One Small Step For Man, One Giant Leap For WOMAN Kind

What does a ninja, the number 5 and 100, and a female all have in common?

Kacy Catanzaro.

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She may not look like much, but all 5 ft and 100 lbs. of Kacy Catanzaro is inspiring women everywhere.

A few weeks ago history was made, Kacy Catanzaro was the first female to ever completed an American Ninja Warrior city qualifying course. And then again last night, rewrote the history books again and was the first woman to ever complete the city finals course. This former college gymnast will be competing in national finals course of Mount Midoriyamo.

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Growing up an athlete I was always encouraged to push myself to the limit and challenge myself everyday to be better than the girl next to me. I was not encouraged to try to compete with the boys. Boys were just “better athletes”. Being the competitive person I am, this infuriated me.

With American Ninja Warrior, all athletes are on an even playing field. Held as equals, athletes are given the chance to run the daunting obstacle course on TV.

Seeing a female athlete excel all expectations of our gender is so up-lifting. She has the American Ninja Warrior fans (including me) uplifted and memorized by the heights she has overcome. I am truly inspired to not let being a female hold me back from anything I set my mind to.

I can’t wait to see what Kacy has in store for Mount Midoriyama. Go get ’em Kacy!

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For the play-by-play, visit this great Buzzfeed article.

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World Cup and the Brands who are #Winning

Now that the US Men’s Soccer Team has advanced through the “Group Of Death” to the Round of 16, it is a good time to stop and appreciate the brands who have capitalized on the World Cup.

First is a commercial by FIFA promoting their video game. It depicts Landon Donovan poking fun at his misfortune of not making the USA Team in the final weeks prior to the Cup.

Next is a commercial by Budweiser. How could I do a post about sports commercial and not have of them be about Budweiser? Their commercial asks us to forget our differences and “Rise As One”.

Then there’s KIA with a set of commercials starring supermodel, Adriana Lima. Adriana is on a mission to teach you about “futbol” and she is persuasive…

Finally, Hyundai’s World Cup inspired commercial dares to assume that becasue of Futbol the next generation will be affected with a “boom”. #BecauseFutbol

To all of these brands and the many more I could not include, I thank you. Thank you for entertaining us before, during (halftime that is), and after the games with these top notch campaigns.

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USA, USA, USA!

Well folks, it is that time again. The FIFA World Cup is number one on everyone’s minds. Whether you are a soccer fan or not, that doesn’t matter. What matters is national pride.

It is just like in the Olympics, I may not care anything about a sport for the other 3 and a half years, but when that star spangled banner starts flying, I’m cheering for the USA!

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Courtesy of Google Images

Same goes for the World Cup, I am admittedly not a soccer fanatic, but you can bet I am cheering these guys on. All my news feeds are flooded with war cries and chants.

If you haven’t jumped on the banwagon, it’s not too late. The United States Mens Soccer Team just won a major game against their rivals from Ghana (who put them out the last 2 World Cups). Using the hashtags #IBelieveThatWeWillWin and #OneTeamOneNation, you can show your national pride and be a soccer fan, if just for this one month every 4 years.

I may have already tweeted this, but it still gives me chills. You don’t have to be a soccer fan, but you should be a fan of your country.

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Sports Reporter Profile

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University of Tennessee Indoor Football Complex

For my Journalism 375 class, we were tasked the spotlighting that group in the media that does’t get recognized all the time- the Sports Reporter.

I chose to do mine on my friend, Sara Mitchell, who is a Vol Reporter. Anytime I can show off how awesome this girl is, I do. Sara took me behind the scenes of a UT Football practice.

She was working on a story about the Student-Athletic Trainers of the team. She got me in the indoor football field and then into the Student Athlete Wellness Center.

I followed her around as she shot b-roll of the football players getting taped up and stretched for practice.

Not only were pounds upon pounds of tape being applied to ankles and hands, but other athletes were also having physical therapy done.

1471135_10152067320106285_789038066_nIt was interesting to see how the athletes were prepared for practice, however, Sara was even more impressive. She knew almost everyone in the building and they knew her.

Due to a high demand of videoing equipment, i was forced to do something i had never done before. I had to shoot her profile using a GoPro. It was definitely a learning experience. Without a view finder or screen, I had no way of knowing how my shots were turning out. I also had no way of knowing how the sound was coming out, so you could say i was nervous. After editing the film, I am happy with the end result. I, however, will not be shooting another interview with a GoPro for a while to come.

Thanks so much Sara for all your help!

Homecoming in Retrospect

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All Campus Events committee 2013 prior to the Homecoming Game

UT Homecoming 2013 is a wrap! All the trophies and crowns have been awarded and now the particpating organizations and ACE can breathe a sigh of relief.

Hours upon hours of work was poured into the week of Homecoming. The participating organizations might have been working towards winning the big trophy, but in fact they were doing something greater.

They were reminding alumnae of why they loved UT and the memories they made here. Because this was nostalgic time for alums, UT picked the perfect opportunity for Big Orange Give. The goal was to raise $125,000 in 125 hours. Not only did UT meet that goal but they surpassed it and i would like to the think Homecoming helped in this accomplishment. Whether that is true or not, don’t know, but we will just say it is for now.

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One of the Top 3 Smokey’s Howl groups performing during the Halftime of the Basketball Game

For some UT Basketball fans, ACE forced them to be a part of one event. This year we held our Smokey’s Howl finals during the halftime of the exhibition basketball game. Thanks to UT Athletics and a few ACE members, it ran so smoothly and was a hit. I hope we could make this a tradition for years to come.

The actual football game was a blur for me. I was watching the clock for the time i could go onto the field and get the trophies out of the tunnels. At halftime the score was Auburn 34- Tennessee 20.

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Neyland Stadium during the 2013 Homecoming Game

Halftime was a whirl wind between dodging the band and its 300+ alums, corralling about 35 Homecoming Directors, lining up 10 Homecoming Court Candidates with parents, managing 30 ACE members. Amongst all the madness i almost forgot to stop and appreciate where I was standing. I was on the Shields-Watkins field in Neyland Stadium. Not very many people can say they have done this not just once but 4 times. I could not believe that this could be the last time I was going to be on the field. Looking from the field up into the ea of orange, truly makes you proud to be a Vol.

After halftime we had to return to our seats, i was still in shock it was over. I was shocked, but just as equally thankful that this experience was over. Running Homecoming yet again this year was a trying experience, but one I would not change.

The Vols ran back on to the field for the second half of the game. Even though try as they might, the Vols were over taken by the Tigers, 55-23. Even though we lost, I was still proud of our Vols. They hung with another ranked team during the first half and never lost their heart as the walls seemed to be closing in on another UT victory.

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My co-chair and myself celebrating the conclusion of Homecoming 2013

I am also proud of the ACE committee and the help they gave me and my ch-chair. As well as, all the participating organizations and homecoming court candidates for their hard work in participation of our event. Without you, our events would cease to exist. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to yet again plan one of the greatest traditions at UT. Homecoming will always hold a special place in my heart right next to UT.

 

UT upsets Gamecocks

Saturday afternoon in front of a Neyland Stadium crowd of 95,736, Tennessee added another Brick to Butch Jones’ Brick-By-Brick mantra by rallying to upset ranked South Carolina, 23-21.

The Vols’ victory ended a 19-game losing streak against ranked teams that dated to a 31-13 victory, also over South Carolina (No. 21) on Oct. 31, 2009. It was also UT’s first win over a Top 15 team since an Oct. 27, 2007 win also against the Gamecocks, who were 15th prior to that game.

Tennessee’s defense played strong against a team that piled up 52 points and 537 yards of offense at Arkansas a week ago. The Vols forced Connor Shaw  into his first interception of the season, ending his streak of 177 consecutive attempts without an INT. Freshman Cameron Sutton picked off Shaw to stop the Gamecocks’ beginning drive of the second half. This Tennessee victory was also Shaw’s first loss to an unranked team in his career as a starter.

The Vols front line also sacked Shaw four times on the day, the most for the quarterback this season, including a career best 2.5 sacks by senior Marlon Walls.

1375032_10200424603170416_1234487164_nButch Jones maintained his nearly perfect record when his teams lead at halftime, as his squads are now 43-2 when leading after 30 minutes.Tennessee is now 23-7-2 all-time vs. South Carolina and 15-2 in Knoxville. Butch Jones moved to 9-1 in his games following open dates.

To celebrate the win and to show his support for the Pride of the Southland Marching Band, Coach Butch Jones jumped up the drum majors’ side ladder and directed the band. The team was also celebrated beside the band, when they jumped up along the student section wall.

The Vols head to the road for their next two games taking on No. 1 Alabama next Saturday in Tuscaloosa in a game that will air nationally on CBS.

Tennessee will make its first trip to Missouri the following week before returning home for the Auburn game on Nov. 9, which serves as the 2013 Homecoming Game.