Varsity Spotlight: Contributor Justin Brouckaert
Who are you, what do you do, what’s your story?
I’m Justin. I grew up in Metro Detroit and earned my BA from Saginaw Valley State University. Now I’m an MFA candidate at the University of South Carolina, where I’m working on a novel about two friends training for the Olympic Trials marathon in Detroit during the 2013/2014 Heidelberg Project arsons.
Tell us a little bit about where your sports interests lie. What sports/topics/teams/anything are you most looking forward to covering for ____ On Sports?
I’m a Detroit Tigers fan and a fair-weather Pistons fan ready to ride the Andre Drummond/Stan Van Gundy train into the 2016 NBA playoffs. I’ve divorced the Lions and could care less about hockey. I’m looking forward to writing about football (NFL, NCAA, FFL ), basketball (NBA & pickup hoops) and long-distance running.
What experience(s) most shaped your interest in sports? Do you have a specific sports-related memory that stands out in your mind?
I wouldn’t be a writer if injuries hadn’t forced me out of long-distance running. I was a 19-year-old NCAA Division 2 track & field walk-on when knee injuries ended my running career. My interest in sportswriting comes from that place of fracture.
Really, though, I’ve been a sports fan all my life. Some of my earliest — and best — memories are of eating pistachios and watching Barry Sanders and the Lions with my dad after church.
What are you currently reading / Netflixing / obsessing over? Anything else you want to share? Where else can readers find you on the interwebz?
I just finished reading Ben Lerner’s 10:04 for our latest episode of the Yemassee Podcast. Next up is Maile Chapman’s Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto and Angela Flournoy’s The Turner House. I’m currently obsessing over my novel and the NBA Finals.