College Football Junkie

A Blog To Share My Tour of College Football

Who Am I?

I am from Nashville, TN, where I graduated from Hillwood High School. I played basketball ever since I can remember (I actually was on the news playing basketball when I was about 5-6 years old and then they did a follow-up interview with me when I was in the 5th grade), and played 4 years in high school. I played 2 years of tennis, and I love college football and that whole atmosphere. I graduated from Western Kentucky University, in Bowling Green, KY, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation (May 1996). After graduation, I attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, where I graduated with a Master of Arts and Christian Education degree (December 1998).

After graduation, I married Melissa A. Stephens on January 23, 1999. She is from Somerset, KY, where she graduated from Pulaski County High School. There she was a cheerleader. After high school, she attended Western Kentucky University. She graduated from there with a degree in Marketing. We are the proud parents of two children. Our first child, Grace Elizabeth, was born on March 27, 2002. Our second child, Samuel Bryce, was born on May 30, 2006.  Our third child, Jack Haddon, was born on September 14, 2010.

I was licensed to preach at Smiths, AL, November 15, 2000. On March 25, 2001, I was ordained at the church where I grew up, Park Avenue Baptist Church in Nashville, TN.

I have been a Minister of Students in Smiths, AL, Jonesboro, AR, and London, KY.  In July 2011, we moved to Ohio where we live in the Cincinnati, OH area.


3 Responses to “Who Am I?”

  1. Scott said

    It appears your wonderful adventure has been primarily in the South where their over-inflated ego is matched only by the myth they’ve created that the best football is played there. I’d encourage you to watch an SEC team play a game not in their own backyard but since they never do that I guess that’s out of the question. Oh, I’m sorry, “never” is an exaggeration. Georgia did play ASU this in Tempe, venturing out of the South for the first time in 40 years. And, of course, Tennesse, played UCLA, but I’ll not mention the result of that game. You see, in order to perpetuate the myth teams have to follow the “SEC Doctrine.” What is the SEC Doctrine, you ask? The SEC Doctrine is never play a top ranked team from the Midwest or West in their home stadium. It is a sure receipt for a loss which will expose their conference for what it is…a bunch of good teams too chicken to play outside their region. Everyone likes to make fun of Ohio State but at least they’re man enough to take their game on the road. Come to Columbus; come to Madison; come to Happy Valley; come to Norman; prove me wrong for more than once every 40 years. But they won’t, because the myth must live on, at least in their own diluted minds.

  2. The previous comment was made before my morning coffee. Here is a better remark to convey my message: I too run a blog called College Football Junkie. I have no desire to be one of two. So I will ask, how long have you been running this blog. Ive been doing it about a year and it appears that you have been doing it much longer. I thought I was more diligent in my search of a name, but apparently I was wrong. If you have been College Football Junkie this whole time then I will gladly change my blogs name to something else. If not, well then we can have a conversation. Either way it appears that you have done a terrific job here. Im glad I found your blog. It will surely provide me with some new reading material. I hope you find my blog entertaining as well.

    • Strickland said

      No worries about having your blog. My desire has always been to post my experience at the college football games that I attend. Due to time, travel, and finances, I’ve got to pick and chose which games to attend. Out of the three (time, travel, and finances), finances hasn’t been that big of an issue…except for gas. I’ve gotten my tickets either on discount (although I love getting the actual ticket of a game verses a ticket outlet) or for free. I can’t be gone every weekend, and gas does keep going up.

      I do follow you, and now that college football is back, I’ve started following you!

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