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Zach Kruse, A CheeseheadTV Introduction

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Zach Kruse, A CheeseheadTV Introduction

Let me preface this post by letting you know that introductions may be the hardest things in the world to write. By trade, writers like to talk about other people and things; at least for me, when the tables are turned and I have to talk about myself, it's an uncomfortable feeling.

With that in mind, I'll keep this intro short and sweet:

-I'm 23 years old. Still just a baby.

-Grew up near Menomonie, WI, which is about a half hour west of Eau Claire and an hour east of the Twin Cities. Graduated from the expansive high school known as Boyceville High, with a grand total of 75 in my class. And yes, my school colors were purple and white.

-Went to UW-Madison after graduating in 2006. Studied economics and history for five years. Hated economics, loved history. Should have done journalism like I wanted to as a freshman. State Street Brats, Wando's and Church Key are just a few alternate names for heaven.

-Have been a Packers fans since I remember existing on this planet. As a seven-year-old, I was memorizing stats of those wearing green and gold. The bond between youngster and team was set in stone when my dad took me down to Dallas to watch the Packers' NFC Championship Game in 1996. Still believe the Packers were the better team that day.

-Wrote game recaps during English class in high school after almost every Packers game, which, after a while, spawned my interest in sports writing. Stumbled upon Bleacher Report in 2008 when the company was still in its infant stages, and it became my platform for writing about the Packers. I met a fellow writer there— you know him as the world renowned Jersey Al Bracco—and he offered me a spot at last spring as I was starting to pursue writing more seriously. I graciously accepted. I owe Al all the thanks in the world for the opportunity he granted me.

-I also cover prep sports for The Dunn County News, a small newspaper in Menomonie. Four high schools, nothing major.

-You can follow me on Twitter @zachkruse2. Still trying to grow my brand there.

-Let me be very clear: I have no intention of trying to fill the shoes Mr. Nagler left me here at CheeseheadTV. He's a legend, I'm a nobody. Someday, I hope to have the influence he currently holds on the wonderful community of the Packers blogosphere. That day is a long ways off. Besides, I only have size 10.5 feet.

-In conclusion: I can't wait to provide you with Packers coverage. There will be ups. There will be downs. I'll stick with you the entire way. It will be an honor to serve you.

If there's anything else you want to know, ask me in the comments. It's going to be a fun ride.

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jack in jersey city's picture

welcome aboard zach and go pack go!

Zach Kruse's picture

Thanks Jack!

Mojo's picture

Welcome aboard Zach. Enjoyed your writing at Jersey Al's.

And you're not a nobody. Repeat after me: I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!

Zach Kruse's picture

Now Mojo, I expect you to be one of my loyal commenters here, too. :)

aussiepacker's picture

Look forward to reading your articles. Hope you enjoy writting here as much as i enjoy following this site.

Zach Kruse's picture

Thanks aussiepacker! Hopefully I can feed your taste for Packers.

SpartaChris's picture

Welcome to Cheesehead TV! GO PACK GO!

Zach Kruse's picture

Thanks SpartaChris!

Stanislaw's picture

Good luck kid - stay away from the obvious and you'll do fine

Zach Kruse's picture

Good advice.

2 Share Owner's picture

Good luck Zach, All the best from the biggest Pack fan in P.E.I Canada.

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Jack's picture

2 Share Owner: I am looking for a place to rent on PEI next summer. What part of the island do you recommend? Have only been to Cavendish area and Charlottetown (?)

PackersRS's picture

As I said before, new adress, hope to see more of the same, at least. And you deserve it.

Zach Kruse's picture

Thanks PackersRS. Always been a loyal commenter.

jmac34's picture

I'm from Cameron. Yeah for the North Western Wisconsin

Zach Kruse's picture

Actually just drove through Cameron a couple weeks back to cover a basketball game in Rice Lake. Thanks for reading jmac

FITZCORE1252's EVO's picture

I like your style. Welcome.


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Thanks FITZ.

Michael from Winnipeg's picture

Best Wishes Zach. Looking forward to your writing and analysis.

Go Pack Go

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Thanks Michael.

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Thanks Fruit!

Oppy's picture

Zack, will you still be writing for as well, or will you be exclusively here on now?

Zach Kruse's picture

I'll still be writing over at AllGBP too.

jrunde10's picture

Read a handful of your articles on Al's site and always liked what I read.

joshywoshybigfatposhy's picture

rueben or patty melt?

beer cheese soup or chili?

fish fry or fish fry?

fried cheese curds or funnel cake?

merkts and hard pretzels or salami and sliced cheddar?

we know where your football alliances lie - the only other things that matter are food.

(hint:it is appropriate to answer any of these questions with a simple "yes, please.")

NoWayJose's picture

Some of these are good questions, but the patty melt v. reuben? C'mon! It's always the reuben and never the patty melt -- ground beef belongs in a bun when in sandwich form.

Welcome Zach - looking forward to reading your stuff.

Spiderpack's picture

Welcome Zach, have followed your work on Jersey Al's site, good stuff. You make some good points that otherwise go unnoticed, and your writing is always a nice read, has a personable style. You might be a baby but your writing doesn't suggest it. My uncle has a lake cabin near Spooner & I've driven through Menomonie a hundred times en route to visit family in the Cities. I grew up in Two Rivers, over near the Hallowed Ground. Funny how you got your start where Nagler is "moving on" to, most of the stuff on BR is crap, but Nagler's a smart guy & I'm sure its a wise career move on his part. Again, welcome and thanks for your good work.

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