No Kissing in This Booth

Maxime Hamou can French kiss his reputation goodbye following his controversial actions at the 2017 French Open.

The 21-year-old, ranked 287 in the world, had been problematic even before his first round tournament loss.  Between snubbing a reporter after a poorly articulated question and harassing an umpire mid-match, I think it’s safe to say that professionalism is not in Hamou’s vocabulary.

Still not convinced?  Watch this video of Hamou post-match, repeatedly attempting to kiss Eurosport reporter, Maly Thomas.

I’ve never felt so uncomfortable watching an interview and I can only imagine how Thomas felt.  I applaud her on her ability to maintain composure during such an unpleasant exchange, especially while her team chuckled from the luxury of the studio.

“If I hadn’t been live on air, I would have punched him,”  Thomas said in an interview; and I don’t blame her.

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“Phoebe Langdon, Amateur Blogger”

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I’m not sure how many times exactly I’ve sat down to type something up, only to hold down the backspace button, destroying any evidence of my efforts.

It’s been two weeks since graduation and I have to say I thought I would be enjoying my freedom much more.  Instead, it’s been a plethora of tears, applications opened in more tabs than I can count, a neglected blog, an empty wallet and an existential crisis here and there.

To make matters worse, with every article I read, and every broadcast I watch, my confidence takes a hit.  There’s so much talent already established and so much more yet to be discovered.

And then there’s me, just trying to keep my head above water, writing for a blog with two readers, my dad being one of them.

But so what?  I love to write.

So why can’t I seem to get past two paragraphs of text before giving up on my thoughts and closing my laptop?

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Report: Beth Mowins To Call NFL Game For ESPN

ESPN’s Beth Mowins is slated to become the first woman in 30 years to handle play-by-play duties during a regular-season NFL broadcast, according to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch.

Source: Report: Beth Mowins To Call NFL Game For ESPN

Beth Mowins is easily one of my favorite women in the game–and no it’s not just because she’s from Syracuse (but it definitely doesn’t hurt).

She’s been with ESPN since 1994 and has chalked up an impressive resume that would prepare her to be the first woman in 30 years to do an NFL play-by-play commentary.

Why does this have to be such an impressive milestone though?  How is it that in NFL history there has been only ONE other woman to call a game?

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Joe Girardi compares Yanks rookie Aaron Judge to Derek Jeter | abc7ny.com

Manager Joe Girardi paid the ultimate compliment to Yankees rookie outfielder Aaron Judge by comparing him to one of the most revered players in franchise history: Derek Jeter.

Source: Joe Girardi compares Yanks rookie Aaron Judge to Derek Jeter | abc7ny.com

This may be a little off-topic, but as a huge Derek Jeter supporter, I can’t help but give my two cents.  Seeing as how this is my blog, I think I’ll let it slide.

There’s no question that Aaron Judge has been lighting up the MLB, whether it be with a clutch at bat, or a stellar catch in the outfield, the rook is turning heads.

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ESPN Layoffs Cut Some Of The Biggest Names In Sports Journalism – Updated List Of Cuts Includes Ed Werder

Source: ESPN Layoffs Cut Some Of The Biggest Names In Sports Journalism – Updated List Of Cuts Includes Ed Werder

With graduation in 17 days (I’m not counting, you are), I can’t help but be a little discouraged after reading this.

100 members of the greatest sports media conglomerate were laid off this morning, and I’m expected to feel anything other than dread as I attempt to answer that same job market?

I’m not naive, and I know that the unemployment period is worse than people let on, but where I once had at least a shred of hope, I can’t help but feel panic.

But this isn’t about me.  Instead, let’s focus on the 100 talented analysts, writers, personalities, etc. woke up to news this morning that their days with ESPN were over. Continue reading “ESPN Layoffs Cut Some Of The Biggest Names In Sports Journalism – Updated List Of Cuts Includes Ed Werder”

Matt Hauswirth- CNY Central (Syracuse, NY)

In a coffee shop in Cooperstown, NY, Matt Hauswirth sat uploading video coverage of Iván “Pudge” Rodriguez’s Hall of Fame induction tour, before he was on to his next stop, to interview the athlete of the week.  

To add to his multitasking, as he edited his video, Hauswirth took the time to answer some questions I had for him over the phone.  

(photo courtesy of cnycentral.com)

Having the opportunity to interview someone that you’ve seen on television before was an absolute pleasure.  As of June 2016, Hauswirth, a West Virginia University graduate, can be seen anchoring the weekend sports report for CNY Central in his hometown of Syracuse, NY.

Prior to joining the CNY Central team, Hauswirth spent eight years in West Virginia working his way up in the sports media industry.  But more on that later. Continue reading “Matt Hauswirth- CNY Central (Syracuse, NY)”

Tony Romo Leaves the Pocket For the Safety of the Booth

Thank God for ESPN app notifications.  If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be able to write a blog post in front of one of my professors.  When inspiration strikes, you have to run with it.

The headline that caught my eye was “Stephen A. nauseated over Romo attention,” and came with a video of the personality, going off on all of the coverage.

“…you actually forgot that North Carolina won the damn title last night,”  Smith said in a fit of passion.

This is rare for me, but I agree with Smith here.  I don’t see what everyone is freaking out about.

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9 Facebookers (try to) Talk Sports Talk

In order to get a better understanding of what sport personalities people other than my immediate friends and family are listening to, I turned to Facebook.  With a little over a thousand friends on the site, I thought I was going to receive some pretty profound information.  Instead, I was limited to 9 comments, and only a few of the responses were relative to what I was looking for.  See for yourself:

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Sports Media: Why not all press is good press for women’s sports

P.T. Barnum allegedly said there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but he ran a circus, not women’s sports media. Here’s why some press is really bad press.

Source: Sports Media: Why not all press is good press for women’s sports

Okay. Maybe I’m a little biased, but as a woman in sports, I think it goes without saying that women face more scrutiny in the media than men.

Even good publicity frequently comes with negative criticisms and in extreme cases; death threats.

We have to fight so hard for our media spotlight, yet it is more often than not, the negative attention that is marketed the most successfully.

It’s a shame that women are recognized for the negative aspects of their careers more often than their accomplishments. Continue reading “Sports Media: Why not all press is good press for women’s sports”

In Honor of Being Snowed in with my Family for Two Days: My Dad’s Top 3 ESPN Shows

Everybody knows that Syracusians are no strangers to a good old fashioned white out snow storm.  We brag about our immunity to snow on a regular basis.

I’ve never been one to let the snow stop me from making any plans or carrying out my day to day routine.  But on Monday night, as my younger sister eagerly watched the snow accumulate, we knew we were in for the snow storm of the century.

On Tuesday morning we woke up to a foot of snowfall and plowed snow pushed up to our driveway.  Travel was officially out of the question. Continue reading “In Honor of Being Snowed in with my Family for Two Days: My Dad’s Top 3 ESPN Shows”