Allow Me to Introduce... Myself

By Tim Shoemaker on August 13, 2014 at 2:05p
Brutus Buckeye is pretty jacked.

It was sometime during my transition from middle school to high school I realized I wasn't going to play college basketball or be in the NBA.

I loved the game of basketball and had played my entire life to that point, but I was a 5-foot-nothing shooting guard who wasn't all that athletic. I couldn't jump. I couldn't beat anybody off the dribble. I wasn't a great defender. There was really only one thing I could do really well, and that was shoot.

I was at the age where I had to let go of my childhood dreams and start worrying about what I was going to do with the rest of my life.

In high school, you get asked a lot by teachers, administrators and guidance counselors what you plan to do after you graduate. And, to be honest, I really didn't know exactly what that was.

But I knew even though I wasn't going to play sports beyond high school, I still wanted them to be part of my life. I started trying to figure out ways to make this possible because the thought of sitting behind a desk for eight hours a day sounded awful.

My first thought was to go into coaching, but I wasn't sure I'd be any good at that. I'm a little too reserved and laid back to coach. So, I started looking into getting involved in sports media shortly after that and thought that might be the best way to go.

The rest, as they say, is history.

I went on to college and graduated from Ohio State in June of 2011 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and now I'm proud to announce I'm joining the Eleven Warriors staff as its second beat writer.

I'm not really all that big into talking about myself, at least publicly, but I'll do my best.

Here is some additional information about me: After graduating college I spent a little over a year on the sports desk at the Columbus Dispatch and for the past year and a half I was a sports writer for the Ashland Times-Gazette in Ashland, Ohio.

I covered mostly high school sports at the Times-Gazette, but also covered some Ashland University athletics. I know the transition to the OSU beat will be different, but I'm excited and ready for the challenge.

While at OSU, I wrote for The Lantern and also interned at ThisWeekSports in Columbus where I helped with their high school football coverage.

I'm 26 years old and have lived in Ohio my whole life. I was born in Cleveland and moved to the Youngstown area in middle school. I lived in Columbus for roughly five years after that, so I've been around a good part of the state.

As far as things outside of work experience: I'm a huge sports fan. I love pretty much everything, especially if it's a good story. The stories that come from sports are why I love doing what I do.

People ask me what I do in my spare time and I can honestly say it's not that much. I love watching sports and hanging out with my friends. Even then, however, sports are usually the main topic of conversation. Oh, and I have a slight obsession with HBO's The Wire. I've seen the entire series roughly 10 times.

Anyway, I'll be covering just about everything for Eleven Warriors, but my main focus will be on the hoops beat. I'll be assisting Patrick with football coverage starting Monday.

Eleven Warriors is an awesome site for Ohio State fans to gather and read about the Buckeyes. It's an amazing platform and I couldn't be happier to be joining the staff. If you'd like, follow me on Twitter (@TimShoemaker) or feel free to email me anytime at

I'm truly excited for the opportunity. I hope everyone enjoys my writing and I'll do my best not to screw this whole thing up.


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HouseHarleyBuilt's picture

Welcome, Tim!

Treat every opponent as if they are capable of beating you, because guess what? They are.

osu07asu10's picture

Not sure why, but your last name conjured images of ...

Welcome aboard, Tim! I look forward to your contributions and, thank you in advance!

CJDPHoS Board of Directors // Best friends with Homey Hache

The 0 is silent.

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KansasBuckeye's picture

Glad to have you on board, Tim!'s picture

You look a lot like Brutus. Welcome, Tim.

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture

Welcome Richie Cunningham!

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

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UFest57's picture

Welcome to the SHOW!

Can white men really not jump? 

DrSpaceman's picture

Obligatory "9Route?" joke post

"Medicine is not a science" - Leo Spaceman

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Who said it was a joke? :/

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

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nburns18's picture


"You win with people." -Woody Hayes

apack614's picture

Welcome Tim! Excited to see your work!

I can't wait to poop in the PL bathroom.

BuckeyeSouth's picture

Welcome, Tim!

Champions.  Undisputed.  

WC Buckeye's picture

Welcome, Tim, and good luck! <If you're not pissing off about half the readers here, your stance may not have been strong enough>

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

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bucksfan92's picture

Welcome, and thanks for the introduction.  I thought the same way you did - wanted to be a basketball coach, but I did end up doing the 8-5 business route for too many years.  Glad you stuck to your desires and I look forward to your coverage of the Buckeye cagers!

Habu71's picture

Welcome Tim, DRSPACEMAN beat me to the 9Route reference, but yea. Glad to have you in the 11W fam.

bigbadbuck's picture

Welcome and as Mick Jagger says......."I'm a man of wealth and taste"

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

thatlillefty's picture

Welcome aboard Tim. Anybody that loves the buckeyes and The Wire is alright with me.

Who are your top 3 favorite characters? I'd go with 1) Mike 2) Bunny 3) Bodie

KBonay's picture

Let's get to it Tim, what are your thoughts on Amir.  Does he have the break-out season we have all been hoping for?  Or does he end up riding pine and ultimately considered a bust?

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osu07asu10's picture

I'm not even sure he's received his security clearance to the Premium Lounge yet and you come with a heavy hitter!

Ain't no rest for the (11w beat writer) wicked...

CJDPHoS Board of Directors // Best friends with Homey Hache

The 0 is silent.

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ITWASME's picture

Welcome! Did you have an 11w account before this?

charles's picture

If you spent some time in Ashland, and this professionally made advertisement is any indication, I think I'll like you...

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Ahh Saturday's picture

What qualifies you to write about football?!! Have you even won a Heisman?  I doubt it.  Amateur hour continues at 11W!!!  AArggh!!  I'm so angry!!

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Nairion's picture

Haha, thats why hes on the hoops beat. :b

dubjayfootball90's picture

Welcome aboard, Good Sir. Look forward to reading some of your work to give me a mini-escape from work and reality

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

MikeNugents BigToe's picture

First question: Favorite The Wire character? Second question: Favorite McNulty moment?

"Remember that 55 yarder against Marshall?" -Not Mike Nugent

Tim Shoemaker's picture

Omar is my favorite character on the show and should be everyone's, but there are so many other great ones. My favorite McNulty moment is when he's with one of his many females on the hood of the car and the other police officers show up and he flashes his badge to them. It's just awesome.

TnJoeBucks's picture

Welcome aboard, Tim! Is it okay if we call you The Shoe?

"As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, so a wise man adapts himself to circumstances." Confucius

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Tim Shoemaker's picture

Totally fine. All of my friends call me "Shoe," anyway.

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

How quick are your reflexes?

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

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goodlifesean's picture

If you can dodge a shoe you can dodge a ball.

Always prepare for and expect victory, don't brace for defeat. If defeat happens learn and never let it happen again.

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Buckeye in Illini country's picture
Who throws a Shoemaker?

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

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Nappy's picture

Welcome.  Look forward to reading your words on the interwebs. 

And regarding The Wire, I'm currently binge watching it on HBOGo for the first time.  Just started season 2 last night.  Already hooked on it.

I never saw a football player make a tackle with a smile on his face

11UrbzAndSpices's picture

As long as you don't hate Jlaw, you'll be fine


"Quit skipping leg day bro" - Dr James Andrews

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GoBucks10's picture

Welcome, looking forward to your work!

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

Tim Shoemaker's picture

Thanks for all the welcomes, everyone. I'm super excited to get to work next week!

FitzBuck's picture

We are excited to have a new person to feed our habit.

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

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sawesome's picture

But can you summon flame without flint or tinder?

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Earle's picture

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

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What Would Troy Smith Do's picture

Dammit.  I was on my phone while driving (at a red light) when I saw this article.  My first thought was to put "There are some who call me…….Tim" with a picture of him.   Couldn't get home fast enough and you beat me to it.  

Glad to see that someone else is on the same page and didn't miss this opportunity though.

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blocko330's picture

Come on in Tim, the water's great!!  From YTown eh?? What H.S. you go to?

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

- TruthTeller

Tim Shoemaker's picture

I graduated from Canfield.

11UrbzAndSpices's picture

Canfield had a pipeline of kids who got jobs at the RPAC

"Quit skipping leg day bro" - Dr James Andrews

HeuermanTheFireman's picture

Lakeview grad here, welcome aboard sir.

The person responsible for toes clearly wanted you to stub them.

AirAssaultBuckeye's picture

Welcome Tim!!!  Looking forward to all of your reporting!!!  Calculating backwards I think you still fall under having my Uncle for gym at Canfield MS.

Which beat did you have when you wrote for the Lantern???  1995 Women's Volleyball here!!!

Rendezvous With Destiny

blocko330's picture

Nice -- Boardman here...

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

- TruthTeller

bodast67's picture




     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

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Bucki78's picture

Welcome to your new pad Tim!!  You now have a lot of really cool friends!

"But I don't have to rely on a lot of people to tell me about the traditions of Ohio State. I lived it, I breathed it, I know it and I love it." - Urban Meyer

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MN Buckeye's picture

Oh, and I have a slight obsession with HBO's The Wire. I've seen the entire series roughly 10 times.

A slight obsession with The Wire?

Welcome, Tim. I look forward to reading your stuff.

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buckeyedude's picture

What's ur 40 time?



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Buckeyeneer's picture

Welcome. But would you choke someone over a game of checkers?

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

BUCKSOMIES's picture

Howdy!  Come on in and join the party.

kc_buck's picture

Welcome. Care to take a stand on Waters and the band?

Baroclinicity's picture

Good morning!  And in case I don't see you, good afternoon, good evening, and goodnight!

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Poison nuts's picture

Welcome Time! Ashland huh? I spent a lot of time in the Portsmouth/Ashland area & have seen it really crumble... Anyhow, enough doom & gloom - glad you're here, look forward to reading your work!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

I asked Michael Scott to help me with your welcome message ... sort of went wrong...sorry

Yeti's have feelings too.

Marshall Trucker's picture

Congrats on getting the job!

BHT's picture

Welcome. I look forward to reading your work on the best site on the interwebs (for sports news anyway).

OSUBias's picture

Ah, welcome Timmy Slim Jim. Way to take a 4 day vacation right out of the gate. 

7 yards and a cloud of dust is a beautiful thing

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QBYBuckeye's picture

Welcome.  As others have noted, in the picture at the head of this introduction, you bear a striking resemblance to Brutus.

It sounds like you and I have some things in common.  I had great instincts for football.  If I were only bigger and faster, but as I tell folks, "I was small, but I made up for it by being slow."  My son, a chip off the old block, has his own version of 'our' story.  He is fond of saying "If I could skate I might have been a great hockey player."

Anyway, don't take yourself or the crazy Buckeye fans too seriously. Save all the seriousness for the job, the Buckeyes, and a little hate for TTUN.

New York Buckeye

BullCityBuckeye's picture

Glad to have you, Tim!

ShoeHolder's picture

Tim, do you like movies about gladiators?

I preferred my suspensions out of school. I needed to check in on what those Hollywood Squares were up to.

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SHAKENBAKE68's picture

Welcome Tim!

There is no such thing as "friendly fire"..

Menexenus's picture

Welcome Tim!  If you worked in Ashland, I bet you know my cousin, Doug Haidet.

Real fans stay for Carmen.

Tim Shoemaker's picture

Yes, Doug was actually my boss in Ashland. Small world.

Seattle Linga's picture

Welcome aboard Tim - it's only a matter of time until you receive a nickname.

MordenoftheSith's picture

If you only knew the POWER of the Dark Side.

Young_Turk's picture

Easy everybody.  Got to take it easy with good ole 'Shoe.


braneli's picture
You be Welcome! Arrrgghhhhh

Welcome Tim!!

"You are confined only by the walls you build yourself."

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gm3jones's picture

Welcome, Tim. Cant wait to read some of your anticipated great work! What is your favorite car?

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

UrbanDreamz's picture

Welcome to the party Shoe!

Anyone who can live in Ashland for more than a year and is a fan of The Wire is my kinda guy.

I never heard my dad curse your name like he used to do for Dusty Sloan so you must be ok in his book too.

"Twelve months ago on Jan. 9, my mom's birthday, I made the decision to come back. I had one goal in mind and that was to win a national championship."  ~Mike Doss

OSU_1992_UFM's picture

All I need to know is how you feel about TTUN, JLaw and EWat.....tred lightly sir

Spring football is like non-alcoholic beer.  It looks like what you want, but only intensifies your desire for the real thing--Earle