5. How good are the Falcons?
Their offensive weapons (Matt Ryan, Michael Turner, Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez) were expected to be good, but the defense has really stepped up. The defense is ranked eighth in the league in terms of points allowed (19.4 points per game). I’ve always liked Curtis Lofton, and he once again anchors the defense. Lofton is a tackle machine who probably should’ve made the Pro Bowl last year.
7. How did you get into sports? What unique challenges do women (and, in your case, a minority) face?
I was raised to love sports. My dad took me to bars when I was five years old to watch Texas A&M football games. I was also a tomboy who played sports instead of with dolls. Growing up, I had one Barbie doll that was given to me as a gift by my parents’ friend. Instead of playing with the doll, I used to toss it around like a ball.
Sports reporting is a tough field for a female, much less a minority female. I fight to gain respect and credibility every day for my writing abilities and sports knowledge. People find it difficult to believe that I really did choose this field because I love sports and everything sports stand for. I could care less about fame, popularity, or being on television. As long as I can make a decent living doing what I love, that’s all that matters.
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