“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu
My name is Dylan Tejral and If you know me personally, it is no secret just how much I love sports. Obsessed would be a better way to put it. I spend practically all my nights watching either football, basketball, or baseball depending on the season. I am studying journalism and mass communication at Iowa State University. I’m a second-semester junior. It feels like I have been here forever, but it also feels like classes started yesterday. Quite the paradox. My dream job is to be a beat writer/commentator for a professional or collegiate team. I love every aspect of journalism – gathering information, prioritizing what is newsworthy, writing, etc.
The person who influenced me the most to pursue journalism is my dad, Devin Tejral. I do not remember much during my earlier years regarding sports, but the defining moment that changed everything was the 2006 Rose Bowl game between the Texas Longhorns and University of Southern California Trojans. Vince Young’s heroic play and game-winning touchdown altered my life forever. Ever since that game, I have become obsessed with sports and have constantly followed the game ever since. Family dinners’ growing up almost always reverted back to my dad and me arguing about who is right and filibustering my brother, sister, and mom in the process. Don’t believe me? Ask any one of them and they will concur with an eye-roll and a single grunt. It wasn’t until about a year and a half ago that I came to the realization – my eureka moment if you will – my passion can also be my profession.
So I decided to get into journalism to further advance in the sport’s industry. Little did I know that I love reporting and writing about newsworthy events. My dad has said for years now that I should get involved with sports and journalism, so here we are. My first step in a journey of 1,000 miles.
Now with that being said, I’m going to be upfront with you: I don’t really care about any sports that are not named football, baseball, or basketball. Before you decide to comment back and give me an earful on why I need to watch track (soccer), or how 500 left-hand turns in NASCAR needs to be acknowledged, just don’t. You’re going to waste your time. I am here to talk about what I want.
You will find that I am passionate about sports in general, especially my teams and certain players. I will talk a lot about what is happening with my teams/favorite players throughout this blog, but just know that I do keep an open mind. I’m cognizant that there are other teams, storylines out there. Unless your name is the Patriots, Crimson Tide, or Warriors, your team has not been a perennial dynasty, which means you have had your share of misery. Misery loves company, but I am not so sure company enjoys misery. That is why I tend to rationalize my teams’ position to better suit my imagination (along with every die-hard fan out there).
However, I did not start this blog to specifically rant about my teams’ success or lack thereof. No. That is what a retweet on Twitter is for. I simply enjoy watching and following in general. In fact, I do not have a specific favorite team in the NBA (mostly due to it being a ‘players league’, which I will talk about later on). I enjoy watching almost everyone except the Spurs. I hate the Spurs. This blog is meant to be an open forum to each and every one of you who sees fit to engage in civil discourse and to either affirm or reprimand my opinion.
I would not go as far as saying I am an expert in any particular sport. I have only been following sports’ for about 13 years. That is not a lot in my estimates, even though a lot can happen in that time frame. However, I would say I am very knowledgable in college football, the NBA, and the NFL. Knowledge meaning I know the history of the game to some extent, how the game is actually called/played, along with what is happening right now, and what future may look like. Since you have made it this far, I am just going to tell you that I am a die-hard Texas Longhorns fan. I wake up every day, let my dog out, make coffee, eat a toaster strudel, and check in on my Longhorns. I am also a huge Matthew McConaughey fan, who just happens to be a Texas fan. And if you have not seen Interstellar . . . Shame on you!
Now on to what exactly my blogs will entail. Every week, I will start off by summarizing this week’s topic of discussion, followed by past week’s headlines, whether that be a rumor, trade, signing, etc. along with what I feel needs to be broken down for further evaluation, i.e., what I think is worthy of discussing. Next, I will talk about what is up-and-coming in the sport’s world and finally deliver my closing statement.
I hope you all will enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy writing it. All of the things I talk about, specifically my perspectives’, are all my own thoughts and feelings. I don’t discriminate based off of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. I simply call it how I see it. Even though I might incorporate statistics to help illuminate my point, these are all my opinions at the end of the day. I respect every person’s point of view, even if I disagree. I would appreciate the same courtesy. I ask that you keep an open mind and look at things objectively before gun’s blazing your way to the comment section. My first blog will be posted Sunday, February 24th at 7:10 p.m.