New School Year Resolutions
If I traveled in the SIOC time machine back to the summer before my senior year at UMass, here would be my resolutions:
1) Find one professor and befriend him. You never know when you'll need a recommendation or advice.
2) Attend at least one event by a team I've never seen. In this case, it would be women's field hockey. Any sport with girls in skirts is worth a one-time look.
3) Upgrade my basketball season tickets. Of course, I was at UMass when the hoops team was actually good, so this would be quite a challenge.
4) Take a road trip to Penn State to experience a home game at a college powerhouse (you can replace Penn State with whatever big school is located closest to you). It would be a shame to look in the mirror at the age of 21 knowing that I've yet to attend a good tailgate before a Big Ten game.
What are your resolutions?
X-Games ... Fan or Foe?
1) The lingo. Here are the names of some of the events, "Skateboarding Big Air," "Moto X Freestyle," "Skateboard Street Selection Session." If you want to attract a wider fan base, you may want to attempt to make it easy for a newcomer to understand. I also hate figure skating, but at least I can figure out what I'm watching from the names of the events (Men's Singles, Pairs, etc.)
2) The announcers. Can we suggest a switch to decaf? Your job is to call the action, not act like a crazy fan who is way too excited about what he's watching.
3) The ESPNization of the sport. Nothing against the worldwide leader, but would the event exist if it wasn't for this station? Should a sport need so much piggybacking from a TV network to be successful? Name another sport that is so synonymous with the network that broadcasts it (and if you don’t know, ESPN and ABC are both owned by Disney).
As we said, the X-Games debate is one of the most polarizing in sports. You either love them or you hate them. I've made my case. Let's hear yours.
Who's Got the Best Fight Song?
In other words, the emotions of a moment can cloud your objectivity. That's where we come in. After spending the past week hunkered down in the SIOC listening studio, we’ve poured through hundreds of fight songs and have come out with our Top 5.
1. "The Victors," University of Michigan
2. "Anchors Aweigh," U.S. Naval Academy
3. "Boomer Sooner," University of Oklahoma.
4. "Rocky Top," University of Tennessee
5. "Notre Dame Victory March," Notre Dame
Those are ours. Take a listen and give us your Top 5.
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