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Andrew Mentock

Freelance Writer and Journalist

Location icon United States

I am an experienced writer, specializing in journalism, sports and popular culture, but my research skills and objectivity allow me to write for almost any genre. I have written features and articles for a number of magazines, newspapers and blogs, including Ozy and SB Nation.

I'm also a feature writer for Blue and Gold Illustrated, a digital and print publication covering Notre Dame Football.

Prior to that, I spent a year as a staff reporter and feature writer for Leader Publications, a newspaper publisher in southwest Michigan.

I graduated cum laude from DePaul University in 2012 with degrees in journalism and psychology.

Other interests of mine include coaching basketball and baseball, watching the NBA, college football, reading novels, eating sushi and drinking an Old Fashioned. Follow me on Twitter: @AndrewMentock

I welcome inquiries and writing requests. Contact me at drewment2[at]gmail.com

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Blue and Gold Illustrated
06/29/2020
Braden Lenzy: Taking A Stand

Wearing an orange forward-facing ball cap and turquoise tie-dye T-shirt, Braden Lenzy introduced himself in a video on the Notre Dame Football Twitter account on June 4. Despite his casual dress, his tone was somber and assertive, while still inviting. As he spoke, a framed photo of the Notre Dame logo was positioned on the wall behind his left shoulder, perhaps an unintended ode to the football program encouraging him to amplify his voice. The purpose of the 23-second clip was to highlight a...

SBNation.com
04/29/2020
How one of Team USA's potential Olympic stars is handling the wait

Luscious green trees surround the outdoor skatepark and grandstands at the UCI Urban Cycling World Championships in Chengdu, China. Freestyle BMX star Hannah Roberts - atop her pink bike, rocking a black full-face helmet - drops in and pedals hard toward a spine ramp. As she launches off the ramp, Roberts begins a 360-degree spin.

OZY
04/17/2020
Will This Enigmatic Pass Rusher Be the Steal of the NFL Draft?

In the middle of an outdoor rugby field on the north end of Notre Dame's campus, Julian Okwara, one of the prestigious university's former football captains, strips down to his training tights and cleats and assumes his starting stance, with one hand on the artificial turf and the other in the air.

OZY
02/17/2019
Insider Trading Laws Are Coming ... to Sports Betting

After losing in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, an emotional LeBron James smashed a whiteboard in the Cleveland Cavaliers locker room, breaking his right hand. His play faltered in the subsequent three games that the Golden State Warriors also won for a clean sweep.

OZY
05/28/2020
Professional Bettors Now Carry the Responsible Gambling Torch

Major sports bettors like Gadoon Kyrollos, Rufus Peabody and Jeff Ma are launching podcasts to educate sports fans about bets they should avoid. Peabody and fellow professional bettor "Captain" Jack Andrews are launching a sports betting advocacy nonprofit. The major sports leagues are biding their time during the pandemic, with all games postponed.

Civilized
05/02/2020
How the Vocal Anti-Marijuana Minority is Sabotaging Legal Cannabis

On the eve of November 7, while the majority of Michigan voters celebrated the passage of Proposal 1 - the initiative to legalize adult-use marijuana - a dejected Scott Greenlee, the president of anti-cannabis organization Healthy and Productive Michigan, stood behind a podium and told his supporters via Facebook Live that their campaign against cannabis had failed.

OZY
05/01/2019
Could Wagering on Sports Become a Viable Financial Investment? You Bet

When sports betting mutual funds the Nevada Sports Investment Group and Contrarian Investments had complaints filed against them in September 2018 by the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly violating federal securities laws by taking on unaccredited investors, it appeared to be a setback for a nascent industry.

OZY
11/20/2019
Embrace the 'Cupcake' Matchups. They're Saving College Football

The Appalachian State football program opened the 2019 season with a 42-7 beatdown of East Tennessee State. It's what is known as a tune-up game, where the Mountaineers, part of the College Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), play a team from the lowly Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) to get an easy win and prepare for the rigors of the season.

Leader Publications
03/29/2018
Edwardsburg filmmaker to premiere new 'Jurassic Park' spoof - Leader Publications

In a pivotal scene in the 1993 edition of "Jurassic Park," Ian Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum, is hanging out the back of a jeep as he narrowly escapes the sharp teeth of a pursuing Tyrannosaurus rex. During the chase, the carnivorous dinosaur breaks through large tree limbs as it stomps its way down the muddy road.

OZY
03/19/2020
Welcome to Fake March Madness | OZY

With fewer than 40 seconds left and Texas leading Xavier, 88-77, on Tuesday night, color analyst Bill Raftery informed his legendary announcing partner Verne Lundquist that the Musketeers no longer had a chance of making it to the program's first-ever Final Four. "I think this game is out of reach, Verne," Raferty said.

OZY
10/30/2019
There's No Gender Gap for Winning Basketball Coaches

At the end of last season, Notre Dame head basketball coach Muffet McGraw said she was done hiring men. Few protested: Women are underrepresented in the college basketball coaching industry compared with men.

OZY
07/09/2018
How Edison's Boxing Film Inspired Pay-Per-View

Covered in black tar paper to shut out external light, Thomas Edison's Black Maria movie production studio in West Orange, New Jersey, looked more like an oversize shack or a child's makeshift fort than it did a venue for a groundbreaking boxing match between the heavyweight champion of the world, James "Gentleman Jim" Corbett, and New Jersey champion Peter Courtney.

OZY
11/13/2018
Why Small Towns Benefit Most From Major Sporting Events

On a rainy October afternoon in Buchanan, Michigan, a crowd of people cheering and waving flags from dozens of countries stood in the mud. Motocross racers in uniforms as colorful as the flags zipped around the track at RedBud MX, the host site of the 2018 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN).

OZY
05/07/2019
Baseball's Original Secret Weapon: The Spitball

Cleveland's League Park was filled to capacity for Game 7 of the 1920 World Series between the Indians and the Brooklyn Robins. The result was a 3-0 victory by the Indians, which gave the ball club a decisive fifth win in the best-of-nine series.

OZY
05/05/2020
Big-Time Basketball Recruits Shoot for Ivy League

As the interim Dean of Harvard's Engineering School in 2015, Harry Lewis had spoken to hundreds of prospective students about his department, and had taught some of the school's best-known students, from Mark Zuckerberg to Bill Gates.

OZY
06/10/2019
When Babe Ruth Wanted a Raise, This Was What He Did

After leading big-league baseball in home runs for the seventh time in his career in 1926, George Herman " Babe " Ruth Jr. and his agent leaked a rumor to the media that he would retire from baseball to open a chain of gymnasiums. According to a release in The New York Times, this venture would also include a correspondence course on how to stay physically fit and play baseball.

Michiana Life
12/29/2016
Shaping the future

Inside the garage of a former car dealership, Peter Fauver sits at his Pottery Wheel. The long garage is located behind his family’s business, Main Street Antique Mall, in downtown Niles. In addition to Peter’s studio, the garage serves as the shop’s storage space. The dual purpose of the two structures mixes two worlds: for every box of clay or drying mug there is a random item such as a plastic Christmas Tree or old street light. While his hands shape a spinning bowl, Peter wears...

South Bend Life
11/07/2018
A Holiday Sensation

On a shivering November morning in northern Indiana, WNDU's Joshua Short, a reporter at the time, stood outside of University Park Mall at 5:13 a.m. Even in 2017, he still expected crowded lines of people bundled up as they anxiously anticipated the opening of the fall at 6 a.m. for Black Friday...

OZY
10/23/2018
Come Dec. 15, What If the Lakers Traded LeBron James?

At the Los Angeles Lakers' media day in September, LeBron James showed up to his first press conference with his new team wearing a gold jersey and a white armband. Asked if LA could beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA's Western Conference, James wasn't optimistic.

OZY
01/16/2018
The NIT Was Awesome - Until the NCAA Ruined Basketball

In 1944, the Ohio State men's basketball team suffered a devastating late regular season loss to DePaul University and its star, college hoop's first great big man, 6-foot-9 George Mikan. After the game, the Buckeyes sat in the locker room, dejected that they likely had come up short in their bid for one of the eight spots in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament.

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