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An All-Star Defensive End who has played for 9 seasons

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About Eric Satterwhite

I started playing for the hitmen back in 2004 as far as I back as I can remeber. I've taken a few bumps to the head, so my memory isn't always so good. I've Played D-End from day 1 and I've gotten pretty comfortable with it.

I grew up in Muskego, and with many of the guys who startedd/played for this team so, I can't ever see my self playing for another team. I'll be A Hitman till I die. Or until the team really starts to suck. Then I've never heard of them!

I had Never played D-End until I got here. It was a little bit of a transition, but I've gotten better at it as the years go by. Not to toot my own horn, but I like to think I've gotten pretty good at it. At one point in my career I was a "Sack-Whore". it was all I wanted, I would have dreams about them. But I would also get burned a lot when I went after a sack instead of "Doing My Job". My sack count may have gone down a little the last couple of years. But The running backs still don't like running at me and the QB's still roll away from me, I get double teamed all the time and if that helps my team win...I'm OK with that.

I have seen a lot of firsts in the IFL. I was apart of the first 11 - on - 11 Season. I played in the first Hall of Fame Game ( and Played GOOD ). I played in both of the still talked about TRIPLE over time games against Madison. I played in the first All-start game. You can say that I've had a pretty satisfying career here in the IFL, and I would have to agree with you.
And, I never thought it would happen, but I got to sack my own QB, Derek Daley for the first time in 2008. Not gonna lie - It felt good.

I mess around with computers in my spare time. This here website, would be a result of that. Yep, I did that - If you have questions about the site, Or how to give quarterbacks concussions, I'm probably the guy to ask.

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  • Mon Nov 19 2012 5:44 a.m.
    Eric Satterwhite just added a new Post In the topic 2013 Tryouts Announced
    all players - new & returning are required to play. all existing 2012 contracts have been deemed void and you will be expected to earn a spot on the team.   combine tests for the 2013 will include: 40yd dash pro agility vertical jump variety of reaction drills position specific drills offense vs. defense team drills all attendees will be asked to provide their height, weight, email, position of interest.
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    if you have your game pants, or a jersey bring them with to the banquet so we can get the repaired for next year
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    big thanks to jay evans for filming the games and helping with the highlights!

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Posted By Eric Satterwhite on Wed May 27 2009 3:39 p.m. 0 comments

I was doing some house cleaning and accidentally deleted all of the profile pictures! My bad. I think there were only 6 people that took the time to upload a picture anyway, so it's not too big of a deal. But it shouldn't affect too much. Just upload a new one.

If you are a member of the dance team, we are taking care of that, you shouldn't have to do anything.

Posted By Eric Satterwhite on Tue Apr 14 2009 10:53 a.m. 10 comments

By this time next week I'll be passing 100 hours of work on this years issue of Smashmouth Magazine. For those of you who didn't know, I originally pitched the idea for this at a Muskeo Hitmen Board meeting. The response, by in large was luke-warm. The initial response was awesome, "Ya! thats a great idea". The tide changed when I explained what we would have to do to make it happen, "...That sounds like a lot of work..."

It is a lot of work. From top to bottom, it is a team effort. Doing interviews, collecting information, taking pictures, doing the layouts, heck - just finding stuff to talk about that you didn't talk about last time can be a task. So I mentioned the idea to Chris Chudada in a conversation and said if I had more help on it, I could make it happen. Long story short, Smashmouth Magazine was born. Now even with Chris helping out, I'm faced with managing and developing virtually everying I mentioned above on the magazine. I don't usually do this because I like people to get hit with the 'WOW-Factor" when the open the magazine...But I won't give away much...and I don't think many people actually read this stuff. So here is a little look at how all of this comes together

The Idea

Chris: All of the teams were whining because their wasn't anything about them in the magazine, so I want do a little team feature on every team this year.

Eric: If there wasn't anything on the team in last issue it is because when I asked for teams to contribute something to the magazine - No one answered. It's their own fault.

Chris: I know, But I want people to buy it so let's do it. Barutha ( the league announcer ) came up with a format and basic layout...what do you think

Eric: I like it...but its boring. Let's take it up a notch. What if we did it like a scouting report...but for fans. Not overly detailed but give them a look from a coaches perspective.

Chris: I love it - Go!

Chris: Oh, I would also like each feature to have like a helmet graphic...Can you do that to?

Eric: Sure...

Phase 1: The info & Mock Up

Collecting the info was by far the most frustrating thing I have to deal with. Chris and Barutha venture out to collect info on teams...as much as they can. They send it to me, and I say I need more. They say - That's all we got, can you work with it? Like an idiot, I say yes... Here is a snap shot of the info I usually get, this EVERYTHING they came up with on the Muskego Hitmen. This is what I get to work with. The general idea was not to tell people something they already know, but present information that coaches like to get on teams - Who are the studs, how do we stop them, what do they like to do... all that good stuff. None of that was in the stuff they sent me. So I go back and try to figure it out for my self.

I start by basically pasting the document in to the layout and moving a couple things around. Cutting out the boring stuff and clearing out white space. Removing the logos. I'll slap a couple pictures in there and get a feel for where this is going...It's not going anywhere - It's still boring. Then it hit me! A couple  years ago, I was talking with Brett about redoing the website. I wanted it to try to capture the randomness and chaos that is organizing semi-pro football...And kind of poking fun at what it is we and coaches do. Well why not do that with the mag? It would be a lot easier than on a website. 

Phase 2: Photo retouching and clean up

The next step is to track down photos of all of all of the players we are "Scouting" and figure out how I am going to use them. Well since every team has a photographer and they are all mandated to submit copies to the league, this should be a snap, right?! Well, most of the teams didn't do that, so I have very limited resources to work with. Luckily, Jeff is the man and takes a lot of kick ass pictures that we don't ever put on the site - mainly because they don't have any Hitmen guys in them. And...you know...that's how photographers make money - Take pictures and sell them! 

So I take all of the photos that Chris and Jeff can get to me  and I dump them all in to lightroom and start retouching, color correcting, removing dirt, fixing the light and blur, removing things I don't like, adding the things I want. A lot of cut outs and dropping players back into certain things. No pictures is ever perfect or the way I like it when I get it. The sky isn't blue enough, that red is too red, its too dark, not enough contrast...too much color, the grass looks like dirt, or it's too yellow. Photo retouching takes up a lot of time when you are talking 200+ photos. Plus, photos taken at night never look to great. Dark, gritty, lots of glare from lights. You can clean it up to a certain point. But you can't shine a turd. It also becomes a challenge when you don't really know what you might be doing with the photo inside the magazine. It always helps to have something in mind before you start this. But hey, I'm on a time crunch here...and im the only one doing it!

Take this photo here for instance:

  • The grass is too saturated compared to the rest of the photo.
  • Bump up the sky
  • Bring down the grass
  • I want to use this as a backdrop...there is way to much color
  • Bleach pass - Black and white filter, bring down the opacity
  • Select orange color range - leave skin tones
  • Overlay the orange colors on top of the bleach passed photo
  • I want a vignette...
  • Create circular selection...invert it. feather it out
  • copy the edges and past if over the top a couple times play with blend modes.
  • Picture number 1...done.

And we'll do something like that for every picture...

Phase 3: The Design

So with these scouting reports I wanted to capture the essence of semi-pro football while keeping a dry sense of humor about it. So What is Semi-Pro ball? Is it really organized? Yes and no. I think many times people just throw crap together...put things off and scurry to get it done at teh last minute a lot of the time. Coaches tend to be absent minded professor types. On game day they appear highly organized and can bring a group of 50+ testosterone fueled meat heads to their knees. But what happens leading up to that point?

There is quite a bit of procrastinating. But there is also a lot of work. Some very detailed and informative...Some -not so much.So the look I came up with is just that - Chaotic. Hey, it's how we work. I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like this before in a magazine. In the first issue, I actually went out and bought a bunch of magazines from sports to home decorating to get a feel for how magazines were done. I came to the conclusion that they are done how ever the hell you want it done. So that's how this is going to go.

This snap shot is the only  peak you are getting, so soak it up. With the exception of the lines on the paper, nothing on these pages is "Stock" where you could go out to flickr or istock and download a copy. I'm pretty proud of that. I kind of surprised myself with that. Not only does it capture the chaos, but I think it really falls inline with what "Smashmouth" is all about. Grittiness, rough around the edges, but effective. Click on it and you'll see just how some of those things all came together. Did I mention that I don't do this for a living?!

Phase 4: completion

So it's not 100% done, not by a long shot. You remember those helmet graphics Chris wanted, well I have most of them done, but I still have a few to go. I did double duty and used them for the new website as well. They turned out pretty good. But also very time consuming. Did I mention that I don't sleep much? And then - The rest of the magazine. These report things are only 1 section. A lot of teams still don't have information which I'm sure I'll have to track down or just exclude them from the magazine. I'm not sure what will happen with that just yet.

I don't really do much of the writing, but it will have to be proof read again. Not only for spelling and grammar, but for readability and to see if how it is pieced together actually makes any sense. Hopefully it turns out pretty good and you guys like it.

Reflection

So is it worth it? the teams seem to like it, but they aren't really eager to help out. The ones that do/did tend not to follow instructions very well and I end up spending a good week telling them that they need to do it over. I think last time Chris only bought 150 or something like that and they sold out. Jimmy Medrano has my only copy of that issue. Hey Jimmy, I want that back! I suppose if it sells out, it must be good? I think most guys will just buy 1 and pass it around the team...Whatever. The ultimate goal is to get more exposure for the league, increase that professional appearance and bring in more money, more fans and all of that good junk.

Will there be a Volume 3? I'll tell you this much; after all of the frustration with this one, we were close to canning this project. Real close. I had to talk Chudada out of it. I suppose I wish people would pitch in a little more...well pitch in period. The design work is a heavy cross to bare on it's own. Taking an hour to put something together, answer a couple emails or do an interview...not so much to ask, is it?

Posted By Eric Satterwhite on Fri Apr 10 2009 12:19 p.m. 2 comments

About 8 months ago, when I started trying to plan out the website, what would be on it, what it would do and how we could keep it fresh and interesting - A weekly or bi-weekly pod cast was an idea. Get a few football players together every week to talk about football...how hard can that be?! Well, if you didn't notice...we don't have a podcast... I didn't get very much interest in it. Now the Roscoe Rush, in 2009 secured a radio segment with ESPN radio to cover their games. What I don't like about that is that it is rather impersonal. Who on the rush is on it? No one. But there are not many teams out there that can say they have espn radio coverage. Hats off to the rush.

With a Podcast, it is hosted by the hitmen, designed for fans, players, sponsors and people just interested in what we do. People can get behind that. Many people haven't stumbled onto it yet, but last year ( and again in 2009 ), the St. Francis Monarch's put together a weekly show. And for being a couple of line-men and a line-men's wife, It's pretty good! Ontop of that, it's viral - they do it once, and it reaches thousans of people who have never hear of the IFL or of the monarchs.

If you can't beat'em - Join'em

Even though the Hitmen didn't follow through on it, I think you should check out the monarch's They did a good job and are doing good things for the IFL! So Hats off for Mr. Chris Hill

Posted By Eric Satterwhite on Wed Apr 01 2009 8:27 a.m. 0 comments

I know it has nothing to do with football whatsoever, but it has to do with the website - something very near and dear to me. Its a loooong video on a piece of software I use frequently. But I just want you to watch the first 10 minutes. He just talks about how much of a pain and piece of junk internet explorer is

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Posted By Eric Satterwhite on Sat Mar 28 2009 9:27 p.m. 0 comments

So I started entering more info into the site's database. I did all of the games, teams  and schedules all the way back to 2004. So no most of the teams records and what not are pretty accurate. We didn't actually start keeping records until 2005 so I may have to do some more digging around to find the info on those earlier years.

I also started doing the stats for the 2006 season I've got a few more games to 'play' but it'll be done soon

Just click on the "Played" link and it will take you to the numbers! That was an interesting year. That was the year Mr. Darius Jenkins was bringing players from other teams left and right. K. Rattler was the biggest fullback anyone had ever seen, Chris Jones made his debut, Mike Hill showed up and shocked the world forcing Steve Miick to split PT for the first time in his life. We had THREE quarterbacks. Derek, Janatis and Good ole' Kufaul. And they all played every game. Sometimes Derek would play WR, and Kufaul and Janatis would duke it out for QB time. It was interesting to remember that year. It was by far our worst year landing a mediocre 5-5 season. I had ruptured my biceps tendon and didn't get to play a single minute of that year. It was rough.

Tech Talk

I also found something pretty sweet. For you Firefox users, I found an awesome skin. If you have never used Firefox, you can down load free skins or themes for it. I found this one called Luminight - It looks like it was designed specifically for the Muskego Hitmen Website! It matches the color scheme to the 'T'. It looks fantasitc! You should check it out.


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Number# 90
RankAll-Star
Height6'1
Weight230
40yd Dash4.8 sec
Pro-Agility4.9 sec
HS AttendedMuskego High School
College AttendedUW-Milwaukee
Joined2004

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Jason Blawat
on: 16 Mar 2009 10:14 p.m.
you're the man, eric! great job!
grodriguez
on: 19 Mar 2009 2:47 p.m.
how do u edit your profile?
Andrew Janatis
on: 23 Apr 2009 10:23 a.m.
ummm....when are you coming back? we need you...
Hitwarrior2008
on: 23 Apr 2009 12:28 p.m.
i gotta agree with andrew on that. we need a pass rush. please tell me the rumors of you not coming back are untrue. by the way how come fans can't have profiles too?
Eric Satterwhite
on: 23 Apr 2009 1:09 p.m.
hopefully back for 2010. work has me swamped most nights until 8pm. i can't be the guy that preaches always be at practice and then only come to games. it wouldn't be fair to anyone. maybe we'll do a better job recruiting next year. blessing in disguise?
Eric Satterwhite
on: 23 Apr 2009 1:09 p.m.
working on fan profiles. soon...very soon. probably in the first couple of weeks in the season.
Hitwarrior2008
on: 30 Apr 2009 12:02 p.m.
well whatever you can do mr. satterwhite. we really do appreciate what you have done with the site and we too hope you can come back next season.
sradloff
on: 09 May 2009 12:49 p.m.
dang!! who's that sexy man wearing #90 ?!?!?!?!
Eric Satterwhite
on: 09 May 2009 3 p.m.
i don't know, but he is wearing my jersey!
Hitwarrior2008
on: 13 Jun 2009 10:09 p.m.
not to be pushy mr. satterwhite but are fan profiles almost done yet? i'd really like to start creating mine whenever possible.
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