At the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia, I took the above picture and posted it to Instagram. Only a few hours later, three-time NHL Most Valuable Player Alexander Ovechkin liked it, followed by a landslide of Russian people that I do not know. It was (and still remains) my most popular post on Instagram.
During my graduation ceremony from Temple University in May 2015, I tweeted a picture of the scene from the Liacouras Center. About 15 minutes later, the iconic Philadelphia eatery, Geno’s Steaks, congratulated me. I thanked them by explaining how “Philly” I felt at the moment and they favorited the response.
The Temple University journalism program requires students to take a four-credit capstone class called PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com. Each student is assigned a beat in the city to cover for the semester. I was assigned City Hall. While covering a story about Philadelphia’s first protected bike lane, I scored an interview with Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl linebacker Connor Barwin. When I published the story, I tweeted it out and included Barwin’s account. He favorited the tweet.
While interning for Birds 24/7, a partner of Philadelphia Magazine, I was able to attend the Philadelphia Eagles vs. Seattle Seahawks in December 2014 from the press box. After the game, I went downstairs with the rest of the media for coach and player interviews. I was able to capture video of running back LeSean McCoy (above) and center Jason Kelce (below).
When I’m not in the press box, I catch a couple games each season in Section 128 where my dad has season tickets. This is the endzone section of the legendary Eagles fan Shaun Young.
At a Phillies tailgate in 2011, I met a hockey legend in Larry Zeidel. The former NHL defenseman played from 1951-1969 for the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers. His nickname was the “Rock” and he was still a tough guy in 2011. When I told him I was a former hockey player, he gave me his 1952 Stanley Cup ring (won with Detroit) and told me to pose for a picture with my fist up.
“Playing for the Flyers in 1968, Mr. Zeidel and Boston’s Eddie Shack were in a stick-swinging battle at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. The Flyers were playing a home game there because part of the roof had blown off at the Spectrum.
Shack had allegedly made off-color remarks about Mr. Zeidel’s being Jewish.
“He was so proud of being one of the first Jewish players in the league,” Joan Bradley said.
The NHL suspended Zeidel – who had been involved in several stick-swinging incidents in his career – for four games. Shack received a three-game suspension.”
During my two summer internships at Clear Channel Media + Entertainment (now iHeartMedia Inc.), I was able to sit in on multiple live performances by well-known acts. Sometimes, I snagged a photo with said artists.
Above is former lead singer of Hole and wife of Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love.
The Dirty Heads were a really fun bunch to meet in studio.
I may have ruined a couple of people’s photo … but I was easy to crop out.