Hello, my name is Luke Sims.
Some of you may have read a few of my comments on Zoltan and Terry’s articles in the past few months. A few weeks ago I was blessed to be ask asked to start writing for Black and Teal by Terry. I gladly accepted. I’m looking forward to writing more informed opinions on the Jaguars for the site. But before I do that, you guys should probably know who I am and where I’m coming from.
I am a college student at the University of Montana, Missoula. I am studying International Relations and Comparative Government with some economics and languages for fun. I work two mediocre jobs that help to pay for my expenses and now I write for Black and Teal!
I am originally from St. Paul, Minnesota. No, I was not a Vikings fan. Never have been in fact. I grew up rooting for the Packers. My whole family is from Wisconsin. Every Sunday I could tune in and watch the Green and Gold battle it out, and the Vikings/Packers games were the highlight of the neighborhood. But as I grew up, my tastes in football changed and I grew to love smash-mouth, hard running, tough defense football. Originally I was drawn to the Steelers, who have been playing that game for years. This was back when Kordell Stewart was quarterback. But after a while I just didn’t identify with that team as a whole. (more after the jump)
I became drawn to the Jaguars mostly through Jack Del Rio. Jack was recently hired and had implemented the style of play I enjoyed. Del Rio’s attitude toward the game, defensive background, and desire to wear a suit all brought me to love the team. Unfortunately, the next year I moved to Brussels, Belgium and was restricted to watching highlights online. While in Brussels, the football talk was pretty thin, so I didn’t get a chance to discuss the season with my peers, but, fortunately, I moved back to Minnesota the next year.
And for the past few years, with last year as an (unfortunate) exception, I’ve watched most Jaguars games on TV in Minnesota. But now, living in Montana and being a poor college student, I have been even farther removed from Jacksonville than ever before. Even with the distance getting farther from Jacksonville, I look forward to covering and analyzing the season with you over the coming year.
-Luke N. Sims