Jon is a writer based in the Twin Cities. He writes SoccerCentric, a blog covering the Minnesota United soccer team, for startribune.com, and is the ringmaster for The Sportive, a Minnesota sports (-ish) podcast. He’s also written for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Minnesota Daily, and is a regular contributor to RandBall. In the past, he’s written for Twinkie Town, Canis Hoopus, and really a host of other places.


This is now the third or fourth incarnation of this site, and so this section is getting increasingly complex. It’s ridiculous, really, but here’s the story, told in the third person for no good reason:

In 2003-2004, Jon was a columnist for the Minnesota Daily, the student newspaper at the University of Minnesota. His very first personal blog was launched in April of 2004, as a way to keep writing. At the time, he thoughtlessly chose the blog title “The National Anthem Before A Cubs Game,” which was a reference to a Bloom County comic strip from 1984. This was later abbreviated as TNABACG, and frankly, as blog titles go, it stuck around about seven years longer than it should have.

This site started as an infrequently-updated outlet for angry ranting. It later became an often-updated home for Minnesota sports coverage, especially coverage of lesser-known local teams. But now, it serves two purposes: to link to writing at the other sites listed above, and to write about sports that are personally interesting but notable to almost no other regular readers. (Think rugby and that sort of thing.)

Since it’s ultimately a personal site, it made sense to move things about yet again, and take the whole enterprise over to JonMarthaler.com. No more silly acronyms. Just one slightly hard-to-pronounce last name.


• Jon can usually be reached most quickly via email, at jon AT jonmarthaler DOT com.