About Tyler Michels

Tyler is an NC State alum living in Raleigh, NC. Growing up in Northwest New Jersey, Tyler developed a love for New York sports teams, driving his desire to become a writer. In his free time, Tyler can probably be found on a golf course.

NBA Playoff Memories: A Look Back at our Favorite Moments

The NBA playoffs are cranking into high gear. After a tepid start to the first round, most of the match-ups quickly gained steam. Two first round series went the full 7 games (Toronto/Indiana & Miami/Charlotte) while two other series went 6 games (Atlanta/Boston & Los Angeles/Portland). First round teams that lost, combined to win 12 […]

3 Surprises at the NBA’s Midway Point

From the improved Eastern conference, to the top heavy Western conference, the 2015-2016 NBA season has had some interesting surprises. Here are my top 3. 1.) The Dominance of the Warriors & Spurs With this NBA season featuring a lot of inconsistent play and plenty of injuries, the Warriors and Spurs have avoided both of […]

Replacing Coughlin Won’t Be Easy – Just Ask The Jacksonville Jaguars

Despite the Giants shortcomings over the last few seasons, a proven NFL head coach isn’t walking through the door at MetLife Stadium to replace the 2x Super Bowl Champion Tom Coughlin. Who Replaces Coughlin? As the Giants begin their search to replace head coach Tom Coughlin, keep in mind that they won’t be swapping a […]

A Giant Season of Blunders

The New York Giants 2015 season was full of potential – until they blew nearly every game. They were down 35-7 vs. the undefeated Panthers, but let’s be honest: they should have been winning. It seemed like such an unlikely story for Big Blue. The Giants don’t usually lose until the last two minutes of […]

NFL Midseason Report

As we find ourselves already at the halfway point of the 2015-16 NFL season, the Back of the Jersey team looks at some of the most disappointing and surprising teams in the NFL this season.  Rory Goulding   Most Disappointing   AFC – Miami Dolphins It has to be the Dolphins, right? This team was […]

2015-16 NBA Season Preview: A BOTJ Discussion

As we embark on another NBA season, it is now time for the Back of the Jersey staff to offer up some predictions.  One of the more exciting off-seasons in recent memory brought new faces to new places.  Which coaches, players, and teams will stand out this year? Tyler Michels Team to watch: Los Angeles […]

Golf’s Fourth Major: The U.S. Open

At what point in golf history did the USGA decide to make the U.S. Open a circus? These days, it seems, the USGA tries to make it more about themselves than about the game of golf. Why does Chambers Bay look like a course from Scotland? Isn’t this the U.S. Open? And why is the […]

An Orange and Blueprint: The Knick Fan’s Guide To The 2015 Off-Season

A detailed, comprehensive plan to improve the Knicks – now and into the future. Let me start off by explaining what inspired me to write such an article about the Knicks off-season plans. Despite the impending draft and free agency being covered at nausea by bloggers and mainstream sports media alike, I have been waiting […]

Fifteen Years of Garden Ringmasters

The Rangers, the Knicks, and those who have run MSG since the century’s turn. It was the summer of 1994. New York sports fans over the age of 30 remember it quite well. The Rangers, mired in a 54 year Stanley Cup drought, won the ultimate prize. The championship ended the drought and cemented players […]

The Untold Legacy of Andy Roddick

Often criticized and rarely praised, Roddick’s retirement in 2012 marked the death of the American men’s tennis player. Andy Roddick, following his U.S. Open victory in 2003 at just 21 years of age, was predictably labeled the real deal. A stunningly powerful forehand and a hulk-like first-serve, Roddick possessed a marketable skill-set even for the […]