Adam Krieger Introduction to Vendetta – Who the F**K am I?
I totally botched my introduction to this site and the readers, and for that I am sorry. But it is really not that serious and I figured I’ll just get this out of the way now. I read Trey’s State of the Union and felt inspired to whip this up. I am Adam Krieger and this is my introduction to the site.
I am an intern for Vendetta Sports Media. What does that mean? You’re going to see my name on the by-line of some blogs for Vendetta. That also means I will be working behind the scenes of stuff like the YouTube page (SUBSCRIBE) and, helping with video content the site puts out going forward. I look forward to working with Trey and the rest of the team here to grow this motherfucker. Although my full name is Adam Krieger, since 1st grade I was only referred to by my last name, Krieger
I grew up just north of New York City in a small town on the Hudson River. Sports is my life, always has been and always will be. I started playing sports when I was 3 years old playing AYSO soccer, kicking a ball around was not for me, but what I learned at a very early age is I am so damn competitive.
Competitiveness is both a gift and a curse, and my competitive nature alienated some friends at an early age. As soon as I was able to play organized baseball I fully made the leap to that and left the ball kicking days behind me. I was a big kid, and when I say big I am not talking height, so baseball presented a new opportunity where that type of thing mattered less.
In fourth grade, I signed up for Pop-Warner football and my life would never be the same from that point on. Like I said I was a big boy, so by default, I became a lineman and that would be the start of my journey.
I continued with football and baseball, playing on travel teams and playing in competitive leagues, until I reached middle school sports and could play for my school teams. After 7th grade football season, my coach came up to me and asked how serious I was about football, and if I was then I should go wrestle for him and the school team.
I was so damn scared to wear a singlet, like who wanted to see my fatass in a tight leotard wrestling other dudes. I got over that relatively quickly and I found my 3rd sport, and that was what I was missing in my life.
I continued playing the same 3 sports into high school and really gave it my all, sacrificing family vacations and trips with the boys to be at practice in the summer and over school breaks.
While I quickly hit my ceiling in baseball, I stuck it out as a 3rd sport, just something to stay in shape for the other two sports. Football and Wrestling became my thing, and I made sure I put in the work to become the best I could at them.
I succeeded in football, earning local accolades and even getting a few opportunities to play in college. In wrestling I did whatever it took, I cut 20 pounds my sophomore year to at wrestle 220 pounds and I saw the work paying off, coming in 3rd in the state qualifying tournament. I did the same damn thing again junior year, cutting 40 pounds after football season before wrestling season, and got 2nd in the same tournament a year later. Senior year it all came to fruition, I won the tournament and qualified for the state tournament in Albany. Adam Krieger finally won the big one
Damn, I sound like an egotistical maniac, but that is actually truly opposite of who I am as a person. As a lineman, we had a name for the guys who ran the ball and scored the touchdown “Glory Boys” the ones whose names were in the paper the next day and I was far from that. I was down to be a silent leader on my team, hand in the dirt doing the work nobody else wanted to do. I never heard “ADAM KRIEGER” announced on the PA system at games. I knew my teammates appreciated it, and it was needed to win, so I did it with a smile on my face and I take that same attitude with me to where I am now.
After high school, I was pretty banged up, wanted to get out of the cold so I decided not to play sports for the first time since I was 3 years old and head down to Coastal Carolina in Myrtle Beach to get some sun….
Boy oh boy did I fuck up. I was a miserable fuck destroying my body and everything I had accomplished in high school. I took my lumps and took about a year and a half to get my head on straight and get my shit together. I came back to NY from Myrtle Beach and was lucky enough to return home to the people who helped me so much in life to that point. I got an opportunity to be an assistant wrestling and football coach from my alma-matter and dive head first back into being a competitive freak.
I started to get my life back together when I met the then head coach of the wrestling team at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx. The wrestling team was small, but it peaked my interest enough so I enrolled at the college and joined the team. I wrestled for one year in college before the program got cut, but it didn’t really matter because I was back in school and had gotten my shit together.
Wow, if you are still reading this thank you for sticking with me through my entire life in words. I’ll get to the point I swear. Like I said I love sports, they have always been there for me in good times and bad so it is something that I want to live the rest of my life around. My dad grew up in Queens, making him a Mets fan, so that I guess somehow made him also a Jets fan by default.
I have had some of my best moments with my father watching sports, and I couldn’t grow up a contrarian so those became my teams too. Well, now I am probably a bigger fan than him, which is strange since the Mets and Jets have literally never given me moments of joy as a fan. Anyways, I live and die by every Mets game, and suffer every Sunday during football season watching that putrid team in green.
As I got older, I became really into sports gambling, so that really broadened my knowledge to the rest of the sports and I think I know a decent amount about most of the teams NFL and MLB (famous last words as a gambler).
I also always played Xbox or PlayStation as a kid to unwind, playing Call of Duty with the boys all hours of the night. When Fortnite became really popular, I started playing that and I discovered Twitch, a video game live streaming platform. Although Fortnite isn’t as popular as it once was, I still spend my free time watching streamers like NickMercs and TimTheTatman and consider myself tuned into the video game world.
So…. I am going to be writing a variety of stuff and whatever Trey asks me to write, but I will mostly be covering the MLB, NFL and NCAA wrestling. I am a diehard Mets and Jets fan so most of my stuff will center around that type of shit and from a fan of those teams. I also plan on writing blogs about sports gambling, eSports shit, and to be honest whatever else the fuck I want to write about (with Trey’s permission of course).
TL//DR: I am an intern for Vendetta Media, a diehard Mets, and Jets fan and I will be contributing to the site however Trey feels fit. My name is Adam Krieger and this is my introduction.
Since I botched my introduction, read my other pieces here