100 years and still hitting

Being a student in Boston is a special experience – a Boston University student, in particular. My first year at BU, I lived in one of the handful of less-than-desired freshman dorms. There was a silver lining though: at 18 stories high, my room overlooked the iconic Fenway Park. During baseball season, when the sun goes down, the florescent lights of Fenway keep the city bright and the roar of the crowd keeps the city alive into the late hours of the night. Needless to say, it was a different lifestyle than growing up LA where everything is so spread out, people don’t walk and the thought of public transportation is comical. To get to Staples Center for a Laker or Kings game, I’d give myself over an hour (due to traffic, mostly) to get to the arena. The thought of walking to Fenway and a quick T ride to the Garden blew my mind.

This year, my final lap at BU, Fenway Park and the Red Sox are celebrating their 100th year anniversary. Not really knowing the impact this event had on Boston at first, I’ve watched the events unfold literally while I walk to class. In January, Fenway hosted Frozen Fenway, two nights of games featuring Division 1 school in the America East conference, including Vermont, Boston College, New Hampshire and Northeastern.

Friday the 13th marked the 100th opening day for the Boston Red Sox against the Tampa Bay Rays. A cloudless, breezy day, Yawkey Way was a sea of red and green authentic jerseys with a mix of David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon and even some Celtics players. Bars are way over capacity filled with fans sans tickets and Boston accents get thicker after every beer. Boston fans are the core of the city culture and unexplainable to nonresidents. It is something that simply needs to be experienced.

April 20 was and perhaps might be one of the memorable days in sports history. It was 100 years to the day that the park has been opened. To celebrate the legacy, the Red Sox scheduled a game the same date, time and opponent (the New York Yankees) as the first day. Fenway also hosted a free open house featuring historical artifacts, photographs and banners. In addition, fans got the chance to meet Red Sox legends and visit parts of the ball park usually inaccessible to the general public.

As I walked around the city, I couldn’t help but get the chills strolling down Commonwealth Avenue heading toward Kenmore Square. Bars and restaurants with red and white balloons tied in the front, people waiting for patio seating while drinking a pint of Sam Summer beer. There’s a lot of pride in this city, no matter what team stats say. Fenway Park will always be sold out. Fans will always show up. And Boston will always be one of the greatest sports cities on earth.

a week in someone else’s cleats

The past few weeks in class have been focusing on production and editing on Final Cut Pro. This week, we were asked to shoot and produce a MOS (man on the street) style video pertaining to the theme of our blog. Last week’s post was my first attempt at a MOS, so I felt more comfortable this time around. Watch my video to see what I asked people this time.

Game Changer

Around the beginning of April, I always find the air is filled with a bit of uneasiness and uncertainty. At school, spring break is over and students are still trying to adjust to the fact that they still have another month and a half left before summer break. In the back of our minds though, we’re starting to scramble to get grades up because it’s hit us that there’s only a month left of actual class. I sense a similar air in the world of sports.

Basketball fans can’t find solid footing because key NBA players are being traded and NCAA fans are still wrapping their heads around the fact that some of their picks didn’t make the final four. Baseball fans are ramping up for their season openers in a couple of weeks, many excited but nervous fans in Boston await their revamped Red Sox players and management for the season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. The NFL, although not in season, are gearing up for the 2012 draft and with the top players taking part in team tests and workouts, it’s hard to say who is going to be the top pick. The NHL might be in the middle of its season but the struggle to make and remain in the top 8 is heating up.

It’s a weird time for a lot of people. There’s a lot going on and a lot of catching up to do, that’s for sure. With everything going on in the sports world, my mind started to wander and I asked myself, “sports fans can speculate and talk rumors all they want, but if you could, what is one rule in the world of professional sports you would change?”

Check out some of the responses…..

Saints’ Sean Payton Punished for Sins

  1. NFL team New Orleans Saints suspended and fined for a bounty system targeting opposing players.
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    Tue, Mar 20 2012 20:00:00
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    NFL suspends New Orleans Saints Coach Payton for one year without pay. fb.me/1rMSMGi8d
    Wed, Mar 21 2012 13:09:57
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    Saints’ Payton Suspended for Season by NFL
    Wed, Mar 21 2012 14:00:41
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    Sources: Sean Payton’s season-long suspension without pay will cost him his $7.5 million salary
    Wed, Mar 21 2012 14:26:35
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    Sean Payton suspended one year. Mickey Loomis 8 game and $500,000 fine. Saints fined $500,000 and a second round pick in 2012 and 2012.
    Wed, Mar 21 2012 12:44:41
  7. Some sources, including Payton himself, are surprised at the punishment, indicating it is too harsh.
  8. ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption react to the year-long suspension of head coach Sean Payton.
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    Sean Payton Suspended For One Year – PTI – 3-21-12
    Wed, Mar 21 2012 19:03:20

From land to sea: A Boston University Novice Rower

Boston University is known for their exceptional Division I teams, conference championships and multiple national titles. Upon entering college and in an effort to find a niche of my own, I joined the Womens Rowing team. You can watch the highlights of my freshman year as a novice rower, the friends I’ve made and my experience as a Division I athlete.

Boston University Men’s Ice Hockey

BU v. NEU

Photo courtesy of Teka England on Flickr

Boston University Men’s Ice Hockey team has always been held on a pedestal. Coach Jack Parker molds players into international names and big-time NHL players. What the community sees on the ice does not always reflect what goes on behind the scenes. Teams are a brotherhood. Teammates go great lengths to help each other out, on and off the field or ice, in this case. Since December, BU Men’s Ice Hockey has been under the microscope after two players were arrested for similar charges. President Brown recently emailed the student body informing us of a Task Force that will be enforced for the rest of the year to study the hockey culture and report back to the President to see what changes can and should be made. Charges against the the two players, Corey Trivino and Max Nicastro can be found online.

Linsanity in New York

Jeremy Lin林书豪

photo courtesy of DvYang on Flikr

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    Jeremy Lin has now scored 130 points in his first five starts. He’s passed @SHAQ for the most since the ABA-NBA merger. #LinSanity
    Tue, Feb 14 2012 21:32:10
  2. Jeremy Lin’s game winning shot with 0.5 seconds left in the 4th against Toronto Raptors
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    Linsanity continues(Jeremy Lin Game Winner vs Toronto Raptors -February 14)
    Wed, Feb 15 2012 05:32:53
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    If Jeremy Lin dunked on Lebron in a Yankees cap, and then celebrated by Tebowing in front of Brett Favre, would ESPN explode?
    Wed, Feb 15 2012 10:30:35
  5. Lin’s post-game interview after game winning shot against the Raptors 2/14

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    Jeremy Lin – Knicks vs Raptors – Post Game Interview MSG [2-14-2012]
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    Linderrella story of the year jeremy lin has lingle handedly played lensational lincredible I’m linpressed all he does is Lin Lin Lin gd jib
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    Top 5 nicknames for Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) http://youtu.be/VK_lj2f6F24 #Linsanity http://pic.twitter.com/8SVvzLuC
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Clippers’ Billups is Donezo

Chauncy Billups

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I’m from Los Angeles, so of course I’m a Lakers fan ’till the day I die but like any other team in sports, there comes a time when the current talent starts to wane. Sure, Kobe Bryant is still Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher is still The Fish, but they’re no spring chickens anymore. I can say I witnessed the hay day when it was the Shaq and Kobe show, when Odom was the best 6th man in the league. The Clippers are stepping up their game in a big way.

This season is proving to be more exciting than most though, given the 20ish game decrease. Trade rumors running rampant, players opting out of their final year contracts. One of the most newsworthy mergers and acquisitions was the Clippers beating out the Lakers for Chris Paul. Chris Bosh, Dwane Wade and Lebron James weren’t the only Big 3 in town anymore – CP3, Blake Griffin and Chauncy Billups had arrived.

Big plays, big dunks and big wins were making the Clippers hot to trot. Games were selling out and the crowd loved to watch the three men dazzle. So did the media. But Billups season-ending injury could be a major game changer. In the game against Orlando on Monday night, Billups tore his left Achilles tendon therefore ending his first season with the Clippers. NBA.com confirmed, however, he will not let the injury end his career. After surgery, which has yet to be scheduled, Chauncey plans to help the team in any way he can. More bad news: the 35-year-old will require at least 8 months to recover, putting his chance to play on the U.S. Olympic team at risk.

Billups is certainly a fun player to watch. He’s played on his fair share of teams, but I’ve got to say that watching him with Blake and Chris Paul is lots of fun. He’s got the energy of a 25 year old and can sink 3’s as good as any college player. I’m more than confident that he will come back from this injury stronger than before. These players have an ability to rebound from injury, making them superhuman, of course.