Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Zach Mayer: About Me

Hey guys!
This is my first official blog post on Blogger.com! 
My name is Zach Mayer and I am a sports fanatic. I follow all teams, but I root for the professional teams, the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball, the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association, and the Houston Texans of the National Football League.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, I attended Cypress Creek High School on the Northwest part of town.
My attraction to sports occurred when I was about eight. My parents would take me to various sporting events such as Astros games, Rockets games, and the now defunct Houston Thunderbears of Arena Football League 2. I loved basketball more than any other sport while following the Rockets’ Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and Charles Barkley.
The Houston Texans were incepted into the NFL in 2002 and from then on I was a super-fan.
In the early 2000s I started to follow the Astros more intently as they got better and better, the culmination of which was their World Series appearance in 2005.
My sports watching turned into an obsession when I started to branch out to medias such as ESPN, The Houston Chronicle, and Sports Illustrated. I continue to view these pages daily.
I decided around this time that I wanted to be a part of this industry. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do but I knew I would figure it out eventually.
I came to college with the intent to major in Sports Management, which it turns out, St. Edward’s University didn’t have, which is where I happened to end up for college. Instead of majoring in Sports Management, I majored in Business Management at the urging of my father. This turned out to be the opposite of what I wanted, boring. I then changed my major to Kinesiology with the hopes of being a coach or something. Wrong again. This incorporated many sciences, which was not what I wanted to do either. Then I was urged to try journalism by my girlfriend because I did so well in my writing classes my freshman year.
So I switched my major, yet again, to Journalism, which is where I remain. I took my first Journalism class in the fall of my sophomore year and I loved it, though it was tough to grasp at first. I started my first blog that semester and I wrote in it every week with different articles I wrote and also a weekly Monday Night Football preview and prediction segment. This consisted of me detailing the “Good” and the “Bad” of both teams playing that week, and then analyzing and predicting a winner. I was right seven out of nine times, which made me very proud. I also almost predicted the exact score of one game.
I became a blogger because I feel that I can positively contribute to the Sports Journalism industry with my writing and ideas. I love writing and I love voicing my opinions in a positive way.