Z.W. Martin

  • joined May 11, 2011
  • last login Apr 14, 2014
  • posts 162
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Z.W. Martin has written for YourSeason.com, Vine Line, ChicagoNOW.com, Deadspin.com, TremendousUpsidePotential.com and a host of other websites. Outside of SB Nation Chicago, he is the Director of Baseball Operations for AcademyELITE Baseball in Glenview, IL.

He is a graduate of New Trier High School and Miami (OH) University. He lives in Roscoe Village.

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Chicago Cubs
  • NBA Chicago Bulls
  • NFL Chicago Bears
  • NCAAF Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • NCAAB North Carolina Tar Heels
  • NHL Chicago Blackhawks
  • General Miami (OH) Hockey
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Heat Are Boys, Bulls Are Men, Says One Edited Photo

The Miami Heat are the worst. The Chicago Bulls are the best. The following picture shows you why.

Chicago Cubs 2012 Season Preview: Waiting 'Til Next Year Before This Year Begins

SBN Chicago's Cubs beat writer, Z.W. Martin, reviews Chicago's off-season moves, previews the 2012 season and predicts the future.

Cubs Win World Series: 'MLB 12: The Show' Ruins My Day

To experience disgust, momentary joy, and then a whole lot more disgust please watch the video following the jump.

SB Nation Chicago Podcast: The Blackhawks Are Back, Baby

On this week's edition of the SB Nation Chicago Podcast, Ricky, Bobby and Z.W. talk about the Chicago Blackhawks. Topics include: the current four-game winning streak, our favorite '90s hockey players, the stellar play of goalie Corey Crawford and the struggles of star wing Patrick Kane. The conversation eventually devolves into Ricky and Bobby praising Rajon Rondo. Podcast following the jump.

The Insane Month That Has Been Chicago Blackhawks Hockey

Z.W. Martin takes a look at the past month of Blackhawks hockey. From a nine game skid to a four game winning streak, it has been one wild ride.

Should The Bulls Retire Dennis Rodman's Number?

In this week's The Ballad of Ricky-Bobby and Z.W., the crew discuss whether Dennis Rodman's number should be retired by the Bulls in their weekly roundtable.

Carlos Boozer's Hairline Secrets Revealed (Update)

The answer to all your Carlos Boozer hairline related questions.

SB Nation Chicago Podcast: Talkin' About Talking To C.J. Watson And Chachi Deng

On this week's edition of the SB Nation Chicago Podcast, Ricky, Bobby and Z.W. talk about Ricky's phone conversation with Bulls guard C.J. Watson. The crew also gives a shout-out to Chachi Deng.

Chicago Bears Hire Jeremy Bates As Quarterbacks Coach; Jay Cutler Gets Totally Stoked, Via Bears Website

Ricky O'Donnell, Bobby Loesch and Z.W. Martin debate whether the Bears' new QB Coach, Jeremy Bates, will make any difference at all in their weekly roundtable, The Ballad of Ricky-Bobby and Z.W.

Theo Epstein Curling? Theo Epstein Curling.

Here are pictures of Theo Epstein curling. You may want to look at them, or something.

Super Bowl XLVI Preview: PFW's Eli Kaberon Joins Live From Indy

SB Nation Chicago Podcast: Pro Football Weekly assistant editor Eli Kaberon calls in from Indianapolis where he's covering Super Bowl XLVI. Bobby Loesch tells us what this game means as a Patriots fan: revenge.

Could The Bulls And Blackhawks Both Win Championships In 2012?

Ricky O'Donnell, Bobby Loesch and Z.W. Martin debate whether both Chicago winter teams can win their respective titles, will Kane rebound and their favorite new Blackhawks in their weekly column, The Ballad of Ricky-Bobby and Z.W.

My Defense For Being A Notre Dame Fan

Z.W. Martin is not a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He explains why he is an Irish football fan and asks the haters to take a look in the mirror. Seriously, can't we all just get along?

SB Nation Chicago Podcast: Z.W., Bobby And Ricky Talk About The Bulls

Z.W. Martin, Ricky O'Donnell and Bobby Loesch break down the current state of the Chicago Bulls on this week's SB Nation Chicago podcast.

Super Bowl XLVI Madness, Or Lack There Of, For Patriots Vs. Giants

Ricky O'Donnell, Bobby Loesch and Z.W. Martin debate the Super Bowl contest of the Patriots vs. Giants in their weekly column, The Ballad of Ricky-Bobby and Z.W.

White Mamba Made The Former Mrs. Kim Kardashian Look Like Kris Humphries

Chicago's favorite person that dribble basketballs and is a Ginger, Brian Scalabrine, put THE MOVES on reality TV star and occasional NBA player, Kris Humphries last night. Video of the pretty up-and-under following the jump.

SB Nation Chicago Podcast: Pro Football Weekly's Eli Kaberon Talks NFL Playoffs

Pro Football Weekly editor Eli Kaberon joins the SB Nation Chicago Podcast this week to break down the conference finals in the NFL playoffs.

Bulls Dominate Suns And Sports Snobbiness Hits All-Time High: The Ballad Of Ricky-Bobby & Z.W.

This week "The Ballad of Ricky-Bobby & Z.W." is about the Bulls win over the Suns without Derrick Rose and sports snobbiness.

Wilmette's Tommy Wingels Scores First Career Goal Against Blackhawks

Wilmette resident -- and Miami (OH) University standout -- Tommy Wingels, a member of the San Jose Sharks, scored his first NHL goal against Chicago in the third period, drawing the contest to 4-3 in favor of the Blackhawks.

Greg From Lemont Tells Sarah Kustok What We've All Wanted To Say For Years

Greg from Lemont got to do something that most Blackhawks fans hope to do since childhood: shoot the puck at small holes during a period intermission in hopes of wining gift certificates. In addition, he also got to do something that most Blackhawks fans hope to do since adolescence: tell CSN sideline reporter Sarah Kustok "I love you. You’re so pretty and beautiful."

SB Nation Chicago Podcast: Bears Fire Angelo And Bulls Win Without Rose

On the premier episode of the SB Nation Chicago Podcast, Ricky O'Donnell, Z.W. Martin and Bobby Loesch examine the structural hierarchy of the Chicago Bears after the dismissal of general manager Jerry Angelo. In the second half of the show, the dudes take a look at the state of the Chicago Bulls following their Wednesday victory over the Washington Wizards without star guard Derrick Rose.

How The Cubs Got To This New Low

SBN Chicago's Z.W. Martin looks at how the Cubs have gotten so bad seemingly so quick. In reality it has been a long process originating in bad drafts (leading to bad contracts), specifically the debacle that was the 2002 draft.

Previewing The 2012 NFL Divisional Playoffs (The Ballad Of Ricky-Bobby & Z.W.)

SBN Chicago's Z.W. Martin, Ricky O'Donnell and Bobby Loesch discuss one of the most exciting weekends in sports: The NFL Divisional Playoffs.

Chicago Loves Them Some White Mamba

Brian Scalabrine makes me Chicago feel OH SO SEXY.

TUP-cast: Previewing The 2011 Bowl Game Schedule (AKA The BCS Is Stupid)

Today the crew discusses the upcoming 2011 slate of bowl games -- even the stupid Alabama vs. LSU BCS game sans Z.W. (he's boycotting the game). Rock super hard to some college football boner jams.

From Inside Wrigley Field: Hotel Wrigleyville, The Triangle Building And The Obstacles Ahead Of Tom Ricketts And The Cubs

During the 2008 season, Z.W. Martin worked in the Cubs publications department. At the time, he saw the original scale model of the Triangle Building, learned what developers wanted to do to the land surrounding Wrigley Field and was introduced to the many roadblocks to both plans.

Ricketts Buys McDonald's Across The Street From Wrigley Field

What are the Ricketts planning on doing with their newly acquired McDonald's across the street from Wrigely Field on Addison and Clark?

Tebow Bones Bears; The Final TUP-cast

to discuss the Chicago Bears loss to The Tebow and the Denver Broncos. Things are sad in Chicago. It's also the last TUP-cast ever. Things are REALLY sad in Chicago. Sound xoxoxos following the jump.

Chicago Sports News: Powlus Joins Weis In Kansas, Scalabrine Is Back On The Bulls And The Bears Shady Memorabilia Collector

All the juicy Ron Powlus/Charlie Weis, Brian Scalabrine and sketchy merk dealer goodness following the jump.

TUP-cast: Special Guests, Twitter And Maybe Some Sports

Each week, Ricky O'Donnell and Z.W. Martin sit down next to a computer and let the podcasting roll. Typically, they talk about sports. Sometimes not. Today they bring on special guests, Social Media Princess (it's on her business cards), Kayla Gerken and, SBN Chicago's own and rad drummer, Bobby Loesch. They discuss Twitter, their parents finding their "stuff" on the Internet and maybe some sports and stuff.

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