C.I. DeMann’s more than a YA novelist. He’s more than a DJ. He’s more than a workshop facilitator, a drinker of hard cider, a teller of unfunny jokes, and a wearer of questionable hairstyles. He’s all of those things and now he’s your favorite sportswriter, too!
They don’t call Portland “Soccer City U.S.A.” for nothing. This town is cuckoo crazy-go-nuts for soccer, and C.I. is right in the center of all that sweet footy action. For the last three years, he’s been writing about the Timbers, Portland’s professional men’s team, for the website Slide Rule Pass.
The Timbers play at least 34 games each year, and after each one, C.I. bangs out his column, titled “Six Degrees.” In it, he tackles six different issues related to the team. It could be their performance in the last game, his expectations for the next one, the achievements of the players, the idiocy of the referees, the moral repugnance of everything associated with Seattle soccer, or God’s mystifying refusal to grant Portland the league title. No stone is left unturned in C.I.’s quest for the truth. Or his quest for donuts. Or his quest for a pair of boxer shorts that don’t spend the day wedging themselves deeper and deeper into his butt crack. C.I. has many quests. These are just a few.
So check out his work. There’s a new column almost every week and three years of past columns in the archives. So get started reading them right away! (Seriously, get started. There’s gonna be a test on Tuesday to make sure you’ve read. No slacking!)