About Us

Sports Al Dente

We began as any other company begins. Friends with an idea and a strong opinion. At the time, we were workers in an Italian kitchen, slinging pasta and talking sports. From the history of the NFL to the current Fantasy leader in receptions in a PPR league, no topic was left unseasoned.

Sports Al Dente is currently an NFL, Fantasy Football, NCAAF, NBA and WWE website with the future plans of expanding it’s network to all major sports. We provide our readers and subscribers with up to date West Coast Sports news, as well as in-depth commentary and analysis. We are not limited to strictly type media, but we also provide our dedicated followers with podcasts and video.

Our sports coverage is currently devoted to the West Coast, with our NFL coverage focusing on the AFC West and NFC West. Our NCAAF coverage is dedicated to the PAC-12 and our NBA division covers the Pacific Division. This gives us the ability to give top-notch coverage and build relationships with teams, players, and the fans! We want to give our supporters content that will keep them informed and engaged, not the fluff that is floating around the internet these days.

Our Fantasy Football coverage is truly worthy of viewing! Not only did we host a league with the internets top competition and win, but we continually give accurate Fantasy advice and information.

We are pleased to announce our most recent launch of premium content. This will be in-depth, yet fun content that you will not be able to find elsewhere on the web. Be sure to check out our subscription packages and join the Al Adente Diatribe today!

Our Podcast is The Coach and The Don, and it has reached as high as 8th on the iTunes Charts for Sports and Recreation category.

So check us out and subscribe!

Founder Of Sports Al Dente Ryan Dyrud

Ryan Dyrud

Founder & CEO, Co-Host of The Coach & The Don Podcast

Grew up in Denver with a passion for all sports and an emphasis on the NFL. Moved to Los Angeles where I graduated from Long Beach State with a degree in Leisure Services (Yes the Van Wilder degree). Fantasy Football Guru with a few championship trophies on my mantle. My opinions are my own, but they should be yours too.

Talon Graff

Associate Editor, Co-Host of The Coach & The Don Podcast

I grew up in Missouri and moved out to California in 2017 but will forever be a diehard Chiefs fan. I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University and currently reside in Orange County. I love the NFL and everything that comes with it. My passion for sports isn’t what sets me apart, it’s my passion for telling the story behind sports.

Sports Al Dente Editor Scott Silveri

Scott Silveri

NFL Managing Editor

Born and raised in the Bay Area and now live in Los Angeles. Freelance on the Assignment Desk at FOX Sports and NFL Network. UC Santa Barbara Alum.

Sports Al Dente WWE Managing Editor Austin Hough

Austin Hough

WWE Managing Editor

Austin has been a sports fan his entire life. Having grown up in the Chicagoland area, he has become a diehard Cubs, Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks fans. Austin also loves professional wrestling, especially the WWE. As WWE Managing Editor, Austin hopes to bring fresh and different content to Sports Al Dente. Austin currently is a sports journalist at The Goshen News in Goshen, IN, where he gets to cover - amongst other things - Notre Dame football. An Irish fan growing up, Austin is literally “living the dream” right now with his job.

Sports Al Dente Editor Tad Desai

Tad Desai


Tad Desai is a recent graduate from TCU in Fort Worth, TX. He is a fan of the Colts, the Horned Frogs, and the St. Louis Cardinals. He also enjoys comic books and movies.

Sports Al Dente Editor Roman Tomashoff

Roman Tomashoff


I’m a sports communications student at Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts, but I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I’ve played baseball since I was three years old, and up through my freshman year of college. I’m a huge fan of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady, but I would have to say my favorite sports team is the Boston Red Sox. I’m also incredibly obsessive over the Washington Huskies, so I would say my life pretty much revolves around sports.

Sports Al Dente Editor Danny Rendon

Danny Rendon


Sports writer and Navy veteran from Gilroy, CA with a love for all things NFL and MLB. A University of Phoenix Alumnus and a proud member of Raider Nation.

Social Media And Graphics Manager Ryan Bertrand

Ryan Bertrand

Social Media and Graphics Manager

University of Arizona Alum. Born and raised in every possible square inch of Los Angeles. Deep passion for the NFL and NBA. I like to keep my friends close, but my mexican food and beer closer.

Sports Al Dente was created in July of 2016 by Ryan Dyrud.