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For the love of the game

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

If I could sum up Lynn Andrew’s speech in one word, it would be Passion.

Our Administration program in Exercise Science class was fortunate enough to have Lynn Andrew, the Associate Athletic Director at Fort Lewis College come speak to us on behalf of her career path.

Being a student athlete, I throw up a wave, a “hey how are ya”, and a smile whenever I see Lynn-usually on the daily.  But in reality, I didn’t know a whole lot about her.  The hour we were able to meet, it was evident she is full of drive, energy, determination and connections.  After today not only can I say I know a load more about Lynn, but gained the upmost respect for everything she does for us as student athletes.  From event management on game days to scholarships to team budgets, she does it all.

We all gotta start somewhere, for Lynn it was with a dream and one that she felt strongly about at a young age. A few of us are blessed with a passion like that at such a young age.  And even fewer of us are able to stick to it to achieve what they want and deserve.  In college she was a very successful college basketball player which lead her to play in the professional league in Germany.

Hall of fame. Nuff said.

Many people would hang up their hats there but that just drove Lynn farther.  (Have I mentioned passion?).  After her playing days she went back to the states and coached women basketball teams from University of North Dakota, all the way to University of Alaska Fairbanks.

During her coaching days she went back and got her master of Science-Athletic Administration at Idaho State University.

To say we are lucky to have her now at Fort Lewis College is an understatement. This quote hangs in her office as a daily reminder:

Love what you do, feel what matters.

One point she drilled into our heads (and is also clear throughout her career so far) is it’s all about who you know. Majority of her opportunities, from coaching jobs to playing, came from connections. Along with connections, it’s about how hard you work. She said, “you never know who’s watching-always work hard.” Even if it won’t get the credit it deserves, it matters.

The sky is the limit. Lynn’s “pre-game pump up talk” has me ready and excited for my future career endeavors!

Thank you Lynn Andrew!

Peace and blessings,


Vi-queens new castle

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

The memories from the Minnesota Vikings Metrodome reign back all the way to 1982. It holds many more historical moments beyond the Vikings football games. From monster truck events to Kirby Puckett’s game winning home run to win the 1991 world series, the Metrodome earned its nickname as Minnesota’s “rec room.”

 Early Sunday morning on December 12th 2010, the Metrodome collapsed after a snowstorm dumped nearly 20 inches of snow on Minneapolis.

Mn metrodome collapse


“We’ve worked particularly close with the Vikings over the last two or three years on plans and designs and steps and obviously it can’t help but call attention to the fact that the facility is 28 years old,” Terwilliger said. “It’s one of the oldest facilities in the NFL. There’s a problem when we run this risk of not being able to play a game, because it’s a huge economic hit to the team. But the policymakers will handle these issues.”

This 2013 season for the Vikings will be the last seasons played at this location. The Mall of America Field (Metrodome) will be demolished and the team will be playing at the University of Minnesota’s football TCF Bank Stadium in 2014-2015.

The new stadium will seat approximately 65,000 fans, and can expand to 73,000 seats for a super bowl. 150 suits and up to 7,500 club seats. Compared to the Metrodome, Viking Fans will have more restrooms, enhanced concessions, wider concourses, better accessibility for fans with disabilities, and more space for tailgating and pre-game activities.


  • The total project cost will be $975 million.
  • The Vikings have guaranteed 49% of the cost will be privately covered.
  • They will rely on NFL financing and private financing to cover the rest.
  • The rest, $498 million will be split between the City of Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota and will not include new taxes or have a negative impact on the State’s general fund.

“The City’s $150 million contribution will be paid by redirecting a portion of the current “Convention Center Taxes, while the State will issue appropriation bonds for $348 million. The appropriation bonds will be repaid through the modernization of State-authrorized charitable gaming that includes electronic pull-tabs and bingo.” (

new vikes stadiumHere is a potential design idea for the future stadium.

Vikings remaining six games, Minnesota will be done with Metrodome in just 34 more days.

Peace & Blessings,

-Al & Ab

The Portland Trailblazers on Instagram Straight Flexin’

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Portland, Oregon is taking it to the next level with social media. The professional basketball team introduced an ‘Instagram Night’ which encouraged fans to take part in an Instagram competition. The only requirements were to upload a photo or video and use the specific hashtag for the competition. The Trailblazers displayed the photos in the arena, on their website, and on TV. One instagramer will win a pair of tickets to another Trailblazer game.



Along with the Portland Trailblazers many business and other teams use Instagram for marketing.

New to Instagram and looking to follow some athletes?

From Tony Hawk to Kevin Love, its the new fab. For those of you living under a rock, Instagram is a online photo/video sharing social networking service that allows users to upload their pictures and videos, apply a filter and share them. Instagram is a similar social networking service to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. It is a free App that can be downloaded in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.


Tips from Mike Tyson. Listen to the man.

Aside from the jokes, Instagram provides a new and unique marketing technique that brands have been quick to pick up on. The article below shows 20 brands that have “mastered” the art (or use) of Instagram.

Out of the 20 companies they mentioned there were a handful of sport organizations such as:

The NFL,  The Brooklyn Nets, LA Clippers, Adidas, and Red bull.

As fellow Instagramers, we feel more aware of what is going on in the sport media world from this App. It provides a simple way for people to follow their favorite athletes, organizations, and/or teams on the daily.

Peace and Blessings,

Al and Ab


Russi-ing to the next Olympics…

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

With the next Winter Olympics approaching in less than 100 days and the Paralympics under 120 days, Sochi is excited and ready for their first ever held Winter Olympics…..

Time to get a little excited:

And a view of the beautiful country and the Olympic project progress:


With the responsibility of hosting such a huge event, comes goals and visions that are desirable to obtain in terms of reflecting their country.

The mission of the Sochi 2014 Olympic project is to organize and stage innovative Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which will express the character of the new Russia and bring sustainable positive changes for the entire country.

According to the Sochi’s Olympic/Paralympics Organizing Committee the “sustainable positive changes” from that quote can be defined as “as the implementation of programs, activities and other efforts aimed at creating long-lasting positive social, economic and environmental benefits with efficient use of resources and state-of-the-art development management technologies.”

The Games Mission consists of nine elements-known as The Russian Diamond. Those include:

  1. Excellence
  2. Efficiency
  3. Integration
  4. Hospitality
  5. Unity
  6. Uniqueness
  7. Respect
  8. Legacy
  9. Harmony

Sochi 2014

But the question stands: Are the strategies that the Sochi organizing committee outlined for a sustainable hallmark event achievable? 

According to Joanna M. Foster from Climate Process, wrote an article expressing her worry about Sochi’s “Zero Waste” program meaning “out of sight.” Villagers have complained about illegal dumping and reports have shown this isn’t the first time Russia has been accused of not living up to its Olympic Sustainability promises.

I believe that it is great to address and discuss all their visions, projects and plans to achieve the goals. But if they are going to be effective with their visions, they must follow The Russian Diamond as well and be honest with themselves as well as the world. Some points need a reasonable, measurable way on determining if things are going to plan. But I support and believe that we are going in the right direction with this upcoming Olympics/Paralympics by establishing an effective use of resources and technologies to successfully conduct a positive social, economic and environmental benefit and still expressing the beautiful culture of the country.

Below is the Sochi 2014 Sustainability Report:

Pretty penny to participate…

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Participation fees in youth sports is one topic requiring discussion. Should community sports be equally accessible to all? For Sondra’s circumstances, her financial situation is tight and the fee for two of her children to participate in their local youth baseball league is putting a deep cut in her budget. She believes the participation would benefit her young boys but the price asked is not realistic in her financial ability. The fee for the league is $75 per child but provides a $25 discount for every additional child. Even with the discount Sondra can not afford the $125 participation fee.

America is demanding an increase in specialization in youth sports, forcing young children to pick and play one sport year round. This trend is causing people to pay a pretty penny to participate in certain popular or well-known clubs that feed out athletes just because the price they are asking.

This article gives some good examples about how participating in sports is now becoming an economic status.

“It cuts out a lot of minorities and people who don’t have money,” said Mark Merriwether, a Castro Valley resident who runs his own window-cleaning business and whose two sons play baseball. “It’s kind of like tennis and gymnastics were years ago. If you don’t have money, you can’t play. Baseball is looking that way, too.”

Cincinnati city’s local news station aired a story on how the lack of voters cut the budget of athletics causing a “pay-to-play” fee for their football program (middle school and high school) and other sports too and the affects of it.


Sondra was lucky enough to be offered a discount for multiple children joining the league but a lot of programs aren’t as fortunate.

There must be another way.

In the You-Tube video above, they talk about how there are getting the local community involved to get donations by a dance or auction.

There are so many life skills and benefits across the board that children learn from participating in team sports, their family’s financial situation should not determine whether they are granted the opportunity or not.

Bad Grades, Shmad Grades….

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

When you think of the term student-athletes traditionally, the student aspect comes first. Nowadays, the term has flip flopped, the athlete holds the term alive. Recently athletic directors have lowered the GPA requirements at certain schools for athletes to be eligible to play. Ultimately us bloggers (Al and Ab) believe that it does more harm than good.

Good (or reasons the lowered GPA requirements is acceptable): It keeps some kids off the streets and on the courts/fields that typically wouldn’t meet the previous requirements.

Bad (or reasons the lowered GPA requirements is unfavorable): Work ethic and internal motivation to achieve in the classroom is lost. Laziness and being able to just get by becomes the new norm. NCAA requires a minimum GPA in college so if those student-athletes expect to play at a higher division, high school would not be preparing them effectively if they lower the GPA.

All in all, lowering the GPA for high school student athletes ultimately hurts them in the long run. Keeping the GPA where its at and providing study hall and tutoring options for the student-athletes would be a beneficial way to provide outlets for the struggling scholars.

Here is a funny video on the topic.


“You do that homework assignment, Can I see it?”

Peace and Blessings,

Al & Ab