Paul Brandley is a sports writer based in Baltimore, Maryland. After studying communications at the University of Maryland, Paul graduated with honors before taking a job in social media. Paul has always been interested in working with social media, but soon he meshed this passion with sports.
In 2007, Paul created GetInTheGame – a sports blog that showcased the life behind being a professional athlete. GetInTheGame became an instant hit, getting thousands of visitors each month. However, it was hard for Paul
Brandley to keep up with all the work on his own; thats why he asked his childhood friend, Martin Stone, to join him on the venture. The two of them started interacting with athletes on social media; eventually, Paul created a bond with Paul Konerko, a first baseman for the Chicago White Sox.
But Paul wasn’t just writing about baseball. He played basketball ever since he was a little kid but was always disappointed that Baltimore didn’t have a team. Naturally, Paul became a fan of the Washington Wizards. During his high school years, Michael Jordan was in the midst of his final comeback – playing with the Wizards from 2001 to 2003. This gave Paul the ability to root for the best player of all time (grant it, Jordan wasn’t nearly the same player that he was during most of his hall of fame career).
Outside of Michael Jordan, Paul has always been a fan of watching Jerry Stackhouse play. Stackhouse was with the Wizards for only three seasons but was an absolute force. When Stackhouse was drafted in 1995 by the Philadelphia 76ers, he was hyped up as the “Next Jordan” – very ironic considering that he would go on to play with MJ for a couple of years.
During his time at Maryland, Paul Brandley also got to watch some great basketball players. D.J. Strawberry, son of the former professional baseball player Darryl Strawberry, played point guard and shooting guard for Maryland. Strawberry went on to be drafted by the Phoenix Suns. Brandley also had the pleasure of watching Greivis Vázquez play; currently, Vázquez is playing for the Toronto Raptors.
Outside of sports, Paul Brandley loves taking a boat out of Baltimore’s harbor and going on an adventure with his friends. He enjoys all of the sites that Baltimore has to offer, and often travels to Washington D.C. Paul has always been a huge history buff; Washington is a place that offers him the abilities to visit some of our country’s most respected monuments.
Paul has fully enjoyed the 2015 NBA season so far, and sees a lot of promise for this young Wizards squad.