A recap of the Oklahoma State Cowboys 2013 football season!
A recap of the Oklahoma State Cowboys 2013 football season!
Well, in case you didn’t get to hear my podcast, or you just weren’t listening, I’ll hit a major topic that was discussed toward the end of the segment: fan appreciation.
After evaluating a day in the life of a college athlete, I came to find that several interact with other students and fans on a daily basis whereas others walk above the crowd, literally.
One example of an unappreciative athlete is former OSU wide receiver, Tracy Moore. This past season was his last to play for Oklahoma State, which is perfectly fine with me. I mean, he is a good football player. Obviously not good enough to get a bid to the combine, but he has talent. And unfortunately, he let that go to his over-sized head. I became good friends with several of his buddies, hung out at his apartment once a week, and so on. When we were alone or in a small group, we were tight. But when put in the spotlight around others, I was back to being invisible until he wanted a favor or two. Needless to say, I cut him off and have not spoken to him since September.
In the same respect, Brooklyn-native Kamari Murphy walks with his head in the clouds above the crowd. He lives in my apartment building here on campus (116 Smith), just two floors below me (318 Smith). So, naturally, I see him around from time to time. However, when I try to confront him and be friendly, I am given a look that asks “why do you think it’s okay to talk to me.”
As an athlete at a D1 college, one should be expected to be recognized around campus by peers and fans. After all, the majority of his/her life is spent in the eyes of the public.
So just some friendly advice to all you athletes out there, remember where you come from, and that you are a student with a specific talent.
As mentioned before, I prefer the written word over spoken word. Grammar intrigues me.
However, as assigned in MC 2023-004, I had to make an 8-10 minute podcast using programs such as Garage Band and Sound Cloud.
After brainstorming topics for a few days, I realized that I should probably use this opportunity to broaden my resume as a Sports Journalism Major. Therefore, I researched and discussed a day in the life of a college athlete.
Although I would not consider us “friends,” I do speak to basketball-star Phil Forte from time to time. And because he is known for his dedication to practicing every day, I asked him to do an exclusive interview, to which he agreed.
As usual, like I do with almost every other assignment, I procrastinated until the night before it was due to really start recording and working on my podcast.
I sat down at 5:00 P.M. and forced myself to get the job done before I could do anything else. As I rambled on and on about this topic I am so passionate about, the recordings came easily.
As for Garage Band, I had to watch a tutorial video on YouTube about a million times before I got the hang of it. After that, it was quite simple.
Sound Cloud, on the contrary, was an absolute pain. My boyfriend, an MIS Major, and I worked for two hours to try to embed a code from Sound Cloud onto my blog entry. Eventually, around 12:30 A.M., I simply transferred the Sound Cloud link to the entry and called it good.
Overall, I am pleased with how my podcast turned out, as well as the opportunity to learn how to make and upload a podcast. However, I don’t think I will be making any podcasts in the near future.
Well, I’m not usually one to make a podcast. I prefer the written word.
However, in the link listed at the bottom of the page, you can find my very first podcast.
Included in the podcast is an exclusive, one-on-one interview with basketball star Phil Forte, as well as my research and insight on several controversial topics, including degree paths, income, and fan appreciation of NCAA athletes.
As most Oklahoma State fans know, the Cowboys basketball team lost to a conference 1-6 Baylor this past Saturday. And with the untapped talent and potential of the Cowboys during this 2013-14 season, it should’ve been an easy victory. Although OKState’s Phil Forte and Marcus Smart did not perform to their potential, most fans are pinning the loss on Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford.
Following in the steps of legendary coach Eddie Sutton can’t be easy. But when a coach is blessed with the best talent in OSU history, he should be winning every single game.
The loss of Michael Cobbins early in the season has proven to shake up the vibes from the pre-season slaughterings for both players and coaches. The play calling for the BU game this weekend featured big players that OSU no longer has. Le’Bryan Nash, former guard, is now the bread and butter of the team in the paint, changing up his entire strategy as a player. And facing a 7’1″ Isaiah Austin did not bode well for the 6’7″ junior.
And, out of the usual, Marcus Smart did not perform. His 15 points would be impressive for any other NCAA basketball player; but unimpressive for this league-bound sophomore. Once Ford noticed that Marcus was off his game, the green light to shoot all shots should have been switched to red.
Furthermore, in the final 5:00 minutes of the game, after Forte was injured and helped off of the court, he should have been benched. Although he was “all right,” he should have been benched, due to the fact that he could not play to his full potential caused by an ankle injury.
Overall, if Coach Ford is going to visit the Student Union and beg students to come to basketball games, the man needs a winning strategy for his winning team.
I am all about the offensive line. I mean, without them, there would be no football team.
Last semester in my speech class, we had to give a persuasive presentation over a subject we feel passionate about. Naturally, the first thing that came to my mind was football. So I gave a persuasive speech, complete with slide show and statistics, on why the offensive line is the most important component on any given football team.
Well, I am pleased to say that I think ESPN got a hold of my presentation video. (Just kidding.)
Leading up to the big rivalry game between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, ESPN’s SportsCenter did a segment on the 49ers and why they are successful on offense. They did not highlight the quarterback, wide receivers, or running back. Instead, the interviewer sat down with the five starters of the offensive line, asking them questions and giving them praise.
Though it seems minor to most fans, the unspoken heroes of the San Francisco 49ers really are the “big uglies.” Without the tackles, the quarterback would get sacked every play. Without the pulling of the guards, the running back would get tackled in the back-field. And without the center, the ball would never even be put into play!
I hope those facts, as evident as they are, become prevalent next time you quarterback-lovers watch a football game.
As the best wide receiver for the New York Giants and one of the best in the league during the 2012 season, 26-year-old Victor Cruz had a whopping 33 more receptions than re-signed Giants WR Hakeem Nicks.
Despite his ultimate success and being the face of the team, the New York Giants did not renew Cruz’s formal contract for the 2013-14 season.
However, last Monday, Cruz signed with the Giants as a free agent on a $2.879 million tender.
The Giants are delusional, as is Victor Cruz. If the Giants are willing to lose one of the best WR in the NFL, it is obvious that they either feel like they do not need his talent on the field, or they fear that he is taking the fame from quarterback Eli Manning. For example, Campbell’s Soup used Victor, along with his mother, as a spokes person for a new flavor of soup. But if the Giants do not truly want him, I have a hard time understanding why Cruz would want to re-sign with his team. There is no guarantee that he will have near as much, if any, playing time. So, why not go to a team that needs/wants you?
I would love more than anything to see Victor Cruz go to the Cleveland Browns to receive passes from QB Brandon Weeden.
The Browns’ top receiver of the 2012 season was Josh Gordon (who’s that?) who caught a total of 5 touchdown passes all season. QB Weeden had a 57% pass completion rate throughout the 2012 season, helping Cleveland reach further into the losing bracket. (During his senior year at OKState, Weeden had a 72% completion.)
The big difference between Weeden’s college and professional football careers is that his wide receivers at Oklahoma State (Justin Blackmon; Tracy Moore) were able to complete passes.
Now, I am not a huge fan of quarterbacks, and I certainly do not “oooh” and “ahhh” over wide receivers. (I am all about that offensive line.) But the fact that dropped passes reflect on the quarterback’s performance is ridiculous. I have witnessed countless passes dropped, not due to poor placement or an inaccurate throw, but unfocused and untalented receivers who could not handle the pressure of the safety or corner on their heels.
All in all, Victor Cruz may not have the paycheck he desires, but it is very possible for him to become a real star with a bright future in the National Football League by joining forces with the Cleveland Browns and the one and only Brandon Weeden.