Tank Carder of TCU & WAKA Kickball

Tank Carder's trophies

TCU linebacker and ESPN Preseason All-American Tank Carder sent WAKA this picture of his mantel this week, which has his 2011 Rose Bowl defensive MVP trophy displayed right in between two WAKA Kickball trophies from one of our Fort Worth area kickball leagues.

We tweeted it (Carder retweeted it too), shared it on Facebook and sent it to a few sports bloggers. Here are some bloggers that picked up the story:

Yahoo SportsTank Carder displays his Rose Bowl mantelpiece between two kickball trophies

SB Nation College FootballTank Carder’s Rose Bowl MVP, Kickball Trophies Are Equally Important

SB Nation Mountain West ConnectionTank Carder’s Rose Bowl MVP trophy between two WAKA Kickball trophies

Carder’s team qualified for our 60-team Founders Cup kickball tournament in Las Vegas this October, where the winner will be crowned World Kickball Champion. But I’m told he’ll miss it, which makes sense — it’s football season and TCU plays at San Diego State that night. But the WAKA trophies do look great next to the Rose Bowl trophy on the mantel!

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Another Former Washington Times Sportswriter Gone Indie

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Another former Washington Times writer is going the route of Mark Zuckerman and working to raise money so he can cover sports independently via a blog. Just as Zuckerman is doing with the Nats on his Nats Insider blog, former Times writer Patrick Stevens has been doing with the Terps and the ACC for over eight months, and he’s looking for some support.

As Eric Prisbell of The Washington Post‘s Terrapins Insider describes it, Stevens “plans on taking his blog show on the road with the Terrapins ” and “is asking his loyal fan base to help him continue his coverage.”

Check out the donations page on Stevens’ website for more details. He’s aiming to raise $9,000 to cover this football and basketball season. As of this posting, he’s at $1,271 with contributions coming from 30 donors.