoring in Business Management and Footwear design. (Tinker Hatfield you can step down...soon) But for now I am just working towards having my skills pay off and showcasing the Xtra-Ordinary talents that reside in sunny southern California. Try it. The juice is always fresh.†
Hey everybody, my name is Brendan Hurley. I was born and raised in what some may refer to as a sports Mecca just outside Boston, MA. With that I'm been blessed enough to grow up and witness every one of my favorite sports teams win at least one championship in my short life span thus far. Although it may seem easy to be Boston sports fan these days, things were a lot different over 10 years ago. I'm currently a senior at Chapman University. I grew up playing and competing in almost any sport you could think of. As much as a fan I am of my hometown and sports teams, I am a fan of sports first. I'm looking forward to covering everything sports, and sharing my thoughts and knowledge with Xtra Ordinary Sports.
Louie Zolina- A Filipino American columnist residing from San Diego but living in the liberal city of San Francisco. Grew up watching MLB first, then the NCAAB, after that harvested his way to the NBA, NCAAF, and NFL. ďI fall asleep to ESPN and I wake up to ESPN.Ē In Collegiate level - Undefeated Kickball champion, Flag Football Champion, Basketball Champion, Softball Champion, and Dodgeball Champion. Dream job- Have a position in as an executive NBA front office.
Hey everybody, My name is Tanner Susa and I am a die-hard basketball fan. Growing up in ďsin cityĒ Las Vegas, it was instilled in me at a young age to root for UNLV ďrunning rebelsĒ . Most importantly in high school I played basketball for four years two of them being at the varsity level as well as dominating aau basketball and competing at prestigious basketball camps during the summer. I am currently a communications major here at Chapman University and would love to discuss any topic if it pertains to basketball. I am a fan of the underdog teams, an advocate of the Cinderella story and a person who roots for sleeper teams to make it deep into march. Kobe Bryant is the best basketball player in the game today no comparison if not one of the best all time. If you are interested in talking basketball just let me knowÖ
My name is Zak Thomas, I am 21 years old and am currently a college student in Southern California. Growing up I lived in many different places going from Southern California, to Connecticut, Northern Virginia, and overseas to Kuwait. Throughout all of my youth and all of these destinations I have maintained a heavy interest in sports. Throughout my grade school years I was a passionate basketball player, ski racer, and football player. I continued basketball and picked up volleyball throughout high school. I have always been most passionate about basketball, and in college I remain an intense fan of all sports. In my free time I love to write articles and columns about happenings in the sports world that intrigue me. My favorite sports teams are the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Jets, Southern California Trojans, and Michigan Wolverines.
Waddup fellow sports fans, Iím Jordan Levack. Born in London, raised in beautiful Tustin, California. Iím a History major at The Ohio State University where I played 2 years of varsity lacrosse. Most would describe me as a sports junkie who loves sharing his views about whatís going on the the sports world, always reppin The Osu Buckeyes, LA Lakers, SD Chargers and ANA Ducks. My greatest life experience was playing lacrosse for my home country of England in the FIL world lacrosse championships in 2010. I love staying active, you can find me at the beach, boarding the mountains or at a park throwing the disc around. Iím here to provide some insight about whatís going on in the sports world.
My name is Jordan Siao and I am a Finance and Real Estate Major, with an Advertising Minor graduating from Chapman University in May 2012. My expertise will be focused on the game of golf. I have extensive experience in the game of golf, having played Varsity golf throughout High School and I spent the last four years competing in the NCAA Division III SCIAC League. I played golf casually growing up, going to the driving range two or three times a year. I was more focused on basketball, tennis, and competitive sparring. When I was 16Ėyears old, I decided to devote all my time towards learning how to play golf over the course of my summer break prior to freshmen year in High School. I am most proud of the success I saw early on in my golf career. Having only played golf competitively for two years, I won 5th place at the Washington State Tournament during my sophomore year of High School, and I won our Divisionís District Tournament my senior Year. † I spend a lot of time following golf in the media through various magazine articles, tournaments, interviews, and books. Over my seven-year career of playing competitive golf, I have worked with several different swing coaches, which has helped me gain a substantial understanding of golf swing mechanics. With that said, what I am truly passionate about is sports psychology. I view golf as the most vigorous test of mental strength and persistence in all of competitive sports. I have read multiple books and articles about the mental game of golf and how being in a sound state of mind yields performance-based results. I am truly fascinated by how mental mechanics transcend to physical performance in not only golf and sports, but life in general. My writing will keep you updated on not only the latest golf news, but also provide some insight on sports psychology.
Hey sports world! My name is Dean Sewitz, and I'm a sports freak just like you! I am extremely excited to share my thoughts and opinions about everything sports related with you guys. Let me start off by telling you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles. I have always felt blessed that I grew up in LA because I truly feel that LA is the mecca of sports (minus football, thats a sore subject for us Angelinos at the moment). I grew up playing soccer and basketball. Luckily my soccer skills were good enough to get me a scholarship to play Division 1 soccer at Philadelphia University. Then, after 3 years of playing in Philly, I transferred to Chapman University and finished my soccer career in beautiful Orange County. After graduating college in 2010, I was able to get a job working at Fox Sports for the nationally televised highlight show "The Final Score". Basically, I was paid to watch sports and create highlight clips that aired nationally. I know, terrible job. Currently, I am residing in Hollywood, where I promote some of the most exclusive nightclubs in the city on the weekends. Anyways, I'm looking forward to sharing my opinions with you guys! Cheers!
Peter Parashos Bio: Whatís good, my names Peter Parashos. Iím born and raised in San Diego, so you know I got to rep the West Coast Xtra Ordinary Sports. Iím currently a junior at the University of San Diego and seeking my bachelor's in Business Administration. One day in the future I hope to own my own company.† Iím a die-hard Charger fan and†Iíve been to every home charger game at the Q for the last seven years. I consider myself well rounded when it comes to my knowledge about sports.† I enjoy watching and researching just about every type of sport from golf to NASCAR, to basketball ball to baseball. Iím a big fan of fantasy sports, especially football, so if anyone wants to challenge me let me know. Iím also a baller at most sports video games such as Madden, Tiger Woods Golf, NBA 2k, and MLB The Show. My favorite teams are the Chargers, Padres, and the Clippers. Hit me up if you got any comments or questions.
So I am a 21 year old Junior who attends the University of Tampa, in Tampa, Florida. I am from Saint Louis, and am a huge Cardinals Fan. I have loved sports since I was a young boy because of the way my dad and grandpa would always update me on scores and we'd have discussions about various sports topics. I dont recall the very first game I ever went to be but I do know I have been a fan of sports and have kept up with statistics, scores and player updates for the last 7 or 8 years of my life. Every day I try to either read the USA today or look online for what's new in the sports world. Also, I have competed in Tennis for my high school team and cross country as well as track one year. I never made it to the varsity level but have played tennis since I was 8 years old and I ran cross country for 6 years in middle school and high school. Lastly, my favorite sports are probably Baseball and Footbal (despite the way the Rams have played recently), and my least favorite is probably Nascar or Golf.
What up my Xtra Ordinary Sports enthusiasts!!? My name is Jason Gregory, a.k.a. J Greg, and I'm here to add some heavenly sports insights from the City of Angels. I was born bleeding Dodger blue and I've been reppin' the purple and gold with every breath taken! I've played baseball and basketball since I was a toddler and have acquired an extensive set of skills and knowledge that have made me a nightmare for my opponents on the field of battle (to quote Liam Neeson). I decided to take my talents to the OC, where I have been applying all of my competitive juices to the world of Business Entrepreneurship, graduating in May 2012 from Chapman University. In my free time, you might find me on the bball court feeding the bottom of the net, or in the gym tossing around weights. I'll be using all my sports experiences to give you all the run-down on everything baseball for Xtraordinary Sports. I live my life with integrity and passion, so with that said, go out there and do what you love. Just make sure to check out my article first
What's up everyone! My name is Ryan Hellmich and I am from the beautiful Lake Forest, California. I grew up basically watching and playing almost all sports. I am a HUGE San Diego Chargers, Detroit Red Wings, and USC Trojans fan. I do dabble with other sports like baseball and basketball and support the Anaheim Angels (not the stupid Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) and the Los Angeles Lakers, but I am not a die-hard fan. I am currently a junior student-athlete at Chapman University where I study Business and Accounting and play midfield for the lacrosse team. My passion is sports and getting an education at a slight discount is just a bonus, and with that being said I will be here to help cover anything and/or everything you want/need to know about the wild world of sports. Toodles.
What it do. My name is Mele Mosqueda. I am from Southern California, more specifically from Huntington Beach. I would classify myself as an athlete and an avid sports fan. I have loved and played sports my entire life. I played football, baseball, soccer and ran track in high school. From there I bumped my skills to the junior college level at Golden West College in Huntington Beach. There I continued with my football dreams and ran a little track during the ďoff-seasonĒ in order to get my speed up. Without realizing it, I was headed to ball some D1 football at UNLV, but ended up getting hurt and could not fulfill that aspiration. Luckily, I ended up at Chapman University in Orange, CA. Came to play football and ended up falling in love with lax and school. I am currently playing some semi-professional football down the road with the Southern California Gladiators. I play cornerback. I am a Spanish and Kinesiology Major. I have lived the in-and-outs, the ups-and-downs of playing college football. I have loved every minute of it, even losing in championship games. I would not trade it for anything. I love training (from in the gym to on the field for fieldwork and sprints). I love pushing my body to the limit. That is why I have recently picked up the ďCross fitĒ lifestyle. I would have to say that I know what it takes to excel and fail at the collegiate level. I have had my share of coaches and football programs and I will bring forth my expertise to all of you.
Born and raised in Los Angeles,CA. Die hard basketball fan and football fanatic. Played 3 years as a Varsity starting QB at Sierra Canyon School and 4 year Varsity Basketball player. Lakers Season ticket holder. Partial to the Lakers and a devout Denver Broncos fan. I am a fan of great athletes, great teams, and winning. Specializing in NCAA Football, NFL and the NBA.