Thursday, March 23, 2017

World Baseball Classic: USA is Your Champion

Last night was the conclusion of the World Baseball Classic and it was the US vs Puerto Rico and it was a good game for the US not quite so much for Puerto Rico. Yesterday's Championship match and the semi final against the Dominican Republic were honestly the only games I watched because up until Tuesday night did not realize the games were on the MLB Network. It was nice to get some baseball action prior to the season starting that isn't spring training. Ok a lie through my work I've been able to watch a lot of baseball and actually get a way more in depth knowledge of the game which has really helped me enjoy it so much more.

Watching the WBC the past couple of nights was so much fun because you get to see some of the best players play for their country. Now I do wish it was during a different time period because we do have March Madness right now which definitely takes away from the WBC and it isn't getting the recognition it deserves.  I hope that four years from now they can figure something out and make it have a splash.

Back to yesterday's game what a game for the US. Marcus Stroman was lights out as a pitcher he only allowed 1 hit through 6 innings and he just stymied Puerto Rico's hitting and then our bats went crazy we had a 2 run hr in the 3rd by Kinsler that set off the US and after that it was just magic. Crawford singled in the 7th and drove in 2 runs to make it 6-0; loved that Crawford got some RBI's because you know go Giants. Now it is only a few more weeks until Opening Day and the start of the MLB season.

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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Well My Bracket is Busted

This is why it is called March Madness, there are only 18 people out of 18 million who predicted the Sweet 16; I was not one of those 18 people as you can tell. My bracket is nice and comatose right now, two of my Final Four teams are out and one of my championship game teams is out. At least UNC won so that my pick for the National Champion survived. This was honestly one of the craziest weekends in March Madness with the ACC having 9 teams going in and only one coming out. Who honestly saw that, I know I didn't but this is March and this is when Cinderella teams come out of the woodwork. This year that team is South Carolina, which made the Sweet 16 for the first time in 23 years I believe. I watched the last 15 minutes of the Duke vs South Carolina game and it was unbelievable. South Carolina was able to go in and stop Duke from shooting the three well in the second half; Duke is a team that lives and dies by the three and yesterday they died.

The hardest part of March Madness is when you have a bracket and you start rooting for teams you don't like to win so your bracket stays safe. I think maybe next year I will create a bracket where after the round of 64 I will only choose the team I like and we shall see if that will change anything; I might even do better. Since clearly basing it off of actual knowledge never gets me anywhere. I say this every year and every year I don't do but I should just choose off of randomness because those brackets usually do the best.

The Sweet 16 and Elite 8 should be really interesting next weekend since some of the strongest teams are now out and the National Championship is kind of up for grabs though for me, I now think it is between Kansas and UNC as to who will win but you never know what will happen. I hope you enjoyed this post and will keep following my love affair with sports.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March Madness Starts Now

This is it, March Madness has started and it is now officially the craziest time in sports.  The time when upsets are the norm and anything can happen.  This is my favorite time of year because honestly College Basketball is my favorite thing to watch because for me this is basketball in it's purest form.  There is something about this time of year where everything is possible and everyone comes out of the woodwork to cheer on their teams.

Every year I choose North Carolina to win because you guys know they are my team but honestly last year they should have won and I believe they have a great chance to win this year.  They do have to tweak a few things such as Justin Jackson has to be hot because he is the biggest outside threat and he can shoot three for three with other players.  Also Joel Berry II has to be smart because if he gets into foul trouble that will be a huge burden on everyone else on the team and it was clearly shown during the semifinal game of the ACC tournament when UNC was up over Duke by 10 and he got his fourth foul with 15 min left in the second half.  Well what happened next was that Duke went on a run and ended up winning the game.  Kennedy Meeks just do you and be the inside threat that you are, you have the body and size to get in and muscle your way to shots and I love that.  If these things all happen then I truly do believe that UNC can win it all this year.

Now for upsets well I'm not always good at picking them and there are times when teams that I think will be the upset aren't but I do hope that Bucknell can beat West Virginia because well Patriot League pride. If they win then it won't mess up my bracket too much. This really is the best time of year and I can't wait to start watching games right now.

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

Monday, March 13, 2017

March Madness is Upon Us

The brackets are set and now the world waits to see who will cut down the nets in Phoenix on April 3rd. Right now this is my favorite part of March Madness, the moment where everything is potential when we can finally see a 16 seed beat a 1 seed, where every team believes that they have what it takes to pull off the upset and be this years Cinderella story. Will we get our George Mason or our VCU this year, who knows but it is all there right now for every team to take.

Clearly for those who read this blog, you all know that I am a Carolina girl and that they are my team so of course I have them winning everything but I can't lie when it comes to every team but Carolina, I want to see the upset even if it ruins my bracket because that is what March is about. It is Madness because only one game decides the future for your team; one game is all it takes for that underdog to beat you, one shot at the buzzer to make or break dreams. This is everyone's time, for one more day until tomorrow the 14th everything is fresh and everything is possible.

On Thursday once the field of 64 is set I will write a more detailed post about what chances I see for teams this year, right now I am just excited for all of the possibilities and can't wait for the Madness to start. I hope you enjoyed this post and will keep following my love affair with sports.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day: My Story as a Female who Loves Athletics

Today is International Women's Day and as a woman who loves athletics and has turned it into her career; I think today is a great day to discuss a bit more about why I love doing what I do and why I decided to break into this male dominated career.

To start I do have to go back a little ways in time and say that it was male sports that first got me to become obsessed with sports and athletics. My first defining moment in athletics came my senior year of college when I was able to finally take my first small step into the world that defines me by becoming the manager for American University's Women's Basketball team. Being their manager was honestly one of the best things I did in college besides joining my sorority.  I seem to get these dream positions through small quirks of fate, see my junior year of college I was in this class called Care and Prevention of Athletic injuries, which of course was taught by two of our athletic trainers and of course was full of athletes.  My self and like four others were probably the only non athletes in a class of about 15.  One of the girls in the class Alisha, who was a freshman on the Basketball team, we sat next to each other and got to know one another through our time in the class and she as did everyone knew how much I loved athletics and our sports programs.  She suggested that I talk to the director of basketball operations about becoming the Manager for the Women's team and I leapt at the chance and may have secured my spot way ahead of when I needed too but it was and is one of my most treasured memories.  I don't know if any of you ladies read my blog but thank you so much for welcoming me into your circle my senior year, I still have the card you all made me and I treasure it.

 After college it took me a while to figure out how to continue to break into the world I wanted, I wasn't an athlete so I didn't have that inherent edge up but I did have passion so I created a blog, this blog and put my effort into writing about what I knew so that I would never lose the passion that I have for this world.  I unfortunately as many of you know did take a couple years off because life got in the way but part of my 2015 besides having my world fall apart in December was to take a class called Sports Administration and that class honestly changed everything for me, thank you Dr. Jim Krause and SMWW for giving me the step, well kick, in the right direction.  Dr. Krause understood my love of compliance and he encouraged it and worked with me to understand more and more about that side of athletics.  He put me in contact with his colleague who is the Compliance Director at Cal Baptist and we talked and I told him that I was moving back to San Francisco and of course as it happens it turned out that one of his colleague's was moving to San Francisco to take on the roll as the Associate Athletic Director of Compliance at SF State and he put me in contact with him.  As you all know that call lead to me getting an internship at SF State which lead to a position which leads me to today.  Today I am constantly growing and learning more and more about what it takes to run an athletic department.  Our Men's Basketball team is going to the NCAA Division II tournament for the first time in 23 years. I love what I do and enjoy coming to work every day.

I am proud to be a woman in the College Athletic world and honestly do enjoy surprising some of our male coaches with how much I do actually know about sports.

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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March Madness Hits Home

Yesterday SF State won its home playoff game against Cal State LA and advanced to the CCAA Semifinal game on Friday. The last time I was around this type of environment was when I was in college and American was headed to the NCAA tournament for the first time.  It is definitely very different being a student versus being part of the staff.  Honestly I have to say it might actually be more electrifying to be a part of history on the staff side.  I feel so connected to the program more so then when I was a student; and as everyone who knows me knows I was fairly obsessed with AU's Basketball team to the point where my sorority sister mentioned it in her senior farewell speech, love you Amy!!!! Now though I get paid to be the sports person that I am and I love it.

The atmosphere at the Swamp yesterday was electrifying; we had crowds of people trying to get in that it took until after halftime for everyone who wanted to come in to make it in.  The students and fans were everything a home crowd should be and that was honestly the most satisfying thing for me.  I love it when students and fans are into games. For me that is what athletics is about, it is the camaraderie of fans getting together to support your team and the players.  Our student athletes are amazing and came out full force last night to create a vibrant student section near the opposing bench.  I can't wait for this weekend and to see how our boys do and hope that they continue on this historic season.

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017

College Basketball Round Up

Yesterday quite a lot happened in the realm of College Basketball; Duke lost on a buzzer beater, Villanova lost at home for the first time in 4 years, Kansas clinched its 13th straight Big 12 regular season title tying UCLA for the longest streak in basketball, and of course UNC beat Louisville to take a 2 game lead over the rest of the ACC.  As you can see it was a very hectic day for college basketball fans and definitely not going to lie that I loved seeing Duke lose especially in the way that they did.

I didn't get a chance to see the other games because I was watching UNC vs Louisville and living on the West Coast games are much earlier then they are on the East Coast so I do have to pick and choose what I will watch.  UNC still has some work to do, Hicks needs to stop getting into foul trouble because while it isn't truly hurting the Heels now it will come tournament time and I don't want that to be the reason they get out and don't win. On the flip side UNC's defense has been spectacular of late, with how they kept Virginia to 41 points and in the game against Louisville where they won because of their defense and it helped to overcome a very sluggish start.

Kansas owns the Big 12 and have for the past 13 years, it is pretty crazy to see how they in this modern era have been able to stay so dominant granted in reality the Big 12 isn't the strongest conference traditionally at least in Basketball but they do have Baylor and West Virginia which have proven to be good from year to year. Bill Self is an amazing coach and the players that he gets are supremely talented, I wish that some of them were on Carolina's team just for my own peace of mind. I do hope that they will be able to break UCLA's streak next year because records and streaks are made to be broken.

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