Kansas State Sizzles Up a New Promotion Idea

Kansas State's Bacon Promotion posted to Twitter

Kansas State’s Bacon Promotion posted to Twitter

Kansas State Women’s Basketball brings the bacon to students

It’s hard to ignore the bacon craze that has swept over the country the past couple years, and apparently the Kansas State Women’s Basketball team has taken notice. 

Announced via there Twitter feed on Tuesday, the school plans to have 300 pounds of bacon cooked and ready an hour before the team’s home opener versus Tennessee State on Friday. 

“We wanted to do something food-related to make a splash,” Kansas State athletics spokesman Randy Peterson said,  “We’ve done free pizza before, but every college kid has access to pizza. It’s a little harder to get bacon.”

Originally only planning to have 100 pounds, the social media response stemming from this free promotion has convinced the school to up the amount to 300 pounds. The increased amount is assuming to feed about 750 people with their promised “boat of bacon”. 

This is not Kansas State’s first attempt at a food-led promotion. In December of 2004, the school offered $1 hot dogs during a basketball game against Rutgers. So many fans took advantage of the promotion that they ran out before the end of the first half, Peterson said.

The promotion has even garnered the attention of ESPN’s SportCenter, with the show featuring a tweet about the bacon give-a-way. Win or lose this weekend, Kansas State’s fans are sure to walk out of the game with a smile, all thanks to bacon. 

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Lineman Bullies Himself Off Team

Richie Incognito (Left) and Jonathan Martin (Right) at practice earlier in the 2013 season

Richie Incognito (Left) and Jonathan Martin (Right) at practice earlier in the 2013 season

Miami Dolphins Guard Suspended Indefinitely after Harassment of Teammate 

Jonathan Martin recently showed everyone bullying doesn’t just happen to the little guys.

The 2nd year offensive tackle left the Miami Dolphins earlier this week after receiving continuous harassment at the hands of teammate Richie Incognito throughout this season.

Martin, who stands at 6-foot-5, 312-pounds, reportedly “flipped out” in the team cafeteria after teammates refused to sit with him, leaving the team facility and has yet to return. One can only assume that this was final-straw in a series of acts that led the Stanford-grad to have the meltdown that he did. Although other teammates have been mentioned, the ring-leader of the bullying has been fellow offensive lineman Incognito.

Incognito is no stranger to player misconduct. Going back to his college days in 2003, Incognito has been apart of 9 different notable incidents involving other players and coaches. The Dolphins franchise acted quickly after a voicemail Incognito sent Martin surfaced.  “He’s done,” a team source told the Miami Herald. “There are procedures in place, and everyone wants to be fair. The NFL is involved. But from a club perspective he’ll never play another game here.”

Although it could ultimately lead him losing his job, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said that he will fully cooperate with the NFL’s inquiries and accept the findings into the allegations on the hazing of Martin. On top of the locker room controversy that is sure to follow this event, the 4-4 Dolphins just lost 2 of their starting offensive lineman, leaving the team hoping that backups can fill in adequately as the team continues to pursue the post-season.

As far as Incognito is concerned, it looks like the 30-year-old’s career may be coming to an end. Former New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Bart Scott told ESPN 98.7 FM in New York that Incognito should be kicked out of the NFL.

“He needs to be gone,” Scott said. “No one would miss him anyway. Trust me.”

Based on the league’s initial reaction to this event, it looks as though we’ve (thankfully) seen the last of Incognito’s bullying ways.

Catfish Comes to Campus

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Nev Shulman spends a night with OSU students talking friendship and finding oneself

“Remember, you don’t need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends you can be certain of.”

The best way to sum up how Nev Shulman, Creator and Producer of MTV’s ‘Catfish’, addressed students Monday night at the Ohio State University Union Ballroom. An excited crowd listened as Nev spoke  about his experiences and knowledge of life since his documentary and show, both titled ‘Catfish’, have found fame.

Using the hashtag #CatfishonCampus, students were able to interact with Nev and members of the Ohio Union Activities Board (OUAB) throughout the event via Twitter and Instagram. Nev even started off the show by standing in various parts of the room so audience members could snap and post pictures to their favorite social media sites.

Quoting people such as Ghandi during the event, Nev inspired students to challenge themselves in all aspects of life, but especially that of finding great friendship. He told a story of how his older brother once told him that although he loved him, he didn’t especially like him at that time. The story changed Nev’s life, by him finding what was important in life, and that was his relationships with those close to him.

Although I am not an active viewer of the hit show, I was able to find Nev’s stories enlightening and interesting. When scanning through the feed of #CatfishonCampus, it is easy to realize that everyone else there had the same experience. Being able to chat with other members of the audience during the show through Twitter was a great bonus to a terrific show.

The Professional Side of Twitter

A look in Tweet-Chatting and the professional insight offered by this medium

Today marked the first time I’ve ever participated in a ‘Tweet-Chat’, and it did not disappoint. My personal experience with twitter has typically consisted of finding out the latest news, interacting with my friends, and connecting with sport stars/ celebrities on a personal level. Using the hashtag #TChat, I was able to connect with others in the professional world and discuss topics relating to successful techniques in the workplace.

#TChat was hosted by TalentCulture, which is a blogging platform that deals with all different types of topics relating to the improving the human aspect of the workplace. Meghan Brio, founder of TalentCulture, is the moderator of the chat that allows peers to interact on a very professional level. This week much of the discussion was based on how Gen-Xers can stay up to speed with the quickly-advancing media trends.

After a pleasant experience with my first tweet chat, I certainly expect to become an attendant of more in the future. Simple tweets such as welcoming members to the Tweet Chat garnered responses from fellow users in the chat. There was a serious, yet sarcastic tone throughout the chat from all members, especially with the moderators or ‘leaders’ of the chat, which allowed me to stay interested for the duration of the chat. Biro led everyone by asking five different question during the chat, all relating to some aspect of thriving in the workplace.

This experience with ‘Tweet-Chatting’ opened my eyes to a fun, yet intelligent way to gain insight into my future professional aspirations. After witnessing the many ‘trolls of twitter’ and celebrities breaking down via the medium, it was nice to see the popular social media site provide genuine knowledge to those interested. #TChat allowed me to experience the professional side of twitter, and I’ll certainly be back.

Fans Take Loss Personal

Fans of NFL Quarterback get a little too personal after recent string of poor performances

Earlier this week, Houston Texans quarterback, Matt Schaub, saw a different side of being a professional athlete than typically accustomed to. Late Tuesday, fans arrived at the home of the 32 year old quarterback to yell obscenities and take pictures of him and his family after the team’s poor start to the season. With the constant exposure our sports stars of today face, it’s not surprising that a fan could easily find a player’s home to express their ‘opinions’ to them. Schaub responded quickly to the incident where he called team security, but the fans had already left before they arrived.

Personally, I’m not that surprised that fans of a Texas football team would respond this way to a team with high expectations doing poorly. Knowing what everyone has been told of Texas football, they have over-passionate texansfansfans that demand success. This scene was even investigated by Houston Police, where they reported via Twitter some information about the investigation. ESPN interview teammate of Schaub, star defensive-end J.J. Watt, he said, “Sometimes they’ll follow me home. Sometimes they’ll be waiting in the driveway. At dinner and at my house are the two times when I refuse autographs and pictures. I feel like that’s a reasonable thing for me,” when asked about fans’ behavior toward him outside off the football field.

Media outlets such as Twitter and Instagram have allowed fans to feel a more intimate relationship with the players of their beloved teams. If a great player decides to wear nike, chances are their fans will too. When fans put players on a pedestal, they are held to higher standards, which can be both a positive or a negative. Fortunately for Schaub, his team responded quickly and the matter didn’t go further than a couple of fans being immature. Nonetheless, this still should raise eyebrows as to how invested some fans can be with their teams. Despite all the countless hours and money devoted to their favorite team, fans need to remember that after all, it’s just a game.

Time for a Change?

 NFL franchise faces scrutiny over longtime nickname

Washington RedskinsIn seemingly every professional sports league in the United States, there is a team who’s been put on the hot-seat for having a mascot with a negative racial-undertone. The most notable of these teams is the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. Despite constant scrutiny since taking over as owner of the team in 1999, Dan Snyder has always refused the thought of changing his team’s controversial name. Snyder has taken heat from various media members throughout the years on his stance, most recently this summer, when he told the USA today, “We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER—you can use caps.”

Not only is the media speaking out, but also finding unique ways to protest the use of the Redskins’ name. For instance, Peter King, of Sport Illustrated, has ‘boycotted’ referring  to Washington’s NFL franchise as the Redskins in his popular weekly NFL column, Monday Morning Quarterback. The same goes for the Editor in Chief of Grantland.com, Bill Simmons, who simply uses the Washington D.C.’s rather than recognize them as the Redskins. The media’s voice is surely having an impact on the fans as well, most notably with our country’s biggest sports fan,  President Barack Obama.

That’s right, our Commander-in-Chief has even taken notice on the Washington name predicament. In an interview over the weekend with the Associated Press, Obama voiced his opinion for a name change, saying he would “think about changing” the team’s name. He also added, “I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real, legitimate concerns that people have about these things.”

Although Snyder has held a firm stance, when someone as prominent as our country’s president comments on a minuscule issue like a team’s mascot, even the most stubborn should take a second look. Regardless of anyone’s opinion toward the nickname, if it only shines a negative light on your franchise, why keep the name? You can give a hundred arguments as to why the name is or isn’t offensive, but the only thing that really matter is the fact that it is an argument in the first place. Washington fans will still love the team if they are the Redskins or the Renegades, so why bother the backlash? Instead, just make the change.

Real Men Wear Pink

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NFL kicks-off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in a big way

Every year as October rolls around NFL fans have begun to expect something that you wouldn’t typically see on a 6′ 5″ 250 lb. man, pink. That’s right, every year the NFL dedicates 4 weeks of their schedule promoting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In 2009, A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives was started and since then has raised over $4.5 million dollars for the American Cancer Society. The campaign has been a hit with many players, such as Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who lost his mother to breast cancer in 2003. A Crucial Catch has even been featured in the top selling video game franchise, Madden NFL.

The 2013 campaign leads off as the Cleveland Browns host the Buffalo Bills on Primetime Thursday Night Football. “We are proud to partner with the American Cancer Society and raise awareness for fans, cancer patients, cancer survivors and their families,” said, Cleveland Browns director of community relations, Jenner Tekancic. Cleveland intends to be a great opening ceremony host for the campaign by inviting five breast cancer survivors to be recognized as honorary coin-toss captains.

,Recently, it seems as though the NFL has had nothing but a black cloud looming over them. With constant news coverage surrounding the NFL player’s concussion lawsuit and the Aaron Hernandez murder trial, it’s nice to see a positive light shined on the league. Despite playing arguably the most violent sport in the world, these guys do have a soft side. It may not hold true to all situations, but in this case, Real Men Wear Pink.