Posts Tagged 'Sports'

#MidMarketSummit

Yesterday was the 2013 Mid Market Summit, and thanks to my GA, I was able to attend the afternoon sessions and help with social media. It was an incredible opportunity listening to business leaders discuss current trends, the future of the Middle Market and more.

One of my favorite moments was listening to ESPN’s Darren Rovell talk to Billy Beane (GM of the Oakland Athletics) about big data. Mr. Beane discussed the similarities between baseball and business – and how you need to trust your head, not your gut. It was a fascinating story — and I know that I will be renting Moneyball in the very near future.

Some of my classmates even got to meet Mr. Rovell after his segment and got a great photo!

Right: ESPN’s Darren Rovell
Left: Oakland Athletics’ GM, Billy Beane,

 

The Fisher Sports Business Association had the great opportunity to meet with Darren Rovell from ESPN/ABC today — he’s the authority on the business of sports.

These opportunities are what I absolutely love about my school. The National Center for The Middle Market, in collaboration with the Fisher College of Business and GE Capital, host this event and put critical attention on the Middle Market. Other speakers from yesterday included Under Armour’s CEO Kevin Plant, The Washington Post‘s CEO Don Graham, Jonah Berger (author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On and Marketing Professor at Wharton School, and more.

Story from Fisher about GE Executives visiting and sharing their expertise with students: http://fisher.osu.edu/newsroom/?folder=65&news=3744

It has been a very educational 72 hours for me, and everyone at OSU!


Batter Up!

Just so that no one gets the wrong impressions that it is all work and no play around here, we do get chances on a regular basis to engage in a wide variety of activities outside of class and the career search.

For example, last Friday night was the first year vs. second year slow pitch softball game, organized by the Fisher social chair.  It was a fun, semi-competitive game, and a good chance to get to know other people from the program outside of the classroom setting.  The game was held at Fred Beekman park, a large sports complex with a variety of sports fields on West campus.

Even though people who attend top ranked MBA programs generally don’t like to lose so both teams wanted to win, everyone was still encouraged to play.  I hadn’t played softball since undergrad intramural leagues, which was some time ago, and still had a lot of fun participating and helping my team out.  Even though the weather wasn’t the most co-operative, the game was followed up with a cookout at fisher commons, where both teams and the spectators could enjoy some grilled food and beverages.

 It was really more about having fun and working on team skills with each other more than anything else.  If you think about it, those are valuable business skills to have, that are needed in the real world.  No one wants to work on a team with someone who has a bad attitude and isn’t willing to work with others in order to achieve goals. Also important is being able to clearly communicate among team members, as well as being able to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of team members, and then  leverage that knowledge to make the team stronger to achieve goals. I guess that is a sign that business school and interview season have started to sink in, that I can relate everything to transferable business skills.

MLB Playoffs!

If anything helps to subdue the increasing about of work this fall and as SMF finals roll through this week for the 1st half of the year, something needs to keep one sane.   For me, it’s the MLB Playoffs.   Both of my teams, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Cleveland Indians, failed to make it this year, but there are some “new” teams to the playoffs this year.   By new I mean, some teams that haven’t been in the playoffs lately.  I have my predictions on who will advance and who will find themselves with a world championship.

American League Divisional Series’

Baltimore Orioles vs. New York Yankees- As I am writing this on Monday, the Orioles are already down in this best of 5 series.  However, Baltimore’s younger pitching staff and more versatile offense still has the edge in my opinion.   My predictions depend on this series, but I still have faith in Baltimore who is playing in the playoffs for the first time since 1997.  Baltimore wins series 3-2

Detroit Tigers vs. Oakland Athletics- Oakland entered the season with the 28th lowest payroll in MLB (out of 30) and found themselves with an excellent second half run.  Bob Melvin, manager of the A’s has experience in the playoffs yet playing against the repeat AL Central champs in the Tigers is a rough task.  Detroit has stable, power hitting, and a great staff to back it up in the pitching department.  Detroit wins series 3-1

National League Divisional Series’

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Washington Nationals- The Nationals boasted the best record in the NL after a breakout season.  The controversial closing down of starter Stephen Stausberg caused many to wonder if the National’s still had a chance?  In my opinion this is the most balanced team in terms of age, production and performance. Washington makes its first return to the playoffs since the 1980s when they were the Montreal Expos.   St. Louis squeezed into the playoffs yet again, but their run will be short lived.  Washington wins series 3-1

SF Giants vs. Cincinnati Reds- The Reds easily rank near the top in terms of MLB teams, and their pitching staff and offense are the best rounded in baseball.  However a recent potential injury problem to starter Johnny Cueto could be an alarming point for a deep playoff run.   The SF are literally finished as I write this, so Cincinnati wins series 3-0

American League Championship Series:

Baltimore Orioles vs. Detroit Tigers- Perhaps in what will be the closest series of the playoffs, the Detroit pitching staff will fall just short of Baltimore’s power hitting offense and will find enough pitching to sustain a trip to the world series.  Baltimore wins series 4-3

National League Championship Series:

Washington Nationals vs. Cincinnati Reds- While the Reds are the favorite of many, the magic rests with the Nationals and bringing playoff baseball back to Washington for the first time since the 1930s.   Nats will win a nail bitter of a series.   Washington over Cincinnati 4-3.

THE WORLD SERIES:

The world series will see 2 fresh faces.  The Orioles who last made it to the Fall Classic back in the early 1980s will be thirsty for a championship, however the Nationals will prevail.   The Nationals win the world championship and set a president for future championship. Washington over Baltimore 4-2.

Only time will tell how accurate my predictions will be, but it should be a fun time.   Fall is always perfectly transitioned into with playoff baseball!

In a bold prediction, I have the Nationals winning the world series over the Baltimore Orioles, 4-2.


Mad River Mountain Skiing

Last weekend a group of friends and I went skiing in Mad River Mountain, OH. About an hour drive away from Columbus, this skiing site was pretty busy on a Saturday, especially with the discount rate it offered to college students. I was thankful that I went with a perfect group of people who knows the “when, what, how” to make an efficient, well-planed, and happy skiing experience.

We set off at around 8:30am and arrived around 10am (including time to drive around the city to pick people up). For first timers (i.e. me), it is very important to have enough space to practice and overcome the fear of falling. And arriving early made it possible! With the basics taught by my friends and some observation of other skiers, I quickly mastered how to balance and turn when skiing. Soon after that I was able to progress to a higher level line!

The most difficult part for me is to control speed and stop within a short distance. Without a good skill on these two, you are guaranteed to fall as speed continues to increase. I still need to practice more to improve my control so I don’t have the authority to give advice. But a tip would be helpful in terms of falling—wear waterproof pants and gloves. You will be grateful to have them as your falls increase.

Another hint for the beginners is to work your arms out before going to ski. Not because you ski with lots arm movements, but because you need very strong arms to hold the handles that drag you up the hill (higher level slopes have lift chairs, but beginner’s practice field doesn’t). And you need to lift your body up if you fall.


My Two Other “Firsts” during the Weekend

Along with the accounting research seminar mentioned in my previous entry, I had my super-duper triple “firsts” at Ohio State during this pass weekend – my first Seminar, Swimming, and Skating!

The school’s swimming pools are located at the bottom level of RPAC (Recreation & Physical Activity Center), with a professional name “The OSU Aquatic Center”. I was grateful that I checked the center out before it’s too late (Thanks Nadia!). The Aquatic Center is one of the places that you cannot miss at Ohio State. It includes standard pools (for swimming and diving), recreational lap pools, a leisure pool, a hot tub, and two sauna rooms. The facility, especially the locker rooms, is designed considerately for users’ need. Everything is so cool (except for the temperature, because it’s warm) and makes the visit convenient and wonderful. I would have regretted it if I did not make best use of the facility during my stay at Ohio State.

The OSU Rink is great too. It is very close to Fisher and is adjacent to the parking lot on Lane Avenue. $3 for student admission and $2 for skate rental, great prices! Tips: the skates at the rink are a little too hard, so if you are a frequent skater, it might worth purchasing your own skates. My feet hurt a lot when I was skating which they never did before (though I have not been skating for many years). I am not sure whether that was totally the skates’ problem or I was not tying them tight enough. I will probably go skate again this week and figure it out.


A Cloudy Winter

Knowlton School of Architecture

Knowlton School of Architecture

Well it’s official. The winter cloud has parked itself over Columbus until mid March. Although at times it can be cold and dreary, there is plenty that has been keeping my mind off the weather and on other things. As I mentioned in my last post I joined the ULI Case Competition. It has been a lot of work since getting our location (Downtown San Diego) and lots of hours in the Architecture building (see picture) which is across from the business school. My self and the other MBA student in my group have been busy building a proforma for Residential, Retail, & Office properties to see if what our architects want to build is feasible. So far so good but I am sure it will all change.

Along with the ULI Competition to keep my mind off the weather, I am on a team for the Fisher Internal Case Competition. This will be my first actual case competition with a true business focus. Kind of looking forward to it although it is going to take up my whole weekend.

And lastly, during these cold dreary times, one needs to engage in some physical activity. Well to fill that small space left in my schedule, my first inter-mural soccer match is this Friday. Wish me luck since I haven’t played soccer since I was 12 years old. I wonder if anyone is bringing orange slices?3498947030_e35cbccf0c

Any blog requests? Food reviews? Bar Reviews? Class thoughts? Bueller?

JB


Fisher Winter Game

“I look at my schedule for the week, a presentation, a research case due, a quiz. Definitely no time for a “formal” workout before the Fisher Winter Games. What if I play the “MBA beast” Mike Hrostoski (sorry Mike, you sound really scary), and what if Prof. Inks aims the dodgeball at me? No, no, I should really squeeze sometime to at least warm myself up for the Winter Game.”

The above was what I put down (but not posted) before the Fisher Winter Games held on last Friday. And related information about Mike and Professor Inks can be found at Mike’s blog below.
https://fisher.osu.edu/blogs/gradlife/2009/11/12/dodgeball-hero/

For me, the Winter Games last Friday were really unforgettable. I did not champ like Mike did and even did it three times, but I was on a “special” team. I signed up for the basketball game and the dodgeball game. Since apparently the volleyball and dodgeball teams consisted of both male and female players, I thought the basketball game was going to be coed. Well, it really was, but I was the only girl playing in the game. What made my team even more special was that, there were only two players. Ben, probably one of the greatest players in the tournament, and I, obviously the weakest, only figured we were missing one teammate the night before the game. We had to grab one more teammates from other teams, who happened to be Kevin, another awesome player from MAcc.

So things became very interesting for us. Kevin played at least four games since he played both on his original team and with us. I played formally with all-male teams first time in my life. Not only Ben and Kevin had to take care of me but the opponents were also somewhat hampered because of me. Ben and Kevin’s excellent skills were evidenced as we won the first game. The second game was more serious, nevertheless, as one player from each team was out injured. And I felt so sorry for Ben, Kevin, and Patrick, who joined our team after Kevin was hurt. If I was not on the team, they might have advanced to the final and even won the basketball championship.

The Winter Games ended with me being sad a little, not only because our MAcc dodgeball team was disqualified for being “absent”, though we were there all the time (yes, we protest!). I realized it might be the last time I played formally in a basketball game. I enjoyed playing with my teammates in every single game. I felt all those energy and passion which once faded away has come back to me. However, I doubt whether I will sign up for future basketball games since I do want my gentle male teammates to win. There are only two solutions to alter my decision:
1. I get a great coach to train me so that I can better match with the guys next time the Games come.
2. More girls sign up for the basketball games!

So come on my Fisher ladies, join me!!


The Coldest Football Game I’ve Ever Been To In My Life!!!

Okay, I know I’m probably gonna get laugh at for saying this, but I don’t care: The OSU vs. Wisconsin game was the coldest football game I’ve ever been to! I have to be fair though, the weather was terrific. Blue sky, tiny bit of cloud, mild wind, last but not least… 50-55 degrees… orz (that’s almost winter for Texans)

I’ve been to plenty of games back in Texas, both college football and NFL, and I’m accustomed to be in a 90-100 degrees environment (100+ if you’re in the sun) plus the heat from the 100,000 fans surrounding you. I’ve also been to the Rose Bowl twice in January and even then it didn’t feel nearly as cold as today. I ended up going home early in the 3rd quarter after we opened the quarter with a kick-off return and expanded the lead to 24 points. Here’s my excuses for having such pitiful endurance and lessons learned:

  1. Defense > Offense – our defense and special teams scored 3 TDs but that only came once every 30 minutes or so. I’m sort of the offense kind of guy. I like seeing big plays. GO LONG!!!
  2. Not much of a challenge – their QB looked pretty good, but still, I get bored easily, especially when the margin goes beyond two possessions
  3. Bring a bigger jacket!!! I felt really smart wearing a t-shirt and a light BR jacket (just for looks) and found out that our section has our backs to the sun. Never have I missed the sunshine so badly. LOL

I said the same thing on fb when I got home last night and almost immediately I got a couple responses saying “just you wait til the Iowa game in November”. Time to bring out my Columbia heavy-duty skiing coat. I’ll be ready!!!

GO BUCKS!!!


O-H-I-O – My first OSU experience…

Thanks to a couple good friends (thanks Mel and Sue!) who provided me with tickets to the OSU vs. Navy game I was able to attend my first OSU sports game AND my first football match ever.  While I enjoyed every minute of it (alumni band, Ohio script, OSU band, etc…), I must confess that I could hardly understand the rules of the game.

OSU_GAMEBack in my home country (Brazil) we watch soccer and, let me tell you, the rules for soccer are so much easier. Watching the Bucks was almost like trying to understand Calculus for the first time and I failed miserably!!  Hopefully I will be able to get the game down by next year when I am able to get student tickets – something new I learned way too late this year…

In the meantime – GO BUCKS!!!



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