Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Starting a New Job

So I know I have been very MIA for a few months and that is because I have been immersed in the College Athletic world, which as you all know I love with all of my heart.  I was interning at SF State with the compliance office and learning the ins and outs of what it takes to make a NCAA DII school compliant and it was the best experience and truly showed me that my passion does lie with College Athletics and specifically Compliance.  I learned all about National Letters of Intent (NLI), working with teams and scholarship budgets, playing and practice season as well as so much more.  The internship was a dream come true and it provided me with so much hands on knowledge that I know will take me very very far in the world of college athletics.  Sadly the internship is over but my time at SF State is not as I just started a new job as an Internal Coordinator. 

I honestly am really excited to continue my career in Athletics and move on and up within this field.  I promise that now that I am settled I will bring this blog back to life and post way more regularly.  I will make the caveat now that I support many teams both professionally and collegiately and will be writing about all of them even though my main allegiance now is the SF State.  Go Gators!!

I hope you enjoyed this post and will keep following my love affair with sports

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Luke Walton to the Lakers

Yesterday the Lakers announced that Luke Walton will be their new head coach.  As soon as Byron Scott was fired this decision was a forgone conclusion. Much as I don't like the Lakers, well in reality Kobe and now that he is gone I do think that this is the best move for him at this time. He played on the Lakers so he has the backing of not only the fans but the administration as well and this is a young team now so he will have the ability to mold the team into what he wants them to be.  I will miss Luke on the bench of the Warriors yet I am so happy for his coaching career because he deserves the best for all that he has done for the Warriors and how he stepped up for Steve Kerr at the beginning of the year.

Luke Walton has all of the skills to truly be one of the best Head Coaches in the NBA and he will create a completely different culture with the Lakers then what they had with Kobe, now that culture will be one of winning.  I think though that he will try to emulate the comradery that the Warriors have in the locker room and I do believe that he will be able to do that.  He is young and ambitious, which are all qualities that are needed to create your own stamp on a storied franchise.  As a Warriors fan I am very sad that Luke will be leaving at the end of this play off run but as a fan of Luke Walton I want him to do well with the Lakers and I will root for them when they aren't playing the Warriors.

I know it has been a bit since my last post and I will try to be better about posting more often.  I hope you enjoyed this post and will keep following my love affair with sports.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Championship Week: ACC Quarterfinal Recap

Yesterday there were 4 games that were played for the ACC tournament and I was very happy with the outcomes of two of the four games.  UNC beat Pittsburgh to advance and thank you to Notre Dame for beating Duke in overtime.  I love this time of year for sports because it is college basketball 24/7 and I just can't get enough of it.

The UNC game started off really slow with the Tar Heels going down 8-0 to start and it seemed like they were just unable to get moving and that they were destined for an early exist from the tournament.  But they then came back and ended the first half up by 4 and once the second half hit they were unstoppable and ended up blowing out Pitt.  This game showed how the Tar Heels play and the ability that they have to turn it on when they need too.  I do believe that they have the ability to win the entire tournament for both the ACC and March Madness but they still need to play fully consistently, they have the talent they just need to find the drive and I think that they have started too.  I can't wait to watch them tonight.

Now in the second game I honestly thought that Duke was going to come out and beat Notre Dame especially since Notre Dame had beat them previously and they just lost at home to UNC on senior night.  For a while it looked like Duke had the number of Notre Dame and they were up by 16 midway through the second half but Notre Dame came back and briefly took the lead and then tied it up with a minute to go in regulation.  The game ended and it was tied 70-70 heading into overtime.  That was when Notre Dame just took control of the game and did not let Duke get back into it.  I am thankful for Notre Dame but I do have to say it would have been a great game if it was the third rematch of UNC/Duke now we will just have to see if it will happen in the NCAA Tournament.

The third game of the day was UVA vs Georgia Tech and it went like everyone thought it would with UVA crushing GT, they truly had no shot in the game and it was kind of boring to watch granted I also had no real stake in this game.  The fourth and final game of the day was Virginia Tech vs Miami and I was sad at that outcome of this game but Tech played so well and stayed in the game.  I see great things for Tech next year in basketball and I think that there will quite a lot of changes in the rankings of the ACC next year.

Today is the semi-final round and I will recap those games for you tomorrow.  I hope you enjoyed this post and will keep following my love affair with sports.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

NFL Update: Brock Osweiler Signs with the Texans

Well in a move sure to shock many Brock Osweiler leaves the Bronco's and signs with the Houston Texans.  Now the Bronco's have to start over at quarterback but at least they still do have one of the best defenses so it shouldn't be that big of a deal for them next year.  I am honestly very very surprised at Brock for leaving a team where he won a ring and where he started and learned from Peyton.  I know he wanted more money but sometimes you have to take a cut to be on the better team and one where you know the spread.  I am still very shocked at this.

The Bronco's have apparently said that they will look at trades with the 49ers for Kaepernick and potentially may go after RGIII, both would be good for the Bronco's though both have similar drawbacks so it will be interesting to see what they do.  I will be looking at this situation closely and will keep you all updated with any new big, splashy news.

I hope you enjoyed this post and will keep following my love affair with sports.

Big Announcements in Sports: Peyton Retires and Sharapova Fails Drug Test

What a week this has been in the Sports World, first Peyton Manning announces his retirement and the same day Maria Sharapova announces that she failed a drug test during the Australian Open. 

Let us start with Peyton Manning, he retired on top not many athletes get to do that and while this may not have been his best season and not even in his top 10 seasons he did finish with a Super Bowl ring and is the only quarterback to ever win with two different team.  I have to say that I truly have admired Peyton and believe he is one of the greats in the sport.  He has always seemed so in tune with that goes on the field and it has been a pleasure to watch him the past few years as I have gotten more and more into football.  I believe that he will do great things off of the field and I hope that he becomes a broadcaster for a few years and then once the Chip Kelly game goes bust he decides to become a coach and coach the 49ers since he is one of the best minds in the NFL.  It always seemed like not only was he a quarterback but he was also one of the coaches.  He bridged that gap and it will make him one of the best coaches in the league when he decides to become a coach, though I think he should be a broadcaster for a few years to take a small break from the daily grind of football.

Now in not so great news unfortunately Maria Sharapova announced in a press conference that she had failed a drug test at the Australian Open for a drug that she had been taking for 10 years and was banned this past January.  I do have to give her credit because she announced it before the media could get to it and the media had no clue that her press conference was about that.  Everyone believed it was either a retirement announcement or that she was not going to participate in the next event.  I do hope that the Tennis Federation will be somewhat lenient on her as it is her first offense and she came out and told everyone herself and didn't try to hide it.  She also is one of those athletes that has always seemed to be above reproach and I hope her reputation won't take to big of a hit. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and keep following my love affair with sports.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Denver Broncos: Super Bowl 50 Champions

On Sunday Peyton Manning became the first ever quarterback to win the Super Bowl with two different teams.  He is now 2-2 in the Super Bowl and I honestly do hope that he does retire because there is not much more that he needs to do to make his career even more storied.  This may have not been his best game and it really wasn't but this was the perfect game for him, because it really seemed like the entire team just came together to win it for him.  The defense played so amazingly great and was enjoyable to watch since the offense on both sides were very quiet.  This Super Bowl was definitely a defensive game this year and most times when you get the best defense vs the best offense the defense will always win.

As a huge sports fan for me this year was extremely special since I was in the city the Super Bowl was hosted.  I got to be in the middle of it all and enjoy knowing that when I turned on the TV my city would be shown.  I did try to take advantage of being in the host city and to go down to Super Bowl City to see Alicia Keys but unfortunately the concert filled up before I got there but it was really interesting walking downtown and seeing the sites for Super Bowl 50.  I am so glad I got to experience this unique event, seeing all of the football jersey's all over the place has been fun.

I hope you all enjoy this post and will keep following my love affair with sports.

Friday, January 15, 2016

49ers Have a New Coach: Welcome Chip Kelly?

So unfortunately for the 49ers Sean Peyton decided to stay with the Saints and not look for a different coaching job but instead we got Chip Kelly. Now I am not quite sure what I think about it and whether or not I am happy with this choice. I have to say though I am much happier with Chip then I would have been with Mike Shanahan. I think that he might be a good fit for the Niners, definitely a much better fit then Jim Tomsula, why we even hired him in the first place I have absolutely no idea.  Tomsula was the worst thing that could have happened to the Niners last year, I think that Trent Baalke has gone insane and has no idea what he is doing to the Niners.

Now back to Chip Kelly, he could work, I liked his offense at Oregon and he did do a good job the first two years in Philly so maybe he could be good for us. He does like an up beat, fast paced offense which does work well with the players we have and that has always been a good thing for the Niners as we have done well with the fast pace. Now I hope Chip never becomes the GM of the team as that is where everything tends to go wrong with him. He needs to stay the coach of the team and focus on coaching not on creating a team. So we shall see what happens this year and since I will be back in the Bay I may try to go to a game and see how he does in person. I will keep you all updated with my views over this off season and the beginning of the season.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and will keep following my love affair with sports.