Kicking Off a New Year (kind of)

August may not mark the beginning of a new calendar year, but for whatever reason August has always felt like the start of a new time for me. This summer, I had the opportunity to be part of the APPLES service-learning internship program and spend time as a communications intern at the Chapel Hill – Carrboro Public School Foundation. It has been a great summer.  My internship is coming to a close and a new semester will begin soon.

Lately, I have also been reminded of something else new August brings each year… sports.


While tennis may not be what comes to many people’s minds when they think of sports in August, it’s what will probably always come first in my mind. In high school, the tennis team’s season started at the beginning of August. There was always something new and exciting about tennis at this time of year in high school, and even these past few years after high school there is still something about this month that makes me want to get on a tennis court.

Part of my interest in tennis may be because of the US Open, which starts at the end of August. Although it is the last Grand Slam of the year, I have always enjoyed watching the U.S. Open. It also does not hurt that the US Open is a little easier to watch because it is the only Grand Slam that takes place in my time zone.

This year’s tournament is going to be particularly exciting the men’s draw looks like it could be about as competitive as it has been in a long time.  Djokovic, Nadal and Murray have all won a Grand Slam this year, and it is hard to guess who will win the U.S. Open title with Federer, del Potro and Tsonga also very much in the mix. The women’s draw is similar with three different Grand Slam champions this year coming into the tournament, and there are quite a few up-and-coming players that may have a huge impact on how the tournament plays out.


Football teams also kick off their seasons this time of year.  The NFL teams started their preseason games this weekend, and college and high school games will begin at the end of the month.

This year, it has felt to me like football has been in the news (not necessarily for the right reasons) since the Super Bowl concluded in February.  Trade rumors, trades, player safety concerns, (possible) NCAA violations and players’ actions off the field have kept football in the news.

Yesterday, I found it refreshing to watch the Carolina Panthers play their first preseason game. I even enjoyed the hype around Tim Tebow playing the second half for the Patriots.

There is a lot of excitement with a new season. I am looking forward to being able to watch a few football games (particularly Tar Heels and Panthers) on the weekends for the next couple months as my “new year” begins.

Until next time,



Draft Day

The first round of the NFL draft takes place tonight at 8 pm in New York City.  This year, the draft includes some great stories and interesting players.  Here are a few that I will be watching for tonight and in the other rounds.

Giovani Bernard

He helped UNC have a great season last year and is listed as the top running back prospect on Yahoo! Sports.  It will be interesting to see where he ends up going in the draft and which team he will play for next season.

Jonathan Cooper

One of the reasons Gio had the season that he did was because of Jonathan Cooper, the All-American offensive guard from Wilmington, North Carolina.  He has a great story and is expected to go in the first round, possibly as an early pick.

Tyrann Mathieu

The LSU cornerback has done some amazing things on the football field, but has a shaky past off the field. The Honey Badger was a Heisman candidate in 2011, but he was not able to play at all in 2012 after failing multiple drug tests.  Also, he has been in the news for controversial actions off the football field.  Although he is now saying he was not involved in the plans, he has been linked to a controversial draft party as recently as yesterday.

His highlights are incredible though…

Manti Te’o

Manti Te’o had a crazy year. The linebacker is projected to go in the late first round or early second round. The former Heisman candidate’s draft stock has been really hurt by a scandal, championship game against Alabama and combine results.

Marcus Lattimore
I really feel for Marcus Lattimore, the running back from South Carolina.  He was going to be the top running back in the draft and likely an early first round pick, but he had a horrible injury that tore his ACL, LCL and PCL during a game in November. Now it’s somewhat unknown how he will play when he returns from the injury and fully heals. It is also completely unknown when he’ll be drafted, or if he’ll be drafted at all.

Until next time,



Keeping it in the Family

Sibling’s have a special connection.  I cannot imagine what it would be like to play with, or against, a sibling in a professional sport.  In honor of Siblings Day, these are some of my favorite siblings in sports right now.

Peyton and Eli Manning

The Manning brothers have won 3 combined Super Bowls.  Combined, they have also made 15 pro bowl appearances.  Although they compete against each other, they always seem to be very supportive of each other.  They can even be spotted working out at the same place in the off season.

They have also shown they have a great sense of humor…

Marc and Pau Gasol

The Gasol brothers have combined to have 5 All-Star game appearances in the NBA.  They have also come together to help Spain win two silver medals in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

Venus and Serena Williams

For almost 15 years (Venus won 2 Grand Slams in 1999), the William sisters have dominated in women’s tennis.  They have won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles together and 3 Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles.  They have also won a combined 22 Grand Slam singles titles.

B.J. and Justin Upton

The Atlanta Braves signed the both Upton brothers this past off season.  So far, uniting the siblings is working well for Atlanta (and not so well for the Cubs).

Bob and Mike Bryan

The Bryan brothers have won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles together.  They also won the gold medal together in the 2012 Olympics. These twins even play music in a band together.

Until next time,