Welcome New TBHR Staff Member Travis Devlin!

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Hello, fellow Wolverine fans!

My name is Travis Devlin, and I’m proud to announce that I will be a contributing to thebighousereport.com as a writer.  A while back, Joshua Henschke had written something on Twitter regarding writers who were interested in writing for detroitsportsdaily.com.  When I saw it, I lit up, but I was also nervous.  It’s never really something I had done, and to add insult to injury, I had no idea who he was, which made it even more nerve-racking.  But I had to do it, it was something that if I didn’t tweet him, I would be a worried journalism major with little to no experience. 

 About a month later, and only one sports article under my belt, it was over.  So I thought.  Joshua was off to bigger and better things.  When I saw the news, I was really happy for him.  Like I said, I don’t know him personally, but from following him on twitter, reading his articles, as well as briefly speaking to him about getting started, he seemed like an awesome guy.  That’s hard to find on Twitter.  But it seemed I was back to square one as an aspiring journalist with nothing to show for it.  However, Joshua may have been finished with TBHR and DSD, but he didn’t leave me hanging.  He suggested that I contact Anthony about a writing gig for this website.  Here I am.  Thanks, Joshua.

Currently, I am a sophomore attending Grand Rapids Community College. I write for the school paper as a sports writer.  But, in a sense, I was still new to this.  Last semester was my first ever journalism class, even though I knew this is what I wanted to do for a long time.  In my journalism class, I learned a lot, and I was given the opportunity to write about what I care about most, sports.  While I had a great time covering various sports events, mainly golf as a beat writer, something was missing, and that was a chance to write about University of Michigan athletics.

Next year, I will be transferring to a new school, a four year university.  Unfortunately, it will not be the University of Michigan for several reasons.  That’s not to say it’s not a dream of mine, because it is, but it’s just wishful thinking.  Nevertheless, I’m beyond excited to start my new journey, at a new school, continuing in my sports journalistic dreams, wherever that may be.

Michigan has been a part of my life, literally and figuratively for most of my life.  I have lived here 14 out of my 20 years, with a brief six year stay in Illinois.  I grew up a Michigan fan and lived in Illinois with the presence of Illinois fans hounding my twin brother and me.  Meanwhile, for the past 11 years in Michigan, my Michigan State die hard cousins have tried and failed to get me to switch over to the dark side.  My father grew up a Michigan fan, though he attended Central Michigan University, as did my mother.  My mom was indifferent at the time, but raising two passionate Michigan fans for 20 years, she finally understands the Michigan difference.  Also, we were not alone.  The other side of my family is die hard Michigan fans, with two out of the three cousins attending the University.  It’s a fun battle, to say the least.

I have watched every Michigan football game for as long as I can remember.  I don’t miss a game, although sometimes this year, I wish I had.  But as Brady Hoke always says “We’re Michigan.”  Those two words resonate with me, as well as many others.  They’re Michigan.  The Michigan that we all remember with 11 National Championships, 42 conference titles and three Heisman winners. Michigan will, once again, be the Leaders and Best.  Also, I probably have missed more basketball games than I have wanted, but the past few years of success under Coach John Belien, especially last year with the National Championship run and this year with the Big Ten title hopes in their crosshairs, I do my best to never miss a game.

That’s a little bit about me, about my future aspirations, and of course, the Michigan Wolverines.  I’m ecstatic to begin this opportunity with TBHR and look forward to following Michigan athletics even closer than I do now, so I can do my best and keep the Wolverine faithful informed, up to date, and sharing opinions along the way.  I guess there is only thing left to say. Go Blue!
Derek Devine
Institutional voice of Alma College during the day, Michigan fanatic at night. Taking TBHR to the next level one post at a time.