So today was my first day of my “sports journalism” class. Assignments include normal activities, like blogging about sports, watching high school football games, and video conferencing with sports celebrities.
Yeah, so among other “famous” people we’ll get to talk to in class, we’ll be doing video conferences with both Scott Van Pelt (as in the SportsCenter anchor) and Rick Reilly (Sports Illustrated back page columnist-turned ESPN.com writer). Um, yeah, craziness! The professor is even talking about us heading down to interview several of the UT Olympic swimmers. You know, the Brenden Hansens, Garrett Weber-Gales, and Aaron Peirsols of the world. What?!
Well apparently rule #1 (actually #2 if I want to quote correctly from the professor’s journalism tips handout from today) is that as writers we’re to treat famous people like normal people and normal people like famous people. Clearly I have a long way to go.
In my head I giggled at all the new UT female students going gaga that Matthew McConaughey was at the football game this past weekend. Little did I know I’d fall prey to that same type of “OMG celebrity!!” ludicrousness a few days later. Sigh. Pathetic.
In other (though actually related) news I finally remembered to bring my camera out this past weekend and was able to snag a picture of what I wanted to photograph for the past few weeks. This is the sign just outside Kerbey Lane Cafe on Guadalupe Street. Ian C = Ian Crocker, yet another UT/US Olympic swimmer. Note to self: obsess much? The Olympics ended weeks ago!