For the first time in my life, I started blogging. I will say that it was a new and fun experience, but I wish I had actually stuck to my goal of writing one post a week. I would have been able to gain a larger audience and put a lot more into my blog. I have always been a writer. I have been keeping journals since I was in middle school and I love the handwritten aspect of journals and putting everything in my mind down on paper. I thought blogging would be a lot like keeping a journal, but I was wrong. The difference with blogs is that it is not just about me anymore; I’m trying to gain an audience or a following, and I am supposed to write about things that would interest other people as well as myself. I thought my blog idea would do this, and though I had fun writing about ways girls could become more interested in sports, I was a little out of my league and I had a lot more research to do than I thought I would. I still enjoyed it, but in the future I would write about something that is a little easier for me to grasp or something I have a greater understanding of.
As I was searching through Pinterest for sports nails or game day outfit ideas or decorations or whatever, I came across a couple of articles on how to grow your blog and gain a bigger audience. I did not think much of these at first because I thought, oh this blog is just for a class and whoever wants to read my blog can read it. I did not think these posts would be useful, but now I wish I had looked into these articles earlier because I could have had the opportunity to see if there is a market for my topic. I found a very helpful post about setting goals for your blog and I really wish I would have read this a lot earlier because it could have helped me a lot in the beginning when I was just starting my blog. I also love this post on what to do for your blog to make it better.
The most effective thing in keeping a blog was training myself to commit to something. Even though, like I said before, I have kept journals all my life, it was still hard trying to space out posts but I was able to do it. I also liked being excited to do a post. For example, for my Super Bowl food, drinks, and decorations post, I was really excited to actually make all the foods and decorations. The hardest thing for me was how much research I had to put into my blog. I thought I already knew a lot about my topic, but I was surprised to be a little in over my head. I am planning on having a career as a Public Relations Specialist at a nonprofit organization, so there is a likely chance that the organization will have a blog that needs to be constantly maintained. An example of this is the UNICEF blog, which has many relatable articles to their organization. If I can improve my blogging skills, I would definitely be able to manage a blog professionally in the future. This would benefit me greatly because it would help my writing skills improve and help me in promoting the organization I am working at.
Thanks for reading my blog and hopefully you have gotten some greater understanding of sports, if not just being able to dress up cute on game days!
I found so many cute ideas for sports nails on Pinterest when I was doing some research for my blog, so I thought I would try a few ideas for myself. I tweaked some ideas to make them easier/more understandable for the purpose of my blog. Below, I have incorporated a picture slideshow of the nails designs I painted and below the slideshow, I explain how I accomplished each design.
1. The first nail design I tried was simple football nails with your favorite team’s colors. For the Seahawks, I used green and blue nail polish, then brown polish to design a football. I used Pure Ice in Deja Vu, Maybelline’s Color Show Polka Dots in Drops of Jade, and Essie in Little Brown Dress. I painted my thumb and ring fingernails blue and my pointer and middle fingernails green. I painted the pinky fingernail brown then, once very dry, I drew on the lines for the football with silver Sharpie. (Disclaimer: I would recommend using nail art pens instead of Sharpies. I had to redo some nails a few times using Sharpies, and when you put a top coat on the Sharpie will smear. For the purpose of my blog though, I used Sharpie for the pictures.)
2. The second nail design was my Seahawks nails. I purchased the nail decals from Etsy (this woman makes all of her own decals and they come in many different teams). I used blue/grey nail polish, then inserted the decals straight on my nails. The decals were a little difficult to work with, so I only chose two nails to apply them to (although if I had more time and patience, I would have applied the decals to every nail). I used Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in Gunmetal. I painted my thumb nail, middle fingernail, and ring fingernail with the blue/grey polish. I applied a second coat and a top coat and let dry well. Then I applied a full nail decal to my pointer fingernail and a smaller Seahawk decal to my pinky fingernail, applied a top coat, and let dry well. I was very satisfied with the results.
3. The third nail design I tried was Olympics-themed nails. With the passing of the Winter Olympics, I wanted to try my own nail design to commemorate the event. I used white nail polish as the background and Sharpies to draw a ring on each finger for each of the Olympics rings. I used Sinful Colors Professional in Show Me White. I painted all of my nails white, applied a second coat, and let dry well. Then I used blue Sharpie to draw the blue ring on my thumbnail, yellow Sharpie for the yellow ring on my pointer fingernail, black Sharpie for the black ring on my middle fingernail, green Sharpie for the green ring on my ring fingernail, and red Sharpie for the red ring on my pinky fingernail. I didn’t apply a top coat because the Sharpie would smear, but if you use nail art pens, you would be able to apply a top coat.
4. My fourth nail design was simple basketball nails. For this one, I did not use team colors, but you could easily tweak it to include your favorite team’s colors. I used orange nail polish, then drew a basketball on my thumb nail. I used OPI’s Bond Girls Collection in Jinx. I painted all of my nails orange, applied a second coat, and let dry well. Then I used black Sharpie to draw a basketball on my thumb nail.
5. The fifth nail design I tried was simple baseball nails. I used red polish and white polish for the baseball nail. I chose the red polish to compliment the red lines for the baseball, but you could substitute this for any color. I used CoverGirl’s Boundless Color in Crushed Berries and Sinful Colors Professional in Show Me White. I painted all of my nails, besides my ring fingernail, red and painted my ring fingernail white. I applied another coat for each nail, and let dry well. Then I used a red Sharpie to draw red lines on the white nail to design a baseball.
6. The final nail design I chose was team baseball nails. I chose the Texas Rangers since I do not really have a baseball team and the Texas Rangers have a pretty big fan base. I used blue and red polish for the team colors, white polish for the baseball, and red and silver Sharpies. I used Pure Ice in Deja Vu, Pure Ice in All Nighter, and Sinful Colors Professional in Show Me White. I started by painting the thumb and pinky fingernails blue, then painted the pointer and middle fingernails red. I painted the ring fingernail white, then applied second coats of nail polish for each nail and let dry well. Then I wrote a number 11 for Yu Darvish on my pointer and middle fingernails with silver Sharpie (you can do the jersey number for your favorite player) and used a red Sharpie to draw red lines on the white nail to design a baseball.
There are an endless number of possibilities for sports nails, and I tweaked most of my ideas from what I found on Pinterest. You can search sports nails, football nails, baseball nails, basketball nails, or whatever sport suits your fancy.
This post talks about the rules of baseball, but also incorporates some fun ideas for dressing up if you want to go to a baseball game.
I went to the Texas State University vs. Baylor baseball game last night. I wore a maroon shirt with shorts and gold sandals (which is a perfectly adequate and simple outfit when it is 80 degrees outside). Pictured below is me in my outfit.
I have these adorable headbands I bought from Sam Moon that are baseball-themed, but they did not want to stay on my head so I couldn’t wear them to the game. I have provided a picture below for an idea though (if headbands are your thing) to accessorize for the game.
Now on to the rules of baseball. Baseball is fairly easy to understand, which is why the sport may come off as kind of boring (which is why I like going to live games). You have probably heard many baseball phrases before, such as “three strikes, you’re out,” “grandslam,” or “up, up, and away.” Let me start by showing an overview of the field:
The baseball field is called a diamond. There is the first base, second base, third base, and home plate. Every time a player bats, they want to get to one of these bases or get another player to one of these bases. If a player hits a ball too far to the left or too far to the right (past the foul lines), they will get a foul and it counts as a strike (in most cases).
There are nine innings total in a baseball game (unless the game is tied at the end and they go into extra innings. Each inning is split in half so that each team has a chance to bat. These halves are called the top and the bottom of each inning.
In the field, there are players guarding each base. These are the first baseman, second baseman, and third baseman. There is the pitcher, who throws the ball to the catcher. There is the shortstop, who stands between the second and third bases. Then there are the outfield positions, who are near the back of the field. They are called the left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder. For detailed descriptions on each position, here is an easy-to-understand list.
While one team is up to bat, the other team is on the field. When a batter is up, the pitcher throws the ball. If the pitcher throws a ball, the batter basically gets a pass. If a pitcher throws four balls, the batter gets to walk to first base. If a pitcher throws a strike, the batter has more chances to hit the ball, but when the pitcher throws three strikes, the batter is out and a new batter is up. If the batter hits a ball out of the foul line, it is considered a strike unless they have two strikes already. A foul ball cannot be counted as a third strike, so if a batter hits a foul ball on a third strike, they pretty much get a free pass. If a batter hits the ball in-field, they get a chance to run to first base. If they make it before a player throws the ball to first, they are safe. However, if the ball reaches the base before the batter does, they are out.
When the batter hits a home run, they hit a ball past the field and they get to run around all of the bases. Once a player gets to the home plate, this is how they score points. Each point counts for how many players have gotten to the home plate. Players can steal bases while the pitcher is pitching, but this can be risky because they have a higher chance of getting out. When the bases are fully loaded, this means there are batters on first base, second base, and third base. If the batter hits a home run with bases loaded, they can score four points for their team.
Here are some YouTube videos that I recorded from tonight’s game to help you get a better understanding of baseball.
In the first clip, the Baylor player hits the ball and gets to second base. In the second clip, the Baylor player tries to hold on, but he hits a ball, it is caught, and Baylor is out for that inning.
In the first clip, a Texas State batter is hit by the ball so he gets to walk to first base. In the second clip, a player on first base makes a successful steal to second base. In the third clip, a Texas State batter makes a good hit and the player on second base slides into third base. In the fourth clip, the player almost hits a foul ball, but it is good for a run to first base. Also, the last clip has some action from the Texas State Bobcat mascot.
Although this is a general overview of the rules of baseball, I hope it will help you get the gist of the game whether you decide to go to a live game or watch one on television.
I created an amusing Storify to document how my life is according to sports. Bear in mind, I am not very into sports, but I want to be! I have played sports throughout my childhood and understand basic rules here and there, but I still can’t seem to get into games when it comes to watching them on TV (aside from football). I thought it would be fun to put together this Storify for girls like me who don’t always understand the game even when they want to. Enjoy!
Also, as an extra, I want to know what sports you do enjoy watching most live versus on TV. For me, I like watching football in both circumstances, but which sports do you enjoy watching the most?
In honor of March Madness, I am writing a post on the rules of basketball. I played basketball in middle school, and I would say I was actually pretty good. I played for two years and even though I was short for the team, I was quick. When high school rolled around, I stayed the same height and couldn’t continue playing. However, I still retained some knowledge from playing basketball.
Basketball requires players to score points by getting the ball in the basket. There is an offense and defense. The defense tries to stop the offense from scoring points and the offense is the team with the ball at the moment. This is the way a court is set up:
There are basically three ways to score:
1. A player can score one point if they are fouled (a player on the opposing team makes an illegal move on another player not on their team) and they can shoot from the free throw line twice to try to get two extra points. If they make the ball in one basket, they get one extra point. If they make the ball in both baskets, they get two extra points.
2. A player can score an automatic two points if they make a basket inside the three-point line. Then the ball goes to the other team.
3. A player can score an automatic three points if they make a basket outside of the three-point line. Then the ball goes to the other team.
There are ten players on a court at one time, five from each team. The five players are the point guard, the shooting guard, the small forward, the power forward, and the center.
The point guard brings the ball up the court to the basket and shoots to make a basket or passes it to another player. The shooting guard is typically the best perimeter shooter on the team (meaning they can shoot from outside the three-point line). Their goal is to get the ball from other players to shoot it, although this isn’t always possible if they are being blocked by a player on the opposing team. The small forward is able to shoot from the perimeter and inside the perimeter. They are considered the all-purpose player on the team. The power forward must be able to catch passes and shoot near the basket. They have to be strong and quick to fend off defensive players. The center is usually the tallest player on the team, so they are usually the ones who dunk the ball. They are able to grab offensive rebounds easier.
There are several ways to get violations, but too many to explain. I don’t even know a lot of them myself. However, it is important to know that if a player commits six fouls in an NBA game (five in a college basketball game), they “foul out” and have to sit out the rest of the game. If you do want to know the fouls and violations players can get, here is an official list from the NBA website.
That is pretty much all you need to know to be able to get through a game of basketball. If you want to know more on how to actually play the game, Howcast has some great YouTube videos related to basketball that are easy to understand. I’ve included one at the bottom of this post. I hope you are able to understand basketball a little better after reading this and I hope you enjoy watching the game!
As part of my Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media blog project, one of the requirements is to design my own app associated with the topic of my blog. My inspiration came from this ScoreMobile app, which is more customizable than most sports apps. The app I designed is aimed towards die-hard fans of certain teams. You can choose which team you want (between professional and college teams) and see all the team’s stats, roster, schedule, etc. (pretty much every and anything you would want to know about the team). I have seen many good sports apps, but their focus is mostly on the scores and stats, not the team itself. My app would fix this problem by focusing on the team and the players, not just the stats. My app would also have a running news feed with any recent news on the team from reliable sources such as ESPN, Fox Sports, etc. People would want to use this app because if they see a player doing really well in a game and they want to know more information about this player, the person can easily look at the roster of their team and easily find the player.
I think this app would work with a bunch of different sports (football, basketball, baseball, etc.), male and female, college and professional, etc. The possibilities are endless.
So I haven’t posted anything in awhile and I could use the excuse that I have been living in the glory of the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl, but in all honesty I’ve just been pretty busy with school.
It’s harder for me to post about other sports because football is my favorite sport and usually the only sport I watch on television. However, I have been watching the Winter Olympics when I get a chance. My favorite to watch is figure skating, but I think all of the sports are pretty cool to watch and I wish I could have an ounce of the talent these Olympics athletes have. Right now, the medal count shows Norway in first place with 11 medals total, Canada in second place with 9 medals total, the Netherlands in third place with 8 medals total, and the United States in fourth place with 7 medals total. The two Team USA athletes holding gold medals are men’s slopestyle snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg and women’s slopestyle snowboarder Jamie Anderson.
I’ll continue enjoying the Olympics, but I will be discussing some other sports shortly too. With March Madness right around the corner, I know basketball is on a lot of people’s minds, so I’ll dedicate a few posts to that. And baseball will start shortly after that. I plan on attending a few basketball home games because I do enjoy basketball and baseball games live, so I’ll let you guys know how that is. Other than that, I hope everyone enjoys the Olympics or basketball or whatever other sport you are watching at this moment in time.
Also, this is how crazy Seahawks fans can get. I used to go to this college… but I’m not that crazy.
This post had absolutely no point but to boast about the Seahawks winning. Sorry, not sorry.
Disclaimer: I wanted to post this before the Super Bowl, but I got extremely busy. Sorry about that! However, you can apply any of this to other big sports games or just wait to use it until next year’s Super Bowl.
The Super Bowl is a big deal to many people. Having a Super Bowl party is an even bigger deal; inviting all of your friends, making sure you have enough food and drinks for everyone, cleaning and decorating your place, etc. I have compiled a small list of Super Bowl snacks, drinks, and decorations you can try that will make your Super Bowl party a hit with everyone.
For snacks, I would go with three very different things. I like the philosophy “easy does it” so I just would go with the easiest things to make. For the Super Bowl, I would choose to make a bean dip, taquitos, and brownies to top it all off.
The bean dip is absolutely delicious. I originally found the dip on Pinterest and the recipe can be found here. I have also included a recipe below and a picture of the dip.
Warm Bean Dip
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
2 cans (16 ounces, each) refried beans
1 packet taco seasoning
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups monterey jack cheese, shredded
DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together cream cheese and sour cream in a large bowl. Mix in refried beans until combined. Stir in taco seasoning.
2. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray. Spread mixture evenly into the bottom of the baking dish. Sprinkle the top with both cheeses.
3. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until cheese in melted and slightly browned. Serve with tortilla chips.
The taquitos were a hit at a game earlier in the season. Again, I found the idea on Pinterest and the recipe can be found here. I’m not a huge spicy person, so I used half the amount of hot sauce. They were still delicious.
Buffalo Chicken Taquitos
4 cup(s) of chicken, cooked and shredded
12 soft taco, flour tortillas
2 cup(s) of mozzarella cheese, grated
4 ounce(s) of Philadelphia cream cheese
1/3 cup(s) of Frank’s hot sauce
1/3 cup(s) of milk
2 tbsp. of butter
1 tsp. of Mrs. Dash
1 tsp. of garlic powder
2 tbsp. of vegetable oil
DIRECTIONS: 1.Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2.In a small sauce pot over medium low heat, melt butter.
3.Add Mrs. Dash, garlic powder. Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute.
4.Add cream cheese and stir until melted and completely combined with butter and spices.
5.Wisk in hot sauce and milk and simmer for 5 – 8 minutes. Add salt to taste.
6.Combine chicken and sauce.
7.Lay out a tortilla; fill with about ¼ – 1/3 cup chicken and 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese.
8.Tightly roll up taquito and place on a greased baking sheet; repeat until chicken is gone.
9.Brush taquitos with vegetable oil on all sides.
10.Bake for 15 – 18 minutes; rotate them every 5 minutes, until golden brown.
For the brownies, I just used a boxed brownie mix and made them with the recipe on the box. Then I cut them out using a football cookie cutter (you can just eat the extra brownie that can’t be cut out). Then on the football brownies, I used white decorating frosting to draw lines on the footballs. They turned out so cute and delicious.
I was going to make a whole bunch of different drinks this year, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on alcohol. Instead, I stuck to jello shots. To stay team neutral, I made orange and light blue jello shots for the Broncos and green and dark blue jello shots for the Seahawks (although the dark blue turned out more turquoise). Here is how I prepared each of the shots. They were all really good.
Orange jello shots (using Orange Jello): Boil one cup of water. Add jello mix. Instead of adding a cup of cold water, add one cup of Amaretto.
Light blue jello shots (using Berry Blue Jello): Boil one cup of water. Add jello mix. Instead of adding a cup of cold water, add one cup of Malibu Coconut Rum.
Green jello shots (using Lime Jello): Boil one cup of water. Add jello mix. Instead of adding a cup of cold water, add one cup of Malibu Coconut Rum.
Dark blue jello shots (using Berry Blue Jello): Boil one cup of water. Add jello mix. Instead of adding a cup of cold water, add one cup of Amaretto.
I also saw an idea on Pinterest to make the Super Bowl a drinking game. I think it would be cool to make your own rules for the most part, but here are a few to get you started.
Super Bowl Drinking Game
1. Drink one shot every time your team scores.
2. Drink a number of shots equivalent to the number of points the other team scores (for example, three shots for a field goal, six shots for a touchdown, one shot for the extra point)
3. Drink one shot for every penalty.
4. Drink one shot every time your team fumbles.
5. Drink one shot for every commercial you like.
6. Drink two shots for every beer, car, Pepsi, and Doritos commercials.
Those are just a few to get you started (and very inebriated, so please hide your keys and don’t drive ANYWHERE if you are drinking).
My decorations are simple and cheap. I didn’t spend more than $15 on decorations. Also, most of the things I used for my decorations I could find around the house.
Invitations: I made a fake invitation to show you how I would make an invitation if I had a Super Bowl party. I would make it team neutral and use both team colors so you don’t appeal to only certain people. I used construction paper and a silver Sharpie to stand out against the brown.
Banner: For my banner, I found some cutout letters I already had in my house (not the exact colors I would have used, but it worked fine). I used construction paper for the flags and taped white string to the backs of the flags to make the banner.
Football mason jars: For these, I simply took some white first aid tape and taped lines onto a mason jar to make it look like a football. I put a brown liquid in (sweet tea or a dark soda would work well), put in a straw, and ta-da! Cute and extremely easy idea.
Grass coasters and football cans: For the coasters, I found some square cork coasters and green felt at Hobby Lobby. I cut the felt to fit the coasters (I found that one sheet of felt fit about six coasters). I used a craft glue to glue the felt to the coasters, and that’s it! I love the result of these, I think they are my favorites. For the cans, I used rinsed-out chicken noodle soup cans and took the labels off. I painted the cans with brown acrylic paint and after the brown dried, I painted on some white stripes to represent footballs (I used two coats of brown paint and one coat of white paint). I used my cans for silverware, but you can use them for whatever you’d like.
Hope this helps in making your Super Bowl party a hit!