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Introducing some new voices at SB Nation Cleveland

In conjunction with the launch of SB Nation United, SB Nation Cleveland has added some new voices.

Greetings and welcome to the new SB Nation Cleveland. This week, we launched SB Nation United, overhauling and redesigning the way we bring you content across a vast network of more than 300 sites. We wanted to add some experienced and thoughtful voices to SB Nation Cleveland in conjunction with that. You may be familiar with some of their work, and they add a wealth of Cleveland sports knowledge as well as experience when it comes to writing on the teams we love. Let's introduce, or re-introduce, some of them:

Ryan Alton -- Ryan joined the SB Nation Cleveland staff this month as a featured Browns contributor. Ryan is a lifelong Cleveland fan and Browns season ticket holder. He was born and raised in Mentor, Ohio and now lives in Columbus with his wife and three kids. He is a teacher, who also coaches Varsity Track and has 8 years of High School Football Coaching Experience. He is also the Co-Founder of Many of you have probably crossed paths with Ryan on Twitter at one point, engaging in discussion on his beloved Brownies. Ryan will be providing featured previews and morning-after takeaways as the Browns make their way through the 2012 season.

Amin Vafa -- You may recognize Amin from such places as: Twitter, Hardwood Paroxysm, Bullets Forever, or nowhere-who-is-that-guy. He was raised in Cleveland, currently lives in Washington, DC, and is a huge fan of both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Washington Wizards. While some may think his dual basketball allegiance makes him a traitor, Amin sees it more as "getting to watch two bad basketball teams try really hard or at least be funny sometimes." Most of Amin's coverage will be on the Cavs, but don't be surprised if you see him rant about the Browns or Indians from time to time.

Scott Sargent -- Scott is a co-founder of WaitingForNextYear, where he writes about all three professional Cleveland teams. He's been voted "Ohio's Best Sports Blogger" for his work at WFNY. In addition to his writing, he's also made radio and television appearances on 92.3 The Fan, ESPN 850 WKNR, 100.7 WMMS, FS Ohio, WKYC, and SportsTime Ohio. Scott will be covering all things Cleveland, providing feature writing and weekly snapshots of what mattered and where we're headed in the world of Cleveland sports.

Martin Rickman -- Martin is a native Clevelander who embraced the South after attending Wake Forest. He writes in several places across the SB Nation network, managing Blogger So Dear and covering college football and the NFL, among other things, at When he's not writing for SB Nation, he's entertaining the world on Twitter, where he created the #goacc hashtag. He's overly obsessed with pop culture references and post modernism. He has a healthy respect for punctuation and grammar rules, even if he chooses not to follow them.

Brendan Porath -- Brendan is the managing editor of SB Nation Cleveland. He spent the past year at SB Nation contributing in several places across the network, and has contributed to WFNY since 2009. He lives in Washington, D.C., but is a fan of Cleveland teams and Boston College, which is currently a cocktail of depression, anger, and apathy.

We're still learning how to play with our shiny new setup under SB Nation United, so bear with us as we hit the speed bumps and work out the kinks. If you ever have any questions, feel free to send us an email or reach out on Twitter. But we think these guys will all provide sharp and witty insight and are valuable additions to SB Nation Cleveland. Despite our teams' struggles, the future is bright.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.