January 2010

Next up, one of our sales interns…

Mason CowMason Sporting his Molly Moo Cow

Name: Mason Lace

Hometown: Wynne, Arkansas

College and major/degree(s): University of Arkansas; Sports Management

Hobbies: Watching any Razorback sporting event; Xbox 360; parties (my parents will love this one)

Likes: Arkansas Razorbacks, Beale Street, loud music, hanging out with friends

Dislikes: Florida Gators & Tebow, any other SEC West team, cold weather, quiet people (they scare me)

Favorite Baseball Team: Atlanta Braves

Favorite Baseball Player of all-time: Chipper Jones

Favorite play in a baseball game: When an outfielder throws a runner out at home to win the game

Favorite Sports Movie of all-time: Hoosiers

Favorite Sports Quote: “Come after me!… I’m a man… I’m 40!”– Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy

Best sports moment as a fan or a player: Watching my Arkansas Razorbacks beat the Tennessee Volunteers my freshman year of college.  ESPN Gameday was on campus.

Thing you like most about sports: Being competitive

Why do you want to work in sports? I’m just really interested in sports and business.

What do you want to get out of your internship with the Redbirds? I want to learn anything I can about the business side of a sports organization.

What does your specific internship entail? Sales; lots and lots of calls.

Career Aspirations: To work in the front office for the Dallas Cowboys

Three things you cannot live without: TV, iPhone, and RC Cola

If you were a beverage, what kind of beverage would you be? Sweet tea; it’s a classic drink from the South.  What’s not to love about

Theme song to your life: We Went Out Last Night – Kenny Chesney

What is the background on your cell phone? A picture of Baum Stadium, the Razorbacks baseball stadium

Mason DeskHe loves his RC Cola…

Check back tomorrow for our 3rd intern interview…WHO will be next?!

Jordan. Out.

Weekend update with Jordan Johnson

Hell-o everyone, it is now my turn to introduce myself. I am Jordan Johnson (the blonde second from the right in the group photo) and the Redbirds’ new Communications intern. I’m very excited to be here and ready to be one of the two interns maintaining this
blog. Go Redbirds! 🙂

Some background information on me…well, I spent 22 out of the 23 years of my life in Michigan, living in Farmington Hills for most of it. I attended Michigan State University, graduating in 2008 with a B.A. in Communication. During college, I worked for the MSU sports broadcasting company, Spartan Vision, where I was able to work with 23 different varsity sports and get a feel for which sport I wanted to end up in. After graduation, I moved out to New Jersey where I worked last season with the Camden Riversharks Independent Baseball team. Born and raised a Detroit Red Wings fan, it came as a shock to me when I developed a love for baseball. And that’s how I ended up here…or at least after the grueling interviews and lightning round questions the boss put me through!

On to the weekend update:

Group Shot.jpg(The gang is all here!)

DSCN0991.JPG(View from our $5 dollar seats)

The Grizzlies vs. Thunder game was a success and confirmed that the Memphis Redbirds interns are officially the Grizzlies’ good luck charm. It was a pretty intense game with an end score of 86-84 with Rudy Gay making the winning basket with 1.3 seconds left on the clock. Gay began to pound his chest after which I must say, looked like it hurt, but the crowd loved it. The atmosphere was perfect and a great experience overall. Two of our full-timers (Mark and Harrison) even had a surprise planned for us between the 3rd and 4th quarters: they participated in the sumo wrestling promotion, Grizz’s Power Ball, and certainly took quite a beating…to say the least. But, Mark prevailed over Harrison successfully placing more balls in the trash can while fighting against Grizz as goal tender. Slight injuries were endured, but fun was had all around. A few of the interns are even attending the Grizzlies-Orlando game tonight. We’ll see if they can bring the same luck for the Grizzlies as the group did Friday night.

harrison defeat.jpg(Harrison accepting his defeat)

DSCN1003.JPG(Grizzlies win!)

As for the Mississippi RiverKings game, which coming from someone who has seen many NHL and AHL games, it was surprisingly amusing. I’ve never seen so many fights in such a short amount of time! Six fights overall, five of them being within the last minute of play in a 30-second span of time. It almost seemed as if they were joking when one after another, they just kept fighting! Apparently this is common in the CHL, especially when the score is 5-1 with the RiverKings winning. On top of this, they even gave a shotgun away at the game…something I have never experienced. Maybe because I’m from Michigan, but who knows. To add to the excitement, we were hoping to be able to participate in the post-game skate, but were unfortunately late in signing up. On that note, we’re looking to make another trip to the Desoto Civic Center in a couple weeks for 80’s night!

DSCN1005.JPG(Desoto Civic Center)

If you have any questions, likes or gripes about the blog- feel free to e-mail me and let me know at  jordan.johnson@memphisredbirds.com. I hope you enjoyed reading about our eventful weekend as much as we enjoyed experiencing it. Until next time, you stay classy Redbird fans.

A Big Weekend Ahead

Hey everyone!  It’s Dave again, just giving you a little preview as to what we interns are up to this weekend.  Tonight we’re going to the Grizzlies-Thunder game at the FedEx Forum.  The Grizz are going for their tenth straight home win tonight, which means they haven’t lost at home since we have all officially become interns with the Redbirds.  I’m proud to say that we have been a good luck charm for the team, and we will continue to support the Grizzlies all season long.


Then on Saturday, we’re all heading to Mississippi to see the RiverKings play some ice hockey.  As warm as it’s been around here it’s tough to think of ice hockey, but we’re definitely looking forward to checking that out.


We have our cameras ready to go so be ready to check out the next blog on Monday to view all of the photos we plan on taking.

If you have any advice for a guy from the north like me I’d love to hear from you.  Also, if you have any blog ideas or just want to say hello feel free to do that as well.  You can e-mail me at david.portney@memphisredbirds.com


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