Thursday, October 5, 2017

My Reaction to Cam Newton's Comments About Women

I honestly don't even know where to start with my reaction to Cam Newton's press conference yesterday. His comments about it being "funny" that a woman can talk about routes and even write about sports is enraging. I didn't write this post yesterday because I needed some time to process what I was feeling and after sleeping on it I still can't fully process what he said. In this day and age women are working in sports in record numbers, we have seen female coaches be hired in both the NBA and the NFL, recently there have been at least 9 women hired as Athletic Directors in Division I sports. Personally I work at a university where out of the senior staff half of us are women and in the Athletic Admin offices only our AD is male. So please Cam Newton tell me that I don't know sports and that it is funny for me to work in college athletics.

On the flip side though unfortunately his words are thought all the time and when a woman knows sports it is still quite strange for men. I know because I have personally had to deal with it quite a lot because of my passion for sports. Now I know I'm not an expert and I know that I have so much more to learn but I do know a lot. One story happened last year while I was still an intern, probably about a month before I started my position at SF State and it was during the Euro Cup. If you know me then you know how much I love the Azurri and how I root for them and want them to win all of the time. Well in this case they were playing and it was before we had to go to a big meeting with all of the advancement department and I was talking with my fellow intern and one of the coaches about the game. I started talking about how Italy is a good team but they do need to work on their defense better and that they need to give Buffon more defensive support because no matter how great he is, he can't do everything. I also discussed some of the players and brought back information regarding previous Euro Cup and World Cup teams. The coach just looked at me and was like wow you do really know what you are talking about in this really shocked tone.

So what are we to do when Cam Newton's comments are prevalent in the athletic world and he just said what probably many men are thinking. Now I appreciate all of the support that Jourdan Rodrigue has gotten and the conversation that it has started but this won't change and in a few days this will be forgotten because Cam Newton is a star player and he can do what ever he wants so long as he keeps winning. What we need is to make changes and to keep persevering in the athletic world. I know I am trying to do my part to change the minds of people and so are the thousands of other women that are working in various aspects in the athletic world. I don't know how to change peoples perceptions but I do know that I will keep doing what I do and keeping being a woman who loves sports and loves to write, talk and a myriad of other things about sports. Honestly that is all we can do at this time. I do hope that Cam will learn from this but I don't think he will, but one can only hope.

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

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Journey in College Athletics

On February 10th 2016 I stepped foot onto the campus of SF State to start my first day as an intern in the Compliance office of the Athletic Department. I honestly had no idea how the internship would go or if I would even truly love working in athletics as much as I had built it up in my head over the years. Well we can all tell that I have loved every minute of my time here at State and I wouldn't trade any of it for the world.

I spent 6 months as an intern learning the ins and out of the compliance office and everything else it takes to make the department run smoothly. I worked on travel claims, I helped out working some of the spring games and got to know the coaches as well as the administrative staff. It was the experience of a life time and I thank SF State for taking a chance on me and for Sports Management World Wide for helping me get that foot in the door I've been dreaming about since being in college.

After 6 months as an intern I interviewed for and got the job of being an internal coordinator for SF State. They had seen how passionate I am for athletics and wanted to give me a chance to prove myself even more. I took on responsibilities in travel and worked on claims. As the year progressed I took on extra duties as were necessary, I learned how to stat quite a few of the games, drove some of the teams to their games if they were short a driver and many more wonderful opportunities. SF State sent me to Regional Rules which is compliance camp for the NCAA and I learned so much about my chosen field. It was truly an experience for me to sit in the conference rooms and meet so many people who are experts in the field and just soak in all of the knowledge. Also meeting so many people in both Division II and Division I was truly amazing.

About a month after Regional Rules our Associate AD of Compliance left to take a job back at his alma mater and I was able to step in and help keep the department afloat at least just in the Compliance portion while we figured out the next steps. As some of you know I interviewed for and got the position of Director of Compliance. State decided to some what change the position around and it so far is the single best job I've ever had. SF State has become my home and working with our staff and coaches has been truly amazing. Everyone here is welcoming and never once made me feel like I couldn't fulfill and of the duties that have been assigned to me. I only hope to keep growing and learning to make every day a new experience.

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

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Year of the Home Runs

The game yesterday between the Nationals and the Brewers was so much fun to watch, well ok it was fun for me as a Nats probably super painful as a Brewers fan. But seriously this game tied the record for most home runs in a single inning at 5 which was last achieved by the Brewers in 2006. Also the Nats became the eighth team to hit four in a row which was last achieved by Arizona in 2010. This game was insane to watch especially after the first 8 runs scored were all off of home runs.

Now this game pushed me to my limit and has forced me to believe that this is the year of the home runs, granted people aren't hitting to Barry Bonds level but there are two rookies who are killing it with home runs. Both of them are for teams I am not the biggest fan of; first up is Cody Bellinger from the Dodgers, he has hit 28 so far and is on track to hit 44 this year. Cody is the first Dodger to hit 5 home runs in his first 11 games. Much as I don't like the Dodgers, I have to say that watching Cody has been fun. The second rookie I have to mention is of course Aaron Judge the 6'7" juggernaut for the Yankees. He has hit 32 home runs so far and of course as anyone who watched the Home Run Derby saw he is a beast.

As you can see these two rookies are on fire and they are not the only players who are serving up home run after home run. Giancarlo Stanton leads the league with 33 followed by Judge with 32 then we have Moustakas with 29. The top 10 players have hit more then 25 so far. Last year felt like it was constantly a battle of the pitcher and this year I am seeing more and more hits and especially home runs.

I enjoy watching all types of games and the pitching duels you see more strategy come into play which is always fun to watch. Yet sometimes you need those games where it is just run after run after run, well only if its your team that is scoring all of those runs otherwise it is pretty difficult to watch. I honestly can't wait to see what the rest of the season has to offer in terms of home runs and how many the leader will end up hitting. All I can say is that it will be so much fun to watch.

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Watching the Memorial Day Brawl between the Nationals and the Giants

So yesterday Baseball saw probably one of the most interesting brawls of all time considering the history between Bryce Harper and Hunter Strickland. In 2014 Harper hit home runs off of Strickland both times he saw him and may have celebrated a bit much the second time. Yesterday Strickland got payback and hit Harper. Now I was at this game and I was sitting in the lower section to the left of home plate and honestly from my angle it looked like it was an inside pitch that went wrong; now seeing the replays it did look intentional. I can't say for sure who is right in this, especially as I am a Giants fan and the Nationals are my second team so I actually have bias for both teams.

This was a stupid fight and it became a benches clearing brawl when Harper went after Strickland. Though there were some funny moments especially when Harper tried to throw his helmet at Strickland and missed completely and then when both of them were punching each other, neither of them are fighters.

This photo of Zimmerman may actually be the best photo of the entire fight because of all of the memes that came out of it. Now I love both of these players and well have watched them for a while and this is just so cute. The other best part was seeing how many players it took to get Strickland off of the field because that was just crazy. Both players are going to be suspended and I'm not sure for how long but we have definitely seen the last of Harper during this series which honestly is kind of sad but might be a silver lining for the Giants. So we shall see, I won't be at the game tonight but I am going to the series finale tomorrow and am intrigued to see if anything will happen today or tomorrow. I'm honestly hoping not because that would mean Posey getting hit most likely and that makes me sad because he is my all time favorite player, but we shall see.

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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Giants Bats are Heating Up

Hopefully this post won't jinx the Giants but the past few games the Giants have figured it out and turned a corner on both their defense and their offense and it shows in the record.  In April they were 9-17 really bad but so far in May they are 8-7 so already they have the chance to have a better record in May. Watching the last few games, you can see that they are playing with a different intensity and that they believe in themselves again. Whether this is due to Span being back or Belt and Posey hitting all of the home runs in the last 9 games or even the Kid playing spectacularly and providing a jolt that they need. Honestly I can't even say what it is but I want them to keep it up.

It looks like they are playing with a looseness that wasn't evident in April; in April it was one bad thing after another first Denard Span goes down, then Bumgarner goes down on an off day injury and is out until probably the All Star Break, and Melancon goes down. Granted one good thing about Span going down was that it called up Arroyo and he has killed it since coming up. I really like how he plays because he has played in the outfield and on third, and now second and has come up with some impressive plays like yesterday he was part of a 543  ground double play; which for you non baseball stat people is ground ball to third who then throws to second to get that player out and then a throw to first to get the player out there. It kind of saved an inning since yesterday's game ended with a score of 2-1. Now both the Giants and the Dodgers had a lot of hits just the pitching was able to strand players and get double plays.

I am hopeful for the Giants this month and moving forward but I am not having any expectations because I don't want to get heartbroken, I just want a good season for them and I can't wait to go on Memorial day and watch the Giants play the Nationals and see my second team play.

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

Monday, May 8, 2017

Tebow, Kaepernick and the Hypocracy of the NFL

A couple of days ago my mom and I got into a discussion about Colin Kaepernick, Tim Tebow and the way faith or a strong view point that doesn't follow the norm can cause players to suddenly find themselves without jobs in the NFL. While players who commit crimes and are arrested seem to get second, third and even fourth chances. How is that even fair?

Let's start with Tim Tebow, now I will say this I do have some issues with Tebow but none of them surround his faith and his Christianity. I personally think that he is probably a very decent human being who does live the by tenants of his faith. My issues with him, and my friends know, have everything to do with football. I honestly believe that if he really wanted to make it in the NFL he would have switched positions to a wide receiver or tight end and would have crushed it in the league. But no he wanted to be a quarterback and his skill level just never really translated on the field. Yes his first year in Denver he took them to the playoffs but he had great defense helping him, honestly just look at Peyton's final year in Denver. The defense won him that Superbowl. Yet he was never truly given looks, yeah some teams signed him for the wow factor of Tebow and I truly believe that it is all due to how he is perceived in the media. He is seen as being too Christian and too goody goody two shoes which is not the image the NFL likes to portray.

Now on to Kaepernick, he is being black balled by the league for standing up for his beliefs in a non-violent way. Yes it wasn't how most people would have done it but he did start a conversation that needed to be started. He also put his time, money and career on the line for his belief in the Black Lives Matter Movement and trying to draw attention to how time and time again there seems to be senseless killings of blacks by the police. Now I'm not making this post political in any way, it is about sports after all, yet Kaepernick is now black balled by the league and no one will hire him because he is a "distraction". We all know there are quite a few teams that could do with someone of Kaepernick's talent and yet none of them gave him a look because just like Tebow his views and how he brought attention to them doesn't fit the mold of the NFL.

With all of this you have players like Robby Anderson who just got arrested for resisting arrest with violence and the Jets issued a statement saying we are aware the legal proceedings and will have no further comment at this time. Look at Ray McDonald, he was arrested twice in 2014 for domestic violence and it took him being looked at for a sexual assault case for the 49ers to dismiss him and yet he was still signed by the Bears to their practice squad. That is not it, the Raiders drafted someone who is currently embroiled in a legal case where it is alleged that he raped someone in Ohio. All of these players have gotten second chances, third chances and what about Kaepernick, he isn't getting a second chance because his view doesn't align with what the NFL wants to portray. Well I am sick and tired of seeing athletes getting second chances for assault cases. Now PED's and drugs ok give a player a chance that is more then likely only harming the player and not anyone else. But when a player harms other people, why does that get rewarded and brushed aside?

I know this has been a really long post but it has been on my mind for the last couple of days and I don't know how to fix this issue but it does need to be fixed. I hope you enjoyed this post and will keep following my love affair with sports.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

My First Full Athletic Year at SF State

Last weekend SF State hosted their final home games of the year for Softball and Baseball. For me this was a bittersweet moment because I have enjoyed being able to stop by a game on a Friday during my lunch break or help out when ever was needed. The best part of the weekend was that both teams swept the the teams they were playing, which gave this final weekend a very joyous feeling. The sports season isn't quite over here at SF State as Baseball has their final series this weekend against Pomona and Track has a few more meets and nationals left which will take them through the end of May. But for us everything else is done and the thrill of watching games and supporting the student athletes in that way is over until September.

Even though I started as an intern last February and went to a few games here and there during the spring semester, I didn't really have that same feeling that I have right now. I didn't really know the students and coaches as well as I do now, so the end of the year didn't hit me at all, it was just one more thing I learned about. Now I have a complete school year under my belt and am definitely looking forward to next year and seeing how the teams will grow and change with the new players coming in.

This has been such a whirlwind year ever since I started at SF State. I started here last February not sure if I would succeed in my chosen field, coming off of huge life changing events from moving back to SF, and going through a fairly tough break up. I started a week after I moved back and everyone at State welcomed me with open arms. I got to be a part of so much in those first few months from sitting in on meetings, to creating NLI's, working the games and just learning about compliance and everything else that it takes to make a program successful.

I sit here today very different from the woman who started last February. I am now confident in my skills and still I learn every day. I have taken on more then I have ever dreamed I would during this first year, I have learned how to stat Volleyball games, Softball and Baseball. There is actually a pretty funny story about my learning to stat Softball and Baseball. Starting in January one of my co-workers went on paternity leave and so we started to figure out how to cover his positions and then our SID left so we needed even more coverage. Since I had picked up how to stat Volleyball so quickly it was decided I would help out with Baseball and softball. We had a going away party for the SID and I happened to mention to two of our Baseball coaches that I would be helping out with the stats. So of course they asked me if I knew how to stat and I said well I know the game but I don't really know what those numbers mean, and both of them just looked at me and hung their heads. They ended up giving me a small little crash course in the position numbers and how to write in a play. Now I'm quite confident in my abilities and I love being able to help out either baseball or softball when ever there is a need for me to stat.

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