Matt Yoder has been a sports fan for his entire life and has impressed and puzzled friends and family with his ability to remember useless stats and information. His sports interests range from football, basketball and soccer to Aussie rules football, rugby and darts. Matt's stellar athletic career consisted of finishing one spot shy of the all conference golf team in high school (although he contends the scoring system was "shaky at best").
Matt's first and only love since birth has been the New Orleans Saints... somewhat strange for a kid that's lived his entire existence in the middle of Ohio. The happiest moment of his life occurred February 7, 2010 when the Saints won the Super Bowl. So yea, basically it's all downhill from there.
In 2011, Matt won the Best Young Sportswriter Award through the initial Untitled Sports Media Awards Project at BWB4 in New York City.
Matt currently wanders through the wilderness of life writing and Tebowing for a living.
Matt - I read with interest and enthusiasm your article about ESPN's great sucess covering USA-Mexico this week. A real triumph. Soccer coverage on American TV has come a long way. I'd like to correct a misrepresentation which you again raised in your piece, which continues to be raised when people write about the 2006 World Cup coverage. My comments about the "clique" I spoke of were directed at a very small and narrow band of individuals, and NOT the base of soccer fans in this country. I thought I was actually pretty precise about directing those thoughts, and they were not aimed, for example, at those terrific supporters you saw in Columbus. Additionally, whenever I see the '06 ratings or broadcasts discussed, credit is rarely given to the success of that venture (because it contradicts the central point, I guess). For example: our 2006 World Cup coverage was nominated for an Emmy. And ratings were quite good. Why not bring up the '06 Final rating on ABC-Univision, which was seen as a big success? ESPN, I recall, was very pleased with the entire Cup's rating, in truth. Also, without fail, the fact that there were multiple broadcast crews in Germany covering many matches never gets mentioned. My own sense of pride from '06 actually comes from knowing that - with a sliver of the resources since devoted to ESPN's soccer coverage - we were able to enhance interest and help grow the actual soccer base - not the tiny, noisy piece I spoke of. I remain quite proud of the work we did in 2006 in Germany. If the truth is accurately told, it had many high points and successes. My partner from those matches - Marcelo Balboa - is not on the national scene any longer and is therefore never mentioned, and I read virtually no data in your article to support that supposition that is wasn't a success. On the other hand, ESPN's superb coverage of today's major soccer events is being rightly lauded, and I couldn't be more delighted. I am in the end a soccer fan as well. My response here is only intended for your consideration. Best wishes - Dave O'Brien.
Help! I am about to give up on this site, which would be a shame. But the videos that continually pop up, with no ability to X out of them, is maddening, the say the least. The problem is not with my computer of web browser. I will give this another week, at which point I will be gone for good. Thanks!
You do great work here. In some other dimension, time and space, you are interviewiing me about how out of my mind I am for getting this or that for NBC or my own sports network.... But here, I just read and wish. Tell the NBC brass I am their biggest fan and the most jealous. lol... Forget fantasy players and leagues, give me a sports network 8-) Keep up the great work!!
I gota omplaint about the Bitish Open announcing!
If Arod Hit’s a 440ft home run, does somebody announce that number? Of course! If Lebron dunks a ball to tie a game at 100, does anyone announce that score? Of course! If Chris Johnson of the Titans runs 85 yards for a touch down, does anybody announce the yardage? Of course! If Tiger drives the ball 350 yards in the just finished British Open, does anyone announce the yardage? NOBODY AT ALL! NOT ONE NUMBER WAS SPOKEN BY THE TWO ACES OF ESPN, CURTIS STRANGE AND ANDY NORHT DURING THE WHOLE 72 HOLES IN THE GAME!!! No driving distances, no second shot distances to the pin, no club selections, no information at all that a blind or semi blind person could use to figure out what was happening in the tournament. In fact, only one time did Dotty Pepper, give the second shot yardage to a hole. Four days, 72 holes, no numbers. I’m not going to go into all the pithy crap they fill the air with, but it had nothing to do with keeping up the golf tournament. In fact, it was discriminatory to blind or semi blind people, such as myself, all over the world! Also, I’m sure there were millions of golf fans with 20/20 vision screaming at the TV’s, “How far did it go?”, “How far to the pin?”, “Which club was used?”, “What’s the score now?” So, it wasn’t just discriminatory to the blind, I’m sure everyone suffered from this incompetent display of sports non-reporting. I have no idea how two guys with five majors between them, can talk about live golf for four days without uttering a number. Strange and North accomplished it. Lord help golf, if their allowed to announce another tournament!In addition, ESPN pulled the bone head of the century, and showed how little they know about golf etiquette, after Phil Michelson made his last putt. Three people still on the course, with a chance to catch him, they completely turned off the tournament. They ran over his life history and interviewed him for 15 minutes, and 15 more showing the crowds cheers, and his welcome by his family, and just ignored the remaining players still on the course. If this wasn’t the rudest way to treat the millions of fans wanting to see, Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, and Lee Westwood finish, and what place they would be in. I have never seen anything ruder! Mr. Michelson, in fact should have refused to interview before the tournament was actually finished. He bears equal responsibility, for this incompetent act. The only way we can avoid having this kind of crap happen again, is to keep ESPN’s greedy fingers off of golf. They must have over paid the Royal and Ancient to steal and ruin the British Open! Do you know who I should send a discrimination letter to? Since they most assuredly discriminated against partially blind or blind people the world over. We all are still wondering what happened. And most of our voices are gone from yelling at the TV. Disgusted, Louis Vodopya
To Mr. Matthew Yoder Having recently read your comments on Rob Parker's finding of a new job, honestly I find them highly critical and unnecessarily harsh. Everyone understands that he made a mistake with his RGIII comments and I agree that he should have been punished and he was. He lost his job at ESPN. However, that should be the end of the sports world's criticism of him. We should not wish him ill will in future endeavors. The overall tone of your article is one that does just that. It even gives off a vibe of vengefulness on your part. Additionally, given the nature of Mr. Parker's comments I find it highly odd that you are so critical of him in the first place. They are, after all the remarks of one African American concerning the affairs of another another African American. You sir, as a Caucasian male, should not be as offended or affected by these comments as you seem to be. Thank you for your time. By Tj Johnson
Great story about Solo< I went to college in New Orleans ... what town in Ohio were you raised?