Hey, my name is Luke Pieczynski and I’m the founder and lead (well, only) writer of the Born & Raised Sportz blogs. In addition, I’m also an Advertising student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

If you’re wondering why it’s sports with a ‘z’ instead of an ‘s’, there’s a pretty simple explanation. No, I’m not spelling-challenged, I can spell, simply, it’s for domain name purposes as who’s ever going to look up a blog with a suffix like ‘.blog’. Yeah, nobody.

Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, sports have always been a huge part of my life. Whether it was playing, discussing, or watching sports, it was essential for me to further my knowledge every day.

I first discovered my love for opinionated sports writing when I started reading the online sports blog Barstool Sports back in my senior year of high school. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked. I credit the bloggers I read (and continue to read) a lot of credit for the strong-willed, passionate ‘takes’ on anything sports related.

I have always prided myself on my die-hard love for Chicago sports teams: Cubs, Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks, and the Fighting Illini.

In the world of sports, everyone has an opinion. Here’s mine. Welcome to Born and Raised Sportz.