Yay! This is my 20th article!
How did I get here?
I feel like people constantly ask me this. I see people in the gym (shoutout Brian) and they ask, “Are you a journalist now?” and I smile and giggle. When I post the link to my articles on Snapchat and Instagram, people respond back with “why did you write this?” and “did you write this?” and “how did you get this idea?” and “how do you know this?”
Let’s rewind…One of my best friends is Ashley Mason, and she is a social media consultant at Dash of Social. (She is probably the most successful and ambitious young person I know!) She texted me one day with the exciting news that she was now working with a company on their social media strategy and Facebook management. This company was Sports Are From Venus, and their goal was to create and provide an environment for anyone and everyone who loves sports to talk sports without judgement. Specifically relating to me, SAFV was created for women who don’t just host Superbowl parties, but research point spreads and third down conversion stats. The premise and goals of this company reminded Ashley of me and how much I love football, fantasy football, and sports culture. So, without hesitation, Ashley put me in contact with SAFV and I was offered a position as part of their writing staff.
Football is where my heart is and how my love for sports started, so how did I get so into basketball? I’ve never actively posted about or been super involved in basketball. Sometimes on twitter (@NinaLeeCarmo, follow me!!!) I talk about Kelly Olynyk or the current Celtics games, so, I mean, I’ve always paid attention to basketball. I’ve been to a few Celtics games and own my share of t-shirt jerseys. My sibling groupchat is live with basketball stats and conversation. My boyfriend religiously watches every Celtics game and we plan our dates around game times to not miss one. So when SAFV asked me if I was confident enough to take over the basketball category on the website, I said sure. At first I panicked because I didn’t know enough. I wasn’t good enough for this job. I bookmarked NBA.com/Stats on my laptop and started watching as many games as possible. When it came time to publish my first article, things just started to flow. It was fun to write and I was having fun learning so much, so I decided to share my work with the world. I posted about it on Snapchat and Instagram, where I have a pretty good audience. I shared the articles to my Facebook and started getting a few likes. I made prompts in my articles that got people to comment on them and give me some feedback. Things started to get really cool. People were not only reading them, but giving me feedback, arguing with me, and sharing my content. This is where I am now. I’m loving it, I am having fun, and I’m just kind of going with the flow.
So, with all of this being said, my topic for today (as always on a Friday) is the Celtics.
What the heck happened this week?
On Tuesday, they lost 116-113 to the Pelicans in a defeating and disheartening OT. The Philadelphia 76ers crushed the Boston Celtics last night with an end score of 89-80. The 76ers led in points in each quarter until the 4th where the Celtics pushed hard for a comeback, scoring 27 compared to their opponent’s 18.
Don’t worry, despite their 2 game lose streak, they’re still 1st in the Eastern Conference and their game this Sunday against the Magic (who are 15-32) should be a piece of cake. Anyone have any thoughts?
Nina is a 21 year old college student from Massachusetts studying Elementary Education and Political Science. She has always been involved in playing and analyzing sports her whole life and is an avid fantasy football and basketball player. Her favorite teams are the New England Patriots and the Boston Celtics, as well as wherever Aaron Rodgers and Kelly Olynyk are playing!