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February - Whew! What a month!

Updated: Mar 3, 2019

First off let me say that I am by no means a true blogger, and I'm also a pretty private person, but I do want to share bits and pieces of my life and career more in depth than what I have the ability to do during a sportscast or a social media post so I figured why not "blog" from time to time. I also feel that there's no better time to start than right now and share my thoughts on the month of February, which was probably the busiest of my career and included two of the most memorable events I have yet had the opportunity to cover - the Super Bowl and the NBA All-Star Game!

To start let me say that when I first got my job at WBTV I made a short list of 3 things that I hoped would happen for our sports teams and the city of Charlotte.

That list included:

The Carolina Panthers winning a Super Bowl

The Hornets making a deep run in the NBA Playoffs

Charlotte hosting NBA All-Star Weekend

Well the Panthers made it to Super Bowl 50 . . . and lost. The Hornets made the playoffs in 2016 and fell to the Miami Heat in Game 7 of the opening round of playoffs. Charlotte won the bid to host the NBA All-Star game in 2017, only to lose it and then get it back in 2019. So up until this month I've come close to crossing something off the list, but just not quite.

First up - Super Bowl LIII

I had the opportunity to travel to Atlanta, GA the weekend of Super Bowl LIII and it was INCREDIBLE!

I traveled to Atlanta solo, as an MMJ for WBTV with my main assignment being the NFL Honors. On Friday, I was fortunate enough to catch up with former Chicago Bear and Carolina Panther Charles Tillman to talk about life after football and his charitable efforts. Following that, I caught up with Panthers head coach Ron Rivera to discuss the off season and his hopes for the 2019 season.

Saturday it was time to cover the NFL Honors at the Fox Theatre! The day started with covering the red carpet and interviewing Walter Payton Man of the Year Nominee Julius Peppers and 2014 Walter Payton Man of the Year Thomas Davis. The awards ceremony followed and the league awarded the best plays, players and performances of the season. (You can see my report on that below.)

On Sunday, it was time to head back to Charlotte. Yes that's right - I didn't actually get to attend the Super Bowl, but I did make it back to the QC in time to watch. So attending a Super Bowl is still on my list, but getting to be in the same city as the Super Bowl for the entire weekend was such an amazing experience that I'll remember forever!

Next - 2019 NBA All-Star Game

Growing up, basketball was always my favorite sport and getting to cover NBA All-Star Weekend was a dream come true. How cool to have the NBA's best in our city!? On top of that, two of Charlotte's very own players got to compete in the weekend's events. Kemba Walker was selected for his third All-Star Game and as a first-time starter, Walker also competed in the three-point contest and Hornets rookie Miles Bridges took flight in the dunk contest. The weekend was full of unforgettable moments, like meeting Shaq for the first time and seeing Nike's Own The Game HQ transform the Mint Museum, but it was also full of work and turning stories and I couldn't be more thankful for all of the people who helped it come together for our shows at WBTV.

Until the next time,


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