Why Women Don’t Belong

I know that this might contradict everything that I’ve been saying about me and how I know sports and should be taken seriously and everything else, but there are some things out there that should be kept in the men’s realm.

In my “Sports and the Media” course last semester, a group of girls did a presentation on “women power” and why women deserve to have high roles in sports, such as being an athletic director.

I couldn’t disagree more. I understand that women should get the opportunity to climb the corporate ladder, even in the sports world, but could you imagine a woman telling Mike Gundy or Nick Saben or any other big-time coach how to run his football program?

That’s ridiculous. There are some things that men can do that women can’t.

Also, another contradiction to my previous “girl power” posts, women do not belong on shows like ESPN’s Sports Center. No matter how much they seem to know, those women typically cannot hang with the big dogs, the experts, the veterans, the pros. There is a reason why the majority of those anchors are retired professional athletes… They know the sport and everything that comes with it.

There’s a reason why I am not majoring in broadcasting or sports management. I don’t believe that women belong in that field.

The ratio of women to men in the journalism and public relations is 3:1. Women are known to pay attention to detail and be creative. It’s what we were made to do.

So, not to burst those girls’ bubbles, but I don’t think we’ll be seeing any of them at the collegiate athletic directors position any time in the near (or distant) future.

#OLineLove 101

I will always represent the offensive line in every way that I possibly can.

Why, you might ask? Lemme tell you.ImageThe offensive line is made up of five of the biggest men on the football field. Most average a height of 6′ 4″ and a weight of 304.5 lbs. To put that in perspective, the entire offensive line from Oklahoma State (15 men) weigh a combined total of 4,568 lbs.

Now, I believe a tutorial is in order.

The left tackle (tallest on the offensive line) is my favorite position on any football team. He typically has the toughest job on the field, facing a large 5-tech D-lineman or speedy linebacker.

The left guard is wider in the hips but nimble enough to power-pull or help the center block the nose guard on defense.

The center is one of the most important players on the football team, as well as one of the biggest. He is the one to put the ball in play while going head to head against the nose guard or inside linebacker.

The right guard, much like the left, is wide and powerful. One of the shorter offensive linemen, his jab-step and kick-steps must be on point to protect the pocket.

The right tackle is typically the thinnest on the line. He faces off against the 6-tech defensive end and , usually, protects the quarterback’s throwing arm.

These five men make up the heart, soul and backbone of any football team.

Not to mention the fact that they usually have the best sense of humor too!

When Girls Know Football

I was so happy when the Broncos won the World Series with that slam dunk this year!

Some girls claim to know football. And I get it, they understand the concept of “downs” and can name the positions, but most don’t KNOW football.

When it comes to positions, strategies and techniques, I can keep up with the best of them.

Obviously, I know more about the five offensive line positions than most other positions on the field (both offense and defense), but you get the gist.

The most annoying part about being a girl who KNOWS football is that I am not taken seriously. When I tell someone, especially a guy, that I know football, I have to explain myself and how and why I know it. I should just be able to tell them that I know what I’m talking about and be done with it.

Secondly, when I do explain that I know what power pulling and Z-bends and kick steps are, people, including football players, are taken back by it and are surprised. Just because I’m a girl, it doesn’t mean I don’t have an ultimate passion about the sport.

Lastly, I believe that I have EARNED the nickname “Coach E.” I may not have ever been an official coach in my lifetime, and probably never will be, but I did help my high school coaches during practices and drills.

I work hard (almost) daily to increase my knowledge in the sport because nobody knows everything. But I am bound and determined to be the best “coach” I can be, and shock everyone who doesn’t believe in me.

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When Your Best Friend is a Collegiate Athlete

I don’t know where I would be without my best friend, Jack Kurzu.

Number 79 on the field and number one in my heart, Jack holds the right guard position for the Oklahoma State football team.

We met in our media class at the beginning of the semester this spring. Not knowing exactly who he was, I just assumed he played football in high school and then moved on to college, leaving it behind. But the next day, I was looking at the roster online and realized who he really was; Jack Kurzu!

The day after that, I walked right up to him and re-introduced myself, explaining my love for the offensive line and that I looked him up. (As a 6’4” 300lb. kid, I was obviously interested in his athletic abilities.)

About a week later, I got his phone number, and we started texting and hanging out; today, we are inseparable.

Football may not be our most emphasized topic of conversation, but, because it is important to us, we do discuss it quite a bit. It takes up the majority of his days, so we usually find time to hang out after he is finished with practice/workouts.

I never thought I would have the opportunity to be friends with an OSU football player, but I couldn’t be more proud of him. (I think my mom is even more excited about it than I am!)Image

Audio Slideshow Overview

iMovie makes projects like this one a breeze.

By using iMovie, I was able to easily upload pictures I wanted in the show, add a song, create appealing transitions and more for my audio slideshow. The only unfortunate criterion of the assignment was the time limit. I had plenty more pictures to put in there! But overall, I was pleased with it, and it is a good skill to learn.

When starting the project, I knew exactly what I wanted the topic to be; football. My love of Oklahoma State Cowboys football would be easy to portray, especially because I was (and still am) missing football season. The success of the past 2013 season helped make it an unforgettable experience that I enjoy sharing.

One problem I ran into was finding pictures that I had taken personally, rather than just inserting fifty pictures of me in them. (“But first, lemme take a selfie.)

Toby Keith’s song “Should’ve been a Cowboy” seemed perfect, despite his love for the University of Oklahoma. (Boooo!) When trying to add it to my video, I realized that I did not have the song on my computer, under iTunes or any other application. Luckily, my MIS-IT boyfriend Kyle helped me convert a YouTube video into an MP3 to add it to my project.

I’m proud to say that I am an Oklahoma State Cowboy; and furthermore, a Paddle Person. Football consumes my life during the season, and I am glad I get the opportunity to share my adventure on the sidelines with everyone. Image