Frequently Asked Questions

What's with the name?
"Sports Hate Me" has been an online handle of mine for awhile now. Basically, every year I watch teams not only make the playoffs in their respective sports, but then advance to the next round. I have no idea what that's like. I was 8 the last time one of my teams even won a playoff game. I'm 23 now. If there's evidence that sports don't hate me, I haven't found it. All I'm asking for is a championship from the Bengals, Blue Jackets, and Reds in my lifetime. Just one from each. The Reds won the whole thing when I was three, but you can't expect me to remember that. I'll count it if they don't win another for the rest of my time on earth.

Incidentally, someone tried to tell me that when talking about sports as a whole it actually takes the singular form so the title should be "Sports Hates Me". A. I considered that before you emailed me, smartass, and B. I thought it sounded worse. So grammar and correct usage be damned, I'm okay with it.

What's with your name?
What? "Sean"? It's of irish decent, and note, it's spelled the correct way.

Why did you start the blog?
I started the blog because I got tired of reading articles and pieces on sports that come from a *snooze* journalist's perspective. I wanted to write from a fan's perspective on the teams and sports that I follow closest. Also, the internet is riddled with low quality writing. I thought I'd take it up a notch. Plus I have a crippling case of narcissism that leads me to writing what are essentially term papers and posting them on facebook.

Write more about basketball and less about hockey.
First of all, that's not a question. Second of all, as awesome as it would be, this is not a subscription site. I get nothing for this and write because I enjoy it and like sharing my opinions. I write about what I like and because you're reading for free, you get what you pay for. Thirdly, my knowledge of basketball, whether that be collegiate or the NBA, is superficial at best. I know the stars, and the teams, but I'd be lying to you if I said I knew the guy on the end of the bench for the Minnesota Timberwolves. It would be irresponsible to try to pretend to know what I'm talking about when it comes to basketball.

Fourthly, I've watched both basketball and hockey extensively and hockey owns basketball in pretty much every conceivable category. I'm sorry you're not a fan, and you've been indoctrinated by the inferior product (the NBA) because you're missing out.

Why do you hate Pittsburgh so much?
I don't hate the city of Pittsburgh. I'm sure it's a fine place to live and work. I wouldn't say I hate the teams of Pittsburgh either, but I would say that I'm insanely jealous of Pittsburgh fans my age who have seen 3 Stanley Cups, 4 Stanley Cup finals, multiple deep playoff runs, 4 Super Bowls, and 2 Super Bowl wins. Pretty much, it's not fair and I'm tired of things always going their way. For more in depth, read Why Everyone Hates You For Being a Steelers Fan. Fact is, Pittsburgh fans have had enough success to last a lifetime, and the worst part is, they don't seem to know how good they have it.

Where do you get your ideas?
Running on the treadmill at the gym behind fat people. Also, the shower and when I'm driving.

What's your top 5 favorite letters?
5. Q
4. R
3. M
2. X
1. S

What is your favorite moment from any of your teams?
From my lifetime, the 1990 World Series Championship from the Cincinnati Reds. However, my only memories of that are from arguing with Indians fans as a kid about whose team was better and I could pull out the nugget that the Reds had a World Series in my lifetime. I was 3 so it barely counts.

If I had to pick from my conscious memory, it'd be Jay Bruce's walkoff home run to clinch the NL Central division in 2010, but Rick Nash scoring the goal that clinched the playoffs for the Blue Jackets in 2009 was pretty sweet. Having watched 95% of all Blue Jackets games up to that point with no reward, that goal felt incredible.

and Yes, I'll admit that those are pretty lame moments to have as favorites, but sports hate me so there hasn't been anything better.

Can I have your hockey coffee table?

Can you make me a zoologically correct Bengals helmet?
No. Make your own.

Do you like Colin Cowherd?
No, I think he doesn't get what I and a lot of other people stand for and that's the fan that sticks with their team no matter what. If everyone was like Cowherd only the Yankees, Lakers, USC trojans, and New England Patriots would have fans. Way to be impartial, meatball. And another thing, who decided that guy had a voice for radio? It's grating, which certainly matches his face, which is perfect for radio.