June 26, 2017
Addie Olson 3 Articles
Staff Writer

Addie was born and raised in the Mississippi River town of Burlington, Iowa. She was co-captain of the mediocre 2008 Burlington Grayhound Volleyball team and hasn't done much since. Addie attended the finest educational institution known to mankind, Iowa State University, where she majored in broadcast journalism and flip cup. She likes writing, wine and treating her dog like it's a human child. She hopes her resting bitch face doesn't scare you.
AJ Speck 21 Articles
Staff Writer

AJ is an Iowa State alum, but a loyal and passionate Hawkeye. Hailing from Grimes, Iowa, AJ spent a couple years in Chicago (go Cubs) before moving to the ever-crowded city of Denver, Colorado, where he currently resides. AJ's writing will be primarily sports related as most of his life is spent following the Cubs, Packers and Hawkeyes, but since nobody can put AJ in a sports corner, he is also looking forward to writing about video games of the past, present and future, traveling and just enjoying life.
Alex Gookin 5 Articles
Staff Writer

Gookin is an Iowa State student majoring in journalism, but made the realization that wouldn’t be the career he wanted to pursue until far too late. Instead, he took an unpaid position to write content for this blog, which seems counter-intuitive, but he enjoys it, nonetheless. Gookin was voted male with the “Most School Spirit,” and 2nd most flirtatious in his senior class. He enjoys statistics no one else has the patience to look up and enjoys Iowa State athletics more than he’s willing to admit. A closet Hawkeye fan (false), you can find Alex being harassed by at least one bad Twitter troll and winning nearly all of his online fights (less false, but false).
Arnold Woods 21 Articles
Editor

Arnold is a Des Moines, Iowa native by way of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. One of the many Iowa State University graduates that contributes to the site, Arnold is a big fan of Prince, the NBA and food. As a child, Arnold wanted to grow up to be Dwayne Wayne from “A Different World" and according to him, that's exactly what happened. Never one to shy away from controversial topics, Arnold would like you to know that he is firmly against holograms of dead celebrities.
Austin Narber 15 Articles
Marketing Director

Narber is a 2011 graduate of Iowa State University who’s been blogging off and on since his college days. Formerly an editor for SB Nation’s Wide Right & Natty Lite and a current college basketball contributor for CycloneFanatic, he hones his craft these days writing whenever possible and co-hosting the TGS Pro Weekly podcast. Narber is a marketing agency brat by day, a beer fanatic by night and an analytics geek, well, all the time. He’s admittedly a hopeless Minnesota Vikings fan, a Boston sports nut and will take one unyielding belief all the way to his grave - computers are smarter than people.
Barry Grandgenett 8 Articles
Staff Writer

Barry was raised and still lives in the Des Moines metro area. He works in sales for an insurance/financial company based in downtown Des Moines. He's a die hard Iowa fan and married to a die hard Tennessee fan. He's full of opinions that span ALL topics and fancies himself a true renaissance man. He's not just a pretty face.
Brandon James
Brandon James 2 Articles
Staff Writer

Hailing from the home of purple drank and the '94-'95 NBA Champs, Brandon is our one contributor who neither knows nor cares about Iowa sports. He was the reigning Four Square champion for 3 consecutive years in elementary school…until that doping scandal ruined his career but that's a story for another day. That failed career led to a short stint as collegiate cross country runner. When he's not busy telling you how great Texas is, he's probably grilling, rooting for West Ham, or lounging with his corgi, Sarge. If you're ever down in Houston, look him up for some cold beer and great sports talk.
Dana Melcher 10 Articles
Staff Writer

Dana Melcher is a recently dubbed “adult” and Iowa State grad who shamelessly adores Lisa Frank products, Dawson’s Creek and alternative 90’s music (all of which were popular before she could recite the alphabet.) She enjoys fan-girling at little-known artists’ concerts, drinking wine from boxes and putting down unlimited amounts of Red Lobster cheddar “bae” biscuits. In her free time, Dana can be found wearing sundresses at inappropriate times (at the driving range; in her garden) and talking way too loudly about things that don’t really matter.
Emily Cornell 2 Articles
Staff Writer

Emily grew up in the great state of Colorado, then decided the University of Wyoming sounded like a good time. She’s a three-time University of Wyoming Intramural Champion, which truly contributed to the rec sports office. Since graduating, she has tried to figure out how not to become an adult. To fully commit to this, she’s a part-time cheesecake maker and a semi-pro adventurer. Her side hustle involves sports marketing. Sometimes she shares her unpopular opinions on sports and life, if this interests you, she can be found on Twitter and Instagram like a true millennial @emilproblems.
Jacqueline Cordova
Jacqueline Cordova 4 Articles
Staff Writer

Jacqueline is a current Iowa State student studying journalism. After writing one article for Ethos Magazine on athletes, Jacqueline realized her original plans with an English major were wrong and she flipped her whole life upside down and now wants to devote the rest of her life to the sports industry. Jacqueline takes great liking to bar popcorn and long islands. Some, if not everybody, would describe Jacqueline as the "mom friend". You can find Jacqueline either listening to rap music, googling videos of corgi puppies or looking for the next friend to feed cookies and a home cooked meal.
Janice Morin 18 Articles
Staff Writer

A Boise State alum, Janice has a passion for a certain Blue Turf, but loves football of any kind. After spending some time covering high school sports for sports radio, Janice has decided to stay true to her writing roots and finds herself here: The Tailgate Society. In addition to football, Janice is an avid baseball, hockey, and basketball fan. She likes long walks around the block with her dog, Griffey, and enjoys a cold beer or two, responsibly, with pals. You can find her on Twitter @janicemorinn and Instagram @janice.morin.
Jared Leeper 5 Articles
Staff Writer

Hailing from Nevada, Iowa, Jared is an Iowa State alum and self-proclaimed, rabid fan of the Iowa State Cyclones, St. Louis Cardinals and the English Premier League's Leicester City Foxes (seriously, he managed to get in before their miracle title run). Jared's hobbies include bowling, golf, slow-pitch softball and basketball. Leeper is a noted hater of the wave, referees aggressively calling fouls (especially charges), and the word "legacy". If you find Jared without an IPA in hand, you may want to ask him if something is wrong.
Jared Smith 49 Articles
Key Grip Supervisor

If you don't know what a ‘Key Grip Supervisor' does, you can't afford one. One of the best key grippers of his generation, Jared is also the well-documented fashion icon of southwest Iowa. While it's hard to list all of Jared's specialties in this limited area, one of his most prevalent skills is making the editor work overtime. He's also an expert at almost everything, just ask him. When he's not busy retweeting crying Jordan memes, you can find Jared fishing, grilling, pounding vegas bombs and taking the family on road trips.
Jared Stansbury 9 Articles
Staff Writer

Jared is from the booming metropolis of Clarinda, Iowa. He writes full-time about football and basketball for one of only two websites that can match this one, CycloneFanatic. After a less than stellar freshman season on the Simpson College basketball team, he made his (goat emoji) life decision, and transferred to Iowa State. He's not a drop-out, and in fact graduated with a degree in Journalism in 2016. When he isn't writing or working, which is almost never, you can find Jared on his couch with his dog, chasing said dog in the street, on the side of the road with a flat tire, or sipping some ice cold Busch Light. Jared is also fond of the NBA and rap music, both of which he will write about for The Tailgate Society.
J.T. Nutt 15 Articles
Staff Writer

JT "the" Nutt graduated from UNI in 2006 and worked at WHO-TV for a few years including Soundoff. JT then spent the past five years covering UNI most recently for On Press Row. He works as a cameraman for the Iowa Wild, Iowa Energy, and Iowa Barnstormers. JT loves the Cubs, UNI, Avalanche, Chargers, beer, hockey, the WWE, and cat memes.
Kelby Wingert
Kelby Wingert 8 Articles
Staff Writer

Kelby spent the first 18 years of her life living in the “Dirty” Fort Dodge, Iowa. She started her college career at Coe College, but finished it at THE Iowa State University. After a short pit stop in Wilmington, North Carolina, as a photojournalist, she ended up in the Middle of Nowhere, Texas, at a military newspaper on Fort Hood. She’s now “faking it ‘til she makes it” as a sports writer covering a lot of high school football, but still does the whole photography thing a lot. She hates professional sports, loves tacos and lives for college basketball. Kelby is bad at writing headlines, so sorry about that, y’all.
Kings Cowboy Hat
Kings Cowboy Hat 3 Articles
Staff Writer & Graphic Designer

Melissa Morales 2 Articles
Staff Writer

You might call her a Boise State homer, but she fancies herself more of a Marge. Melissa enjoys Idaho life with her husband & two sports-addicted children. She can often be found starting riots in bank lines, eating tacos, using her mom voice at strangers on the internet, eating other tacos, and vacuuming child atrocities from the air vents. Don't tell her therapist that WebMD is her homepage.
Nick Burzych 1 Article
Staff Writer

A born and bred Chicagoan, Nick will be the first to admit New York style pizza is indeed better than deep dish. Having spent his adolescence attending games in Huskie Stadium, Nick is entirely too proud of the fact he was once referred to as "the face of Northern Illinois athletics." A graduate of the Illinois Media School in Lombard, Illinois, Nick puts his broadcasting degree to good use by working in Human Resources at a Credit Union by day, and blogging and podcasting for free by night. His undefeated record of 908-0-0 in online arguments is an unofficial modern record.
Nicole Gustafson 15 Articles
Editor

Nicole was born in Chicago and raised in Des Moines. She took her talents to The Iowa State University, where she earned a degree in journalism. You can find Nicole cheering on her favorite sports teams, hanging out with her dog, or finishing a Netflix marathon. Nicole is a big fan of #pitcherswhorake, fat guy TD's, and carbs. She's not a fan of mornings, winter, or vegetables and will complain to anyone who will listen.
Sara Civian 0 Articles
Staff Writer

Sarah Kelly Shannon
Sarah Kelly Shannon 10 Articles
Editor

Sarah Kelly Shannon has three first names, but is always looking for a few more. A native of Lawrence, Kansas, Sarah has lived a total of 24 years in college towns. Her brief journalism career took her to College Station and Iowa City, where she became one of the foremost authorities on late-night junk food and quality beer specials. Sarah's bulldog, Red, is the greatest dog in the world. That may sound like a subjective statement, but it really isn't. You're just wrong.
Shaun Curran
Shaun Curran 14 Articles
Staff Writer

Shaun is probably best described as a Man-Child in his mid-thirties with too much time on his hands and access to a computer. He loves his amazing wife, beautiful baby girl, dog Rudy, Florida State Football and Batman. Oh yeah - and his friends, family, other dog Rusty, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. His political and religious beliefs are probably of no interest to you, so let's just keep that out of this. Shaun enjoys finding humor in all things, believes in the good in people, loves his life and all that are a part of it. This blog/site is just for fun and should be taken lightly - he does not aim to offend, but if he does please feel free to write a strongly worded letter to your congressman. Any positive feedback is welcome or ideas on topics you'd like to see discussed is greatly appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to read this nonsense, we hope it brings a smile to your face or brightens your day just a bit.
Shawn Fensterman 3 Articles
Staff Writer

Shawn is from Indianola, Iowa, and today it still remains home. After finishing high school with a stat line of 1 career target, 0 receptions and 1 drop, he realized the NFL would not be in his future. Shawn is a huge sports fan, yet only cheers for one team within a 10 hour drive. When not complaining about how stupid the 2:00 warning is; Shawn works as a bartender, enjoys quality vodka, cheap beer and beating any challenger in NHL video games.
Spencer Hughes
Spencer Hughes 4 Articles
Staff Writer

Spencer is a Cedar Rapids, Iowa native currently located in Durham, North Carolina. He holds degrees from Iowa State University (B.A., 2014) and Duke University (J.D., 2017) where he learned that you can't choose which is better between Hilton Coliseum and Cameron Indoor Stadium; they're just different. Spencer is a lifelong fan of the Iowa State Cyclones, Minnesota Vikings, Scott's Tots, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Oxford comma. He will discuss college football playoff scenarios or health care legislation with you whenever you want.
Stephen Moldovan 6 Articles
Staff Writer

Sac City, Iowa, is home to the world’s largest popcorn ball, the world's best named liquor store and is the birthplace of Moldy (like the bread, he grows on you). Moldy is an Iowa State graduate, lifelong Cyclones and Vikings fan, Cavs fan since he was eleven and Twins fan for three to five innings per year. His other hobbies and interests include tailgating the student lot tailgate line at Jack Trice, The Office, golfing poorly, and making shallow statistical sports observations by just googling a bunch. He enjoys learning things that might be against general perception or may be counter intuitive and as of (current date) he has yet to lose an argument on Twitter.
Tami Dooley 68 Articles
Chief Shade Officer

Tami is a 5th generation Idahoan, who is pretty sure these guys think Idaho is somehow Iowa, but is rolling with it. She lives in Boise with her husband and their poodle and is a rabid Boise State fan. After a short but illustrious career of standing in remote places holding a stop sign, Tami now holds a respectable job and feigns adulthood on a regular basis. When she isn't working or writing, she's cussing about the state of the world, playing softball, or in the kitchen, drinking whiskey and taking obnoxious pictures of dinner for Instagram.
Tom Danielson 64 Articles
Managing Editor

Every family needs an adult figure. That's Tom's job on this ship. After graduating from Iowa State University, Tom headed down the ‘failed professional golfer' career path before heading back to his calling as an engineer in the great white north (Minnesota). He got his start in blogging, and continues to contribute at the critically acclaimed site, Wide Right & Natty Lite.  A student of the ‘you can't fail if you don't try' philosophy, there's no better way to describe Tom than a 'Jack of all trades, master of none'.
Ted Flint 89 Articles
Site Founder - "The Man With the Plan"

Ted's friends often refer to him as the “Angry Panda" because of his cuddly, teddy bear-like nature and his fierce loyalty to those close to him. He's also not afraid to bite if you cross him or any of his allies. Born and bred in small town, southeastern Iowa, Ted took his Iowa State degree and moved to Kansas of all places. Ted loves to hold on to those small town roots though, by refusing to acknowledge any music made after 2005. His major goals include making the internet fun again, seeing the Cubs win a World Series live, and having a beer with Jon Stewart. This website is a step toward one of those goals.
Tiffany Herring 0 Articles
Visual Director of Fuckery

Tiffany is a big city elitist, stuck in this hell hole with a whole bunch of rural American bumpkins. Given the propensity for fuckery within the Tailgate Society walls, she witnesses and harnesses said fuckery in the form of graphical content for public consumption. Whether it's touching up unsolicited nudes or dressing up various public officials in Halloween costumes, Tiffany puts the big city shine on our small town shrine.
Tom Hyde 5 Articles
Creative Director

Tom spends his days crafting the fine art of the advertisements you see during those silly little breaks in the actual show you wanted to watch. You know, the commercials that you so effortlessly skip through on your DVR without a care in the world? That was him. Those annoying kiss and smile cams you see at sporting events? That was him too. Those are made right here in the good ‘ol USA, not some Vietnamese sweatshop. Tom only has time for one abusive sports relationship in his life, the Iowa State Cyclones. When not driving Ted Flint’s drunk ass around the streets of Des Moines, Tom enjoys growing manly beards, drinking cheap beer and expensive whiskey, boating, and crashing motorcycles. His spirit animal is WWE’s Kevin Owens.
Travis Halm 19 Articles
Staff Writer

Travis Halm is an Iowa State Alum living in Omaha, Nebraska. A native of Haverhill, Iowa, Travis has lived throughout the Midwest and in Texas, providing him insight on the Big 12, the SEC, and a wide variety of other sports topics. Travis follows the Cyclones closely, in addition to the Cardinals, Packers, Texas A&M and rarely turns down a ticket to a good sporting event.
Tyler Gross 3 Articles
Staff Writer

Tyler studies Marketing at the prestigious Peru State College in Nebraska. He is a suffering Chicago Bears fan and a self-proclaimed college football and hoops purist. So much so that his girlfriend despises him from September to March. You can find Tyler binge-watching shows, cheering on his Cyclones, or reluctantly doing his laundry out of necessity. He cannot be convinced that True Detective's first season was not a masterpiece. Tyler will primarily review movies for TGS, but wouldn't rule out writing about college football, as well.
Astounding Fantasy Practitioner 7 Articles
Staff Writer

In 1938 Los Angeles, The Astounding Fantasy Practitioner (AFP) found a rocket pack hidden in a bi-plane cockpit. He used the pack to rescue his friend Malcolm, who was drunkenly piloting a bi-plane. This is not the plot summary of The Rocketeer, so don't bother checking. AFP is the resident fantasy football expert at The Tailgate Society. He's won every fantasy football contest in which he's ever participated by at least 30 points. He can bench press more than you. His dad can beat up your dad.