Ian Curtis

Ian Curtis is a Sports Columnist at Grit Daily. A sports and history buff, he has a penchant for memorizing useless trivia. He is based out of College Station, Texas.

What’s Up with the WAC? The Uncertain Future of a Chaotic Conference

The Western Athletic Conference has been one of the biggest victims of conference realignment in recent years. Once home to schools such as Arizona, BYU, and TCU, how was the WAC reduced to its current state, and what changes might the future hold? Early history Founded in 1962 with six charter members, the WAC gradually expanded throughout most of its existence. By 1980, the additions of Air Force, San Diego State, and Hawaii among others had increased the number of teams to nine. Both...

The Rangers are moving on, so what’s next for Globe Life Park?

In May 2016, voters in Arlington, Texas approved the funds to build a new, state-of-the-art stadium for Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers. Now that Globe Life Field is the Ranger’s new home, what’s in store for “The Ballpark in Arlington?” Ballpark history In 1994, Globe Life Park opened as a replacement for the aging Arlington Stadium, the home of the Rangers since they had moved from Washington D.C. in 1972. Originally known as The Ballpark in Arlington...

James Holzhauer is Setting the Game Show World on Fire and Winning Millions While He’s at it.

On April 4, a little-known sports gambler first appeared on Jeopardy! It’s currently late May, and James Holzhauer is still winning. How does anyone know this much about everything? What makes a trivia master? Here’s how James Holzhauer became The James Holzhauer. Growing up a Gambler Growing up in Naperville, Illinois, James always excelled at math. He was even a member of a Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering team that one the state championship. But in high school he was...

How Did A Field of Dirt and Sawdust Evolve into the Host of the 2021 IAAF World Championships?

With ongoing renovations, Hayward Field is being entirely rebuilt to host the 2021 IAAF World Championships. Now the single most important location for track and field in the United States, how did Hayward evolve from a small dirt-filled football stadium into the wonder it is today? Origins In 1919, the University of Oregon built Hayward Field to replace Kincaid Field as the home of Oregon football. It was named for Bill Hayward, a longtime track and football coach. Oregon played on dirt and...

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