ABOUT THE SOCIETY
PUBLISHERANDREW R TONRY
Andrew R Tonry is a writer from Portland, Oregon. On most weekdays he stays up into the early morning, sometimes working diligently, other times not. He has contributed to MTV, The AP, The Portland Mercury, Skyscraper Magazine, The Tico Times, NBA.com, and more. He also blogs about music for End Hits.
He is currently trapped in a hippie tea-house, waiting for a stand-by flight out of Denver. He hopes it will come soon.
Tonry grew up in Oregon, and once dunked a basketball on the courts under the bridge in Eugene where the hoops are just below regulation.
EMERITUSEZRA ACE CARAEFF
In addition to being a contributor to the Portland Roundball Society, Ezra Ace Caraeff also covers the Blazers for the non-award winning alternative weekly, the Portland Mercury. He’s done so for three years. Caraeff’s work has also appeared in The Stranger, Fader, and various other publications that never cover the great sport of basketball. Previous to his comfortable life on press row, Caraeff spent years watching games in the 300 level of the Rose Garden and once seriously considered purchasing a Ha Seung-Jin replica jersey. He can almost dunk a basketball.
Nathan M. Begley is a Law Student currently in San Antonio, Texas. An Oregonian in exile, Nathan hasn’t been to the Rose Garden in some time, but has caught the Blazers on the road in various cities throughout the nation and Tivo’s every game. Nathan has contributed to a few minor publications such as The Lee Clarion and is a BlazersEdge alumni.
When Nathan was very young, his father nicknamed him “Drexler,” and would regale his wide-eyed son with tales of a mythical 7’3” Lithuanian who whipped no-look passes behind his back like a point guard, and of last second game winning lay-ins by Billy Ray Bates.
Nathan can jump up and touch the backboard.
Andy Carmichael is a writer from Portland, whose observations and fake stories is done with the highest level of journalistic integrity. He runs a satirical blog called the Soaked Reports and is ghost writing a fictional book about the Bolivian Navy.
Andy played four years of college ball at Corban University, where he still holds the record for 3-point attempts in the second half of road games for the month of December. He has been a diehard Blazer fan ever since his mother bought him a DQ Buck Williams collectible glass, which turned out to be poisonous.
Alexis Christensen is a basketball junkie with a passion for writing and editing. She’s currently a member of the Rose City Rollers web team as a blogger and editor, and she’s thrilled to contribute to the Roundball Society. Alexis recently went back to school and finished her degree in English, and friends will confirm that while she has neglected her social life for the past few years, she has always made time for the Blazers. She played varsity basketball for two years, but cites dunking on an 8’ hoop in her rec league as her crowning basketball achievement.
An aspiring writer and obsessive fan, Django began writing articles after leaving the US Army in his mid-twenties. Many of his first writings came while he was doing night shifts as a security guard at the Stokely Van Camp pork and beans cannery…wait, wait…that’s Bill James, who Django dreams about with an alarming frequency.
In reality Django is a fledgling APBR statistician and occasional writer masquerading as a Software Engineer. A native Oregonian, he is an expat living in BC, where his talk of basketball metrics is generally received with a kind nod, a quick glossing over of the eyes, and a craning of the neck/head in order to seek out the nearest Canucks game.
He could touch the base of the rim until he tore his ACL. Then tore the other one. Then tore the first one again. Now he doesn’t jump much but likes to launch threes.
Rob Simonsen is an exiled Californian who grew up in love with Chick Hearn, and can honestly claim that Eddie Jones was once his favorite basketball player. Hey, we all made mistakes when we were ten. His writing has appeared in The Portland Mercury (covering both music and basketball), Yeti Magazine, and numerous other smaller publications and blogs.
On a good day, with the wind at his back, Rob can touch the rim.
A graduate of the University of Oregon Journalism school, Bill Ryan has moved on to greener pastures. When not writing high-priced marketing copy for clients like ESPN and Larry The Cable Guy, Ryan maintains Insulted By Authors, a blog where he lives out his love for writing and genetic Irish Guilt.
Writing for the Oregonian and the Daily Emerald, Ryan discovered a love for journalism. That was before he found out how much it paid. Currently living in New York, Ryan writes for PRS as the “ex-pat fan,” a born Oregonian capturing the travails of being separated from his beloved Blazers.
Ryan will tell you he’s dunked a basketball. It would be a lie.
Seth Johnston was raised in the Oregon wilderness much like Blaze the Trail Cat. Also like Blaze the Trail Cat, Seth was once adopted by Scottie Pippen. Seth started blogging about the Blazers in 2007 on his own mostly terrible blogspot account. Once he stopped typing with his knuckles he covered the Blazers for the Sheed-tastic blog known as Bustabucket, as well as his own outfit, Decptively Quick.
Seth can most definitely dunk. Two handed reverse windmills from the free throw line all day sucka. Ballin’.
Getch Poole is a cartoonist, basketball junkie, bitter recovering sonics fan. When Mr. Sonic’s former team was hijacked from Seattle, Getch designed a Flash game where players get to beat up Clay Bennett Mortal Kombat style.
Getch is a back-to-back winner of the Donkey Basketball League All-Star Game Dunk Contest.
Jack is a recent college graduate and is currently living in Denver, Colorado. When Jack is not sending out resumes in pursuit of a full time job, he is busy contributing to Portland Roundball Society. Once in high school, Jack scored a basket on Clyde Drexler in a one on one game to eleven. He lost 11-1, but will forever believe that The Glide was not taking it easy on him. Jack cannot dunk a basketball, but once in college he bruised his hand patting the backboard so often during a game.