If you have an interesting voice, are fine with plugging Jimmy John's and love U of A basketball, here's your chance to be a part of what should be an exciting season for the men's team.
The University of Arizona Department of the Intercollegiate Athletics is currently hosting pre-registration for an open casting call for individuals interested in serving as the men’s basketball public address announcer for the 2014-15 season.
This position will contribute to the high-energy atmosphere and excitement of Wildcats basketball in the newly-renovated McKale Center. This position will be compensated on a per-game basis.
All submissions must be received by Friday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. MST.
All pre-registrants will be reviewed and scored based off of audio recordings submitted and PA experience listed. The highest-scoring applicants will be considered finalists and will advance to a final round of live auditions at McKale Center. At that time, finalists will be judged based off of their in-person audition at McKale Center.
Work on your pronunciation of Tarczewski and head to the announcement online for the lines you need to record to audition. Good luck.
The video of the Ichiro Suzuki interview with Bob Costas was in 2007, so I think it's time for something from the Japanese baseball superstar ... in Spanish.
Love this Wall Street Journal report on Ichiro's use of Spanish on the baseball field:
Ramon Santiago, the veteran shortstop of the Cincinnati Reds, recalls being startled and amused during his first encounter with Ichiro Suzuki in 2003. Santiago was barely into his first full season with Detroit when Ichiro's Mariners came to town. After a leadoff single to open the game, Ichiro dashed to second on a steal. As he popped up safely from his slide, he looked at Santiago and deadpanned in Spanish, "No corro casi."
Loosely translated, he was telling Santiago, a native of the Dominican Republic, "I don't have my legs today." Before Santiago could stop smiling, Ichiro was stealing third two pitches later on those same heavy legs.
Veteran first baseman Carlos Pena remembered one of his frequent encounters with Ichiro. He was defending first for the Tampa Bay Rays, and Ichiro had just arrived on one of his patented infield hits. Ichiro peered over at Pena and asked, "Que coño tu mira?," or, "What the hell are you looking at?" Pena clamped his lips together to prevent the laughter from bursting through.
Ichiro says he cannot carry a conversation in Spanish, which he has gradually picked up during his years in baseball. But, contrary to his stoic image, he feels compelled to engage Latin players.
"I feel a bond with them," he said. "We're all foreigners in a strange land. We've come over here and had to cope with some of the same trials and tribulations. When I throw a little Spanish out at them, they really seem to appreciate it and it seems to strengthen that bond. And besides, we don't really have curse words in Japanese, so I like the fact that the Western languages allow me to say things that I otherwise can't."
FT: FC Tucson 1-0 @Whitecaps U23s. FC Tucson is in the final! pic.twitter.com/6IMWRi7uDh
— FC Tucson (@FCTucson) July 26, 2014
FC Tucson has extended their incredible season at least another night, beating the Vancouver Whitecaps U23 team 1-0 on an incredible last minute stoppage-time goal by Juan De Rada.
No rest for the winners, however, as the final is set for Saturday night at 7:30 against the Kitsap Pumas. More info and tickets available at fctucson.com.
Friday night’s matches will begin at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Kitsap Pumas, the No. 1 team from the Northwest Division, will kick off against Ventura County Fusion at 6 p.m. Then, your hometown FC Tucson will take on the Vancouver Whitecaps U23s, the No. 2 team from the Northwest, at 8 p.m. Saturday night’s match, which will be the Western Conference Championship, will be at 7:30 p.m.Click here to buy your tickets and for more information.
General admission tickets for both nights in sections 102, 103, 105 and 106 are just $10 and are on sale now! Click here to buy right now!
“Being the host site for the PDL Western Conference Finals is just another example of Tucson’s vibrant soccer community,” said the FC Tucson ownership group in a joint statement. “It’s a testament to our fans’ tremendous support all season long. Now we’re bringing the excitement of the PDL playoffs home and we expect to have another huge crowd at North Stadium Friday night to support the hometown club.”
As someone who spent many a summer afternoon playing a few innings of wiffle ball around a swimming pool, I really enjoyed Explorer News reporter Brad Allis' recent profile of Catalina High School teacher John Faruolo, who has built himself quite a ballpark:
That first year morphed into an annual tradition and the Tucson Round-Up got bigger and bigger and the field got more and more elaborate. What started as 10 childhood friends getting together for sports and warm weather eventually got to be a family thing. As the friends got older, they stared having families and soon the children were part of the game.
The field has grown every year. Faruolo, and later his sons, would add to it. An outfield fence was built, including a Fenway-esque Green Monster. An outfield seating area was built. They added a flag, light poles and a corrugated metal “short porch” that makes a loud sound if a home run hits it.
Faruolo, an art teacher at Catalina High School, even painted the official wiffle ball logo and mounted it in right center field.
“It is supposed to look like an old-time ball park,” Faruolo said. “It started out as a rudimentary field and then quickly escalated into his field of dreams, and well, the field of dreams of all the guys from his New York high school,” Angela said.
Some big-leaguers have come by to take a few swings:
Who knows if former Wildcat Nick Johnson will make the Houston Rockets' roster next season after being drafted with the 42nd pick in last week's draft but at least he created some buzz with a ridiculous left-handed dunk in yesterday's Orlando Summer League on German league player Tim Ohlbrecht.
Something worth mentioning: Johnson is 6' 3". Ohlbrecht is 6' 10".
The Festival kicks off with Heirloom’s Farm to Table Fundraising Dinner at Zona 78 (78 River Road)… More