Oct 22, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger (7) and guard James Young (13) work for the rebound against Brooklyn Nets forward Cory Jefferson (21) in the second quarter at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports


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James McDermott, editor

James McDermott is a life-long Islanders, Mets, Giants and Knicks fan. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from The State University of New York, University at Albany. In addition to his work at EmpireWritesBack.com, he is also a co-creator, editor and writer for IslandersFanForum.com.

Joe Pietaro, Co-Editor

Joe Pietaro is a journalist and radio/TV host covering sports, bodybuilding and fitness. He is the Founding Editor of MuscleSport Magazine and served as the Editor-in-Chief of New York Sportscene magazine.

Brian Sausa, Staff Writer

Brian Sausa is a Queens, New York native with a lifelong passion for sports and consistently follows almost every major sport. An aspiring journalist, Sausa has a degree in journalism from the University at Albany and attempts to bring a level-headed approach that sometimes escapes us as die hard fans of sports teams.

Kenneth Teape, Editor

Kenneth Teape is a graduate of SUNY Old Wesbury with a degree in Media Communications. He is an avid New York sports fan with the Knicks and Giants being his favorite teams and has been writing about them for a couple of years now. He is currently a co-editor for Empire Writes Back and can find more of his work at The Hardwood Nation and Rant Sports.

Kyle Nuss, Staff Writer

Kyle Nuss joined Empire Writes Back in Feb. 2014 and as well currently the owner of allhailsports.net and writer for theaosn.com. Kyle loves sports and is a big fan of the Jets, Yankees, Rangers, and Syracuse.

Timothy Downs, Staff Writer

Timothy Downs is a long suffering New York Mets and New York Jets fan who, when not agonizing over their latest losses, writes words about sports for places. You can find more of his work at Rant Sports.

Brandon Roertgen, Staff Writer

I'm currently a junior Broadcast Journalism major at Oswego State University. I love just about all sports, with a passion in tennis, basketball, and running. Follow me on twitter @broertgen and feel free to leave your opinion and any constructive criticism in the comments section. Thanks for reading.

Gustavo Braga, Staff Writer

Gustavo Braga is an economics major turned journalist that lives and loves sports. Knicks / Giants fan, he writes on the NBA and Soccer. Currently an editor of Empire Writes Back, the New York sports blog of the Fansided Network.

Pat Zazzarino, Staff Writer

I'm a 22-year-old New York sports fan and currently a senior at Kutztown University, where I am the Copy Editor and Assistant Sports Editor of our school's newspaper, The Keystone.

Paul Ciullo, Staff Writer

Lifelong sports fan, some of my earliest memories growing up revolve around making trips to the Carrier Dome to watch Syracuse engage in battles against their Big East brethren. Huge Yankee and Knicks fan, I was lucky enough to witness the last game played at the Old Yankee Stadium and first game at the New Yankee Stadium. Graduate of SUNY Geneseo, I spend a good portion of my free time talking, reading, and writing about sports, and to this end created PAC’s Sports and Entertainment Forum (http://paulyard20.com/) where I serve as the head writer.

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