About the Author
Neil Hayes is a sports columnist for the Contra Costa Times newspapers, a 195,000-circulation chain of daily newspapers based in Walnut Creek, California. He is a frequent guest on Bay Area radio stations, and his column is distributed nationally by Knight-Ridder wire services. He has twice been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors for his enterprise reporting and has won numerous writing awards from the Pro Football Writer’s Association of America. He lives in Pleasant Hill, CA, with his wife Charlee and their two children, Nicholas and Riley.