Carter Adler is the founder of Eagle Totem.
On a fairly regular basis, people ask me why I write about EMU athletics. It especially seems to confuse people who discover that I’m neither a student nor an alumnus of Eastern Michigan.
“Why EMU?” they ask. “Why not whatever school you went to?”
The answer to the second question has always been easy. I live in Ypsi — have for a while — and the schools I attended aren’t near enough that I could actually go to sporting events with any regularity. Plus, they’re already thoroughly covered, both by professional media and high quality amateur bloggers.
The first question can be a little tougher to answer. Of course, there’s the local thing, and certainly that’s part of it, but only a small part.
The real answer is that I looked around and saw that no one else was really covering EMU athletics, certainly not in the way you’d expect a Division I program to be covered. This morning I came across a perfect illustration of this. We all know that the major area media like the Detroit News and Free Press rarely mention the Eagles. But even when they do, all too often it looks like this: the Detroit Free Press EMU football season preview. Let’s break it down point by point…So even though this Free Press article was an epic fail, I’d like to thank them for helping me explain why I do this.
Jeremy joined Eagle Totem in November 2011:
My name is Jeremy Rosenberg, and I have been covering Eastern Michigan football and basketball since I began writing for Eagle Totem in 2011. My objective is to hold these programs to a high standard, as the fans, students, alumni, coaches, and student-athletes deserve no less. I am a member of the Football Writers Association of America as well as the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. By day, I am a mild-mannered family man, a graduate student at EMU. I love to talk philosophy over a pint at the Corner Brewery. The first two days of the NCAA basketball tournament should be a national holiday.
Blogging, when done correctly, can provide truly independent analysis. I answer to no editor, no advertiser, no external influence. I’d rather be an independent voice in the wilderness than writing sponsored content for Buzzfeed.
Kenneth Bailey‘s writing doesn’t often show up here, but since September, 2011, he has provided on-field and court-side photos of football and men’s basketball.
I graduated from Eastern Michigan with a Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering Physics. I’ve followed EMU athletics over the years but I’m not what you would call a superfan as EMU hasn’t really given me much to be proud about since the Earl Boykins era. I probably follow University of Michigan athletics more closely. That changed somewhat with me getting back into photography in earnest. My main sports interests are football, baseball and hockey.
As far as my photography interests go, they started when I took a photography class in high school. For a while, I used my mom’s trusty Pentax K-1000 but I slipped out of photography for a while until I got my first digital camera in 2000. My interest has grown from there and it really started to shoot off when I launched my blog.
Alex began writing for Eagle Totem in August, 2014:
I’m Alex Alvarado, a student at Eastern Michigan University studying electronic media and journalism. Previously written for The Eastern Echo as a sports columnist and interned for WTKA’s “The Michigan Insider” (1050 AM), I am now with Hustle Belt and glad to be the newest addition to Eagle Totem. I plan to cover EMU baseball and football, but I’ll be sure to sprinkle in some basketball coverage here and there. Much like the football program, I feel that there’s a lot of history and tradition that deserves to be remembered and relived over at Oestrike Stadium. I understand that we’re still watching midwest college baseball, but even the football-weathered games in March can be very exciting.
On a personal note, I’m from Melvindale, Mich., now living in Ypsilanti. Graduated from Melvindale High School in 2010. I’m a baseball snob, internet junkie and avid eater of foods. Also, I’m proud to say that I’m a fully-converted EMU athletics fan as of September 17, 2011.
We’re always open to additional contributors; if you love EMU sports (or even just one EMU athletic team) and can write (reasonably) well or take decent pictures, you’re welcome to contribute to Eagle Totem!
What we want:
- Your well-reasoned opinions.
- Your original reporting of things that aren’t getting reported elsewhere.
- Behind-the-scenes look.
- Personal experiences.
- Original interviews with current and former EMU coaches and athletes.
- Weekly coverage for a specific sport throughout that sport’s season.
- Recruiting news and analysis (any sport).
- Original photos.
What we don’t want:
- Poorly-thought-out opinions.
- Something someone else wrote that was published somewhere else.
- Photos someone else took that were published elsewhere.
Eagle Totem has yet to generate enough revenue to cover web hosting costs, so — at least for now — you won’t get paid for your contributions. What you will get is an established forum to publish your stuff, full credit for your work, links to your own website (if you have one), an editor to review what you write, and any other support we can offer you. If you’re interested in contributing to Eagle Totem, whether on an ongoing basis or for a one-off guest post, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment here and we’ll follow up with you.