About Us

Jeremy Ashton (left) and Jimmy Ryals visit with David Thompson, who is big-time.

Jeremy Ashton (left) and Jimmy Ryals (right) visit with David Thompson, who is big-time.

Launched in September 2009, Instead of Texting is the product of nine years of arguing, commiserating and co-celebrating over sports. The authors are two print journalism refugees and former roommates who attended N.C. State University in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Jimmy Ryals spent 18 years as a Duke devotee before converting to Wolfpackism during his undergrad years at N.C. State. Jimmy had tickets to NCSU’s legendary 1998 pasting of Florida State at Carter-Finley Stadium. He chose not to go to the game and watched the Hillsborough Street celebration from a bench next to the Belltower.

Jeremy Ashton grew up rooting for North Carolina, went to UNC for grad school and married a Carolina girl. Despite having those three strikes against him, he is a devoted Wolfpack fan who spent four years covering N.C. State sports for Technician, the student newspaper. Jeremy also passed up a chance to go to that 1998 game. He made up for it three years later when he watched from the press box at Doak Campbell Stadium as the Pack became the first team to win a conference game in Tallahassee. Jeremy currently lives in South Florida, where Florida football is king.

A note on the name: It’s the brainchild of Jimmy’s girlfriend. She overheard one end of a phone call where Jeremy and Jimmy discussed the idea of co-writing an ACC sports blog. “Great. Maybe you guys can do that instead of texting each other about games all the time.”

We’ll see.

Launched in September 2009, Instead of Texting is the product of nine years of arguing, commiserating and co-celebrating over sports. The authors are two print journalism refugees and former roommates who attended N.C. State University in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Jimmy Ryals spent 18 years as a Duke devotee before converting to Wolfpackism during his undergrad years at N.C. State. Jimmy had tickets to NCSU’s legendary 1998 pasting of Florida State at Carter-Finley Stadium. He chose not to go to the game and watched the Hillsborough Street celebration from a bench next to the Belltower.

Jeremy Ashton grew up rooting for North Carolina, went to UNC for grad school and married a Carolina girl. Despite having those three strikes against him, he is a devoted Wolfpack fan who spent four years covering N.C. State sports for Technician, the student newspaper. Jeremy also passed up a chance to go to that 1998 game. He made up for it three years later when he watched from the press box at Doak Campbell Stadium as the Pack became the first team to win a conference game in Tallahassee. Jeremy currently lives in South Florida, where Florida football is king.

A note on the name: It’s the brainchild of Jimmy’s girlfriend. She overheard one end of a phone call where Jeremy and Jimmy discussed the idea of co-writing an ACC sports blog. “Great. Maybe you guys can do that instead of texting each other about games all the time.”

We’ll see.

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10 Responses to About Us

  1. Gilbert Rutledge says:

    Great Job Guys. Hey Jimmy, you guys might have to do an article on the Pirates this year, especially the way that State performed this past Thursday night, you will put your readers to sleep if you have to break down there offense statistics.
    Later, G

  2. Matt Lail says:

    Guys, guys, guys: This is genius. I’m enjoying it already. Keep it up!

  3. Eban Bean says:

    Guys — Great content going here! Keep it up! Jimmy — wasn’t sure it was you til I saw the picture.

  4. Joel Frady says:

    Newest favorite sports website. Keep up the good work gentlemen

    -jif

  5. Brian Schuch says:

    Look at those hats. Jeremy, did you feel like a redheaded stepchild? Evil Empire N, Evil Empire B, and you. Seriously, if it weren’t for the Pirates you’d be at the bottom of AAAA.

    Enough kidding aside, what’s up with all three of you wearing MLB caps to TheRSA?

    • Jimmy Ryals says:

      I was a little disappointed to learn DT was a part of the Evil Empire. Not altogether relevant, but: I’m reading Bill Simmons’ basketball book, and he’s merciless with his Thompson-cocaine jokes.

      That picture actually wasn’t taken at The Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena. If I remember correctly, that’s a small baseball stadium in Rock Hill, SC. Jeremy and I were there with Corriher back when he worked for the Big South Conference. The conference baseball and softball tournaments were being held there, and DT’s daughter played for one of the schools.

  6. GregPonder says:

    Great pic of the best ACC hoops player ever. Just a terrible ball cap on his head…oh well.

    Oh and perhaps a link to the Charlotte 49ers on your “Teams” list would be a good addition 🙂

    • Jeremy Ashton says:

      DT’s choice of hats was kind of unfortunate, but we weren’t about to argue with a living legend.

      It might be about time for us to revisit the “Teams” list since we’re trying to branch out from the ACC.

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