When I first started this site back in the Fall of 1995, I
wanted to do something original ...something that NOBODY had
done before. I began to think about what it was that I could
tell people that would have absolutely no way of finding out
otherwise. I didn't want to put up one of those garbage
websites that are so prevalent today. You know them: "Hi, my
name is Dan. Here is a link to my school. Here is picture of
my girlfriend. Here is a picture of my dog. Here is a picture
of me naked....." I thought for weeks about what to do with
this new-found notion of mine--then it hit me. I'd write
about the most time consuming part of my life at the time: my
role on a Division I, Big Ten basketball team, and how the
crazy behind-the-scenes antics of my teammates made a 7-22
season a little more bearable. In a school whose
athletic motto was "Expect Victory", we did nothing but "Avoid
Life on the Inside Journals
The meat and potatoes, the main attraction of this site. This is what the whole sports world was
talking about for several months. Because of this section, this website has been featured in
Sports Illustrated, on a nationally syndicated TV show called "Nothing But 'Net" and several guest
appearances on television and radio (ESPN radio network).
Straight from the Wildcats media guide for the
1995-1996 season...player history, personal
See also Kreft's File and
my Career Jokes
Open Letter to the Media
This is a letter that I wrote after Jay Mariotti
of the Chicago Sun-Times quoted a number of my stories
out-of-context and did a bang-up job of
getting me in trouble with my
Life On The Inside series.
My Summers With the Pros
The last two years of my collegiate career, I was invited to play in the Chicago Pro-Am.
During these two summers, I had the great pleasure of playing with and against the likes of
Tim Haradway, Juwan Howard, Kendall Gill, Jason Caffey, Ron Harper, Randy Brown, Donald Whiteside,
Kevin Garnett, Glenn Robinson, Dean Garrett, former UW star turned European professional Rashard Griffith
(who I later met up with in Turkey) and a host of other NBA and European League professional players whose
names I cannot recall right now.
Anyway, this link leads to a photograph of Tim Hardaway, Juwan Howard and myself playing at
Illinois Institute of Technology during one such game. This photo was given to me by Carl Sissac,
an NBA photographer, after Juwan's team beat us in the championship game.