“Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Last I checked, Eleanor Roosevelt is no sports superstar or stud athlete that I would interview on the sidelines, but the former first lady sure does know a little something about life.
For those of you that I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet, I’m Miranda Mason, I’m 23 years young and I’m on the adventure of a lifetime. I spend my days running from field to field and chasing athletes up and down sidelines…. and I love every second of it.
Being a sports reporter in Alabama means working with some of the nation’s best, no matter what sport I’m covering. Whether I’m sideline at Alabama or Auburn or getting dusty at a high school baseball game, I’m always impressed with the athletes I interact with on a daily basis. Even though I’ve had some ridiculously awesome experiences in my career already,(I mean come on, sideline for the Immaculate Deflection, the Iron Bowl, the Sugar Bowl and the National Championship?!!? Is this real life?), in reality I’m just a recent college graduate looking to find my way in the world and chasing my dreams.
I graduated from my beloved University of Virginia just a year ago and if you told me while I was wearing my cap and gown that in a year’s time I would have moved to Alabama, chatting with Nick Saban and Gus Malzahn would become normal and I’d witness some of the greatest sporting events to date... I would have been floored. But then again, I’m so determined to reach my goals, maybe I wouldn’t have been surprised and just started packing.
I began this blog with one of my favorite quotes because I think it captures the spirit of my lifestyle and the purpose behind this blog. You have to keep your curiosity alive, especially in this business. As any coach or player could tell you, some plays in your playbook work well against certain defenses while others work better against a different defense. My playbook works the same way. I think it’s the perfect metaphor to describe what it’s like growing and learning as I go. Some days I have to work with the mentality of a Gus Malzahn high pace offense and other days a more traditional and calculated Nick Saban approach gets the job done. So far this job and this lifestyle has been the only thing able to fill the void of being an athlete. I guess you could consider me “retired” from scoring goals on the soccer field, but the need for that adrenaline rush never goes away. But going live on TV and interviewing the likes of C.J. Mosely, A.J. McCarron or Tre Mason and Jameis Winston goes a long way towards filling that hole.
So when the opportunity to blog with the station came up, I jumped on it. I love the idea of being able to share my experiences and give all of you out there in TV land a look at life beyond the highlights. I’m a hometown Virginia girl that’s learning a new life in Alabama and doing what I love. I believe in the power and beauty of following your dreams. So if one day you see me reporting from the sidelines for a national network, you’ll know the dream chasing worked. I hope all of you enjoy my updates, they’re bound to be filled with goofy interactions with athletes, coaches and coworkers and of course messages of the lessons that all of those people have taught me. (and those lessons are oh so plentiful, working with athletes has been one of the most fulfilling and rewarding things I’ve chosen for my life). So here’s to building my playbook! Talk to all of you soon!
Smile at the world and the world will smile back at you.