Welcome to The Home of The Underdog

Ji-Man Choi, Derrick Rose, Megan Rapinoe and more underdog athletes covered by Joker Mag.

Joker Mag is a digital media platform dedicated to inspiring underdog stories in sports.

By celebrating the underdog mentality, our mission is to inspire athletes, coaches, and sports fans to conquer obstacles and overcome adversity.

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“Tyler was fun to chat with. He had great energy which made for a fantastic interview. I had a good time!”
– Jim Morris, MLB Pitcher, Subject of Disney’s The Rookie

“I was impressed by the preparation and thought that went into our conversation. I am very grateful that Joker Mag is using their platform to promote women’s lacrosse and helping to inspire the next generation.”
– Dempsey Arsenault, Professional Lacrosse Player

“The team at Joker Mag has been terrific to work with throughout and, most importantly, they are focused on telling truly engaging stories. I’m a fan of the content and love the opportunity to further highlight amazing TBT players!”
– Steve Gottlieb, VP Marketing at The Basketball Tournament

“The entire process has always been highly organized and professional. The interviews and articles produced were phenomenal and uplifting. This type of content is much needed in our world today!”
– Brittany Gilman, Sports Agent, CEO of BG Sports Enterprises Inc.

The Underdog Newsletter

Every month, we send hundreds of subscribers new underdog stories from the world of sports.

The newsletter is engaging, inspiring, and the perfect way to kickstart your morning!

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Our Stories

Khalil Mack, Jimmy Garoppolo, and more 2-star recruits who overcame adversity and made it to the NFL.

Each month, thousands of readers look forward to our original long-form stories.

These powerful stories shine a light on the underrated and overlooked. The longshots, rejects, and misfits beating the odds and overcoming adversity.

There’s something for everyone. Here are a few of our most popular stories to get you started:

Our Podcasts

Jim The Rookie Morris talks about his new book Dream Makers on the Hustle & Motivate podcast

Hustle & Motivate Digging deep into real-life underdog stories. Guests share their tales of overcoming adversity through raw and honest storytelling.

Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or Google Podcasts!

Sneaky Plays Under-the-radar picks for your DFS lineups and insider looks to beat the odds during the NFL season.

Listen on Apple PodcastsStitcher, or Google Podcasts!

Why “Joker Mag”?

The site’s mascot is named after our founder’s family bulldog, Joker. He was the runt of the litter and the O’Shea family picked him out after learning that he was the outcast that no one else wanted.

Joker has had a tough journey – overcoming two hip replacements, breathing problems, and other ailments. Joker is a literal underdog in every sense of the word and represents everything we’re about here.

In case you’re still wondering, he got his name from the black spot around his eye that’s reminiscent of the infamous Batman villain!

Meet The Team

A Division 3 baseball alum, Tyler O'Shea is the founder of Joker Mag – a media platform for underdog stories

Tyler O’Shea – Founder & Editor

Tyler is a former Division 3 athlete (McDaniel College) dedicated to building the first digital media platform for inspiring underdog stories. After getting cut from the baseball team in 7th grade, he found inspiration in the stories of undersized athletes who succeeded against the odds. He decided to stick with it and ended up playing baseball through college – being named Honorable Mention on the All-Centennial Conference team his senior season.

Alex Horowitz is the Director of Public Relations for Joker Mag

Alex Horowitz – PR Director

A 2019 graduate from Muhlenberg College, Alex has a B.A. in Media & Communication. He operates Joker Mag’s public relations, athlete interviews, and manages our social media. He resides in New York City.

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