Amanda Rykoff is a New York City-based writer. She’s a sports fan, proud Penn alum, recovering attorney, devoted aunt, and voracious consumer of media. She has contributed to ESPN, ONE World Sports, The Outside Corner and previously co-hosted the ESPN podcast, “Play Ball!” Follow her on Twitter.
Bring sixteen die-hard baseball fans from around the world, put them in a fully-loaded apartment in New York City, deck them out in colorful team garb and have them tweet, post and blog about watching every World Baseball Classic game at all hours of the day and night. That’s what’s been happening since the first pitch of the 2013 WBC as part of MLB Fan Cave: World Baseball Classic Edition.
In the wake of the Baltimore Ravens’ thrilling Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, GuySpeed had the chance to talk with Fox and NFL Network broadcaster Brian Billick, who coached the Ravens to their first Super Bowl championship in Super Bowl XXXV twelve years ago.
In a normal NFL year, Redskins running back Alfred Morris would have been a leading contender for Rookie of the Year. But with teammate RGIII’s sensational debut behind center and Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson making headlines at quarterback, Morris had to be content with being named to the Associated Press All-Pro team.
Marshawn Lynch helped lead his Seattle Seahawks to the NFC Championship game after a superb 2012 regular season. Thanks to his 315 carries for 1590 yards and 11 touchdowns, “Beast Mode” was also was honored as a finalist for the FedEx Ground Player of the Year.
All the stars are out this week in New Orleans for the Super Bowl. Stroll through the French Quarter and you’re sure to see current and former NFL players, familiar faces from stage and screen (this intrepid writer spotted Neil Patrick Harris and Alec Baldwin at dinner on Friday night), television personalities and even a famous musician or two (you may have heard that Beyoncé is performing the National Anthem on Sunday).
The Super Bowl is one of the highest visibility events in the world for marketers. So it’s no surprise to find athletes from all sports making the rounds throughout the week. Andy Roddick, the 2003 U.S. Open tennis champion who retired last year after his final appearance at Flushing Meadows, stopped by to chat on behalf of SAP, the Official Cloud Software Solutions, Business Software and Business Analytics Software Sponsor of the NFL. Roddick has been an SAP Brand Ambassador for seven years.
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