Meet The Staff
Welcome Boston Sports Fans
Welcome to Boston Sports Then and Now, where fans can stay updated on the current happenings in Boston area sports while also regularly looking back at great moments, teams, players and games in Boston sports history. This site is for you, the fan, so please share your thoughts, memories and opinions.
What is Sports Then and Now?
The history of sports in America is long and glorious, but too often the athletes, moments and memories of the past are forgotten when analyzing the issues and events of the current sports world. Sports Then and Now takes the “hot button” issues of today’s sports world and looks at them in the context of sports history.
Sports Then and Now is intended to be a place where all sports fans can talk about what is happening today while also reminiscing about great players, teams, games and moments from the past. Suggestions for story ideas, links and other content are always welcome.
We are also always looking for good writers, so if you have a passion about a team, city, player or sport and want a chance to share your ideas with other sports fans, this is the perfect place for you.
Send any story ideas or comments on the site to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dean Hybl – Creator
Dean Hybl has lived and breathed sports for more than 40 years and is excited about the opportunity to develop a sports site where fans can share a passion for sports history while also keeping up-to-date on current issues in the world of sports.
Dean learned to read so that he could read the stats on the back of his baseball cards and has been a passionate fan ever since.
After playing sports in high school and then writing about sports for the school newspaper and Sports Information Office while in college at James Madison University, Dean had the chance to live out every sports fans dream.
In the summer of 1989, Dean served as a public relations intern for the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles went 11-5 that season and made trips to London, San Diego, Miami and many other places that were new territory for a 21-year old from a small, rural community in Southern Virginia. The opportunity to meet and work with such greats as Buddy Ryan, Randall Cunningham, Reggie White, Clyde Simmons, Jerome Brown, Matt Cavanaugh, Terry Hoage and Al Harris was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Dean then did an internship with the Richmond Braves, then the Triple-A affiliate for the Atlanta Braves, and got to see future stars including Dave Justice, Steve Avery and Kent Mercker on their way to the majors.
For the next 15 years, Dean served as a college sports information director first at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia and then at Rollins College in Florida. These great experienced allowed Dean to meet and work with many great young student-athletes and to continue cultivating his passion for sports.
Dean now writes about sports and sports history and has a communications consulting business in Orlando.
Joe Gill – Site Director
Growing up in the suburbs north of Boston, Joe is a devoted fan of the New England Patriots (season ticket holder for 22 years) and Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins (bleeds black and gold). He also follows the Red Sox and Celtics, but due to the heartbreak of the ’86 World Series and retirement of Larry Bird, not a die hard fan.
Joe has been with BST&N since 2009 as a featured blogger, marketing manager and now the site director. Joe has helped build Boston Sports Then & Now into a highly respected and award nominated sports blog.
Joe is also the creator of the successful Boston Sports Blogapalooza networking event.
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Daryl Velez – Staff Blogger
Daryl has been with BST&N as a writer since 2013 and is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox. Now living in New York City, Daryl is also a huge fan of MLB.TV’s online streaming service. He also roots for the Patriots, Bruins and Celtics and openly wears Boston team apparel in Manhattan much to the chagrin of the locals.
Daryl was fortunate enough to live in Boston for over 7 years. In that time, he ran with crowds after Red Sox championships, celebrated in the street for the Celtics, cheered on a Bruins Duckboat parade and reveled in many Patriots wins. Daryl is also an alumnus of Northeastern University, and thoroughly enjoyed his time in the Dog House while watching Hockey East battles at Matthews Arena.
The resiliency and heart that is the mark of the citizens of Boston is what drives Daryl to continue to follow its sports. After terrible tragedy, these teams give the city something to rally around. The positivity of a championship can change what is seemingly insurmountable into something that can be overcome. There will always be another Opening Day. There will always be another Marathon.
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Nate Fishman – Staff Blogger
Nate joined BST&N in 2014. Growing up watching the Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots, Nate’s peak interest in the Boston sports culture was his senior year of high school in ‘07-’08, when the Red Sox and Celtics both won championships and the Patriots went 16-0 in the regular season. Nowadays, he closely follows all three teams as both a fan and a sports blogger.
Nate often looks back at the iconic teams in Boston sports as a reflection of what Boston stands for as a city – the ‘04 Red Sox and their resiliency, ‘13 Red Sox and their heroism, the ‘08 Celtics and their grit and leadership, and the perfection of the Patriots dynasty that still exists today. He appreciates the teams, ownership groups and fan bases as the most authentic in the world.
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Andy Larmand – Staff Blogger
Andy is a junior Print Journalism major at Suffolk University in Boston and a former Suffolk baseball player. He began writing sophomore year and decided to switch from broadcast to print.
Andy has been with BST&N since October, 2012 and spent the fall writing about the Patriots, including game recaps, news stories and feature stories.
Currently 21 years old and living in the North End of Boston. Grew up in Dracut, Ma., but no one knows where that is. Lifelong Red Sox fan. Began to love the Patriots and Bruins as he grew older and now is a regular at the TD Garden sporting black and gold (when he can afford it). He is not a Green Teamer, however.
His favorite Boston athletes of all-time include the one-namers, Nomar, Pedro and Manny as well as Wes Welker, Troy Brown, Sergei Samsonov, P.J. Stock, Pokey Reese, Johnny Damon, Kevin Millar and, of course, Walter McCarty.
Jack Edwards is the man.
His predictions come true about 25 percent of the time.
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Ryan Kuketz – Staff Blogger
Ryan Kuketz studied Communications at the University of Bridgeport, and later at Worcester State University. He was born and raised in Worcester MA, and has been a Red Sox fan since birth. He wrote for the University of Bridgeport “Scribe”, and later went onto to be the associate editor of the Worcester State “Student Voice.” He joined the BST&N staff in May 2012 covering the Red Sox and Patriots.
He started to get into the Patriots in 2001 when he was 12, and feels very fortunate to have been a fan for 3 Super Bowl championships. He’s also a fan of the Celtics and Bruins. His favorite basketball player of all time is “The Truth,” and he looks forward to seeing #34 hang in the rafters once his career is over. Ryan is also a big Liverpool Football Club supporter (that’s soccer), but makes sure people know he supported Liverpool before the Red Sox ownership and LeBron James bought the team.
He has witnessed 2 Patriots AFC Championships in person, a Celtics Eastern Conference Championship, and Jon Lester’s No-Hitter. His favorite Boston athlete of all time is Pedro, and he plans to be in Cooperstown in a couple years when he is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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