Girl On Sports
College Conference Courtship
Although the World Cup is certainly sporting news du jour, I wanted to take some time out to discuss some other important sporting news (sorry NBA Finals, it’s not about you).  No, this news item is near and dear to my heart as a raging Michigan fan. 
The Pac-10, Big Ten and other behemoths of college sports have sent out the notes (do you like me? Check yes, no or maybe) and teams are beginning to answer the call.  Nebraska eagerly accepted the Big Ten’s invite; their first date will be on July 1, 2011.  Colorado just jumped in bed with the Pac-10 for 2012.  What happens next will likely be a domino-like fall-out akin to the crazy world of teenage romance.  We still like you Big-12, but I’m with xx now.
Now let’s not kid ourselves, while the conference mash-up will likely improve competition in the major conferences and certainly shake up how the BCS is managed (can we please go to a playoff system?); this is about money.  As it always is.  Super conferences rake in super dough.  This is about television contracts.  This is why the Big Ten is so hot to trot for Notre Dame.  It would be great to get on that alluring NBC coverage.
What happens next, no one knows for sure.  There’s bound to be a lot of heartbreak, many new relationships, but one thing is for sure: the college sports world will never be quite the same.
Photo courtesy of AP via Boston.com

College Conference Courtship

Although the World Cup is certainly sporting news du jour, I wanted to take some time out to discuss some other important sporting news (sorry NBA Finals, it’s not about you).  No, this news item is near and dear to my heart as a raging Michigan fan. 

The Pac-10, Big Ten and other behemoths of college sports have sent out the notes (do you like me? Check yes, no or maybe) and teams are beginning to answer the call.  Nebraska eagerly accepted the Big Ten’s invite; their first date will be on July 1, 2011.  Colorado just jumped in bed with the Pac-10 for 2012.  What happens next will likely be a domino-like fall-out akin to the crazy world of teenage romance.  We still like you Big-12, but I’m with xx now.

Now let’s not kid ourselves, while the conference mash-up will likely improve competition in the major conferences and certainly shake up how the BCS is managed (can we please go to a playoff system?); this is about money.  As it always is.  Super conferences rake in super dough.  This is about television contracts.  This is why the Big Ten is so hot to trot for Notre Dame.  It would be great to get on that alluring NBC coverage.

What happens next, no one knows for sure.  There’s bound to be a lot of heartbreak, many new relationships, but one thing is for sure: the college sports world will never be quite the same.

Photo courtesy of AP via Boston.com

Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag
I’ve taken a bit of hiatus from blogging, but it’s time to get cracking!  While most of the sporting world is focusing on the Olympics, my mind is elsewhere.  Somewhere unexpected… the Cleveland Indians.
That’s right, I’m thinking about the Tribe.  I’m working on a team preview for another site and that is the team I’m covering.  Pitchers and catchers report in just a few days and it’s time to put the nose to the grindstone.
What I’m thinking about specifically are the numerous statistics, scientific and mathematical equations that go into the analysis of sports, baseball in particular.  As a fan and student in the world of sports, I have a decent understanding of many of these.  However, as a newbie to writing, I admit that my level of knowledge when it come to things like WAR and Pitch F/X, still has room to grow.
So where does one educate themselves in more advanced forms of baseball analyses?  I’ve gone to other baseball sites, consulted books and watched the experts and I’m slowly learning.  It’s proving to be an interesting endeavor.  I do wish, however, that an appreciation for the numbers behind the game was instilled in me at a younger age.  Children these days are encouraged to play sports from a young age, however little emphasis is placed upon understanding the math behind the game.  Boys typically either gravitate toward more analytic understandings of sports or are exposed to it sooner, but it seems that in general, women are left a bit in the dust.
I don’t think it has to be that way.  The more I’ve learned the more interesting I find it.  Sports analyses could even be better incorporated into classrooms to teach math, science and statistics in more exciting real-world applications.  High school stats would have been a bit more exciting if we could have learned about more information like this… just saying!
(Photo courtesy of the Education Week blog)

Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag

I’ve taken a bit of hiatus from blogging, but it’s time to get cracking!  While most of the sporting world is focusing on the Olympics, my mind is elsewhere.  Somewhere unexpected… the Cleveland Indians.

That’s right, I’m thinking about the Tribe.  I’m working on a team preview for another site and that is the team I’m covering.  Pitchers and catchers report in just a few days and it’s time to put the nose to the grindstone.

What I’m thinking about specifically are the numerous statistics, scientific and mathematical equations that go into the analysis of sports, baseball in particular.  As a fan and student in the world of sports, I have a decent understanding of many of these.  However, as a newbie to writing, I admit that my level of knowledge when it come to things like WAR and Pitch F/X, still has room to grow.

So where does one educate themselves in more advanced forms of baseball analyses?  I’ve gone to other baseball sites, consulted books and watched the experts and I’m slowly learning.  It’s proving to be an interesting endeavor.  I do wish, however, that an appreciation for the numbers behind the game was instilled in me at a younger age.  Children these days are encouraged to play sports from a young age, however little emphasis is placed upon understanding the math behind the game.  Boys typically either gravitate toward more analytic understandings of sports or are exposed to it sooner, but it seems that in general, women are left a bit in the dust.

I don’t think it has to be that way.  The more I’ve learned the more interesting I find it.  Sports analyses could even be better incorporated into classrooms to teach math, science and statistics in more exciting real-world applications.  High school stats would have been a bit more exciting if we could have learned about more information like this… just saying!

(Photo courtesy of the Education Week blog)

Out With 2009, In With 2010
As I haven’t written anything in awhile and the new decade stars in approximately 5.5 hours, I thought I might share some of my wishes for sports in oh-ten (I would do a retrospective of the year, but let’s face it, that takes much longer and there is revelry to take part in).  I apologize in advance for demonstrating my proclivity to include my favorite teams and to repeat some topics I may have already discussed, but hey, it’s my blog and my wishes.  Here we go:
1. A revision, almost any revision, of the BCS system
2. The Big Ten regaining some dignity and actually winning some bowl games (unlikely I know)
3. Rich Rod finally getting things sorted out over at Michigan and producing a team that goes to a bowl game (see wish 2)
4. Someone, anyone, other than the Lakers winning the NBA Finals (aside from the Celtics of course)
5. The new Chicago Cubs ownership maintaining the tradition associated with the team and the stadium and overhauling pretty much everything else.  100+ years is way too long
6. The US having a respectable showing in the World Cup.
7. The Bears making it to the playoffs (next season) by whatever means necessary.
8. The Yankees putting together another championship caliber team with all the changes and trades (I’m still nervous about letting go of home-grown guys like Melky.  You know Cano is secretly crying himself to sleep)
9. Professional athletes managing to keep their philandering out of the news.  We all know some pro athletes cheat, they’re no different than the rest of us and probably experience more temptation than the average Joe/Jane.  I just don’t want it to dominate my sports coverage for weeks on end (ahem Tiger).
10. A job as a sportscaster (highly unlikely, but arguably more likely than some of the other items on my list)
Happy New Years everybody!  Thanks for a great 2009 and hear is to an even better 2010!

Out With 2009, In With 2010

As I haven’t written anything in awhile and the new decade stars in approximately 5.5 hours, I thought I might share some of my wishes for sports in oh-ten (I would do a retrospective of the year, but let’s face it, that takes much longer and there is revelry to take part in).  I apologize in advance for demonstrating my proclivity to include my favorite teams and to repeat some topics I may have already discussed, but hey, it’s my blog and my wishes.  Here we go:

1. A revision, almost any revision, of the BCS system

2. The Big Ten regaining some dignity and actually winning some bowl games (unlikely I know)

3. Rich Rod finally getting things sorted out over at Michigan and producing a team that goes to a bowl game (see wish 2)

4. Someone, anyone, other than the Lakers winning the NBA Finals (aside from the Celtics of course)

5. The new Chicago Cubs ownership maintaining the tradition associated with the team and the stadium and overhauling pretty much everything else.  100+ years is way too long

6. The US having a respectable showing in the World Cup.

7. The Bears making it to the playoffs (next season) by whatever means necessary.

8. The Yankees putting together another championship caliber team with all the changes and trades (I’m still nervous about letting go of home-grown guys like Melky.  You know Cano is secretly crying himself to sleep)

9. Professional athletes managing to keep their philandering out of the news.  We all know some pro athletes cheat, they’re no different than the rest of us and probably experience more temptation than the average Joe/Jane.  I just don’t want it to dominate my sports coverage for weeks on end (ahem Tiger).

10. A job as a sportscaster (highly unlikely, but arguably more likely than some of the other items on my list)

Happy New Years everybody!  Thanks for a great 2009 and hear is to an even better 2010!

LeBron Doesn’t Think Girls Can Ball
To be fair that’s not exactly what he said.  NBA commissioner David Stern commented in an interview that he thinks women could be playing in the NBA in the next decade.  According to ESPN LeBron has expressed his doubts that women could compete in the league in the next ten years.
Now my initial reaction was severe irritation.  The girl raised on sports has a hard time swallowing the fact that when it comes to sports men and women may not be on an even playing field.  Ideally I would love to see women out there with the best of them, but in many cases it is a bit more complicated than that.
Whenever these arguments come up, there are so many factors that are discussed.  One of the most common points of contention is the physical difference between men and women.  To that point, especially in the context of the baseball, there are undeniable differences that could leave women at a disadvantage.  The average height of a WNBA player is 5’11” or 6’0”.  The average height in the NBA is 6’6”.  Height is a barrier, but it’s not always all that important.  New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson is 5’9”.  So what’s really the difference?
I think it starts much younger.  In sports like basketball, men and women are separated at a young age.  From then on each play against members of their own sex and in some cases may be coached and trained diffrently.  If women can ever hope to compete with men on a larger scale (aside from the few Billie Jean Kings and Annika Sorenstams of the world) then they need to start out competing with men.
I would love to see women competing in the NBA and receiving the kind of recognition that the men’s league players get, but I fear that I have to agree with LeBron just a bit.  Until we are more serious about letting women compete with men at all levels, it is going to be quite rare to see women competing with men on the professional level.

LeBron Doesn’t Think Girls Can Ball

To be fair that’s not exactly what he said.  NBA commissioner David Stern commented in an interview that he thinks women could be playing in the NBA in the next decade.  According to ESPN LeBron has expressed his doubts that women could compete in the league in the next ten years.

Now my initial reaction was severe irritation.  The girl raised on sports has a hard time swallowing the fact that when it comes to sports men and women may not be on an even playing field.  Ideally I would love to see women out there with the best of them, but in many cases it is a bit more complicated than that.

Whenever these arguments come up, there are so many factors that are discussed.  One of the most common points of contention is the physical difference between men and women.  To that point, especially in the context of the baseball, there are undeniable differences that could leave women at a disadvantage.  The average height of a WNBA player is 5’11” or 6’0”.  The average height in the NBA is 6’6”.  Height is a barrier, but it’s not always all that important.  New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson is 5’9”.  So what’s really the difference?

I think it starts much younger.  In sports like basketball, men and women are separated at a young age.  From then on each play against members of their own sex and in some cases may be coached and trained diffrently.  If women can ever hope to compete with men on a larger scale (aside from the few Billie Jean Kings and Annika Sorenstams of the world) then they need to start out competing with men.

I would love to see women competing in the NBA and receiving the kind of recognition that the men’s league players get, but I fear that I have to agree with LeBron just a bit.  Until we are more serious about letting women compete with men at all levels, it is going to be quite rare to see women competing with men on the professional level.

The BCS - It’s Like They Almost Enjoy Making Us Miserable
The picture above (from Nick Anderson at the Houston Chronicle) pretty much says it all.  Nobody in their right mind likes the bowl system. I’m particularly bitter this year as my team of choice (Michigan) is not even going to a bowl game, although to be fair, they wouldn’t have even made it to the playoffs in a playoff system.  Next year…
Considering the fact that everyone and their mother is at the very least, discontent with the current system, it is surprising to me that the BCS would set up a Twitter account.  According to Advertising Age, within no time at all the account had drawn angry tweets from those opposed to the current system.  Advertising Age looked upon this as a bad thing, because the BCS was not protecting their brand.  I beg to differ, at least from a sports fan’s perspective.
Sure the BCS was opening itself up to a world of hurt in the form of public criticism.  This is nothing new to the BCS.  The photo I posted above is from 2006.  Come November the annual outcry against the current system gets its momentum and doesn’t stop until well after the Championship game.  Year after year journalists, fans and some schools openly criticize the current bowl game system.
Opening a two-way path of communication with college football enthusiasts may prove to be useful in repairing a broken system.  If the BCS is responsive to comments posted to them via Twitter and *gasp* maybe even takes some of what is said into account, it could work to create a better system for us all.  Idealistic and unlikely, yes. Hey a girl can dream.  At the very least they can’t as easily ignore our rage-filled shouts!

The BCS - It’s Like They Almost Enjoy Making Us Miserable

The picture above (from Nick Anderson at the Houston Chronicle) pretty much says it all.  Nobody in their right mind likes the bowl system. I’m particularly bitter this year as my team of choice (Michigan) is not even going to a bowl game, although to be fair, they wouldn’t have even made it to the playoffs in a playoff system.  Next year…

Considering the fact that everyone and their mother is at the very least, discontent with the current system, it is surprising to me that the BCS would set up a Twitter account.  According to Advertising Age, within no time at all the account had drawn angry tweets from those opposed to the current system.  Advertising Age looked upon this as a bad thing, because the BCS was not protecting their brand.  I beg to differ, at least from a sports fan’s perspective.

Sure the BCS was opening itself up to a world of hurt in the form of public criticism.  This is nothing new to the BCS.  The photo I posted above is from 2006.  Come November the annual outcry against the current system gets its momentum and doesn’t stop until well after the Championship game.  Year after year journalists, fans and some schools openly criticize the current bowl game system.

Opening a two-way path of communication with college football enthusiasts may prove to be useful in repairing a broken system.  If the BCS is responsive to comments posted to them via Twitter and *gasp* maybe even takes some of what is said into account, it could work to create a better system for us all.  Idealistic and unlikely, yes. Hey a girl can dream.  At the very least they can’t as easily ignore our rage-filled shouts!

 

This Pretty Much Says it All


Doug Buffone, former Bears player and current co-host of “Chicago NFL Live" on "The Score,” tells us how he really feels following the loss to the Cardinals (clip courtesy of WGN).  I wonder what he had to say after Cutler threw 5 picks last week?

What the Heck is Going on with the NFL?!?
Well, baseball season is officially over (go Yankees, Cubs I’m still hoping for next year). I’m hoping to get back to a semblance of a normal life, which hopefully equals more posts!  So with baseball put to rest for a bit, let’s talk football shall we?
What the heck is going on with the NFL right now?  13 teams are below 500.  Thirteen!  It is only a little past half way in the regular season, but still!  In 2008, 11 teams finished below 500 for the entire regular season.  In 2007, things were worse, but this is still astounding.  Cleveland, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Detroit (still a better year for them than 2008) and Kansas City have failed to win more than a single game.  Oakland, Washington and Tennessee have just two W’s under their belt.
It would take a long time to break down exactly why each team has failed to rack up more wins (cough Jamarcus Russell, Oakland).  One thing is for certain, this isn’t making for very exciting football.  Aside from an occasional surprise like Tampa Bay’s win over Green Bay, the NFL has been nearly predictable.  The sports books in Las Vegas are probably ready to throw in the towel at this point.  Unless you’re playing fantasy football, where, depending on you league it could be anyone’s game, this is just ridiculous.
Saints/Vikings v. Colts, see you in the Super Bowl (yes, that’s my mid-season projection, sort of anyways).  The rest of the league, get your shit together.  In the mean time I am going to be watching college football.  Hello Northwestern/Iowa upset!

What the Heck is Going on with the NFL?!?

Well, baseball season is officially over (go Yankees, Cubs I’m still hoping for next year). I’m hoping to get back to a semblance of a normal life, which hopefully equals more posts!  So with baseball put to rest for a bit, let’s talk football shall we?

What the heck is going on with the NFL right now?  13 teams are below 500.  Thirteen!  It is only a little past half way in the regular season, but still!  In 2008, 11 teams finished below 500 for the entire regular season.  In 2007, things were worse, but this is still astounding.  Cleveland, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Detroit (still a better year for them than 2008) and Kansas City have failed to win more than a single game.  Oakland, Washington and Tennessee have just two W’s under their belt.

It would take a long time to break down exactly why each team has failed to rack up more wins (cough Jamarcus Russell, Oakland).  One thing is for certain, this isn’t making for very exciting football.  Aside from an occasional surprise like Tampa Bay’s win over Green Bay, the NFL has been nearly predictable.  The sports books in Las Vegas are probably ready to throw in the towel at this point.  Unless you’re playing fantasy football, where, depending on you league it could be anyone’s game, this is just ridiculous.

Saints/Vikings v. Colts, see you in the Super Bowl (yes, that’s my mid-season projection, sort of anyways).  The rest of the league, get your shit together.  In the mean time I am going to be watching college football.  Hello Northwestern/Iowa upset!

Favre’s Homecoming
The Green Bay/Minnesota game was touted by FOX as the biggest game of the season.  While I’m fairly certain that the Super Bowl is the biggest game of the season, but yes FOX, it was an important one.  The Vikings had their perfect season on the line, two NFC powerhouses were going to meet and Favre was returning to Lambeau Field for the first time to play against his former team of 16 years.  So yes, a big game.
In the beginning it looked like the Vikings, with Favre at the helm, were going to march all over the Packers.  As the game progressed into the third Green Bay woke up and demonstrated that they weren’t about let Brett and his boys come into their house and run up the score unanswered.  Fans showed their support and others expressed their disdain for their former qb.  I will admit that I’m closer to column B, but one thing is for sure: Favre has proven to the world that he’s still got it.
His ability to walk into such charged environment and play one of the better teams in the league right now is impressive.  Favre finished the day 17 for 28 complete and managed to rack up 244 years, four TDs and allowed no interceptions.  Peterson was a big contributor as well (no surprises there), but this was Favre’s show.   In the past I have seriously doubted Favre’s abilities following his weak performance with the Jets and his constant is he/isn’t he retirement issues.
With performances like his today, getting in first licks and leading his team through to the end when the Packers attempted to rally, Brett’s made a believer out of me.  It’s clear he’s still got the stuff.  Sports Media: Now that he’s proven it can we please talk about anything else?  Conversation starter idea: Aaron Rodgers, new king of Green Bay? 26 for 41, 287 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, against the Vikings.  I’m a believer.

Favre’s Homecoming

The Green Bay/Minnesota game was touted by FOX as the biggest game of the season.  While I’m fairly certain that the Super Bowl is the biggest game of the season, but yes FOX, it was an important one.  The Vikings had their perfect season on the line, two NFC powerhouses were going to meet and Favre was returning to Lambeau Field for the first time to play against his former team of 16 years.  So yes, a big game.

In the beginning it looked like the Vikings, with Favre at the helm, were going to march all over the Packers.  As the game progressed into the third Green Bay woke up and demonstrated that they weren’t about let Brett and his boys come into their house and run up the score unanswered.  Fans showed their support and others expressed their disdain for their former qb.  I will admit that I’m closer to column B, but one thing is for sure: Favre has proven to the world that he’s still got it.

His ability to walk into such charged environment and play one of the better teams in the league right now is impressive.  Favre finished the day 17 for 28 complete and managed to rack up 244 years, four TDs and allowed no interceptions.  Peterson was a big contributor as well (no surprises there), but this was Favre’s show.   In the past I have seriously doubted Favre’s abilities following his weak performance with the Jets and his constant is he/isn’t he retirement issues.

With performances like his today, getting in first licks and leading his team through to the end when the Packers attempted to rally, Brett’s made a believer out of me.  It’s clear he’s still got the stuff.  Sports Media: Now that he’s proven it can we please talk about anything else?  Conversation starter idea: Aaron Rodgers, new king of Green Bay? 26 for 41, 287 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, against the Vikings.  I’m a believer.

Although They Say There’s No Crying in Baseball…

There definitely are stories that will choke you up.  ESPN E:60 often tells stories of overcoming great adversary that are truly touching.  Tonight’s story is the most inspiring and moving that I have ever seen.

This evening E:60 followed the story of Pat Chawki, a member of the championship Grant High School Baseball team.  Chawki suffers from Locked-In Syndrome.  This terrifying and debilitating condition has left him severely disabled, but perfectly cognitive.  The segment chronicled his struggle.  Many of his former high school friends and baseball teammates had no idea that he was still alive, much less battling this terrible condition, until a fellow Grant High Schooler, Laurie Green, stepped it in and made it her mission to help him out. 

It is just incredible how his teammates and friends have rallied around him.  There is no way I can do justice to this story, it is just too powerful for me to describe in my own words.  Please watch and hopefully you too will be in awe of this incredibly strong and brave man and his terrific friends and family.  Pat is already making incredible strides surrounded by the love and support of loved ones.  Watch the video above and visit the facebook page dedicated to him to find out how you can help and show your support.

Clowney Benched by Twitter
Ok, well not by twitter, but certainly because of it.  New York Jets WR David Clowney found himself riding the bench during this Sunday’s game against Houston for some comments he made via his Twitter account following Week 2’s game against New England.  Twitter and its relation to sports is usually fodder for my work blog (I work in PR and have a special interest in social media), but it is certainly the topic du jour (actually of the past year or so), so indulge me.
As reported by Fanhouse, disappointed by his playing time, Clowney tweeted that although he was happy about the win, he was a bit unhappy about his time on the turf.  He followed with two tweets on his intentions to work harder the next week.  Coach Rex Ryan, being the cuddly, sensitive, pat your players on the back kind of guy that he is, benched Clowney for week 3. Ryan cited that the tweets were against team rules.  The NFL also has rules in place, but those pertain to tweets during games.
The consequences were minor here; the Jets enjoyed a fairly decisive win over the Texans.  The offense didn’t seem to struggle too much without Clowney on the field; but then again this offense has looked surprisingly solid all season.  What is remarkable is the actual effect Twitter is beginning to have on the game in areas that it shouldn’t affect at all.  Last week Redskins linebacker Robert Henson was blasted for lashing out at fans on Twitter.  Chad Ochocinco has also managed to ruffle a few feathers (although he primarily just posts hilariously outlandish things).
While I may enjoy seeing how some of these situations unfold (specifically any Ochocinco updates), as a part of the PR community it makes me wonder where these people’s “people” are.  When used correctly Twitter can be a great tool to elevate the popularity of a player or organization.  It gives fans a unique chance for a two-way conversation with the sports stars and teams they are passionate about.  Clowney’s offense was not that severe, although Ryan certainly went to work at nipping any potential for players sullying the team name in the bud, but some of these other guys really could use some help before they give the sport a digital black eye.
So professional athletes: Got a Twitter problem? I work in PR, love sports and will work tickets. Hell, let’s be real, I’d work for free.

Clowney Benched by Twitter

Ok, well not by twitter, but certainly because of it.  New York Jets WR David Clowney found himself riding the bench during this Sunday’s game against Houston for some comments he made via his Twitter account following Week 2’s game against New England.  Twitter and its relation to sports is usually fodder for my work blog (I work in PR and have a special interest in social media), but it is certainly the topic du jour (actually of the past year or so), so indulge me.

As reported by Fanhouse, disappointed by his playing time, Clowney tweeted that although he was happy about the win, he was a bit unhappy about his time on the turf.  He followed with two tweets on his intentions to work harder the next week.  Coach Rex Ryan, being the cuddly, sensitive, pat your players on the back kind of guy that he is, benched Clowney for week 3. Ryan cited that the tweets were against team rules.  The NFL also has rules in place, but those pertain to tweets during games.

The consequences were minor here; the Jets enjoyed a fairly decisive win over the Texans.  The offense didn’t seem to struggle too much without Clowney on the field; but then again this offense has looked surprisingly solid all season.  What is remarkable is the actual effect Twitter is beginning to have on the game in areas that it shouldn’t affect at all.  Last week Redskins linebacker Robert Henson was blasted for lashing out at fans on TwitterChad Ochocinco has also managed to ruffle a few feathers (although he primarily just posts hilariously outlandish things).

While I may enjoy seeing how some of these situations unfold (specifically any Ochocinco updates), as a part of the PR community it makes me wonder where these people’s “people” are.  When used correctly Twitter can be a great tool to elevate the popularity of a player or organization.  It gives fans a unique chance for a two-way conversation with the sports stars and teams they are passionate about.  Clowney’s offense was not that severe, although Ryan certainly went to work at nipping any potential for players sullying the team name in the bud, but some of these other guys really could use some help before they give the sport a digital black eye.

So professional athletes: Got a Twitter problem? I work in PR, love sports and will work tickets. Hell, let’s be real, I’d work for free.

f