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SEC Profiles

The first profile is on LSU’s Odell Beckham Jr.. I love this profile because it gives an inside look on how Beckham Jr. got his speed. And I mean a really inside look. His parents recall the details of his birth. And I found it really interesting how Beckham Jr.’s life really started in college, with his dad taking him from class to class when his dad was in college and he was a baby. I think the best profiles can be found by interviewing an athlete’s parents.

I love this profile, not only because Jadeveon Clowney is such an interesting creature, but because I love how the lead pulls me in. It highlights the specific moment when Clowney realized he was going to attend the University of South Carolina. The profile then goes into all the different schools that wanted to get him and how South Carolina was successful in getting Clowney. It is really a great article and a great insight for anyone that enjoys watching college football.

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Justin Fedich Sports Story

For some, the passion for sports ignites early in life, and little else stands much of a chance after.

“I don’t really know where it started,” said Justin Fedich, a junior at the University of Georgia majoring in Digital Broadcast Journalism and taking sports media courses. “It was the fact that I didn’t have a passion for any other subject in school or anything else. I liked watching sports and I didn’t like anything else.”

Growing up in New York, Fedich’s first love was baseball. A love easily satiated by attending Yankees games and playing little league.

But when a job transfer landed his Dad and consequently his entire family in Georgia, football soon replaced baseball in the heart of seven-year-old Fedich. As allegiances to specific teams and certain players were cut, Fedich’s love grew to be a passion for the game itself, rather than pure fandom, a skill he thinks suits him perfectly for his intended career trajectory.

“I never have been a hardcore fan of any team, I usually root for the underdog,” said Fedich. “I root for Georgia, but even when we lost to Mizzou I wasn’t that upset, because I watch sports for the story.”

Which sounds exactly like something one would want to hear from a young hopeful looking to make a career out of objective sports reporting.

Some of Fedich’s drive to become successful in sports media stems from getting a little love back from something he has loved so much.

“I just couldn’t imagine being anything else,” said Fedich. “I wanted to make use of my passion for sports. I didn’t want to be watching sports for the rest of my life for no reason.”

Which certainly makes sense to the ranks of others looking to break into the industry just like Fedich. When students are constantly told to look for the career that he or she would be happy to do without pay, or find a job that does not seem like work, with professional nap-taking or being a princess usually unviable, the realistic option to have a career that grants one access to their prized passion is glaringly obvious.

“Some guys want to go to law school, but that just sounds so boring to me,” he said. “Why would you want to do that when you can be doing this? If you have the choice of doing anything you want, I can’t believe more people are not in here trying to make this happen.  You see how many people attend games and sporting events. Then you look around this classroom, and there are not that many people. You’d think everyone would be in here, wanting what we do. It’s not that hard. It’s not like taking math classes. You’ve just got to want to do and try to do it.”

Anna Tarullo Profile

Anna Tarullo grew up in the state of Kentucky, where fans love their college basketball. She played basketball throughout her childhood, but in high school she realized that her talents on the court were not going to take her to the next level. That is when Tarullo found her true potential to be a sports journalist.

“It always kind of surprised me that I spent more of my time watching basketball and reading basketball than the girls on the team,” Tarullo said.

Tarullo is a die-hard Kentucky fan from Louisville, Kentucky, something Tarullo says is more common than not. Her parents both attended Louisville, but Tarullo still supports the Kentucky Wildcats. She calls Kentucky’s 2012 Final Four victory over Louisville the best day of her life.

“I wanted so badly to excel on the court, but physically I wasn’t able to,” Tarullo said, “so I kind of worshipped those that could.”

The passion that Tarullo has for playing and watching the game of basketball is something that she will carry on to the next stage of her life. She wants to become a sports journalist so she can be around the culture of college basketball that she grew up with while getting paid to report on stories.

“I want to get a little love back to something I’ve given my life to,” Tarullo said.

While basketball is the sport that means the most to Tarullo, she said that she loves sports in general and would be willing to report on just about anything. She has had a few experiences covering football, in particular.

“Now I love covering football just as much as I love covering basketball,” Tarullo said.

Tarullo believes that she is going to have the best job in the world. She does not understand why anyone would want to do anything different with their lives. She can thank her Kentucky roots for giving her the love of basketball and for all sports.

The passion she had for the game when she was young has translated into a strong passion to excel in her profession and to be the best sports reporter she can be.

Mark Richt’s Fault

I usually get my second-day game stories from BleacherReport. This particular second-day game story I found interesting because it finds a very specific reason why Georgia is losing and puts the blame on one specific person. The article doesn’t put heavy focus on the injuries Georgia has suffered, but instead it focuses on the part of the game that Georgia, and more specifically Mark Richt, can control. I like stories like this because they stray from the norm and what everyone else is writing about, which is likely to be Georgia’s injuries and how that has held them back.

Tennessee Suffers Heartbreaking Loss At Home

First year Tennessee head coach Butch Jones was brought in this season to accomplish what former head coach Derek Dooley could not in his three years at the helm: win a big game.

Entering the game against No. 6 Georgia on Saturday, Tennessee had not beaten a ranked team since October 31, 2009 when they defeated No. 21 South Carolina. The Volunteers came within inches of beating the Bulldogs in overtime, but their heroic performance fell just short, as they lost 31-34.

If there was any time for Jones to get his team that signature win against a top-10 opponent, the game against Georgia was his prime opportunity. The Bulldogs suffered key injuries to running back Keith Marshall, who was starting in place of injured running back Todd Gurley, and receivers Justin Scott-Wesley and Michael Bennett.

With Georgia’s offense hurting, Tennessee had to take advantage of their offensive opportunities. And they did. Quarterback Justin Worley played a mistake-free game and allowed star running back Raijon Neal to carry the ball 28 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Even with Tenessee’s offense rolling, it wasn’t enough to keep Georgia from forcing overtime.

The Volunteers still had the opportunity in overtime to win it. Nearly everything was going in their favor. They had a healthy offense going up against a Georgia defense that yet again failed to make plays. And they had a sold-out Neyland Stadium crowd that was louder than it had been in years, begging their defense to step up and make a play against Georgia’s beat-up offense.

Everything was set in place for Tennessee to get their biggest win in recent memory and for Jones to get the huge win early in his career that Dooley could not get in three years as head coach.

But luck was not on the Volunteers side on Saturday. As sophomore wide receiver Alton Howard stretched towards the end zone to give the Volunteers a seven point lead in overtime, he let go of the ball too early and fumbled into the end zone, causing a touchback. This bad stroke of luck was all that was needed for the Bulldogs to escape a close one in Knoxville, and leave Jones still searching for that signature win to get Tennessee back to being a real threat in the Southeastern Conference.