Life Lessons Working in Athletics Has Taught Me

We  have all heard how much participating in sports teaches us: sportsmanship, hard work, dedication, the list goes on and on. I certainly learned a lot from my days on the volleyball court, but working in athletics has taught me even more.

1. Team Work Makes the Dream Work

I honestly have no idea what I would do without my co-workers! We are much stronger together than we are apart. We all have different strengths and weaknesses, but together there is nothing we cannot tackle (pun intended).

2. Have Tough Skin; it is Impossible to Make Everyone Happy

This lesson may have been the hardest lesson for me to learn, and if I’m honest, it is still a work in progress. Do not take every rude Facebook comment to heart; you will drive yourself crazy!

3. Life is Too Short to Have a Job You Don’t Enjoy

The average person spends over ten years of their life working! Make sure you enjoy what you are doing!

4. Fans are Crazy (But we Love Them)

Sports fans take sports VERY seriously, and it is their dedication that makes our jobs fun and exciting! However, fans are also very demanding! 1,000 things could go right during a game, and one could go wrong, and they still focus on the one wrong! Your team lost? Get ready for comments pointing out every mistake of the game; they say it all! Which leads me to…

5. No One Is Perfect

Mistakes, bad play calls, and off games are bound to happen! It is important to realize that coaches, players, and workers are all humans, and make mistakes just like anyone else!

6. Detail Counts

I can tell if a logo is the wrong shade of maroon instantly! Some people may think I am crazy, but details are crucial! Small details add up to make a huge difference.

7. Own It

Don’t know how to do something? Instead of being scared to make a mistake just dive in, get information, and own your decisions!

8. Life isn’t Always Glamourous

Sometimes you have to carry tables, hand out coupons, or clean out a closet; that’s life. Do everything with a positive attitude!

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Run into Washington-Grizzly Stadium with the Griz

Thousands of fans pack Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Saturday’s for game day. The stadium, which is known for it’s noise has received accolades from players, coaches, and ESPN announcers. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo told ESPN that Washington-Grizzly Stadium was the loudest environment he had ever played in. So, what does it feel like to play for the Griz and run out of the tunnel into one of the best atmospheres college football has to offer? Watch this 360° video to find out!

Have a VR headset? Use it to feel like you are running out with the team!

*Watch on a desktop or the YouTube App for the 360° effect!

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Thanks for watching!

2015 Seahawks NFL Draft Preview

As the 2015 NFL Draft quickly approaches Seahawk fans are looking to the draft to see potential picks that could be beneficial for next seasons Superbowl run. Although the Seahawks are in pretty good shape for next season already, there are a few positions that the Hawks are lacking in.

WR

Last season the Seahawks receiving core was often described as “pedestrian” as not one receiver had more than 825 receiving yds. Despite the lack of outstanding production from a single receiver, as a whole the receiving core made big plays when they were needed. Although with Paul Richardson’s late playoff injury vs. Carolina, the Seahawks are lacking on dynamic quick receivers, which is what the Hawks will be looking for early in the upcoming draft. Here are a few selections that would fit nicely in Seattle’s offense:

Devin Smith (Ohio State)
Devin Smith (Ohio State)

 

Devin Funchess (Michigan)
Devin Funchess (Michigan)

 

Ty Montgomery (Stanford)
Ty Montgomery (Stanford)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C

During Seattle’s offseason the Seahawk’s center position was ravaged by trade as well as retirement. Our Pro-Bowl center Max Unger was involved in the Jimmy Graham acquisition sending Unger to New Orleans as well as Steve Schilling making the difficult decision to retire at age 26 due to “personal reasons.” So naturally the center is a crucial piece for the Seahawks to fill during the draft. These are a few centers that would make a nice transition to the Seahawks:

Hroniss Grasu (Orgeon)
Hroniss Grasu (Orgeon)
B.J. Finney (Kansas St.)
B.J. Finney (Kansas St.)

 

CB

One of Seattle’s most valued positions, the Seahawks lost Byron Maxwell to free agency during the offseason. Although the Hawks did sign Cary Williams as well as Will Blackmon during the offseason, I feel that Seattle still may look to the draft to add more depth to the Legion Of Boom.   Here are a few solid picks that should be available in later rounds of the draft for the Hawks:

Quinten Rollins (Miami University)
Quinten Rollins (Miami University)
Ronald Darby (Florida St.)
Ronald Darby (Florida St.)

 

OT

Last season Seattle’s pass blocking ranked quite average when compared to the entire league, which should be a focus during the draft. Also with left tackle Russell Okung entering the final year on his contract, a pass blocking OT will be crucial come this time next year. Here are a couple selections that would fill the void in OT:

Ty Sambraillo (Colorado St.)
Ty Sambraillo (Colorado St.)

 

Tyrus Thompson (Oklahoma)
Tyrus Thompson (Oklahoma)

 

 

Written By: Kyle Curnow