May 30 2010
About 2 and a half months ago ESPN made a presentation at the UGA student center. I learned some info about the company from the informational part of the presentation but I felt like they spent the majority of the time trying to convince us how awesome it is to work for ESPN. I left the meeting a little disappointed because I didn’t need anybody to convince me that ESPN would be a good place to work. I’ve always thought it would be a dream job. I was hoping to find out the chances of actually getting an internship with the company. As expected, the number of applications they get was huge. I felt good about my resume but wasn’t sure if it would even be seen.
This Wednesday will be my first day of work as an ESPN intern. I still can’t believe that I’m here. I drove the 17 hours from Atlanta to Hartford, CT and got everything moved in yesterday. I really can’t wait to get started. I’ll be working as a digital media integration “specialist”. To be honest I’m not sure exactly what that means. I’m convinced that one of the main reasons I was able to get this internship is this blog and the videos I created during the season. I can’t thank the fans enough for the support you gave me during my redshirt season by commenting on the blog, videos, and messaging me on twitter. I would have never guessed that it would have become as popular as it did (Speaking of twitter, you might have heard the news).
I’ll try to update regularly over the next 10 weeks.
The 17 hour drive up wasn’t as bad as it sounds. I drove for 14 hours on Friday and stayed with a friend who is in grad school at Penn State.
May 18 2010
Something I’ve enjoyed throughout my college career is cheering on other athletes I’ve gotten to know. When you’re a fan of a team its always awesome to be there in person to support that team. When you’re a college athlete you are constantly seeing and getting to know other athletes at study hall, the dining halls, the weight room, etc. That makes it even more exciting to watch.
I have to admit I didn’t make it to as many UGA sporting events as I wanted to this year but I went to multiple football games, baseball games, gymnastics meets, volleyball matches, as well as women’s basketball games. Truth be told, I was a spectator at our basketball games thanks to the NCAA requiring me to redshirt.
One of the teams I failed to see compete before this weekend was the Tennis team.
I don’t know why it took me so long to attend a match and I’m literally upset with myself that I didn’t make it out during the regular season. I’ve been to NBA playoff games, the Final Four, bigtime football games. However, my favorite sporting event of all time was the US Open in New York City in the fall of 2006. I got to see Andre Agassi beat Marcos Baghdatis in a match that was sold out and the stadium was full until the match ended at 2am. A few days later I saw Agassi’s last match ever. I was also able to watch Andy Roddick, Rafa Nadal, Roger Fedderer, and Andy Murray up close. In my opinion, tennis is one of the best sports to watch live.
I walked over to our amazing tennis facility to watch the first and second round of the NCAA Tournament this past weekend. UGA beat UNC-Greensboro on Saturday and Florida State on Sunday. Outside of watching my own team take care of business this season, this weekend’s match vs. Florida State was my favorite sporting event of the year.
UGA won the doubles point and needed to win 3 of the 6 singles matches to beat Florida State. We lost 3 of the first 4 matches. We needed Javier Garrapiz and Drake Bernstein to win their matches or the season was over. Javi lost the first set but won a second set tiebreaker to stay alive and went on to win the third set. Drake won the first set, lost the second set in a tiebreaker, and had the fate of the team resting on his shoulders as he won the third set.
The atmosphere was incredible. Javi was on the first court on my left while Drake was to my right on the fourth court. UGA and the annoyingly vocal FSU players were constantly monitoring the scoreboard and swiveling their heads back and forth between matches.
I strongly encourage anyone in Athens to come out and support the team this Friday at 6pm against Florida. A little over a month ago UGA lost to Florida. Christian Vitulli, who was an extreme baller this past weekend finishing off his UNC-G and FSU opponents without any drama, was injured and was out of the singles line up. Also, the loss took place in Gainesville, Florida. It was obvious this weekend that the Dawgs were feeding off of the crowds’ energy. Even if you aren’t a tennis fan and have little interest in the sport, it really is an awesome event to see in person. Help the Dawgs take advantage of the fact that the NCAA championships are in the best city in the world: Athens, Georgia.
May 11 2010
Ok so I might not have died but it would have been pretty ugly. Here’s the deal:
Drivers seat: Me
Riding Shotgun: Howard “Trey” Thompkins
Behind me: Dustin “Dimes” Ware
Behind Trey: Travis “T-Bird” Leslie
We were on on Baxter street minding our own business, driving the speed limit. We got to the intersection of Baxter and Dudley when this giant construction truck decided he was going to make a left turn in front of our car. I’m still not convinced he wasn’t TRYING to hit us. He didn’t have a turn arrow and the light was green. He must have just been planning on turning after the car in front of us without looking to see if anyone was following because he pulled out RIGHT in front of us.
I immediately slammed on the brakes and whipped the steering wheel as far to the right as I could. In the meantime, the truck slammed on his brakes and somehow we never made contact. He began backing out of the intersection because there were other cars coming straight towards him. Our car proceeded to hop up on the curb heading straight towards a pole. We were slowing down but not fast enough so I whipped the wheel all the way back to the left. Next thing you know we were off the curb and back on Baxter as if nothing happened.
The whole car was in shock for the rest of the drive.