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Top 31 Moments in the UP! #23 – Watch out for Lexi Gussert!

September 3, 2013
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(Photo by Grandpa Camo)

Being a sports anchor and reporter in the Upper Peninsula means you have to shoot and edit your own highlights for the evening newscasts. That means getting in a TV 6 vehicle and driving to many schools on different days. Well on November 6th, the day after election day, I went to cover some regional playoff volleyball action in Kingsford and Iron Mountain. This was the day I got to see Lexi Gussert do work on the court. People kept telling me she was amazing at basketball and was very good at volleyball too. I had to learn the hard way.

In the second set against Lake Linden-Hubbell, Lexi went up for the kill and slammed it right into the hardwood floor towards me. Now the ball had so much spin that when I looked in my viewfinder, I had two options. (1. Look like a fool and get hit. or 2. Try to get out of the way and look like a fool.) I choose number 1 and well the crowd knew my consequences. Everyone in the crowd was laughing, including myself, and I posted the video on YouTube for everyone to see. There are few things you don’t forget and this was one of them. Lexi got me good and she still has another season to get another cameraman out there.

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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!

New York Magazine: Hey, Fordham Beat a Team That Beat the National Champion!

April 6, 2011

Via New York Magazine:

Goldfield for NY Daily News

It may not warrant a banner inside the Rose Hill Gym — in fact, this may not be worth celebrating at all, particularly to those who don’t follow Fordham basketball — but it dawned on us last night that new national champion UConn lost this season to a team, St. John’s, that itself lost to Fordham. (Storm that court, kids!) In search of a precedent, we contacted the Elias Sports Bureau and learned that it’s been 28 years since Fordham beat a team that defeated the eventual champion during that same season. On February 10, 1983, the Rams defeated Notre Dame (a team coached by former Fordham coach Digger Phelps). Then, in their very next game, the Irish defeated eventual champion North Carolina State (a team whose roster included future Fordham head coach Dereck Whittenburg). Like we said, not exactly banner-worthy, but when your alma mater’s coming off a 7–21 campaign, the little things help. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to go watch that court-storming video again.

 …This article really annoys me. While many say, “Hey! It’s great to get some publicity!” My answer to that is, What publicity? That Fordham is a bad team that shouldn’t have beat St. John’s. That the world is ok because Fordham beat St. John’s. That doesn’t make any sense to me because they finished the season 7-21 and only won 1 game in conference. That is nothing to cheer about Fordham fans. What they needed to say was that this season was in rebuilding mode and this win makes fans sure that more upsets will be here in the future. Celebrate the upset and the storming of the court, but don’t call Fordham champions until they become one…

Funny Sports Video of the Week

September 22, 2010

…This is probably the funniest video I have ever seen. The Rays really need a rap star like this to make it big. It is just so classic. A kitty rapping in a Rays jersey and chains with the matching cap is just priceless. I know I got a kick out of it. What do you think?…