Posted tagged ‘Success’

Top 31 Moments in the UP! #28 – Meet Ms. McCoy

July 10, 2013
(Photo by: Laura Conway)

(Photo by: Laura Conway)

Next on my countdown I take a look at a story I did back in September 2012 about a gymnast and track star transformed into weightlifter. This story is funny because going into the USOEC Weight room I was directed to do a story on one girl but when I showed up, the girl standing at the door was not the girl I was told I would meet. So people thought this would be tricky, right? Actually, it was a lot more fun!

I was supposed to meet Holly O’Dovero who was from Marquette, Michigan and graduated from NMU but instead I talked to Vanessa McCoy who was from Wichita Falls, Texas and has been at the USOEC for three years.

My favorite thing about going into a story without knowing the person is to learn all the cool things about that person and finding something unique about them that no one else would have ever known. The interview with Vanessa went very smooth and shooting b-roll for that package was so much fun. She was athletic, funny, and super kind which made this story special. I loved that she did gymnastics her whole life and then got into weightlifting just a few years ago but even though things changed, she still loves being a gymnast and has opened up her own studio in Marquette.

This story stays close to me because it’s about what I always want to do. Tell stories about special people no one knows about and let their story be heard. This story now has over 1,000 views on YouTube and 11 people like the video. That’s an accomplishment!

Did you play Bill Hall on your fantasy team for Mother’s Day?

May 14, 2012

Bill Hall made his Orioles debut a special one with a home run in the eighth inning the day before Mother’s day. That home run prompted a shaving cream pie to the face that still had his eyes burning hours later.

Hall was not be in the lineup today against Rays right-hander James Shields if manager Buck Showalter was playing matchups, Mother’s day tends to bring out the best in him.

OK, I’m going back six years, but in case you forgot:

Hall hit a walk-off home run on Mothers’ Day 2006 while playing for the Brewers. He was using a pink bat for the occasion, and to make the moment even more special, his mother, Vergie Hall, sat in the stands cheering enthusiastically.

He dedicated the home run to her, and the bat later was auctioned to raise money for breast cancer research. As the story goes, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio purchased the bat, with the final bid exceeding $25,000, and he gave it to Hall’s mother.

The following year, the Brewers lost to the Mets on Mother’s Day, 9-1. Their only run scored on Hall’s solo homer in the ninth inning.

When it comes to deciding whether Hall should play, it’s wise to think pink. Hall on Mother’s Day is like cake and ice cream because you just can’t go wrong with that.

So if you didn’t have him on your fantasy team, pick him up and play him in the future. If you don’t, you’ll miss out on the valuable production he will bring.

Steve Novak having success during Linsanity period

February 10, 2012

Via Zagsblog:

If you believe everything you read these days, Jeremy Lin is single-handedly responsible for the Knicks’ modest three-game winning streak.

And Steve Novak will be the first to give Linsanity its just due.

“Everyone’s been able to see how valuable [he is], the way he gets in the paint on offense and finds guys, how valuable that is,” Novak, whose team meets Kobe Bryant and the Lakers tonight at Madison Square Garden, said earlier this week at the Knicks training facility.

Novak, perhaps more than any other Knick, has benefitted from Lin’s passing.

The former Marquette standout has scored 19 points in each of his last two games — wins over Utah and at Washington — and is 10-for-17 from beyond the arc in those games. Of Lin’s 18 assists in the last two games, 10 have gone to Novak.

“I think you’re really starting to see our offense come together when we have that kind of penetration and that kind of finding guys,” Novak said in crediting Lin, the rookie sensation from Harvard.

“And it’s contagious because other guys know, ‘I’m going to get the ball from him or I’m going to make the next pass because the next time down he’s going to find me again.”

The Knicks picked up the 6-foot-10 Novak — a 41.7 percent career 3-point shooter — in late December after he was released by the San Antonio Spurs

But he never scored more than nine points in a game for the Knicks until this month, when both Amar’e Stoudemire (brother’s death) and Carmelo Anthony (groin) have been absent from the lineup. Both of those players will miss at least two more games.

“At this point, I think we all know, you’re in the NBA for a reason,” Novak, 27, said of his back-to-back 19-point games. “Everybody can play. Anybody can have a huge game.”

Novak played four years at Marquette for former coach Tom Crean and was drafted in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets.

Even after bouncing around the NBA and the D-League, Novak remains close to his Marquette roots and current coach Buzz Williams.

“I work out there all summer,” he said. “I live five minutes from Marquette and play five-on-five with those guys and stay in touch. It’s definitely still my family.”

During those summer workouts, Novak sometimes goes up against the famous Marquette product of all time, Dwyane Wade, as well as fellow NBA players Jimmy Butler, Wesley Matthews and Lazar Hayward. 

“Whenever you go to a school and you have those bonds with your teammates, it’s special,” he said. “But then to carry it over to another league it’s pretty fun.

“And obviously, Dwyane has kind of paved the way for everybody and he’s done a great job and made a great name for Marquette. And there’s been quite a few guys after.”

One of them is Novak, who appears to have been swallowed up by Linsanity.

...When I was live on Marquette Madness and saw what he did when he came back to campus, I knew he would thrive with the Knicks and Mike D’Antoni. This is a guy that can stroke the ball and he has his entire career and with a pass first point guard like Lin, you are going to get an opportunity. That’s just how it works in the NBA. Plus, if you keep working hard and shoot all day like Novak, you might get more money. But in New York, he’s in an Empire State of Mind…