Darrell Dunham, Jr. (18), is a staff writer for Youngspeak. Sports have been a part of his being all of his life. He is a fan of the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Heat, Boston Red Sox, Georgia Bulldogs’ football, and North Carolina Tar Heels’ basketball. Darrell covers the NFL, NCAAF, NBA, and NCAAB.
Darrell first found his love for sports, football in particular, when he played the NFL GameDay 2002 demo on the PlayStation 1 over and over again. From the first time he played that, young Darrell knew that his passion was football. You could say that he was a football purist until he received his first piece of basketball “memorabilia”: a knockoff Miami Heat Shaq Diesel home jersey. From there, young Darrell went on a long search for Miami Heat highlights, thus finding his love for basketball. While his passion for the two sports is equal, he found that his athleticism (or rather lack thereof) would not be well suited as a basketball player. Darrell decided to stick with football as a sport he would play. Not that he was good at it or anything, but he was way, and I mean waaayyy better at football than basketball.
Darrell thinks that he could coach any team in football and basketball to success and tends to overlook and undermine the complexity of coaching a team to near perfection. He has found himself so confident that he tends to draw up playbooks whenever he finds himself bored in class. With the plays he has drawn up, Darrell believes that he would be a winning coach at every level, from Pop Warner to the NFL (even though he probably wouldn’t be). He also thinks that he could be one of the greatest GMs of all time due to his repeated success in building championship teams on Madden, NBA 2K, and MLB The Show. From the 76ers to the Titans, Darrell has made winners out of some of the most downtrodden franchises.
Darrell has from a young age been very passionate and critical about his favorite sports and favorite teams (sometimes self-admittedly overcritical). He is willing to talk about sports with anyone –anywhere. Whether it be the cafeteria, Twitter, Facebook, the local barber shop, Darrell doesn’t care who wants to debate him or where they want to debate him. If anyone wants to talk or argue sports, he’s up for the discussion. He was always seen as a great writer by his peers and teachers throughout high school, as well. With these things in consideration, he feels that with this combination of seemingly non-relatable factors, he can be somewhat decent at sports writing.
“My career was sputtering until I did a 360 and got headed in the right direction.”
NBA 2K16: Ben & Darrell talk 2016 playoffs, Kevin Durant and more (05/21/2016)
Top rookies from 2015-16 NBA season (04/25/2016)