How 3D Philly Sports Started
3D Philly Sports was created by Dan Schmidt, Derrick Alvarez, and Dave Bennett (Three Ds, get it? Yes, awful) after realizing they knew more about Philly sports than most of the mainstream writers covering the teams for local media outlets, especially ones who use BS like ‘veteran presence’ and ‘grit’ when trying to explain how guys like Mike Knuble and Chad Durbin are good for their teams (hint: they aren’t). You won’t find any overused sports cliches here, but there may be some homerism with a dash of jack-assery, especially in our weekly podcasts. Our opinions of ourselves are probably over-inflated, so feel free to call us out in the comments whenever possible.
Dan Schmidt – After months of talking about creating a Philly sports website, Dan created the original 3D Philly Sports website because he was bored and ticked off at Andy Reid following the Eagles 26-23 loss to the Detroit Lions in October 2012. His first sports memory was Mitch Williams striking out Bill Pecota to send the Phillies to the 1993 World Series, followed by his 2nd sports memory, Joe f’n Carter. Dan is a Penn State journalism graduate who enjoys writing about the Flyers and Phillies, especially when he gets a chance to mock their buffoon GMs. His least favorite aspect of writing about Philly sports is dealing with fans who think Zac Rinaldo is awesome and Matt Carle sucks, and those who still think Ryan Howard is going to turn it around. All incorrect.
Derrick Alvarez – Derrick is a life-long Philly sports fan who will find every excuse to skip out on most life events to watch or attend a game. Despite moving around throughout most of his life, he’s remained loyal to his Philly roots and teams. Derrick took up Finance at the University of Pittsburgh (whose men’s basketball team coincidentally is just as painful to watch in the postseason as any Philly team), works in portfolio analytics for an insurance company, and often tries to trick people into thinking he can carry these so-called skills over into the sports betting world (fail). Although due to his trials, tribulations, and lessons learned when it comes to sports wagering, we do actually permit him to write about his experiences and explain what the betting lines mean to the average fan. Because after all, Vegas does know all at the end of the day. Derrick is also half-Cuban and struggles mightily in dealing with cold-weather situations.
Dave Bennett – This kid lives and dies by our Philly teams. He’s been following since he could barely walk and enjoys screaming at the television as much as the next guy. Coming from a big football family, Dave’s father was the starting running back for Boston College in the late sixties and his Uncle won a national championship with the Ernie Davis led Syracuse Orangemen. Pretty good football family, although his 155lb-soaking-wet frame didn’t translate. Dave is currently a Marketing Specialist which makes him think he can write well. Bringing a thorough understanding of the Salary Caps, Labor agreements and personnel evaluation though, we allow him to discuss football as well as the other major sports.
Randy Jobst – Randy has been a diehard Philly sports fans since he was in Grade School, even though he was born and raised in the great state of Iowa? Why be a Philadelphia fan with no immediate ties to Philadelphia? Because this city’s passion and loyalty fit him to a T. He has been covering the Eagles, Sixers, along with the NBA and NFL Drafts as an online sports writer since 2011. His greatest sports memories are the Flyers recovering from a 0-3 series deficit against the Boston Bruins in 2010 and of course the “The Miracle at the New Meadowlands”. He was in person for the Eagles comeback agains the Chiefs in 2005, their playoff victory over the Vikings in 2009 and the “Return of McNabb” in 2010.
Mike Rozanski – Mike is a die-hard Philadelphia sports fan, and anyone that spends five minutes with him knows it. The obsession runs in the family, who have been Eagles season ticket holders for over fifty years going to Mike’s grandfather at Franklin Field. Mike loves the Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers, but, although he’s not quick to admit it, the Eagles come first. He is still in high school, and he was still a kid Donovan McNabb and Allen Iverson were the talk of the town. Although his memories of watching games at the Vet and the Spectrum are a bit faded, he loves reading and hearing about the rich history of Philadelphia sports. He’s the kind of guy that gets pumped up whenever he hears the Rocky theme (but then again, who doesn’t?). His biggest memories are the Miracle at the New Meadowlands, the Flyers’ 2010 Stanley Cup run, and the final out of the 2008 World Series.
Jacob Fischer – Jake is one of the biggest Philly sports fans you’ll ever meet. He loves all of the teams in the City of Brotherly Love, but his favorites are the Sixers and Phillies. He could also watch college basketball all day, regardless of who’s playing. He is currently a freshman at Drexel University, majoring in biomedical engineering. March is his favorite time of year because this is when he actually expects to correctly predict every game in the NCAA tournament. Jake has attended a ton of Philly games, ranging from heartwarming to heartbreaking, but he’ll always remember the 2013-2014 Sixers opening night game against the Miami Heat. He sat first row behind the Heat bench and got a first hand view of Michael-Carter Williams’ historic performance, as well as the sweat dripping down LeBron James’ face. In his free time, he likes looking up useless NBA statistics, attempting to be a fair league manager in the various fantasy sports leagues he runs, and debating why the Phillies will actually be good this year.
Craig Borzelleca – Craig is an official member of the 4 for 4 club, with his focus on the 2 more gentlemanly sports, football and hockey. A player and coach himself, Craig bleeds orange and black on the hockey rink, and has been following the Flyers since he was old enough to walk on two legs. A Conshohocken native and West Chester University graduate, Craig enjoys writing about sports and life in general, and is currently typing up his first attempt at a novel. Craig has experienced the good, the bad and the ugly in South Philadelphia attending sporting events. From football playoff losses to Flyers game 7 victories in opposing states, this writer is definitely 100% passionate about his Philly sports.