December 15, 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
AJ Speck 24 Articles

Former Staff Writer

Alex Gookin 12 Articles

Staff Writer

Gookin is an Iowa State graduate with a degree in journalism, but decided writing professionally wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. 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 23 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
Barry Grandgenett 8 Articles

Former Staff Writer

Brad LaFratte 2 Articles

Brad has read many leather bound books. 1 part husband, 1 part Iowa State fan, 1 part Chicago Cubs fan, 1 part Wrasslin’ fan, 2 parts Material Handler and 3 parts Dad. Too many parts?

Brandon James
Brandon James 2 Articles

Former Staff Writer

Brett Stiles
Brett Stiles 14 Articles

Former Staff Writer

Charles May
Charles May 4 Articles

Former Staff Writer

Craig Spencer
Craig Spencer 3 Articles

Craig grew up in central Iowa and is a father of two just trying to achieve the cliché of leaving the world better for his kids. An active duty Army Veteran as an Ammunition Specialist. Hawkeyes and Raiders fan. Someone who loves debating people on the topics our parents told us never to discuss in public, politics and religion. Lover of all things hard rock but especially anything by Maynard James Kennan.

Dana Melcher 12 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 9 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 11 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.

Jake Ohlde 12 Articles

Staff Writer

Hails from a minuscule town of fewer than 100 people in north central Kansas. 3rd generation Kansas State alum with a distilling science major. Fervent Wildcats, Royals, Thunder and Stars supporter. Harbors an unabashed love for blink-182 and pineapple pizza. Here for the Family Feud conspiracy theories.

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 6 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 57 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
Jared Stansbury 9 Articles

Former Staff Writer

Jason Mitchell
Jason Mitchell 14 Articles

Staff Writer

Jason grew up in Iowa but couldn’t bring himself to like Iowa or Iowa State. Instead, he married a Cornhusker. Jason has taught junior high, high school, and college English but is now a stay-at-home dad to three kids. He also has an encyclopedic knowledge of reality shows and 1990s professional wrestling.

Joel Raffety 2 Articles

Staff Writer

Joel is like many coming out of the recession over-educated, under experienced, and ready to tackle politics. He’s even willing to argue with your racist uncle. His passions include drinking delightful whiskey and cocktails, challenging hipsters, and preaching the evils of not owning a cat.

J.T. Nutt 19 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 9 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 6 Articles

Staff Writer & Graphic Designer

Lindsey Schoon
Lindsey Schoon 3 Articles

Staff Writer

Lindsey is a Pocahontas, Iowa native. After receiving her Kinesiology degree from Iowa State University she moved to San Diego, California to see if anyone there knew what kinesiology was and how it could make her money. No one there knew either so she now tells a Fortune 500 company in Kansas City how to spend their money. Her New Years Resolution is to be able to touch her toes someday. She looks good in hats, likes the worst dog more than the best person, and doesn’t give a fuck what you think of her.

Matthias Schwartzkopf
Matthias Schwartzkopf 3 Articles

Staff Writer

Melissa Morales 3 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
Nick Burzych 1 Article

Former Staff Writer

Nicole Gustafson 17 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.

Pete Seibert 8 Articles

Staff Writer

Sarah Kelly Shannon
Sarah Kelly Shannon 10 Articles

Former Staff Writer

Shaun Curran
Shaun Curran 38 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 17 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 8 Articles

Staff Writer

Spencer is a Cedar Rapids, Iowa native currently located in Jacksonville, Florida. 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.

Spencer Kietzman
Spencer Kietzman 1 Article

Former Staff Writer

Stephen Moldovan 8 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 98 Articles

Chief Shade Officer

Tami is a 5th generation Idahoan, who lives in Boise with her husband and their elderly, yet adorable, poodle named Cooper. She likes Boise State, the Seattle Seahawks, music that is fast and loud, and believes that all perfect breakfasts involve both potatoes and beer.

Tom Danielson 67 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 95 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 27 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.

Trey Alessio 0 Articles

Staff Writer

Tyler Gross 4 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.