Tom Whalen @tomcwhalenTom Whalen is a contributing MLB and NBA writer at numberFire. He earned his MA in English in 2009 from SUNY New Paltz, where he continues to work as an adjunct professor teaching composition, grammar, and linguistics. Born and raised in Staten Island, NY, Tom is a lifelong Yankees fan who counts the Core Four championships, the Aaron Boone 2003 ALCS homer, and the 2009 World Series run as his most formative moments of fandom. Though also a perennially and irrationally optimistic Knicks backer, Tom has seen his more emotionally rooted fan tendencies give way to a coolly objective fondness for stats and analysis, thanks in no small part to his burgeoning obsession with fantasy sports. He also manages Rhino Records in New Paltz, NY, and is an avid horror and b-film collector. A ready and willing 3-point chucker, Tom squeezes in pickup basketball whenever possible; he would like to think that his spirit player is Klay Thompson, but, if we're being totally honest, it's more like post-peak J.R. Smith.
Joey Votto, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Scottie Pippen, Tim Duncan, Kristaps PorzingisFavorite Teams
Yankees, KnicksBitter Rivals
Red SoxBiggest Upset Ever
Was very *upset* when the Sox came back from 0-3 against the Yanks in '04.Best NFL Team Ever
'85 BearsLemieux or Gretzky?
LemieuxJordan or LeBron?
LebronSNES or Genesis?