Name: Jennifer Taglione
Birthday: August 27.
Age: A lot older than I look.
Hometown: Albany, NY
Current Home: Sunny Sarasota, Fl
Fave Sports Teams:
College Basketball: Kansas Jayhawks
NFL: I am pledging my allegiance to the New York J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets! (but really, I like players, not teams)
College Football: still undecided. Was going to pick Ohio State but that doesn’t seem prudent….
NBA: Boston Celtics
Baseball: Determined to be the only person allowed to like Red Sox, Yankees & Rays all at the same time
My Experience & Qualifications to Run a “Sports” Magazine:
- Four years exp. as Senior Editor for college newspaper.
- Internship at local NBC affiliate’s sports division for six months about 10+ years ago in high school.
- 15 years stalking crushing on basketball players.
- I have achieved Pro Status in Tennis, Golf and Baseball. It was on Wii Sports, but that count’s doesn’t it?
In My Own Words
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I learned how to pick up a pencil. I always thought that my first book would be something like the Sweet Valley High series.
Instead, my first published book was The Complete Girl’s Guide to Football: Big Game Edition (EBook Version. Hard Copy Available August 2011….)
Ah well, there’s still time for me to rewrite Sweet Valley!
I’ve been asked often: “What makes YOU so qualified to be a sports writer.”
I am not qualified to be a sports writer, nor do I claim to be one. I’m just a girl who happens to know a lot of random information about a variety of sports. Most of the time I don’t utilize this information but there are these rare occassions when it comes out, much to the shock of anyone, close friends included, in ear shot.
Ask me about my qualifications as a fashion writer, on the other hand, and I will tell you that I have been a certified shopaholic for well over 25 years, since I first learned how to say “charge it.”
I do admit (reluctantly) to having somewhat of a background in sports. And yes, I’ve been a fan of basketball for about 15 years. Ever since I developed a crush on this boy on the JV basketball team in high school. From there I learned that the NBA is like a harvesting field of hot guys!
And then someone turned me on to college basketball. Wow! Once a year in March I tend to get a little crazy for college basketball. They pack 64 games into 10 days.
I was also coerced into writing about sports for four years in college for our school newspaper. We were very short-staffed on writers and no one wanted to write sports. I had a lot of friends on the teams so, lucky me, I was the chosen one. But I learned a lot about hockey, rugby and softball. All of which I promptly forgot when I graduated.
But after 15 years of sports exposure, some of it must have seeped into my brain because I will admit, I am full of all sorts of weird sports trivia.
Now don’t start thinking I’m a sports fan, because I’m not. I have a lot of girlfriends that are die-hard fanatics for their teams. (If I mention the Red Sox to Gina, Megan or Michelle I swear they start foaming at the mouths because you never, ever, ever talk about the Red Sox to Yankees fans, or vice versa) and they know A LOT about their sports.
But I also have a lot of girlfriends that don’t know the first thing about any sport and “watching sports” to them means watching Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance.
Me? I’m in the middle. I’m all for a live game of anything—b’ball, football, rugby, horse racing, bocce, even baseball! And I can be strapped into a seat and forced to watch sports on t.v., with only a minimum of bitching and moaning. But I’d rather be watching Dancing with the Stars!
Although, last year, I discovered that football has taken the role as “My Favorite Sport.” I seriously live for Sundays in the fall. Maybe it’s because I am always given chicken wings, chili and beer to go with the games.
Feel free to contact me at princessjennifer AT stilettosetsports DOT com