As I'm finishing my graduate school search, looking ahead to my future career in sport, and loving the conference tournament portion of March Madness I got to thinking, could I ever work for my favorite team's rival?
Naturally I can't simply say yes or no!
it's the same place I work?", which led me to thinking that Minor League Baseball might be an okay option, or college athletics. My thoughts continued to adjust and change, but never have I EVER thought about working for the Cubs organization or KU Athletics. Quite honestly, I still don't want to it..
Now I'm sure some of you are thinking "grow up *hard eye roll*", but my response to that is *hard eye roll right back at you!*. Sports are interesting because in a way, they keep the child in you, they keep games and playing in your life. Sure some people are super mature sports fans, but who do you have more fun watching games with or talking about sports to, the people who get wrapped up in the game with crazy superstitions and favorite players, or the people more worried about their cheese tray looking perfect and how hard fans and media are on players? (Disclaimer: A well planned and executed Super Bowl party is always a hit, and athletes catch too much flack sometimes, BUT trust me when I say I'm still the child at heart sports fan over here!) -- Yes, my career is going to be in sports. Yes, I know that sports are a business. (That realization came when Albert Pujols went to the Angels.. ) And yes, I know that in my case where work and my favorite hobbies are directly correlated I have to be able to separate the fun and the serious. However, I LOVE sports, everything about them, wins, losses, fans, atmospheres, highlights, #NOTtop10nominees, off-seasons, stadiums, traditions, fantasy sports, celebrations, disappointments, rivalries, ALL. OF. IT. So, to think that I can just switch off my love for sports, my love for my teams and their traditions in a split second after this question is asked is crazy! Of course my immediate response is NO I could never work for a rival team, but when my career will be in sport, I have to be rational as well.
The examples of the Cubs and the Jayhawks are obviously my least favorite teams, but the Cards and Mizzou have other rivals as well. When I think about it, the Royals have always been a team with a fan base that didn't like us and we didn't like them. The Reds were that way for a few years as well, it's better lately. If you asked me if I could work for the Royals, I think I could. Really, any MLB team except the Cubs I wouldn't even think twice about. I'd be grateful for the opportunity. If the time comes where I apply for a job with the Cubs and have a shot at getting it, I'll reevaluate and let you know my final decision.. haha.
When I think about working for Kansas, well, just no. I think that's the beauty of college traditions and college sports though. It has been engrained in my head that we, as Mizzou fans, hate Kansas no matter what. We haven't played them in five years, but want to know the highlight of my week this week? Kansas losing to TCU in the Big 12 tournament. Watched the game on my work computer, immediately checked Twitter after the loss, and then went to Rock M Nation where the banner of the home page said "Breaking News: Mizzou still in conference tournament, Kansas is not." - Yep, we've been taught this way. Since moving to the SEC the fan base has been steered toward viewing Arkansas as our new rival, but they will never be Kansas. When I think of Mizzou's rival, I will always think Kansas. - All that being said, I don't know that I could ever step foot on the KU campus and 1. not feel like a traitor, 2. be happy. I think I might have to head back out into the job market..
I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this! Who is your rival? Do you think you could work for that organization?
Oh yeah, & two more things - #GoCards and M-I-Z!!