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“Happy New Year” sentiments were shared, as the start of basketball season officially began Friday evening. I always know it is the start of another sport season as I never get adequate sleep. None the less, being right in the heart of events like these, definitely add to the perks of the job.
Check out my photo gallery from the event featured on ESPN Front Row: http://frontrow.espn.go.com/2012/10/tweetback-jeter-reaction-gameday-heading-to-the-swamp-irish-rising/!
In the spirit of old-fashioned school pep rallies before the big game, Midnight Madness offers the students a chance to get to know their team, their coaches, and to build momentum going into the beginning of the college basketball season. It’s a chance to show off, to have a little fun, and to encourage students to pack the house come game day. Leading up to a promotional event like this, there is a lot of work to be done in preparation. Photo shoots and green screen video of players are taken and edited for the upcoming season’s press guides and television displays. The sports information department plans for months to make sure Midnight Madness successfully kicks off the 2012-2013 season without a hitch. These events are one live continuous show for which there is usually no dress rehearsal or precedent, which means little room for error, especially for those in the production truck.
Despite the recent rule changes on coaching and practices that allow teams to meet mid-September for two hours a week, Midnight Madness at schools with historic basketball programs like Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. can still make a huge impact on ticket sales, team unity, and community exposure. The excitement and anticipation of the team making their public debut is a feeling that fans can experience whether in person or on television.
Midnight Madness is still very relevant, regardless of the latest changes, especially for those potential underclassmen recruits looking to be a part of history. McDonough Arena, which holds around 2,500 people, was packed with students who had lined up hours before, feasting on burgers and listening to DJ’s hyping the crowd. As we were set to do record an interview with former coach and ESPN men’s college basketball analyst Tim Welsh in front of McDonough Arena, he mentions how exciting this time of year can be, both as fans and coaches/teams. Rowdy fans swarmed around Georgetown star Otto Porter and chants like, “Otto-matic” began. The ballet of coordination between capturing video for later usage along with the live production as the events unfold requires a multitude of factors to be in sync in order to see the seamless presentation viewers enjoy at home.
The on-site Producers have scouted the optimal angles, set up the lighting effects, and arranged interviews well in advance. Satellite relays are established, hundreds of feet of cable are run, cameramen, stage crew, and technicians perform their integral duties to make sure all of the live action gets properly fed to the television production trucks. Once there, the producers conduct the symphony, graphics packages are added to garnish the video footage, and the end result is beamed to millions of viewers. The “Kickin’ it Ol’ Skool” theme featured a special performance by hip-hop legend Doug E. Fresh, who was thefeatured performer of the night, playing close to a half-hour set. Team introductions, several dance ensembles and student group performances continued throughout the night as the cameramen were up close and personal during each of these moments, capping off the night with a dunk contest.
Students chanted, “J-T-III “as Head Coach John Thompson III was spotlighted showed off his dancing talents amongst a sea of lighted thundersticks. Thompson talked about feeding off of the energy of the fans, and even for those working the game, the excitement makes for a far better atmosphere for all involved.
In a sense, he is helping to cultivate a home-court advantage for the season, allowing us to come in and capture those moments for the fans across the country ready to root for their team.
Here’s a little Doug E. Fresh interlude to set the mood:
Happy August! In between work and taking time writing papers for my group projects, I am looking through friends’ photo albums. I have often taken pleasure in the simplicity and complexity of photographs. I have dabbled a little in front of and behind the lens and really do enjoy the understanding of both sides. Photographs are beautiful and often tell amazing stories from a single frame. More importantly, they are extremely effective when it is associated with marketing, advertising, or public relations. I, myself, am a visual learner and respond better to colors, designs and pictures or video rather than words. Now, that’s not to say that words are not expressive on their own! If we remember (long ago) probably around the time AOL Instant Messenger first came out as a free program, we were first introduced to the animated gif or emoticon. Smileys on Yahoo! Messenger were probably my favorite. I remember playing around with Graphic Converter to make my own simple gifs. Remember the glitter gifs people used to post all over MySpace? Or what about the Peanut Butter Jelly Time dancing banana? I could stare at it for an hour!
Same thing applies here. Broken down, it is more or less a video of frames of images, almost like a flipbook. The animated gif is widely used in media today, even in sports; whether it is showing a great double play from a great baseball game or Glenn “Big Baby” Davis making a goofy face after he hit a floater to bring the Celtics within one during Game 3 of the NBA Finals. (don’t ask me why or how I even remember that!)
I have recently stumbled upon this new version of an animated gif, using the same process (perhaps just a tad more complicated …) called the cinemagraph. It is exactly what you think, not quite a video, not quite a photograph. It is completely unique to what type gif I was used to seeing though the same idea.
Created by Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, they have taken the animated gif to a new level. I would love to have something like this on the blog. It is almost creepy how realistic it is. Literally making the photograph capture an exact moment in time. A simple “Wow” factor like this can boost any Website or page. Even though this idea was formally developed within the last year or so, I’m looking forward to the future of cinemagraphs, specifically with sports, athletes and big businesses. It is also a much smaller file and loads quicker outside of having Flash or HTML5 loading on a Website. Definitely something to think about with graphic design!
You can find tutorials online if you search for them, and it is only a matter of time until an actual app or simple generated website is created specifically for cinemagraphs, much like gifsoup. I always enjoy little DIY ideas and doing it yourself or with a good friend.
Not to mention the satisfaction of a finished product you’ve worked hard on is always a good feeling! I’m definitely going to attempt to make one of these at some point. Here’s a few of my favorites from Jamie (http://fromme-toyou.tumblr.com) & Kevin’s (http://kevin.tumblr.com/) collaborative gifs where subtle motion images like wind are used:
A new type of visual is always exciting to learn about. Being fresh and creative in any industry is what sells any particular product or service. Be unique and inspire others! Have an idea for my next blog post? Shoot me an email!
Well, it happened, The Dallas Mavericks are the new World Champions of the National Basketball Association. Who knew Mark Cuban could pull it off. This series of the NBA Finals has been one of the most exciting one’s to watch. MVP of the series Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd (finally!), DeShawn Stevenson, JJ Barea, Brian Cardinal, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Rodrigue Beaubois, Peja Stojakovic, Corey Brewer, Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, Tyson Chandler, Ian Mahinmi, Dominique Jones, and head coach Rick Carlisle all got rings… I will be curious, however, to see what this will mean for the future of the Miami Heat franchise and any (if any) scrutiny will come their way – especially from/towards the big three.
Another unprecedented event last night was the 65th Annual Tony Awards. What an amazing season, as an avid theater go-er/performer/lover, it was one of the better productions of the broadcast I’ve seen. Having moved to a different spot this year, the Beacon Theater in the Upper West Side area of New York, the feeling was incredible. Stunning performances and some amazing shows. I even got to see a friend I performed with in high school perform (and watch his show win) on the Tony’s for the first time. So cool. Neil Patrick Harris was a phenomenal host. The cross over between theater and sports have always been parallel, never one higher than the other. Perhaps having the blessing of two televisions last night really helped in the matter! But getting back to work..
Credentials – check! TV parking pass for shuttle lots – check! Beautiful weather in Bethesda, Md., – check!
The US Open is finally here and I cannot be more excited. It has been a busy few weeks, job applications, finishing up the end of my marketing class for the semester, and coming to a close as of last night.
Here are some quick links to get you everything there is to know: I started to compile a list of all the players who are on twitter…but there are just far too many to count. i think I got through the entire first round before I looked at the second and pushed back from the keyboard. Congressional Country Club is ready to go for what will be quite the tournament this year.
Here are your 2011 U.S. Open pairings: http://www.usopen.com/en_US/index.html#!/scoring/groupings/round1
Golf Digest’s U.S. Open viewer’s guide:
U.S. Open Spectator Guide (via @WashingtonPost) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/2011-us-open/transportation/index.html
ESPN’s Golf page: http://espn.go.com/golf/ – and follow ESPN Senior Golf Writer Bob Harig for the latest updates: @BobHarig
Fun history and background of 111 years of the U.S. Open: http://www.direct-golf.co.uk/golf_news/News/111-years-of-the-US-Open./n2393
iPhone’s official U.S. Open app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/u-s-open-golf-championship/id319204550?mt=8
and for your main source of coverage, follow @usopengolf on twitter.
Even if you aren’t the biggest golf fan, the buzz surrounding an event like this is pretty incredible. The NHL Playoffs will be decided tonight which puts summer into “full swing” after today. Will you be watching?
“Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.” – Samuel Butler
What a hectic couple of weeks!! After finishing a 20-page paper, getting a little local exposure from WeLoveDC.com (check it out, if you haven’t read it, here) and enjoying my birthday last week, (hooray birthdays!) I decided with some of the downtime I had I wanted to do some spring-cleaning. I went through my entire closet, and as I was getting rid of the things that I didn’t want anymore and it got me thinking of a new blog post. What do my clothes say about me? I have a little bit of everything, from dresses to college t-shirts to dress slacks to jerseys, (around 65 now, and still growing!) and I take pride in the fact that I think I dress well and have a good sense of style. Clothes are also a way to express oneself through colors, fabrics, and creativity. I often get asked my favorite labels or designers I prefer. To be honest, I don’t stick to one particular brand.
Sure, dressing a certain way definitely impacts how others can view you. But it also speaks volumes of how you feel about yourself. Don’t think it matters? Wrong, it does, even in the smallest way. You know how it goes, the water cooler talk about what someone was wearing the night before. Often some conversation beginning with, “What were they wearing and what were they thinking??” comes to mind. Particularly with work, and having a career, fashion is important more than you think.
Lets take a look at the movie, ‘Devil Wears Prada.’ For those of you who haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. The witty humor and business operations of a successful company, even if it seems like some girly fashion magazine. The premise: A young writer new to NYC lands a job with a fashion magazine. Knowing little to nothing about labels or style at all, she gets criticized for it and her work suffers. She starts to learn that dressing well for the job and learning to be professional in other ways really made the difference.
Today, fashion and sports often coincide; check out my friend Heather’s (@HeatherZeller) blog, Glam Slam: Where Fashion Meets Sports.
In sports, the uniform is heavily influenced, too. Recently, there has been a lot of talk of properly representing an organization that you work for or with. There has been discussion about whether Chicago Bulls Joakim Noah’s slur to a fan is worthy of being fined $50,000. Same thing with Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant’s slur only a few short weeks ago, fined $100,000. One side of the debate says that its freedom of speech, another side says it’s the cameraman’s fault for catching the slip up, others say it is their fault. Regardless of what was said, both athletes are representing the respective NBA franchise teams while being in uniform. It ultimately negatively reflects on the organization.
The bottom line is this: If you’re comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt going to the grocery store, or working out at the gym in sweats, that’s fine. But in a place of legitimate business, or attending an event representing a company, think twice before dressing inappropriately. You never know who you’ll meet or run into. Yes those heels hurt, but I always feel more confident in them than in flats.
The saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” means nothing if someone sees you from across the room. It can also translate the same way if you’re trying to meet someone at a bar – regardless of how nice or cordial they are and despite their actual talent or work efforts, people always hold someone to a higher regard if they look the part, too. Everyone wants to be a part of some organization that has employees who embody the job as a whole and that includes how one dresses. Just put yourself in a CEO’s position during the interview process. Would you hire yourself? These days, image is everything, but sometimes can be difficult to maintain, especially in front of others. Self-image is even more important, however, and that comes from within.
Maybe that relates to a buying a new shirt or a new pair of shoes, or maybe even a new wardrobe, but whatever the case, it is just human nature to judge that book by its cover. We all do it – but we all want to make a good impression, too. Personal appearance can affect your credibility and in my opinion, it’s well worth the effort.
Its Showtime folks, literally!
Undefeated heavyweight boxer, Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell, will return to the ring at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena, located within Terrible’s Primm Valley Casino Resorts, in Primm, Nevada. Mitchell will fight May 13th on the televised portion of Showtime’s boxing series, “ShoBox: The New Generation.” The Star of the Desert Arena holds 6,500 seats and is approximately forty miles from downtown Las Vegas. The fight card is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and DeWalt Tools.
Seth Mitchell (Brandywine, Maryland, 21-0-1, 15 KOs) is scheduled to fight against the Nicaraguan boxer, Evans “The Sandman” Quinn (Miami, Florida, 20-5-1, 18 KOs), in a 10-round bout.
Mitchell, a former Maryland high school football All-American and Michigan State University football standout, has knocked out eight of his last nine opponents. On March 5, 2011, he defeated Charles Davis by TKO in 1:02 of Round 2. Mitchell dominated Davis in the scheduled 10-round bout, sending his opponent to the canvas four times, before referee Wayne Hedgepeth stopped the fight.
Mitchell said, “I feel I am well-prepared for this fight. I am in great shape and can box ten rounds if I need to. My opponent’s record shows he has good punching power, so I know I will need to have good defense and be ready for anything. This is my first time fighting on Showtime, so I am ready to put on a good show for the fans.”
Mitchell’s boxing trainer, Andre Hunter said, “For this fight, we worked on being prepared for any style that his opponent may bring. This fight is like every other fight, because you have to put the work in for any opponent they put in front of you. I’m excited that a large television audience will tune in for the fight.”
Mitchell’s boxing manager, Sharif Salim, said, “Evans Quinn is a very credible and formidable opponent. He has 20 wins, with 18 of them coming by knockout. After viewing him, I was impressed with his athleticism, movement and hand speed. The styles of both fighters will create an exciting fight on Showtime. If styles make fights, then this is one fight you will want to see.”
If you’re out and about, set your DVR’s tonight…coverage starts around 10:45-11:00pm.
UPDATE: Seth Mitchell wins by KO in the 1st round.
The past few weeks have certainly altered the way the people in Washington, D.C., think about adjusting to change. In terms of what is sticking around – the weather is starting to be consistently pleasant, the allergies are consistently aggravating, Metro is still jam packed during rush hour, and the foreign drivers still have no idea where they are going in the downtown area. What have changed, however, are the sports organizations in and around the Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. areas. Fans and media alike are unsure what is to come over the next several years. “We’re rebuilding” has become a common statement in daily conversations. Lets take a look at the changes:
– High School –
Head Football Coach Change
Dematha High School – Bill McGregor (retiring, 39 years)
– College/University –
4 College Head Basketball Coaches Changes
George Mason – Paul Hewitt (Ga. Tech) for Jim Larranaga (took job with Miami, 14 years)
George Washington – Mike Lonergan (Vermont) for Karl Hobbs (released, 10 years)
Maryland – Mark Turgeon (from Texas A&M) for Gary Williams (retiring, 22 years)
Navy — Billy Lange (took job with Villanova as an Associate HC, 7 years)
Losing a head coach, especially in basketball, is difficult in the future of recruiting and properly representing the university. Each has ties to the local area and what are my thoughts on these hires? I’m satisfied with all of them. They each bring something new and useful to the future of the program and ready to move forward in its own stages of rebuilding a name in their own respective conference.
2 Head Lacrosse Coaches
Towson –Tony Seaman (retiring, 13 years)
Navy – Richie Meade (resigned, 17 years)
Any coach that is in a position longer than 10 years, whether it is basketball, football, baseball, or even lacrosse, is a milestone in high school and college athletics.
– NHL –
Capitals: After a 4-0 sweep loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Bruce Boudreau’s job is in jeopardy. Once pegged as the savior of the NHL in DC, the Caps are facing a major rebuild with possible player and structure changes. The future of what happens with BB will lie in the hands of Capitals general manager George McPhee. Should they fire him? Is it solely his fault? It definitely is an interesting debate, and for now, it looks like Boudreau is sticking around.
Think about it, if we fired every coach out there for not exceeding high caliber expectations, there would be far more than just a couple of coaching changes every year. On the other hand, the Caps have lost to a lower-seeded team in four (shrug, yes, four) consecutive playoffs under Boudreau, despite winning four consecutive titles in the Eastern division, the President’s Trophy and the conference title the past two seasons under his tenure as head coach.
– NBA –
Wizards: A major marketing overhaul with the unveiling of a new red, white and blue color scheme, new logos, fonts, and designs, the Wizards hope to score big in the upcoming draft lottery. With the previous mindset of having to rebuild from last year, it hasn’t been easy. Even with the lucky number one lottery pick spot; the Wizards have had a conflicting couple of seasons with trades, injuries, lack of leadership, and losses including that of “Mr. Rebuilder” himself, Abe Pollin. Hopeful that after a makeover and some fresh talent will result in leading the Wizards back to a playoff spot like they did back in 2008, owner Ted Leonsis and his team with Monumental Sports can look to more success in the future.
We as fans, media, ticket holders, both seasoned and random, alumni and friends of these programs, must embrace it. Much like a carousel at an amusement park, it’s the one ride everyone seems to flock to. With its pretty colors, and siren song, it would be boring if the elegant horses didn’t go up and down every few seconds. With all of these new revisions to the DMV area, it helps to breed motivation for new leadership to embrace an open-door policy for a paradigm shift. By revamping our own expectations, we can harbor new ones. John C. Maxwell said it best: “Change is inevitable, growth is optional.”