Girl Crush: Erin Andrews

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Being a sports fan myself, ESPN anchor Erin Andrews has long been on my radar. Since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of covering NBA or NCAA basketball games from the sidelines, so I’ve always been envious of what Ms. Andrews gets to do for a living. Truth be told, after watching her run on Dancing With The Stars, and following her every tweet, I’m pretty convinced that we’re long lost BFFs. She’s my kind of girl.

Andrews joined ESPN in May 2004 as a reporter for the network’s National Hockey League coverage. Since the 2004 season, she has served as a reporter for the ESPN College Football Saturday telecast, the Saturday Primetime college basketball game and Big Ten college basketball coverage. In 2005, she added Major League Baseball sideline reporting to her duties. She also provides reports and features on Great Outdoor Games coverage.

I want to watch a game with Erin. Not only does she know her stuff, but she seems super nice. And fun!  In short: she comes across accessible and friendly. She isn’t afraid to be a goof and she really loves sports.

Too many sports media types think it is all about displaying their overwhelming personality, the sound of their own voice — not realizing it is as off-putting as it is allegedly “brand-building.”

As a sideline reporter – and, now as a video game feature and NFL Draft fixture – Erin staked out a seat right in the middle of the action. Next to the players and coaches for sure, but equally important, next to the fans.  High Visibility + Open Personality = Accessibility and ultimately, Popularity.

Sports media reflects the direction of the rest of the world. We have moved away from  I-know-best shouting and moved into a world of connections, of  “friending” and “following.” And we want to connect with people who we genuinely like – or who we think we would like. That’s Erin.

Erin Andrews has become the queen of sports media because she has made herself accessible on the arena sideline and in your living room.

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The Versatile Blogger

The fabulous Chloe of  This Girl’s City bestowed upon me the honour of receiving The Versatile Blogger Award. I was extra touched because I heart Chloe’s blog and her tweets. I also took it as the swift kick in the butt I needed to finally make me post something on here. (I didn’t post any entries in March! Who am I? I was busy getting my ducks in a row!)

For my part, I’m to share seven random facts about myself…so here we go:

  1. I have a crazy memory for detail. Often, I am teased by my friends about my ability to pull out random facts or recount detailed happenings and direct quotes from the past. I can probably tell you what outfit I was wearing to every single event that I have ever attended. I’m not kidding.
  2. As a kid, I was obsessed with repeats of the ’60s television show The Monkees. I owned tapes of all their music and I wanted to marry Davy Jones.
  3. I am a master at the game 21 and can out shoot all of the best basketballin’ boys and girls I know…even when I’m wearing a dress and heels.
  4. I am addicted to buying magazines; fashion, sports, music, tabloids, you name it. For years, I kept them all and housed a massive collection in my bedroom. It got to the point where my parents forced me to purge most of them, for fear that the floor of my room would cave in. I am currently in recovery for this addiction. The only magazines that I usually still buy monthly are Nylon and Vogue. And I read magazines from back to front, always- never front to back.
  5. I sing at the top of my lungs when I’m alone in my car; my favourites to sing along to? Matt Good and Alanis Morissette. Occasionally I pump up the Britney. I actually prefer to drive places alone because I love to sing in my car and won’t do it if I have a passenger.
  6. The Montreal Canadiens were my favourite hockey team growing up. I was head over heels in love with Patrick Roy. At age 10, I could be seen walking around fully decked out in Habs gear. I had it all, including boxer shorts (which I wore hanging down underneath my Umbros) plus an array of t-shirts, hoodies, hats and track pants. I even owned Habs socks and running shoes.
  7. I often compare situations in life to episodes of Friends. I have been known to insert random Friends quotes into regular conversation. (This happens more frequently when Smith is around.) I tend to speak about Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe as if they’re my real friends.

Now I get to pay this prestigious honour forward. I want to know seven random facts about these babes:

Mel

Smelly Danielly

City Cinders

Gus Greeper

Phaeds

Logical Harmony

Alternative Housewife