Rachel Nichols Deserves A Round Of Applause To Say The Least

Rachel Nichols Deserves A Round Of Applause, To Say The Least

She is absolutely killing the sports journalism industry right now...

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Sports journalism is one of the most rewarding and humiliating jobs in the country. You can either be scolded and yelled at by Nick Saban or be hated by the entire Alabama fan base like Verne Lundquist. It requires you to be professional in often times unprofessional environments (cause we all know what is really being said in the stands). It is also your responsibility to inform the sports savvy world about the latest players and contribute to fantasy leagues. Not only are you a sports journalist, but you are a reporter, researcher, consultant, and informer. On top of the game right now is The Jump's very own, Rachel Nichols.

Rachel Nichols is currently the host of The Jump on ESPN. There is also a podcast for it, and it features several NBA Insiders and former (and sometimes current) NBA Players.

There are a lot of great female reporters and host, but the boundaries that Rachel Nichols has been able to break through is profound. She has access to players and information that keeps people wanting to come back to The Jump. Within hours of the Minnesota Timberwolves team report about Jimmy Butler, she was interviewing him and getting a response. To get an interview done with an NBA player within hours of them getting out of practice was unheard of way back when. Not only did she get the interview she also had him in the studio in a face-to-face conversation. She has merit and prestige and it is reflected in her work and the connections that she has made. You can name any type of sports journalism job and Rachel Nichols has probably done it. It is known wonder she was named to Hollywood Reporter's "Ten Most Powerful Voices In Media." She is transcending the condescending notion that woman in the workplace should be behind the scenes.

Powerful women are everywhere across this country. There are more women like Rachel Nichols who deserve just as much praise and adoration. She is an inspiration to women across the United States. I hope that we all can come to appreciate what she is doing and the boundaries that she is crossing that women couldn't cross before. She is not taking advantage of an opportunity because there wasn't an opportunity. She is creating an opportunity and it is becoming prevalent in more and more industries across the world.

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18 Times Kate Middleton Was Actually All Of Us In College, Beside The Princess Thing

Every girl has to go through her clueless college stage before she reaches Duchess status.
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Kate Middleton is basically a household name by now, and how could this not be the case when she has the gorgeous hair, kind smile, and incredible fashion sense. With her constantly in the spotlight looking so put together, we sometimes forget that the Duchess was actually all of us in college!

Here are 18 times that Kate proved she was just like all of us.

1. Going all out in the name of school spirit

There is nothing like breaking out the war paint and screaming for your home team. Like Kate, we all love to get a little messy and make some memories with our friends.

2. Hanging out with the roomies

Some people may not get lucky in this area but for those who are best friends with their roommates, they understand the love. It's a dream come true for everyone who has always wanted to live with their best friends. It's like a sleepover that never ends.

3. Dressing up cute on the first day of school...

You got to make a good first impression on your way to school. Whether it's during your 7 A.M or 4 P.M., it's always best to dress to impress.

4. ...and wearing yoga pants for the rest of the year

And this goes all the way until the last week of school when you don't bother getting out of bed to wear pants at all.

5. Going grocery shopping and throwing in cookies, ice-cream, and every type of Pringles because your mom isn't there to say no

You'll probably regret that in a few months when the Freshman Fifteen kicks in.

6. Walking for miles from your car to your dorm carrying groceries

We can't park by the apartment for a solid five minutes to carry our groceries up to the kitchen or we will risk a ticket, but we can walk a few miles carrying food that gets heavier, and heavier, and heavier with every step.

7. Going out for a night on the town on a Friday night

Dancing, laughter, and fun? Everyone in college has been to a party or two. It's a classic part of the college experience. Sometimes you just need a distraction from all the essays and tests.

8. Being so late to class you threw on whatever your hands grabbed next

We've all been there. Our alarm doesn't go off, we press snooze a few too many times, or forget to even set an alarm and next thing you know we are running around the dorm room like Taz from Looney Toons. You throw on whatever, then run to class.

Unfortunately 9/10 times our outfits don't turn out. Although, Kate can certainly pull off this look, no matter how mismatched.

9. Pretending your walking to the same building as the cute boy you met so you have the excuse to keep talking to him

I am very guilty of doing this. Although I missed my class, at least I got to talk to the really cute boy who has class at 9:45 in the STEM building. It was worth it.

10. Sitting on the floor or standing because you're a poor college student who can't afford chairs or tables

Eating on the floor? Always. Being a college kid is tough and sometimes you have to sacrifice some things to obtain the others. Such as choosing chocolate milk and Halo Top over vegetables and hair conditioner.

Judging by Kate's beautiful locks, she chose the conditioner.

Probably the vegetables too.

We should just all follow her example.

11. Going on cute date with the boy you followed to class-turned-boyfriend

Now my short-lived romance may not have extended farther than us talking and walking to his class, but Kate and William obviously had a better ending. Nevertheless, college is the place to grow and date and possibly find the one.

12. Keeping your hair long and growing because you can't afford to get it cut

Don't trust your roommate. No matter how many times she begs you to let her cut it. Don't.

13. Turning 21 and getting dressed up and going out with your best friends

While this one probably doesn't apply to Kate, since you can drink at age 18 in most countries, all my people in the United States know the sweet freedom of turning 21. It's an iconic time in a students life and marks a huge milestone as well.

14. Passing out flyers for some type of movement or protest

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger - which is why college is the time to stand up for what you believe in. May that be RedforEd, Planned Parenthood, anti-Abortion, Trump, the Wall, pizza bagels, it's all an exercise of the first amendment.

15. Ranting to your friends about the professor that just "doesn't understand you"

You know your thinking about that professor right now as you read this. And you know that that's your reaction whenever they give you a bad grade or say something you disagree with at the tiniest degree.

16. Getting glammed-up for those senior photos

Pick out your best outfit and make sure it's a good hair day because everyone will be viewing these photos forever... and in Kate's place that is more than true. Luckily she looks as gorgeous as ever. Does she ever have a bad hair day?

17. Walking out of your last class knowing you'll never have to write a single paper again

And purposefully not thinking about how you will be going into the real world in less than a few days.

18. When you've graduated and realized you have no idea what you're going to do with your life

Maybe a prince will be right around the corner to sweep you off your feet so you won't have to figure your life out.
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7 Reasons I'm Ready For Saturdays In South Carolina–Yes, I'm Already Counting Down To College Football

Welcome to Williams-Brice, where your wake up call is our battle cry.

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So yes, I do realize that football season is very far away at this point but the summer will be over before you know it. And that means football! And I really cannot wait for this season to begin.

1. WE'RE PLAYING BAMA

OK, yes, I'm 99% sure that we're gonna lose BUT I'm still stoked. We don't play Alabama every year, especially since the SEC expanded and we got Texas A&M as our permanent West opponent. I get to see my king, Nick Saban, in real life. Also, little back story, I wanted to go to Alabama sooo badly when I was choosing schools so it's like the school I went to vs the school I wanted to go to. So all I'm saying is I will punch everyone to get into that student section. The game time has been announced. I might buy one of those cheer skirts from the bookstore just for this occasion.

2. No More Deebo

Yes, this should be sad. But I'm interested to see how the receiving core holds up without our star. We're definitely going to miss him, that's undeniable. But I really hope we're gonna be OK we've had a good recruiting season from what I've heard. And they seemed pretty promising at Spring game so I'm excited. And besides, we're proud of him, he's moving onto the next level what more could we want? And maybe I'm still salty that he didn't play in the bowl game last season.

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3. The Defense Can't Actually Get Any Worse

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I realize they were plagued with injuries but the defense really was awful last year. Just watching them get tired and not make critical stops was excruciating, to say the least. So they've had months to recover, they should be fresh at the beginning of the season. And honestly, they can't get any worse so yeah.

4. RYAN HILINSKI

Yes, Jake Bentley is coming back for his senior season and will be the established starter. However, we have Ryan on the roster! He's 6'4" and he was a four-star recruit. Truthfully we don't get many of those. And I'm aware the Muschamp treat Jake like his own sON BUT it would behoove him to give Ryan just a bit of playing time so he won't transfer like every other backup we've had in the last like five years, besides Michael Scarneccia, god bless him.

5. My Saturdays Will Have a Purpose Again

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Yes, I watch other sports. I've been watching the NBA Playoffs and the Women's College World Series. But In the fall, I know every single Saturday I'm gonna see my Gamecocks with my eyes, in person or on tv. Like I count down to it. Requesting tickets, checking the amount of point I have ALL OF IT. Because right now, I feel like I'm wasting away every Saturday.

6. Tailgating, Bro

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And I don't mean the drinks, I mean the food. It smells amazing outside Willy B every week because people really go all out with the amount of food they bring and I'm just like this is WILD!

7. Memories

I really have some of my best times at the stadium, watching my favorite team cheering when they do well and legitimately booing them when they don't. I love football and I'm glad I got to go to a school where other people care too. And actually participate by going to football games.

As I said, I understand that all of this is months away but senior year, at Williams-Brice is gonna be lit.

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